Can’t quite Put My Finger on it!!

Funny-Animals-Holidays-Holidays-HolidaysQuite how I have managed to go over thirty days without a blog, I’ll never know. But it was a bit of a shock horror moment when I realised I hadn’t done anything since the 9th of March! I’ve even had complaints over the lack of it. (There you go Alison, you’ve got a mention, again!!) So with the school holidays finally here, I promise to make more of an effort – it’s not like I’ve anything else to do……………

So just what has been taking up so much of my time? I can’t really put my finger on it. Don’t gt me wrong, the Maths GCSE wheel continues to turn endlessly round. What with Pythagorean triples (!!) construction and loci (!!) and SURDS (thought it was a soap powder at first, but then I remembered it was surf!!) my heads spinning. Still on the plus side the swotting is paying off. 100% in my last two exams is not to be sniffed at, if only they were the real things and not mocks. So now I’m in a dilemma -do I stick to the foundation paper with a pretty much guaranteed C pass or do I chance my arm and take the higher paper, decisions, decisions.

Talking of decisions, Jacks been busy picking his options for year nine, not easy at the best of times, even less easy when you don’t really know what you want to do when you leave school – well apart from play sport, all day, every day. A couple of days out at local colleges did help, within the space of 24 hours he’d gone from “I’m leaving school at 16”  to “Can I go to Uni”, apparently becoming a P.E teacher (lets hope that knobhead Michael Gove has buggered off if he does!) sounds quite good. Eek, we better get saving!! To be honest, in the end it wasn’t that hard to pick, he had four options and there were only four things he wanted to do -sorted!!

We’ve finally upped the weekend cycling mileage and are now up to 20+ miles each Saturday morning,I do sometimes feel Hubby is after cashing in the life insurance with some of the dodgy paths we seem to bounce along (and I mean bounce -having a saddle wedged up your lady bits is no fun -believe me!!) but I am starting to get more confident doing it. Granted I have to talk myself through it- so if you see some woman pedalling through the woods constantly saying pedal, pedal, pedal, oh shit, pedal pedal, f**k. Don’t worry it’s not the local loon -its just me!!

Looking back, since the ninth of March Ive cycled 178 miles and run about 45. Not bad really considering how busy I’ve been doing things I can’t really put my finger on!!

Easter is upon us

Time to rest and recover

maybe not!!

Bring it on!!

Just where does the time go………

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What with half term and all I’m not really sure how I’ve failed to blog for the last fortnight, as apart from the demolishing of wardrobes, re-decorating a bedroom, putting up new wardrobes (well hubby did) sorting stuff to go back in the new wardrobes, trying to de-clutter (big fail), swotting for and taking two (yes two) mock exams and a three-day trip to London. I haven’t done that much really!! Still I seem to have some time now. Granted it’s Sunday evening, I haven’t done any of the jobs I wanted to do this weekend and another busy week at work is looming (pancake races, World Book Day and a day and a half with no class teacher) but hey just what would I do if I wasn’t so busy………

I’ll try to blog more this week

Really I will

Bring it on

Keep On Running -Wish the Car Would Do the Same!!!

imagesCARY7JY6So although my car is nick named Archie (I name all my things!) I had never actually thought of it as a man -until tonight!! It clearly is a man, it can’t multi task. All I asked it to do was wipe its wipers and blow the heater ( and play the C.D, put the lights on and de-mist the back window -though they were all turned off if hubby asks !!)and it died, it didn’t even go anywhere -you can’t count the two inches I reversed out of my spot. It’s not really what you want at the best of times, it’s definitely not what you want when you’ve just run 6 miles in the pouring down rain, are soaked to the skin and want to get home as fast as you can -brill!

Thankfully hubby came to the rescue with his jump leads, but not before I’d lost all feelings in my hands, feet,knees, well just about everywhere really, But who cares. I’ve run SIX POINT ONE MILES, and in a half decent time too. Not bad to say it’s the first time I’ve run that far in nearly eighteen months. I’m happy,happy, happy. Still can’t feel my fingers. But happy all the same.

