Every week parkrun UK ask a question on their Facebook page. Sometimes it’s just “Did you join us this week?” or “Where did you parkrun today?” Sometimes they might ask something a bit more in depth e.g. “How does parkrun make you feel?” etc. Occasionally I answer these, if I feel I have something to say.
So imagine my surprise when I left work one night and had a Twitter notification from Anna telling me I’d been featured on parkrun UK’s Twitter page. A few days later I was on their Facebook page!
Imagine my surprise when the following week I was featured again!
I absolutely can not get over how many likes on Facebook this one got! A whopping 761! So many people congratulating me and lots of people complimenting my t-shirt! It’s from OBD Clothing in case you’re wondering!
I’ve loved my little two minutes of parkrun fame!
Have you ever been featured on parkrun’s social media?
After my Birthday parkrun I felt on top of the world. I had run further than ever before and was so pleased. Then on Sunday I went to volunteer at Stokes Bay junior parkrun. Everything felt fine.
Then we went to spectate at Stubbington 10K. We cycled down there as we thought the roads surrounding it would be shut. Every time I pushed down on the pedal with my right leg, I got a pain in my knee. I didn’t really think too much of it as I’ve always suffered with my knees right from being a child. I get the odd twinge but it never turns out to be anything major.
We spectated and rode back, again a bit of pain in my knee but nothing too bad. I decided to cancel my spin class as I’d spent over 30 minutes cycling anyway. That night the pain in my knee got worse. I took some Ibuprofen, just to be safe and went to bed.
I woke up numerous times in the night as I bent my leg I got a hot pain in my knee. When I woke up there was a definite pain in my knee whenever I bent it. Being at work all week definitely aggravated it. Getting up from the floor to standing was agony and going to sit on chairs, then getting back up really hurt it.
The pain finally started to get a little better on Thursday, by Friday it had mostly eased. Now (Sunday) it has pretty much gone, although when I ran upstairs earlier because I forgot about it I did get a twinge. Nothing too bad though. Fingers crossed it’s on the mend now but it means I haven’t run for a whole week and now I’m scared I’ll be right back to square one.
I started this post thinking I’ll do a typical week but actually this ended up being a not so typical week with a work meeting and my Birthday.
Monday 8th January: Monday is my day off from work. I’m usually up relatively early. Today I made us a chilli in the slow cooker. I put it on at about half past 9 ready to eat at about half past 8. I often eat late because of the hours I work. Today there’s a meeting at work I have to go in for. I leave the house at 5.30 and the meeting is 6-8pm, meaning I get back at 8.30pm. I also went for a run today which you can read about here: My First Outdoor Solo Run
Tuesday 9th January: I get up at 5.50am as I start work at twenty past 7 meaning I leave the house at around 6:40am to make sure I’m there in time if I hit any traffic. It’s a busy day at work and people have phoned in sick which always makes it harder. I finish at 6, as always I finish work with back ache (from lifting and being on my feet all day) and a head ache from not drinking enough. It’s home, cook tea and bed.
Wednesday 10th January: It’s the same routine of up at 5.50am. After work tonight I want to go for a run but don’t yet have anything hi-viz or lights to make me visible whilst running in the dark. Instead I run on the treadmill. I try a new technique (I know, again!) I slow down the pace I run at and try to run as much as I can and walk when I need to. I cover two miles in 29.40. I’m pleased with that as I’m not used to running in the week after work when I’m exhausted. I’ve also got an Apple watch now, it’s meant to be for my Birthday but I’ve been given it early.
Thursday 11th January: OK so same routine of work. Tonight it is Virtual RPM at my gym with my work colleague Maria. We get there pretty early and walk on the treadmill to warm up a little and have a natter. You can’t chat in spin class. If you’re chatting, you’re not working hard enough! I find the spin class a little harder than usual. Possibly down to the run the night before? I still cover 12.2 miles. Maria covers a whopping 12.9! When I first started spin classes I was only covering 9-10 miles so I’m pretty pleased with the increase.
