It feels like Mary Poppins bag today

Need to do some more decluttering

Hello from me to you

I’m loving today, I want more days like this. I have been out since 8am, changed tops at Primark, got Lego from smiths as requested by my sister and I got one to for going :D. Finally got jeans!!! changed my rucksack as it had split. And food shopped. I was let on the bus first as I had way too many bags. I then was home by 11am. I have since got three loads of washing on, cleaned the house and sorted a load of stuff from charity. All the stuff from my old house and more. I am now sitting happily sorting the office out and listening to the Frozen soundtrack.

I bumped into someone this morning, and they hadn’t seen me for a while, they said I looked less stressed than the last two years and looking a lot calmer. That might be because of everything I’ve…

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Saw this in a twitter message and had to reblog

Hello from me to you

post-vintage-green-victor-england-kitchen-weighing-scales-with-vintage-weights-2281-pFirst Memory

Playing in my Grandma’s pantry with all the tins of food and playing ‘shop’. It was under thestairs and contained all her tins of food and dry stuff and an old set of scales with the weights on. oh and a tin opener attached to the wall. We spent ages in there.

Favourite Books

LBC Puffins LogoToughy. A few from childhood – The Silver sword , Mrs Frisby and the rats of NIMH, The little book of brownies. Since taking up reading again in 2004 after staying in caravan over the summer, pride and prejudice, I’ll always be grateful to that 30p copy. The Princess Bride.  The book of lost things  by John Connolly.

And the list will grow as I run LBCPuffins for Leeds Book Club and go to other meetings to.

Writing
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I’ve never been a writer, I took up this blog a few years ago after a creative writing…

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The Great North Run – A family affair!

I did it! I completed the Great North Run! It is the best thing I have ever done. Even more so because I reconnected with family. It’s a strange thing is social media. But thanks to Facebook, over 17 years ago when I reconnected with one cousin via a friend and then more family connected over the years, I have finally been able to see family who we had lost contact with due to my Dad.

This weekend has been incredible. In fact the journey leading up to it. I was intending to run the Great North Run last year but due to becoming unemployed I just couldn’t afford to and I wasn’t in the right mindset. Saying that, this year I have a job, but have been doing evening work and long shifts, so motivation to get out to train has been very low. The one thing I have been grateful for is parkrun and being lucky having the odd Saturday morning free. Yes it may only be 3.1 miles but it was something and it got me going. I just found this year I was working long shifts and then finding I wasn’t getting the right amount of sleep or too much therefore the motivation to get up or to go out just didn’t appear and I never made it past 6 miles in training. The one thing I did manage to keep on track was my diet and I’ve seen a massive change and I’ve managed to lose at least a stone and a half since Christmas. I’m so proud.

So, Sunday came around quite quickly. I stayed at my cousins on Saturday night and slept quite well. On the morning my cousins, Andy and Steven and I travelled to Newcastle via the train and a breakfast stop of bacon sandwich and walked to the start.

So I was in pink, my cousins were orange and white. My two cousins went in the line up together as I walked to the back. I probably could have joined them, but felt knowing my luck I’d get noticed and end up at the very back and goodness knows what would happen. Anyway I felt I could not keep up with either of them as one had done a lot of training and the other, apparently not as much, but is a lot taller and I’d have had to run twice as fast to keep up 😀 so I walked to my pen, and found I had an extra mile to walk back to the start. oh dear.

I have never experienced anything like it. I thought it would be the same as the 10k’s just on a bigger scale, but it was so much more. I spotted a couple of people also in Cystic Fibrosis tops like me and I was amazed at how much support we were giving each other. Not only that just everyone in general. We were all nervous standing around and jokes were made and everyone shouting good luck as we finally set off.

While I had been standing around, I found that Strava couldn’t pick up signal and wouldn’t even start, which meant I couldn’t track my pace etc. I took it as a sign it wasn’t important and that with the chip on my number I would have a time at the end and that’s all that counted. I decided I just had to do it and enjoy it. It’s the first time I’ve ever fully just absorbed everything. Being aware I didn’t know the course fully, even with going through the walk through online, I was still quite surprised about the hills, the long inclines. Yet at one point I just thought, ‘Thank goodness for Cross Flatts Park and those hills!!!!”  They actually did me the world of good training in that park. Yes I walked some bits of the route but I mainly ran and managed to keep going on the last mile to complete my first half-marathon and one that I grew up watching.

So with that said, it was an amazing journey. The support by the crowds was amazing. Running thought the tunnels and everyone shouting ‘Oggy’ and the response everyone gave made me feel I was never alone. All I kept thinking was, that I had to keep going, I couldn’t leave my cousins waiting too long, but on the other hand I just wanted to enjoy the run. At around mil 8 or 9 there were showers, or sprinklers in a tent, which you could run through which really helped. At mile 10 my legs started to hurt, but then more water and ice pops were handed out and I think the sugar helped.

When I realised I was on the last stretch I had an urge to push forward but knew if I did I wouldn’t finish without having to walk. My body was reacting and I knew I had to slow it down. And then I was on the seafront, the last stretch. I kept telling myself ‘you’re nearly finished, you can do this!’. Funniest bit was I had seen a woman dressed as a post box a bit further back, and had said hello, only for her to come flying past at the end. But I finished, I made it! I threw my hands in the air and I celebrated.

I collected my water, followed by my goody bag and then onto the medal. I bloody did it!

After that I tried contacting my cousin, found I had difficulty with signal, but finally got the instructions where to meet. I went over thinking I was going to see both cousins, but no just Andy who had finished first with an amazing time of 2 hours and 5 minutes (I think) to tell me I had beaten Steven. I was in utter shock. Turns out he had stopped at Tesco’s for food and had a couple of pit stops. I was in shock, I didn’t think that I would catch either of them or beat one.