6.1 miles in 59 minutes

Hopefully the car starts tomorrow

Bring it on!!

 

Whats Normal Anyway?!?!?!

Finally, feet up time, a day of rest, er I’m not very good at this resting malarkey. Still a couple of mile walk in the sunshine doesn’t really count as exercise (only when its Janathon) and I did lay in till 9. It wasn’t all work work work (apart from the walk, washing,making Sunday Lunch and looking for new wardrobes) I’ve done very little – honest!!

the purpose of my walk was to;

  • get my teenage son, who has had no rugby all week, out of the house.
  • get some photos of another abandoned building I’ve found
  • use my son to stop me being scared on my  own in said abandoned building -yep I’m a wuss!!!

All in all it was quite a succesful trip and definitely worth another look at some point. Even the teenaged one enjoyed it. So much so that he declared ‘it must be so boring to have a normal mum’. Mmm, I’m sure there’s a compliment in that somewhere!!!

A nice walk done

120 situps

170 crunches

90 seconds of planking

50 squats

30 push-ups

and a lovely bit of Shin beef.

work tomorrow

Bring it on!!

The Janathon Rap…. And a Plank

So Janathon ended the way it begunrain

Out in the pouring rain having a run.

The good news is I’m  getting so much faster,

This come back plan I’m starting to master.

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I’ve sweat blood  and tears and got covered in mud

I’ve been out in all weathers, like a true runner should.

I’ve cycled, squatted, pushed up and crunched

I’ve walked and I’ve planked, and boy have I munched!!!

So now Janathons ending and now I’m so much fitter,                     janathon-participant-logo

And I’ve blogged about it all with a moan and a witter.

I’m recovering from the surgery and over the moon.

So many thanks Janthon -I’ll see you in June!!!

1 mile in 8:20 minutes -wahoo!!!

160 crunches

90 seconds planking

Off for a vino to celebrate

Bring it on!!!

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A 90 second Giraffe Plank!!!

The Pavement Slappers Back……..

untitled1So granted I ran most of the route like I’d got one leg longer than the other, with one foot noisily slapping the pavement, but who cares. Not me, I did it, I passed my goal. I wanted to be back up to 5 miles by the end of Janathon and tonight I ran 5.7 miles, it’s fair to say I am a tad chuffed.

Two months ago I was beginning to lose hope that I’d ever get back to running any thing like the distances I had done before knee surgery. Now, well now, apart from wanting to kiss my surgeon, who said he would do everything he could to give me a chance to run and he has, a 10k is definitely on the cards. So that’s my next goal -a race, a scary thought, I haven’t done one for over 18 months but it will be my way of saying ‘look at me folks I’m back’.

5.7 miles run

one last Janathon sprint tomorrow

Bring it on

Hallowed Hills…….

ghostOk, ok. So maybe a cemetery isn’t the best of places to do a hill session. But needs must. I haven’t done a hill session since I very first picked up my knee injury,  as hills seemed to aggravate it. Fast forward 18 months and here I was about to embark on my first hill sprints – but where to go? My usual hills are in full view of the passing public, I really didn’t want to have an audience as:

  • I wasn’t really sure how the knee would hold up, and
  • I didn’t want every man and his dog seeing me huffing and puffing and basically dying.

So it had to be plan B, a nice wee hill in the middle of the old cemetery -my only audience would be dead people………. Or so I thought. How wrong can you be? I never realised that at 4 o’clock  on a Monday the place would be so busy, the last burial is at three thirty and looking at the age of some of these headstone that was 40 years ago, just my luck to pick visiting day. Except they didn’t seem to be visiting anyone, I passed the same dog walker 3 times, one woman turned up in one car and drove off in another (nudge, nudge, wink,wink) the local polish community seem to have mis-translated the word cemetry and thought they were in the pub and two young lads on scooters clearly wanted to use the same hill as me -I saw it first!!