Friday 12th January: It’s finally Friday. I’m always pretty tired by the time the end of the week rolls round. Same routine of up and going to work. Then Friday night is rest night. I’m in bed by 9pm for tomorrow it’s parkrun day. I like to go to bed early on a Friday night as, although I’m not having a lie in due to parkrun, I’m still getting a bit of extra sleep.
Saturday 13th January: Happy Birthday to me! I’m up early to go to parkrun and follow my usual schedule of a small cup of coffee (Don’t want to be desperate for the toilet halfway through the run – although our parkrun has 3 lots of toilets on the course!) and a Belvita breakfast bar. A parkrun friend told me they have a Belvita as they contain 4 hours of carbohydrates (I think?) so they’re ideal to help you with a run. I’ll leave the tale of my Birthday parkrun for another post I have planned. Below is a picture of me after parkrun.
Afterwards we go home and shower. I feel like my Birthday has crept up on me as it doesn’t feel like two seconds since Christmas. Therefore I haven’t planned anything to do on my Birthday. I decide on a look around the shops in Southampton will do. Whilst there I buy a couple of things and we go for a Sprinkles. We get home mid afternoon where I have my choice over the TV (for once) and then we go to a Chinese restaurant in Chichester which is really lovely.
Sunday 14th January: This morning it’s up early again, as I’m volunteering at Stokes Bay junior parkrun. This week I am the volunteer coordinator (I tell all the marshals where they need to stand and give them their lanyards with safety information on) and then I am the Timekeeper. When it’s finished we pack up the kit in to the cars and everyone makes a swift exit as the team are off to Stubbington 10K, a very local race. I go home and grab my bike then cycle to the closest point the race comes to where I live. I spot lots of friends from parkrun and team mates from Gosport Road Runners. After the race has ended we cycle home. I’m booked on to Sunday spin but I decide to cancel it as I’ve cycled for over half an hour going to and from the race. The rest of the day is spent relaxing and preparing for work the next day. I don’t normally work Mondays but this week coming I am as I’m off on the Friday instead.
So that is what a semi-typical week looks like for me. Work takes up a massive chunk of my time with me working 11 hour days so it takes effort to fit in other things as work does tire me out physically and mentally.
I was looking for some blog inspiration and came across The Winter Tag. I don’t think I’ve ever done one of these on my blog so thought I’d give it a go.
What are your favourite things about Winter?
The cold temperatures! I hate being too hot and find it much easier to warm up than cool down. So the cold temperatures work for me. Winter also includes presents as both Christmas and my Birthday are in the winter! And the final thing I love about Winter? The new drinks to try at Starbucks and Costa!!
What is your favourite Winter outfit?
I am by no means a trendsetter or a follower of fashion so I don’t really have a favourite winter outfit. You’ll usually find me in joggers and a hoodie. However when it comes to Winter I do like to accessorize with nice scarves and a hat. I have a few of both and like to switch between them during the cold Winter months.
What is your favourite Winter food?
My slow cooker is used often during Winter. I love to make casseroles, soups or hearty stews. I don’t have a particular recipe that I follow I’m more of a throw everything in kind of person and see how it goes. I switch it up by changing the meats or vegetables I use as well as sometimes adding barley or lentils.
Favourite Winter drink?
It’s pretty clichéd but I enjoy hot chocolate in the Winter. I make my own at home and add in peppermint syrup, marshmallows and whipped cream on the top.
What is your dream way to spend a Winter’s day?
Again, it sounds like a total cliché but sitting under a blanket and either watching a movie or reading a book with a candle burning is one of my favourite things to do on a Winter’s Day. However, I also enjoy going for a walk in the Winter sunshine. When it’s still cold but the sky is brilliant blue, makes you feel lucky to be alive.
How do you like to do your make-up in the Winter?
I very rarely wear make-up.
What are you hoping Santa brings you?
Obviously I am writing this after Christmas but basically I got everything I asked for in this post.
What are the first three things that remind you of Winter?
