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If We Were Having Coffee…

I’ve not had a lot to blog about lately as I’m still injured so still not running. However, there’s been a few things going on so I thought I’d do a chatty post as though we were chatting over a cup of coffee.

Flat White

If we were having coffee…I’d tell you I’m going back to the classroom. Well sort of. Work offered a free course with at home learning. At the end we get a level 2 qualification in Common Childhood Illnesses. I’m half way through 2 out of 3 units and so far I’m enjoying it. It’s informative and giving me another string to my bow. The only down side is, it’s all handwritten! I’m not used to writing for long periods of time anymore!

Common Childhood Illnesses

If we were having coffee…I’d tell you a recently went to a 40th Birthday party. It was in a very cool industrial venue that was so unique. I’d love to have held an event there but sadly it’s been pulled down soon. The party was an 80’s theme so we dressed up and sang the night away. I had to chair dance though as this was a little while ago when my injury was still sore.

80s party

If we were having coffee…I’d tell you I’m still injured but very slowly making a return to exercise. I did 15 minutes on the exercise bike which was pain free. So a couple of days later I did an exercise DVD. I was tentative. I was scared some of the movements might hurt or aggravate my injury but again it was pain free. My injury feels 90% better now and the physio has told me there’s nothing else she can do but it’s knowing how to get rid of the remaining 10% now!

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how excited I am that the heatwave is over. There’s one good thing about this injury and that’s that I’ve not had to run in this heat! I’m rubbish in heat, let alone trying to run in it. I’m very much an Autumn/Winter person. I don’t care if I’m running in the dark and rain. It does not bother me one bit. Look at these apples growing on my neighbours tree. A sure sign Autumn is on the way.

Autumn Apples

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that Weight Watchers is working wonders for me. In 5 weeks I’ve lost 12.5lbs and 5% of my body weight. I’m really pleased with how easy I’m finding it.

Weight Watchers 5% Certificate

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that I went for a coffee with Sarette who runs Woofs with Wilson. We went to The Pump House in Gosport. I’d heard of it, but I’d never been before. It was so lovely. It’s in an old pump house, as the name suggests, and is small but perfectly formed inside with outdoor seating too. As we arrived early, we sat inside and had a lovely natter with Heather the owner. I had a flat white and a slice, well I say a slice, it was more like a slab of coffee and walnut cake. It was delicious and hand made in house!

Coffee Cake

If we were having coffee…I’d tell you that after going for coffee Sarette asked me if I’d like to join her on a walk with Wilson! Honestly, I didn’t need asking twice! It was a big fat yes please. We went for a lovely walk at Stokes Bay and once again I was shown paths I didn’t know existed and how they linked to places I did know. I wish I’d tracked the walk on my watch but I reckon we walked around 1.5-2 miles. We walked on trails and shingle and my injury was absolutely fine!

Woofs with Wilson and I

Woofs With Wilson

Action shot of Wilson jumping for stones

If we were having coffee…I’d tell you I went on a walk with Maria from work. We walked along Stokes Bay up to the Gilkicker fort and back. It was 2.8 miles so almost a parkrun and again was absolutely pain free. It was a chatty pace though so perhaps not quick enough for a parkrun just yet. We had a good old natter and then went for a coffee afterwards.

Apple Watch Walk Stats

That now brings me pretty much up to date with everything that’s been happening. Hopefully as I return to exercise I’ll have a little more to blog about. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to run some time in the future!

 

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A Bit of a Catch Up!

Since getting back from Scotland in mid-March I’ve not blogged much. I thought I’d do a bit of a catch up instead of lots of posts that I feel behind with! This way I can get caught up in on fell swoop and I’ll be back on track.

Running/parkrun

Since getting back from Scotland I’ve both lost and found my running mojo. When we were in Scotland I only ran once at Aviemore parkrun. We did lots of walking though which I thought would make up for it. My first parkrun back was horrendous. I put it down to all the good eating in Scotland and potentially being a bit dehydrated from the long car journey the day before. My friend Lorna, who is funnily enough Scottish, came and ran with me. I met Lorna at junior parkrun but this is the first time we’ve managed to do a full parkrun together. parkrun were running a competition to win a mattress for anyone that ran in their pyjamas, so in our pyjamas we ran! I ran all the way bar the shingle section but my time was absolutely terrible. I wore my “Let it Snow” pyjamas which was a bit tongue in cheek as we were due to get the Beast from the East 2.0 that afternoon…and we did!

Lorna and I at parkrun

There were talks of maybe having to cancel junior parkrun the next day. However, unlike the adult parkrun, the junior parkrun has a field beside it and we were able to offer a 2km run on the field. It was covered in snow but was safe for a run as it wasn’t becoming compact ice like the prom was. We only had 20 children turn up but they had so much fun. They were making snow angels and throwing snow balls whilst completing the course. Hopefully they made some memories that day that’ll last a long time.

snowy junior parkrun

Finish funnel set up in the snow

The following Saturday I ran/walked parkrun with the run 1 minute/walk 1 minute pacer Sam. He was brilliant at spurring me on and when I started to slow he asked me what I was feeling. When I told him he told me I was dehydrated and he was probably right. I must learn to drink more.

I went to see the physio again. I told him I get the niggly Achilles that’s plagued me since last September. He told me it’s because I have high arches on my feet and recommended I buy a pedi roller to roll out my feet after running. He also suggested getting some heel lifts for my running shoes. Afterwards he gave me a massage to help the Achilles and oh my word it was so nice! I honestly could have fallen asleep laid on the table. Afterwards he said not to see him again unless I am injured which was good.

