Monthly Archives: August 2017

August Roundup

I feel like I say this at the beginning of every post but how quickly has August flown by? The time really flies as an adult but as a child I remember a week feeling like a life time.

At the beginning of August my friend Susana, who owns her own balloon decor company, sent me a balloon in a box. Balloon in a box is a service she’s thinking of trying where you can send someone a balloon that will be personalised to your requirements. Susana personalised mine just how I like it, a good Walt Disney quote and a bit of Minnie Mouse. This was a such a lovely surprise and over three weeks later it’s still flying! Susana’s website is here if you fancy having a look: Balloon Zest

bubble balloon

August has seen our resident fox spending a lot of time in our garden. He’s getting way more confident and has tried to come in to the house when we’ve had the door open in the warm weather. He’s getting a lot closer to us too as though not afraid at all. As a result I’ve managed to snap some good pictures. I’m trying not to become a fox bore on Instagram but it’s difficult when he’s just so cute!

Fox

Fox

At the beginning of August it was my husband’s Birthday. We went to Weymouth for the day and afterwards drove over to Portland, then on to Portland Bill lighthouse. It was very pretty there and a good chance to see Britain’s rugged coastline.

Portland

On 19th August I volunteered at Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun for the 100th time. I was the RD for the day and had 100 balloons tied up around the finish funnel. I’ve now volunteered for parkrun including both the Saturday parkrun and the Sunday junior parkruns a total of 112 times.

parkrun volunteer

I’m ready for a bit of a rest now and hopefully concentrate on my own running, if this injury subsides.

August Bank Holiday was lovely and hot. My mum came down for the weekend so we went to the beach and out to eat. The weather was perfect and we had a fun weekend.

Let’s hope September maintains the weather although we’re now coming up to my favourite season, Autumn!

Want to read my other blog posts from August? They’re all here:

July Roundup

Disney’s Peter Pan X Cath Kidston

How I earned my Mermaid Challenge Medal

How I earned my Wonder Runner Medal

How I earned the Kidney Research 5K Medal

 

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Volunteering 100 times at Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun

parkrun logo

On 19th August I volunteered for the 100th time at Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun. I’ve mentioned in previous posts how I got started at parkrun but in case you haven’t read it before, I moved to the South Coast and needed a way to meet new people. It really is as simple as that.

I’ve met a lot of great people at parkrun and now have a lot of friends as a result. I know I can go and always see people I know, have a natter and a laugh and then finish it all off with a coffee.

There are people I’ve become close to, people I’d never have met if it wasn’t for parkrun, and people from all walks of life. I could write a paragraph to each person who has made my life that little bit better by having them in it as a result of meeting them at parkrun but I feel this blog post would become way too long so instead I’m going to share some pictures of me with my parkrun crew.

Starting with a picture of one of the greatest parkruns. It was part of the #IAmTeamGB campaign and parkrun sent us balloons, bunting, tshirts, sweatbands, selfie frames etc. We had fun in the finish funnel.

parkrun volunteers

This is probably one of the first team photos I was in. The volunteers change every week but sometimes people come and go. I haven’t seen some of the people in this photo for a while which is sad but the beauty of parkrun is that the door is always open.

parkrun volunteers

One of my favourite parkrun memories. I was timekeeping when this guy carried his pug, Dexter, over the finish line. Lots of people take their dogs to parkrun, not a lot of people carry them!

dog at parkrun

Me with Emma and Geoff, I’m wearing the blue and white Run Director vest. parkrun has enabled me to meet people from all walks of life that do interesting jobs and give their own time to help others.

parkrun volunteers

Another picture from the same day with us all squinting in the sunlight! It is occasionally Sunny at Lee-on-the-Solent but if I’m honest the howling wind and rain has had me wet through to my knickers at parkrun more times than I care to remember.

parkrun volunteers

This is a more recent picture of some of the regular volunteers. The lovely Pippa is wearing the RD vest in this picture, another amazing person I’ve benefitted from knowing!

parkrun volunteers

It’s taken two years to reach 100 times volunteering. Here I am as RD at the 2nd anniversary. We had a fancy dress theme and obviously I am Minnie Mouse. I’ve just realised, it looks like I am the only person in fancy dress in this photo! I swear there were others!!

