A Run, A Walk and a Bottomless Pit……..

So I managed it, just – a full day off without a run or a walk. I honestly had itchy feet though last night. I was so desperate for a run, evenmore so when Hubby’s  snoring started to drown out the T.V. But 10:00 at night is a little too late – even for run addicted me.

So its fair to say I was extremely pleased this morning to wake up to glorious sunshine, cold but glorious.Perfect running weather. Even better I had 2 running mates today much better for doing a nice steady run instead of the maniac pace I do when I’m on my own. Even better for saving me from the killer dogs – ”The Beasts of Heath’. Did we get attacked- NO – obviously they’re too scared to try and get 3 of us!!!  Enjoyable run done – out just long enough for Hubby to finish the ironing  -again, I’m getting  good at this, time for a nice long luxurious soak in the bath( run for me by Hubby- he is good really)  and a glass of chocolate milk, my favourite post run treat.

Mid hair straightening session  Jack declared he was starving hungry – his favourite words these days, I just can’t fill him. But does he grow to the size of the hulks he plays rugby with – No – He must have hollow legs cos I really don’t know where he puts it. Sandwich and crisps eaten he then asked what time tea would be, ‘I’m still a bit peckish Mum’ he said. Thank god we’ve only got one child, I don’t think I could afford to feed two. So 2 muller yoghurts later we decided to take advantage of the lovely weather and go for a walk. Pockets stuffed with snacks – didn’t want him getting faint through lack of food!! We headed down to the canal side in search of new walks to go on and boy did we find some lovely places- again! More unknown treasures that I’ve run past so many times – nature reserves -walkways-cycle routes. Why does Wakefield Council insist on promoting a half empty shopping centres when we’ve got all these amazing places to go – big opportunity missed. So we had a wail of a time for the best part of 2 hours – until his tummy rumbled. A great end to a lovely school holidays.

A Few Snacks


9.6 miles in 01:31:53
4.4 miles  in 1 hour 50 minutes
Back to work tomorrow so I need a run
Bring it on


Big Shop, Little Shop and ‘White Bread Syndrome’

So the last day of the holidays dawned, did I enjoy a lazy lie-in while I still had the chance, no. Instead I went to my least favourite place in the whole wide world…….Asda Big Shop, I hate supermarket shopping with a passion and even more so when it’s full of screaming kids on school holidays (yes I know I work with them term time but that’s different!) So my cunning plan was to be in and out of the place before they’d even got up, it nearly worked. Unfortunately the ‘George Half Price Sale’ delayed my trolley dash somewhat. Still, a few more bargains sneaked into the wardrobe. A new dress? No hubby darling I’ve had it ages!!!!!

The good thing this holidays is that I’ve nearly made it to the end of my list of jobs, which is a first. We’ve managed to have loads of time outdoors enjoying the lovely weather and today I finally got a few hours to myself while Jack went golfing with his dad. So a quick dash into town for a few bits and pieces – more new clothes (shhhhh). Housework finished, rugby kit ready for tomorrow I had time to fit in a sneaky run – about half an hour. I decided to go in search of a new route off the beaten track, down by the canal. I had a vague idea which way to go, I remember going with my dad years ago (a lot of years!)  I remember crossing a footbridge – which I found and eating a big  bag of torpedos – which I didn’t. Once I’d crossed the bridge I couldn’t remember which wayto go so I asked a friendly looking dog walker with two schnorbitz sized dogs who looked like they were going to lick me to death, beats the killer dogs I suppose. Anyhow, the nice lady told me which way I could go and said I’d probably be better going earlier in the day or with someone as it was a bit remote and dodgy (!) in parts. As I didn’t fancy being raped or pillaged before tea I did a loop back around where I’d been and headed home.

To be honest its probably a good thing I was off the beaten track, as an earlier McDonalds Lunch mean’t I was suffering from the dreaded ‘white bread syndrome’. I love white bread, it doesn’t like me. I end up with a stomach that looks like I’m about to give birth and terrible trapped wind. Had I have known I was going running I probably wouldn’t have chewed my way through a packet of windezee over the course of the afternoon . Shame they started easing my symptoms halfway through my run!!!

                  So a wind assisted  3.2 miles in 27  minutes 34 seconds.

No running tomorrow but lots of rugby

Bring it on

The Grumpy Runner and some Random Runner Irritations

Its fair to say that when I woke this morning I did not not feel the least little bit like going for a run. I felt like lying on the sofa and doing my best hubby impression not pounding the pavements for 10 miles. Even worse I hadn’t arranged to run with anyone so had no one to gossip to as the miles passed by. Still not one to give in, 9:30 saw me dragging myself out of the door kicking n screaming, knuckles trailing on the floor, probably the least enthusiastic runner ever. The end of mile one approached and I was ready for going home, drenched in sweat (yes it was warmer but not that much) legs like jelly I feared I’d caught the dreaded man-flu, still I’d done one mile might as well try another one so I plodded on, another four miles later I finally felt like I was getting somewhere!! Usually the route I run cheers me up, the lovely views, the animals ( how many horses today!!), the villagers saying hello but nothing seemed to lift my spirits until I reached the killer dogs- Beasts of Heath. Normally the killer dogs- they’re huge….for Yorkshire Terrriers , charge down the hill snapping n snarling and leave you in fear for your lives (well maybe your ankles but you get the idea!) Today Gripper and Killer didn’t notice me until I was running past a part of the fence where they can’t get out, boy were they P’d off. I know sticking my finger up at them was probably really childish but it made me feel a whole lot better! Mood lifted I finally started to enjoy my run. It was only then did I realise I was on for a good time not the steady time I had planned but then nothing I do ever goes to plan.

At approx mile 8 my amazing Nike + sportswatch (never works) died(again). Annoyed- ever so slightly, especially when the bloody thing  fired straight back up when I plugged it into the laptop and yes it was fully charged when I set off.  So the last mile and a half home saw me thinking of all the other things that irrate me when running.

  • Knob head car drivers who pap their horn just to scare you to death.
  • Dog walkers who go to all the trouble to pick up poo and then hang the poo bag on the nearest tree or bush.
  • Dog walkers who don’t pick up poo and then I stand in it.
  • Dog walkers who fail to keep friendly Fido under control then laugh when he trys to rip your leg off.
  • Dog walkers who block the whole path and let you run in the road get by.
  • Runners in groups running towards you who also don’t move in so you can pass.
  • Cyclists on pavements- I don’t blame you for being there  but please don’t run me down.
  • Kids who think its funny to run alongside you- love it when they can’t keep up!
  • Fishermen who block the canal paths with their poles!!
  • People who shout ‘C’mon big tits’  Are you blind or something?!?!

That’ll do for now.

So after much counting of fingers andthe help of various clocks todays run was;

10 miles in roughly 1:26:00

Happier Running Tomorrow

Bring It On



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