Still it all worked out fine in the end ,in fact I was dead chuffed (sorry shit joke but it is Monday!) I managed 2 sets of 4 (small) hills with a 30 second rest in between with a 1.4 mile warm up and cool down. No niggles yet, this comeback is certainly here to stay!

Hill sprint done

75 squats

24 push-ups

140 crunches

95 sit-ups

55 leg lifts

85 seconds of planking

I’ve just seen tomorrow ab challenge -I think I might cry

Bring it on!!

Whatever the weather………

028_edited-1So Janathon day 26 and the end is in sight, hopefully that will mean the never-ending pile of muddy washing will end soon -or will it? The thing is the never-ending stream of outdoor clothes in the wash basket kind of signifies who I am, or more to the point who we are as a family. Between all 3 of us we golf, run, cycle, walk and play rugby, with or without Janathon we tend to always be on the go. I can’t see it changing anytime soon.

This morning saw us out in the pouring rain watching my son play rugby, the second game in a week, not bad to say we’re meant to be on a season break! If the conditions weren’t the best to begin with -they soon got a whole lot worse. Pouring rain became torrential rain and the pitch became a swamp, come half time the ref had little option but to abandon the game. Shame the opposition thought winning at all costs was more important than the health and safety of the kids on the pitch, but never mind!!!

With little sign of the whether improving it looked like it was going to be a wet and windy run for me this afternoon, not that I mind running in the rain but I am beginning to get webbed feet, my running shoes seem to be permanently soaked. Thankfully the running gods were kind and I didn’t get quite as wet as expected, not that I really noticed the weather I was trying to convince myself that I wasn’t about to get cramp, I have a real phobia about cramp I just can’t cope with having no control of it, anyway the cramp never materialised, just very tight calves -maybe yesterdays 30 day squat challenge didn’t help. Still another 2 miles in the bag and another running kit in the wash……

2 miles run

90 sit-ups

135 crunches

55 leg raises

80 seconds of planking

40 squats

22 push-ups

5 days to go

Bring it on

A Bike Ride For One Can Be Fun……..

So with the boys out paintballing for the day it was a bike ride for one this morning. A very muddy bike ride as it turned out. Much as I love cycling with hubby it does make a nice change to not go at breakneck speed and actually have a chance to take in the surroundings. It also gave me a chance to follow some different paths and as usual,  gave me the chance to get lost. Don’t get me wrong I’m not actually lost as in the sense of ‘I’ve no idea where I am’, but more ‘so how do I get out of here then?’ To add to todays fun, not only could I not find my way back onto the path I wanted to be on but I was also pedalling in a quagmire – I was covered from head to toe in mud. It was ace.

The other good thing about heading off into the unknown was finding another abandoned building – an old farmhouse from what I can gather – I can’t wait to go back with my camera. I can’t believe I’ve cycled past it week in, week out and never noticed it, I told you cycling slower had its plus points!!!!

So what with cycling and paintballing, the kitchen is once again a muddy the mess, the washer that’s now forgotten it’s not working,  is on overtime again and due to this afternoons torrential downpour, the nearly dry washing is now dripping , and there’s still junior rugby to come tomorrow which means even more mud – joy!!!

15 miles cycled

120 squats

18 push-ups

4 loads of washing

kitchen floor washed twice

More washing tomorrow

Bring it on

Slippy Slidey Friday……,..

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Last nights icy wind should probably have been an indication of just how cold it was going to be this morning, but as I stepped out of the house at 5:45 this morning for a quick sprint I really didn’t expect to be stepping on to a skating rink. Having spent the week doing idioms (another word for idiotic sayings that no one really understands!) at school the word ‘skating on thin ice’ really did spring to mind. Thankfully I stayed on my feet, just. But it was no easy task, the cornering was a nightmare -the things we do in the name of Janathon!!

1.1 miles run

90 sit-ups

120 crunches

50 leg lifts

75 seconds of planking

Now it’s raining cats and dogs

Bring it on!!

 

 

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