Pic a day – 27th Feb

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Today the photos from the Glentress trail race came out – which yes, I still need to write a review of!

This is the best picture of me that I could find! I’m not totally enamoured with it if I am being honest, which is why I haven’t bought it yet, however, if I do I will probably post about it!

This photo was taken about 3 miles into the race when I was feeling pretty good about it and myself! My legs were fresh, I was taking it easy going up the hills and I had just about hit a 7:30 mile.

Obviously from there things went uphill literally but downhill metaphorically in terms of my pace!  But it was still such an enjoyable race.  I’ve never had a come down after a race or a run like this! I must’ve had one million endorphins shooting around my brain.  I am so psyched about my training just now and want to do it right and get signed up for the next thing!

Pic a day – 26th Feb

Today has been a lazy day – long walk with Murphy this morning and then chilled out in the afternoon. I am tired from yesterday and from a busy week and weekend so a day of not very much was exactly what I needed. 

Early to bed tonight and watching American Dad.

Uninspiring blog post unfortunately tonight!!

Pic a day – 25th Feb

Today Johnnie and I ran the Glentress half marathon. I’ll do a full race write up of it later, but I’ll just chat a bit about it too! It was such a tricky course, with lots of technical bits and many many hills. One of the guys I ended up talking too said he couldn’t believe it basically climbed up solidly for around 15km yet we still ended up back at the level at the start!

It was such a tough run, I’d say it was one of the hardest runs I’ve ever done. The ground was very wet, slushy and muddy, thanks in part to the left overs of Storm Doris! That made the climbs even harder and saturated my trainers!

It was honestly so much fun though and I can’t wait to sign up for the next one.

When we got back home, Martin had been working hard to prepare a delicious dinner of haggis, neeps and tatties and then pulled pork done in the slow cooker. We had my mum and Johnnie round and had such a nice night.

Pic a day – 24th Feb

Tonight I had the ‘Room Awesome’ ladies over for dinner and catching up. It was brilliant as it always is when I spend time with them. They are such a laugh and it was great to have them all up to our house and to spend time using or new kitchen and dining room!

After they left and I was getting tidied up, I had to shout on Martin as I had lost Murphy. We eventually found him, cosied into my side of the bed. Chancer!

Pic a day – 23rd Feb

I found this picture on the Twitter of one of the race organisers for the Glentress half on Saturday. I am super excited for it but also very nervous!!

This is my first trail half marathon so it was always going to be a challenge, however, looking at the weather forecast (which looks very very wet) and seeing what the conditions are like there currently, I think it is going to be even more challenging.

Don’t get me wrong though, I cannot wait to get going. It’s going to be quite an adventure! Looking forward to getting home after work tomorrow and getting all my kit set out and ready to go.

Pic a day – 22nd Feb

So today, we FINALLY got our tickets booked for Slamdunk festival. This is a one day festival that we (Martin, our pal Meghan and I) have been going to pretty much every year for the last 5 years. We’ve missed a couple due to life events or heading off on other bank holiday adventures, but we always keep coming back for more.

It is genuinely such a great weekend. The festival lasts one day but is full of the best pop punk music, beers and generally good times. We usually go to Leeds and are returning there this year, the only difference being that it is on the Sunday and not the Saturday! The good news is that I think I have a holiday on the Monday so we can stay over after the festival and just travel home as normal. 

I am so excited that we’ve finally booked our tickets. Here’s some highlights from slamdunk weekends gone by.

 

Pic a day – 21st Feb

With the wind howling, the rain pouring, a sore leg, a tired body and the fact that it’s only Tuesday, this photo of the scenery from my walk on Sunday is a little piece of sunshine (although it is a rather gloomy photo).

It reminds me to keep on powering through, because even though you can have Tuesdays which feel like Mondays, you get to have days where you are just wandering free, with little cares, enjoying the world and feeling at peace.

Today, I had a moment of what felt like synchronicity. Where something happened and was followed by something else which fitted and was exactly in tune with my thoughts. Now, I’m just working out exactly what it meant.

Treadmill miles and no smiles

Tonight I took to the treadmill hoping for four or five miles, but managed three.

I hate the treadmill – I see these amazing runners who can take their runs indoors for certain circumstances and run for hours on the treadmill because they have to. But I can’t!

Tonight it was horrendously rainy and windy here and I was feeling a niggle in my right ankle and leg. I wanted to keep my run relatively short and also be close to home in case my leg got worse and I had to hobble home in the rain. Enter treadmill.

I tried what I could to make it more enticing. I brought my iPad to watch Netflix on. I told myself I would be faster as the treadmill pulled me along. But, every .1 of a mile seemed like a marathon in itself.

I finished 22 and a half minutes later with a still sore leg and a bored mind.

The Crown (which I’ve started watching on Netflix) is dead good though 🙂

Pic a day – 20th Feb

Today I saw this picture and really, it just made me laugh. Murphy is only half springer spaniel, but that is certainly enough! He can literally be doing the same as those dogs in the picture all at the one time! 

I am glad we have our little energetic fluff ball though and I am so excited for turning that energy into walks and adventures all over the place when he is older.

Pic a day – 19th Feb

Today I went a big walk with Johnnie and all the dogs. Murphy had his first big experience going in water and I was a terrified parent, but he was fine. He loved his big outing and ran all the way with Rosie and Ruby, although he did eat many poos. It’s so nice getting to a stage now where we can really enjoy Murphy and do proper things with him; he’s growing into such a great dog.

Later I got home to find that our dining room and kitchen are almost finished which is so exciting. We got it all a little tidied up and were able to have our first meal at our new table tonight.

Murphy having his first chew in the new kitchen

Renovating is definitely more of a marathon than a sprint, however, every day in every way our wee house is becoming more like a home.