A Magic Weekend…………..

I wasn’t really sure how I’d feel this morning, I should have been in Scotland running the Edinburgh Marathon -alas it was not to be. I’ve remained hopeful all year that I would be able to run it, but come March it was becoming very apparent that it wasn’t going to happen. To be honest -looking at the rather warm conditions that today’s weather brought, I wasn’t that disappointed that I couldn’t do it. I’ve run marathons in the heat before and they’re a nightmare. You spend all Winter training hard in the hope of getting a PB only for the heat to get in the way -it’s happened to me twice in London, though I did get a PB -just not the one I wanted (us runners are never happy!) it is so annoying.

With the running out of the window, its been a rugby weekend. Seven games in the sunshine. Thankfully we opted not to go to Manchester, to say Wakefield were rubbish is an understatement. I would have been bloody annoyed if we’d forked out to watch that -I’ve seen U10’s play better rugby. So it’s been a rugby in the garden weekend courtesy of Sky Go. It shows how times have changed -I’ve known us carry the portable telly out into the garden in days gone by. Though why we called them portable I’ll never know -they weighed a ton! Still on the plus side if the aerial broke you could replace it with a wire coat hanger you can’t do that nowadays…….

Starting to get a tan

Will the sunshine last

Bring it on

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I’ll huff and I’ll Puff But at Least I’ve Run…..

marathon bedSo the alarm went off and I rolled over and thought about having another ten minutes snoozing -thankfully putting my running kit at the side of the bed did the trick. I battled CBA syndrome and dived out of bed. Its my first run in over a week, I knew it wasn’t going to particularly easy but I didn’t expect to huff and puff quite so much –  it was only two miles. Not only was it hard work, but my knee is niggling again – I am putting it down to the fact I haven’t done any form of exercise for over a week. I have to stay hopeful that I’ll be upping my mileage some time soon. preferably sometime before May 2013 -I’ve got a marathon to run!! Not my best run but I’m still glad I did it – I’ve got to keep sane somehow in the christmas countdown.

1.9 miles run

3 days to go

Bring it on

A Generation Inspired- Maybe!!!!!

So that’s it – the Closing Ceremony is over (No Macca – wahoo) The flame has gone out, no more sitting glued to the T.V- so now what? Well first we’ve got to deal with the press post-mortem of what went wrong. To be honest they are going to have to dig deep to find much? I’ve been lucky enough to see some of the Olympics first hand. The Ladies Marathon, the Wendy-ball semi-finals at Old Trafford and we had a day at Hyde Park Live. I’ve no complaints about any of it. Despite all the doom and gloom forecast before hand, the whole thing was a fantastic , very well organised experience. So just what were the best bits……….

Well, on a personal level the day in London watching the Marathon was awesome. It was great to see what we miss when we run the London Marathon- I can’t believe how fast they go. The atmosphere was brilliant and the way people waited for the very last injured athlete to finish some 20 minutes after everyone else had done was respect for others at its very best. Then there was ‘that Saturday night’ who will ever forget it.

As a Mum, being able to share the Olympics with my son has been truly memorable. Granted, I’m not too chuffed with his new found love for beach Volleyball- maybe because it’s not the ball skills he’s interested in but we have watched sports together that we never normally would. Horses dancing – whatever next!! I’m not too sure what he thought to the female boxing we watched but he cheered as loudly as everyone else when Nicola Adams won the semi-final!!! We also saw the first ever female Saudi athlete compete that day- Hyde Park was on it’s feet as she finished a whole lap behind everyone else- hopefully come Rio there will be more Saudi women getting their chance.

The Olympics and the Jubilee seem to have made Britain great again- will it last, who knows but it will be sad if nothing comes from all that has gone on. So can we inspire a generation? Well we can if we are all prepared to do our bit- if we sit back and assume someone else will sort it, then it will never happen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axg9-3JsnGQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGA-xG-IJ6k

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYtpL5YhWOQ

 

 

Off to Inspire a Generation

Anyone want to help

Bring it on!!!

Er…..More Olympics

So this time last week we were sat staring at the TV (well Jack and I were – Ernie was laying in the wardrobe!!) and wondering if this London Olympics was going to be all it claimed to be or a total disaster. Fast forward a week and it has blown all expectations out of the water – it’s been awesome – all of it. A real two fingers to the British Press who haven’t had a good thing to say about the Olympics for months.

From Boris hanging on his highwire to every effort by every athlete – it’s been ace and now there are only 2 more sleeps until I get to go see some real live action close up. Yes come Sunday my friend and I are heading to the capital at stupid o clock so we can go watch the women’s marathon – can’t wait. The flags are ready as is my team GB top, hoodie and anything else I buy team GB wise before Sunday – maybe Jack suggestion of face paint and foam finger is a tad OTT but I can’t deny I’m tempted!!!

Monday see’s me at Old Trafford for female Wendy-Ball (me at a football game – priceless) hopefully I’ll manage to contain myself and remember not to shout ‘knock on’ and ‘bang him her’ – rugby league kinda girl me!!  Who to cheer for though – Canada or USA!!

Just how well are Team GB doing

More of the same tomorrow

Bring it on

 

 

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