So before the big day, you are able to sign up for a text service to get your results and also use an app that people can use to follow you. I didn’t realise how good the app was until I saw my pacing and the fact you can track how you did even after the race, so I was able to see how Andy and Steven did. When I got the message through about my time, I just couldn’t believe it. It was far better than expected. I had worked out what time I could possibly get and I thought it was more near the 3 hour mark and not what I got. It still hasn’t quite sunk in, see below……

2 hours 34 minutes 53 seconds

I have to say  a big thank you not only to my cousins, but also to my Mum and Sister. I stayed with them Sunday night, I travelled via bus to theirs and when I got there still in gear, my Mum insisted I get a bath first then have some food. While my Mum sorted the bath my Sister ended up helping me get my tutu and leggings off as I just couldn’t seem to do it. I just want to say thank you to them for their support it made a good end to a fantastic day!

So on to post exercise, yesterday I walked in town and back and today, after some good advice I tried to go for a run. I have to say, although it was a 5k with a bit of walking, it’s amazing the difference doing the half has done to my running. I felt stronger and taller. Can’t wait for the full recovery and try longer distances. Yes there will be more races, hopefully the Great North again, that’s a least one birthday present sorted. Along with some 10k’s, I’m hoping Norwich, Darlington and Durham. And of course not forgetting some parkruns. I have now got up to 14. Lets see if I can at least double that in the next year.

Today’s run:

https://www.strava.com/activities/1181822322/embed/9a1eba6820d9c628b67266109dc7ba276ad3f881

 

And I leave you with this. I saw this today and I wasn’t aware of no 9 until the day 😀

https://www.buzzfeed.com/kerrysimpson/29-things-that-happen-to-every-great-north-runner-15tjj?utm_term=.btYvYQEnKP&ref=mobile_share

Thank you for reading

xxx

‘Sunshine On A Rainy Day’

4DAYS

My body may not be prepared my head is. The Great North Run is going to be the biggest event of my life so far. Yes, I haven’t done the full amount of running needed. Yes I may hurt after but I’m so looking forward to it. I’ve always said I’m going to complete it but not thought how. Then on Saturday I realised in a way it’s only 5 parkruns. So if I break it down I can do it in 30 minute segments and I’ll be flying home!

I also tried out my outfit. I was thinking of being a bee but ended up with some popstar style stuff or basically a tutu and a sweatband. At least I’ll be seen. So down to the maths. A parkrun is a 5k or 3.1 miles. and 5 of them is 15.5 miles. Now that’s 2.4 miles more than the half marathon, but I’m taking into account I’m going to be right at the back when I start and I need to allow that and what’s at the end.

I read something last night about when running a half-marathon to think about taking 30 minute walking breaks. This allows the body to recover and you can run in short bursts. Well I had already decided to do a bit of walk/running as this was the only way I would complete it. So I started to think of a plan. It’s not complete but for at least the first mile until I’m over the start line and first km it’s either going to be a fast walk or gentle jog then build it up. There’s going to be pacers at the race as well. Apparently pink bunnies, if I can keep one of them in sight at some point that might help, but other than that I will listen to my body, absorb the crowd and fingers crossed I won’t take too long and be back for lunch  and collect my medal and finisher’s t-shirt (see below).

So roll on 10.40am on Sunday morning.

LET’S DO THIS!!!!

And I’m going to learn this to keep me going …..

Keep on movin’ don’t stop rockin’ (ahh ahh ahh)

Thank you for reading

xxx

Time changes everyone

Hello from me to you

A mish mash of my week, or what I can remember anyway

Yet we forget them some get left behind. Humans are funny people. Some move forward, some get stuck in a perpetual loop and need a little push. Or if they do break free and bec

Sleep like a starfish

Merida: There are those who say that fate is something beyond our command. That our destinies are not our own. But I know better. Our fate lives within us. You only have to be brave enough to see it.

 Reconciliation comes from setting aside pride, admitting your mistakes, and forgiving completely

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Lion king lessons 

Don’t stop believing!

Other than that just give up on trying to get people to listen. Funny I should say that as I haven’t been a good one. But that’s because I am scared of other…

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13th parkrun and I smashed it!

https://www.strava.com/activities/1152427739/embed/0f504bfc1c1d3c70f2582ad8a9b23230d3289704

 

I got a course PB:

Cross Flatts parkrun results for event #225.

Your time was

00:34:34.

Parkrun is truly an inspirational event. This morning at my local one there was one particular lady (don’t know her name) who cheered everyone on which made me grateful for volunteers and people giving their time up. She was constantly shouting support and encouragement and made the small tough hills bearable.

All volunteers at parkrun are truly amazing. they give up their time to let others achieve great things. I’ve volunteers around 20 times and try to do it when I can. To give a little back when I’ve achieved little miracles like this.

This has to be my favorite run yet. All the cobwebs are gone and I managed it a minute slower than last week!

So, so proud.

Thank you for reading

xxx

Dont be afraid of the “What If’s”

Today marked my first run in a nearly year and a half.

I’ve been saying for almost a year I wanted to get back to running.

“So what?” you may say. Well for me, this is a BIG deal

I used to love running, I’d head off on a trail with my faithful four legged friend for miles previous to CFS. We ran for fun. We ran to tire her out. And we ran to train for 10K’s and half marathons.

Running was OUR THING. Then came the recovery process.

I had learn to listen more to my body and those inevitable signs. “Push and Crash”. I tried to get back into running. And so – Push and Crash I did.

This afternoon my daughter asked would I come for a run with her… “Yes” said I. “See you in fifteen minutes!”

I had a moment of panic… Ahh!! What…

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