After my physio session I went to the printing shop where my running club use as their stockist for the t-shirts and hoodies etc. that they offer. I ordered my t-shirt that you get for free upon joining. Since I joined way back in October or November they had no record of my ticket but luckily I was able to get the membership  secretary to email them and confirm I was indeed entitled to the t-shirt.

On Good Friday, as I was off work I made a conscious effort to ensure I was well hydrated ready for parkrun on Saturday. My plan was to join Sam again and run/walk as I hadn’t run since the Saturday before (Uh oh!) but when I got there my friend Claire said she wanted to run with me. I explained my plan of run/walking and she firmly told me we’d be running it and all I had to do was set the pace. Not going to lie I felt a bit worried as I hadn’t run all week again but we set off and actually I felt good. I ran the whole of it bar the ramp as the wind was making it hard to catch my breathe. Now, usually when I run the whole of it I’m a good couple of minutes slower than my PB but we finished within a minute of my PB! I couldn’t believe it. I felt really pleased and it’s actually made me feel like I want to run more whereas before I’d been struggling to find the motivation.

Claire and I in the cafe after parkrun

Claire and I in the cafe after parkrun

Spin Classes/Strength and Conditioning

My attendance at spin class has been somewhat erratic but since getting back from Scotland I’ve been on every Thursday and Sunday since so that’d good and I’m wondering if that’s helped my running on the Saturday after Good Friday. I got within 0.2 miles of my PB distance on Thursday. If I’d have known I was that close I’d have pedalled like mad to try and make it up!

I’ve also been attending a Strength and Conditioning class with my physio. It’s on Monday nights and costs £5. This has proven to be really good value as, so far, there’s only ever been 4 of us in the class. I’ve been going Paul, the ED of junior parkrun and my good friend Maggie’s husband. I went in to that first class a bit clueless I have to admit.  I thought it might be yoga based, whereas Paul suggested it might be circuits. Paul was right! I didn’t expect to really sweat in the class but my word I was pouring with it. My legs ached as soon as we left the class but it only got worse and it was Friday before I could walk upstairs without really feeling it! After the 2nd class my legs weren’t too bad at all which was a relief. However, my physio is now going for an operation so won’t be holding the class for the next 3 weeks. I didn’t want to undo all my hard work so after last weeks class I wrote down all the exercises we’d done whilst it was fresh in my mind and then did my own version of the class last night. I hope the strength and conditioning pays off and helps with my running.

Bits and Bobs

And just to finish off. I thought I’d just include some pretty pictures I’ve taken over the last couple of weeks.

A sure sign of Spring is daffodils. On the sea front is a large grassy area where all these daffodils have popped up.

Daffodils

Shortly after taking the picture of the daffodils the sun began to set so I snapped a picture of that too.

Sunset

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Let’s Have Coffee…

SODA

I’ve seen a few bloggers do a coffee update, where I simply chat, like we would over coffee, so thought I’d give it a go.

Health

The past two weeks have really made me appreciate the NHS. Two weeks ago I woke up at 4am with the most excruciating ear pain. At 5am I felt something weird occur in my ear. I can only liken it to wet paper ripping. Turns out it was my ear drum and was followed by a lot of fluid. I phoned 111 and had an appointment at the hospital for just a couple of hours later. I was prescribed antibiotics and ear drops but neither worked. I went to my GP who confirmed they’d not worked and took a swab but unfortunately wouldn’t give me anymore antibiotics until the results were back. The results came back 9 days after the original infection took hold and I was told it was all clear so more antibiotics weren’t needed. However by the end of the week I was back on the phone to 111 and being given another appointment as the excruciating pain returned with a vengeance. I guess the results can’t have been clear after all. I’m now on more antibiotics and thankfully feeling a whole lot better.

Birthday

At the weekend it was my husband’s 40th Birthday. He’s not one for a lot of fuss so we simply ate out. I bought him a flying  lesson from Virgin Experience Days. He was pretty pleased with it and will be taking the lesson at Bournemouth Airport. I’m looking forward to watching.

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We went out to eat at Casa Brasil which is a Brazilian Rodizo restaurant at Port Solent. They  bring various meats round on large skewers and it’s all you can eat. It was fabulous. On the Saturday we went to Relentless HQ, again at  Port Solent which sells Seafood, Burgers and Steaks. I had the Crostini starter which was beautiful. For main course I had the The Ultimate Surf and Turf which was a 12oz fillet steak and a whole lobster. It was divine to say the least! We were seated right beside the pudding counter and they all looked so good but unfortunately because it’s Summer and they had the doors wide open there were numerous flys buzzing around and on them!

Cars

I’m now the proud owner of a car. I went and picked up my Smart ForFour last week. There’s a blog post to come on this. Just need to pass my driving test now!

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Summer

Summer always means saying goodbye to the children at work as they venture out to join the world of school. It’s such a sad time saying goodbye and hoping they’ll settle well in to school. I received a lovely gift from one parent and her daughter. Personalised gifts are the best.

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Losing friends

Sadly I’ve also lost my work bestie this week. She’s going to start a job in a school in September. We get along so well, I’m sad to see her go but excited that she has this new opportunity. We went to Hot Rock for her leaving do which is a Steak House with a twist. You cook the steak yourself on a hot volcanic rock. It was so much fun and really made for an experience as well as dining out. I had scallops for my starter and then the rib eye steak. It was divine and I cooked it exactly how I like it so it tasted wonderful.

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