Snow, Cold weather and Robins!
What is your favourite Winter song?
My favourite Winter song is Warm This Winter by Gabriella Cilmi. My favourite Christmas song is Driving Home for Christmas by Chris Rea.
What is your favourite Winter memory?
Probably getting married. We were married right before Christmas and had a full on Christmas wedding. Our Wedding Breakfast was a Christmas Dinner and our favours were tree decorations. We had crackers on the table and little Christmas trees down the centre of the tables that our guests were then free to take home with them.
What is your favourite Winter scent?
My favourite Winter scent is the Yankee Candle “Candy Cane Lane” it smells of peppermint and chocolate.
Finish this sentence…If I could have one wish this Christmas it would be…
Again, obviously I’m doing this after Christmas so I’m going to change this to my New Year wish and that would be to stick to my running goals and see them improve.
January is my Birthday month. So I hereby dedicate this post to Cake!
January 1984. It’s my 1st Birthday and Hello 80’s perm! I’m told it snowed heavily on my 1st Birthday and no one could get to my party. More cake for me suckers!
My mum made most of my cakes when I was a child so I welcome you to “Cakes of the 80’s”
This was my 5th Birthday cake and is a fairground carousel.
My 6th Birthday and a clown cake. Also not to be missed, the custard cream biscuits to the right. Love a custard cream!
I’m not sure which Birthdays the next two cakes were for but here is the cake shaped like a Cat. I can’t remember if this was meant to be Garfield or my cat Rusty who was Ginger. The green cake is Slimer from Ghostbusters. I remember the teeth kept falling out!
On a more serious note we fast forward to 2015. Where we lived in Sheffield, was this colourful row of houses. They always used to make me smile, especially when overlooked by that blue sky! The second picture is the view from where we lived. Sheffield is so hilly there are lots of spectacular views to be had across the city.
2016 saw our first January in the South and I managed to snap this gorgeous sunset picture.
January can be a long hard month for some people but I tend to enjoy it…but probably only because my Birthday is in it!
I’ve done ok with this. I’ve lost just over 2 stone in 2017. My weight has plateaued since November but people are telling me on a regular basis I’m looking trim lately so I guess the exercise is paying off. I’m enjoying running and spin classes. My lunches during the working week could be better. As I said in my last update we get a free lunch at work but it isn’t the healthiest even though it’s supposed to be! Something to improve on in 2018?
For my parkrun goal I said “It’s time to complete one…and maybe a second if I enjoy it! I love volunteering at parkrun and to date have volunteered 70 times! (71 on New Years Day) Yet I’ve never completed a parkrun. It’s time to change that”
I completed my first parkrun on 13th May in a time of 58:24. I’ve now got that down to 44:40 and I’ve completed 14 runs. When I wrote the post I’d volunteered 70 times. I’m now up to 130. I’m really proud of that number. I’ve also engaged in a bit of tourism!
I think I could have done better with this. I’m currently on my 19th book which for some people will be a lot but for others is barely any! This is something I’d like to work on more in 2018.
This is something I’ve done well with. I’ve only accepted invitations to things I really want to go to. I’m going to be honest, it’s mainly food related. I’ve enjoyed spending time at home doing things I enjoy rather than going out and doing things I enjoy less.
It’s time to start thinking about my 2018 goals.
How did you do with your 2017 goals? Keeping myself accountable on my blog has definitely helped!
I hate snow! Now don’t get me wrong if I don’t have to leave the house for a week and a fresh blanket of snow comes down of course it looks lovely. It’s always nice if it’s around Christmas time too. However my memories of snow are mainly of the huge inconvenience it causes. One of the reasons we were excited to move South was that we’d barely see snow again!
The above photo was taken a week before we left Sheffield for the South. There’s a car under there somewhere! Note it’s still snowing in the picture and the snow covering the road too. This is at the top of the steep hill I lived at the top of. (January 2015)
As a child of course snow is fun. Sheffield is very hilly and my school was at the top of a mile long hill (No word of a lie) This meant the first hint of snow and school was closed! Perfect! However as an adult when you can’t drive because the roads are impassable and the buses aren’t even running, walking to work all downhill is a slippy and hellish inconvenience but also so is walking home all uphill where you take one step forward and slide two steps back!