As well as volunteering at parkrun I’ve now started completing them too. I’m lucky enough to have had people complete them with me. They’re willing to give up their chance of a PB or decent run to accompany me on a slow plod. The photo below is Louise and I. Louise walked with me and gave me great encouragement. I’m truly grateful.

Louise and I at parkrun

Now a couple of pictures from the morning of my 100th time. I wore my “uniform”, my apricot parkrun t-shirt personalised with my home parkrun Lee-on-the-Solent. The apricot t-shirts are only £27 including personalisation. They’re a great way when you’re doing parkrun tourism to show others where you’re from. In the picture below I’m inputting the results. You can see the lovely card Pearson made for me and the doughnuts and éclairs my friend bought for me to say Happy 100!

I also had balloons that I decorated the finish funnel area with. I started the morning wearing them but after they repeatedly hit me round the head I was ready to pop them! They worked much better on the finish funnel.

parkrun volunteer

And finally the lovely Anna came to Lee. I was very honoured to be asked for a selfie with her! Thanks Anna. Anna writes an amazing running blog that I’ve read for, blimey, probably a few years now! You should check it out.

Selfie with Anna the Apple

So what’s next for my parkrun journey. I now really want to concentrate on progressing with my own running at Lee-on-the-Solent and continue my volunteering streak at Stokes Bay junior parkrun. Of course I won’t be able to resist still volunteering at Lee but it won’t be every single week anymore, unless this Achilles injury sticks around!

Are you a fan of parkrun? Why not read my other parkrun posts? These start at the beginning of my parkrun journey.

parkrun volunteer

Becoming a parkrun Run Director

parkrun – More than meets the eye

Volunteering at parkrun 50 times

I Am Team GB

parkrun – That time when 552 runners turned up

parkrun – Thoughts from the finish line

Volunteering 80 times at Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun

My First parkrun

parkrun number 2

My third parkrun

 

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Earning the Kidney Research 5K Medal

As some of you may know I have hydronephrosis meaning I have one kidney that is larger than the other. Therefore when I saw this medal for Kidney Research posted on Virtual Runner I knew I wanted to sign up. At the minute my kidney behaves itself but one day I may need their help!

I signed up for this medal a while ago, before I was injured. I’d planned to use a parkrun to complete it but with my Achilles injury this wasn’t to be. I decided to take a walk and just take it slow to ensure I didn’t aggravate the injury any further.

We worked out a quick 5k route using the app Footpath. If you regularly run, walk or cycle this app is really good for figuring out routes and it’ll tell you how far your route is. We decided to walk down Lee-on-the-Solent prom and on to Hill Head.

As we walked the first part of our walk, down Lee-on-the-Solent prom past Daedalus slipway the heavens opened for around two minutes. Thankfully it was only for two minutes so we didn’t get too wet! You can see the dark clouds in this picture I took just before.

dark clouds over Lee-on-the-Solent

As we continued our walk leaving Gosport behind and entering Fareham’s coast line the weather improved a little and became sunnier but with a nice breeze to cool us down. We saw this bench. I’m not sure if it was knitted by someone who knows the person the bench is dedicated to or if it’s one of those random things people do. Either way it made me smile and stop to take a photograph.

knitted picture on bench

We turned round at end of Hill Head where the prom stops and it turns in to shingle beach only. I snapped this picture of a beach hut on the way back. The beach huts at Hill Head have a little personality to them, whereas the ones in Lee-on-the-Solent are all dark green. They’re not at all pretty.

pastel beach hut

We got home and thankfully my Achilles felt ok. It knew it had been worked a little bit but was no more grumbly than usual. And just in case you wanted to see the walk on a map here it is:

Walk from Lee-on-the-Solent to Hill Head

I walked 5km in 1:09. A slightly disappointing time but given that I’m carrying an injury it’s not too bad.

Here is a picture of the medal:

Kidney Reearch 5K medal

I love the little kidney cut out and that the lanyard carries the logo too.

Want to see the other medals I’ve earned? The posts are below:

Wonder Runner Medal

Mermaid Medal

To The Moon and Back Medal

Unicorn Medal

All Aboard Medal

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How I earned my Wonder Runner medal

In July I entered the Wonder Runner medal on Virtual Runner UK. I just thought I’d pop here that I pay for all my entries and I write these blog posts because I want to. I don’t even think Virtual Runner know about these posts. I just like how easy it is to be able to earn medals without having a minimum pace forced upon me. I can do it at my own pace.

For this July challenge I wanted to try and cover more distance than I did in June for the Mermaid Challenge. My running was going from strength to strength so I had a good feeling about it. The rules were to run, walk or cycle as far as you can through July. I completed 8 runs and 1 walk.

I started the July challenge with a 30 minute treadmill run where I completed 2.3 miles. This was followed by a 2 mile walk in 43:32. I took this picture of seagulls as they flew overhead. Just look how blue the sky is!

seagulls

This was followed by two treadmill runs. One was a 5k and the other was just a mile. Then on the 15th July I completed my 4th parkrun at Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun. I completed the 5k course in 47:47.

parkrun finish token

Standard finish token picture!

I then did a 2mile run on the treadmill before completing my 5th parkrun at Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun. This was completed in 47:38 which is my current parkrun PB.

parkrun finish token

In July I also joined the Gosport Road Runners beginners group. At the first one we totted up 1.24 miles of running. I then finished the month of July with two 30 minute runs on the treadmill both totalling 2.2 miles.

For the Wonder Runner July Challenge I completed 35.7km or 22.18 miles. I’d beaten my June total and for August I wanted to see if I could complete 26.2 miles or more (marathon distance)

Here is the Wonder Runner medal.

Wonder Runner medal

Want to read about the other medals I’ve earned? The posts are below:

Mermaid Medal Challenge

To the Moon and Back Medal

The Unicorn Medal

The All Aboard Medal

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How I earned my Mermaid Challenge medal

I’ve found it so hard to find time to blog lately so I’m sitting down now and writing a lot of posts and scheduling them. Embarrassingly these posts go back to June! But without further ado, here’s how I earned my Mermaid Challenge Medal from Virtual Runner UK.

The rules for this challenge were to run, walk, swim or cycle as many kilometres as possible in the month of June. I earned my medal with 1 walk, 3 runs and 2 bike rides.

My walk was at Stokes Bay where I walked 2.07 miles in 51:23. It was a lovely evening stroll where I took lots of pictures. Hence it taking so long. I’ll just share the one picture of the sun beginning to set.

Sunset at Stokes Bay

The first run, well run walk was at Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun. This was my 3rd parkrun and I completed the 5k course in 53:38.

parkrun finish token

If you don’t take a picture of your finish token did you even parkrun?

The two bike rides I did were to and from Stokes Bay junior parkrun. One ride was just over 2.5 miles and the other just over 3 miles. They both took 22 minutes. Riding there was a breeze but on the way back it was so windy! It was really hard to pedal against the wind. Here’s a picture of the start line. Look at the determination.

Stokes Bay junior parkrun

I completed the Mermaid Challenge with two treadmill runs. The first a 5k in 45:13 and the second a 30 minute run in which I covered 2.27 miles.

Altogether I completed 25.5km or 15.8 miles. I was really pleased with how much I’d completed but was determined to beat it in July!

The medal is such a stunner. I absolutely love it. I love how the lanyard carries on the theme!

mermaid medal

Want to read about the other medals I’ve earned? The posts are below:

Earning my To the Moon and Back Medal

Earning my Unicorn Medal – The Hard Way

Earning the All Aboard Medal

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Disney’s Peter Pan X Cath Kidston

Cath Kidston have announced that their next collaboration with Disney will be a Peter Pan collection. As a fan of Tinkerbell this pleases me greatly. However, past experience shows, I’m not likely to get much from the collection if anything as everything sells out so quickly.

The collection launches online on Thursday 21st September at 7pm. This time it looks like a large collection including items in bags, clothing, homeware and Cath Kids! There is currently a preview online that can be viewed here. All images in this post are courtesy of the Cath Kidston website.

I really like the Tinkerbell polka dot dress. It even looks like this comes with a Peter Pan collar! Very clever. They are also bringing out a skirt.

Disney's Peter Pan X Cath Kidston

Disney's Peter Pan X Cath Kidston

Now Cath Kidston bags are my thing and I couldn’t choose just one so I’m going to be sharing them all, starting with this large navy tote. It has the iconic image of Peter Pan, Wendy, John and Michael as they fly over the London skyline to Neverland.

Disney's Peter Pan X Cath Kidston

This rucksack will be mine! I have the original London print this is based on as a rucksack so I need to add this to my collection.

Disney's Peter Pan X Cath Kidston

These bags are so cute. I can’t be sure but I think the small silver star bag/purse is probably a Cath Kids bag. The navy star bag/pouch at the front looks like either a small structured bag or maybe a foldaway shopper bag. But can we just take in the Tinkerbell clutch bag? That is beautiful!

Disney's Peter Pan X Cath Kidston

The home items are lovely and I definitely want the London print cup that matches the rucksack. I also like the notebooks and pencil case. I probably wouldn’t order the cushion or crockery but that’s just because it wouldn’t match my house! Although I do need some new crockery!

Disney's Peter Pan X Cath Kidston

Disney's Peter Pan X Cath Kidston

Disney's Peter Pan X Cath Kisdton

Disney's Peter Pan X Cath Kidston

The Cath Kids items are so cute! I’d quite like the nightdress, Tinkerbell backpack and dress myself!

Disney's Peter Pan X Cath Kidston

Disney's Peter Pan X Cath Kidston

Disney's Peter Pan X Cath Kidston

Disney's Peter Pan X Cath Kidston

What are your favourite pieces from the collection?

Want to see my other Disney X Cath Kidston posts? They’re listed below:

Disney X Cath Kidston – The Minnie and Mickey collection

Disney X Cath Kidston – The Winnie The Pooh Collection

Disney X Cath Kidston – The Launch

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July Roundup

I know this post is late but to be honest I’ve had some problems with webhosting and wordpress that just put me in to a bit of a blog funk and I didn’t want to update it. However, I finally seem to have it all fixed so hopefully now I’ll feel like updating a little more!

Now, on to July. July was a good month where I concentrated on my running and felt like I was coming on in leaps and bounds. However, now injury has struck and I find myself in a running funk! More on that in another blog post.

July started off with our 2nd Birthday at Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun. We had a fancy dress and cake theme. I was joint RD along with the Event Director Maggie. I did the run brief up the ladder and that’s where this picture comes from. Taken by Kieran.

parkrun RD

On 3rd July we went for an evening walk and I managed to grab this shot. There’s nothing like a car park full of seagulls taking flight as you walk through to remind you that you live at the seaside!

seagulls flying over Lee-on-the-Solent

In June I took part in one of the challenges on Virtual Runner to earn the mermaid medal. I completed 25.5km throughout the month and my medal arrived at the beginning of July. I must do a blog post about this! But for now, check out the medal. Super cool!

mermaid medal

In July I completed two parkruns and this picture shows my current PB.

parkrun finish token parkrun PB

Probably one of the most awesome things to happen to me was that Starbucks UK featured this picture on their Instagram after I posted on mine and tagged them.

Starbucks Caramel Frappucino

Finally in July the USS George H W Bush came to visit Stokes Bay which attracted people in their droves! It was a huge boat. I took this picture of it from Pebbles Café after we finished up at Stokes Bay junior parkrun. It actually doesn’t look that big in the photograph!

USS George H W Bush

And finally it wouldn’t be my blog without a sunset picture! So to finish, here is a sunset picture!

sunset at Lee-on-the-Solent

Let’s see what August brings!

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