This is my husband knee deep in snow. We’d just walked back from work after they’d both closed due to the weather. We went and bought emergency supplies on the way home because SNOW MEANS PANIC!!!!! (December 2010)
It does make the street look pretty though (January 2010)
Sometimes the snow would remain for well over a week and when they eventually sent ploughs round it’d stay even longer as it was a giant snow boulder/moutain!!
There was also that time we landed back at Manchester Airport to heavy snow. We were the last flight to land before they closed the airport. The journey home should have been around an hour and a half and it took 4 hours! We then had to dig our way in to our car park. Not the best way to end a holiday!
Autumn/Winter are my absolute favourite seasons. I love Autumn for many reasons but I also love Winter. Here’s why:
Duh! Christmas is my favourite holiday. I even got married at Christmas so I could have a Christmas wedding. I love the excitement of the build up to Christmas, decorating the house and getting that perfect gift for a loved one that you know they’ll just adore. I love that we get time off work so we can spend time with our loved ones. Also the presents! Who doesn’t love getting presents?!
My Birthday is in Winter too. It’s a couple of weeks after Christmas so even when the big day is over, I still have something to look forward to. Sadly though, it’s a long old wait between my Birthday and Christmas rolling round again!
I hate hate hate being too hot! I don’t handle heat well at all. I’m fair skinned and I get hot easily. The sun is not my friend but the cold winter days are! I like being able to layer up and go out on winter walks and when I can’t be bothered doing my hair, I can hide it under a hat! Perfect!
Winter is the time when my slow cooker is at it’s busiest. I make up big batches of stew, soups, chillies and curries to warm our cockles. We also indulge in hot chocolate. Sometimes we’ll get a hot chocolate from Costa Coffee but I also make a pretty good fake Costa version at home too.
As much as I hate dark evenings, I love driving home from work when everyone has their Christmas lights up and it’s all pretty and twinkly!
Do you like Winter? What do you like about winter?
As today is Thanksgiving over the pond I thought I’d do a post about the things and people in my life that I am thankful for.
My parkrun Family
This lovely bunch have provided me with friends, a community and amazing support.
parkrun in general
I never thought I’d run again after 2013 but thanks to parkrun I’ve now got back to running and I can now take part in a free timed 5k run every Saturday at 9am pretty much anywhere in the UK
I’m such a home person. I love being at home. I have a nice home that I love spending time in. My home contains my bed, my favourite place in the world!
Where I Live
I’m lucky to live in such a beautiful part of our country. We have the beach less than a 5 minute walk away. I live in a small town that has nice little shops, coffee shops and quaint gift shops.
October felt like the month of illness. I had a cold and bad throat then started to get better, had the flu jab and got worse all over again!
October started with a visit to Sprinkles in Southampton and as a result, another ride on the Southampton Wheel! We went on it just as the sun was setting so it made for some lovely photographs.
October 7th was parkruns 13th Birthday. They’d asked people to post photographs of them in their apricot t-shirts so they could try and get a picture of every parkrun location. So here is me and my parkrun family celebrating parkruns 13th Birthday and also Kieran’s 50th parkrun and 25th time volunteering! Also worth mentioning we didn’t know the lady with the dog, we just grabbed her for a photo because she was wearing an apricot t-shirt! I think she thought we were a bit crazy!
I’ve been enjoying my spin classes at the gym I’ve joined. It’s such a good workout and really makes me sweat. I took a picture of the screen at the end of the class. Just look at that calorie burn!
The famous wave pattern on the pavement at Copacabana Beach
In October I worked really hard to have a blog post every other day to take me in to November so I didn’t have to worry about blogging whilst I was away. If you didn’t see one, or want to revisit a post, they’re listed below and all open in a new window: