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2017 Goals An Update Part Three

2017 Goals

At the beginning of 2017 I set some goals for the year ahead. I have been updating these quarterly and it’s time for the 3rd update already!

Want to read the first two posts? They’re here: 2017 Goals & 2017 Goals Update 1 2017 Goals Part Two

So let’s see how I’ve been getting on…

Health

I’ve not been doing so well on this lately. My weight loss is stuck at the 2 stone mark. I’m trying to eat healthier by going to the salad bar at for lunch most days but I have to confess, sometimes the temptation of the hot meal is too much. Also the salad bar is sometimes a bit of a loose name for it, there’s not always that much salad in it! I keep thinking of going back to making my own fresh lunches and freezing them. This worked out well for me. I have however joined a gym and am enjoying attending spin classes there.

parkrun

I am doing well in this! I started parkrunning in May and in September I ran to 4 out of 5 parkruns. I’ve gone from a time of 58:24 at my first parkrun to 45:25 at my last run. I’m really pleased. I’ve gone from walking the course, to walking then run walking a bit of the course to now run walking the whole course. I’m hoping to get under 45 minutes soon!

Read more books

I’m doing ok with this. Probably not as good as I’d like but I am reading and that’s the main thing. I’m currently on my 14th book of the year. For some people that’s probably a lot, but I know for others, that’s barely any! I went to the library recently and enjoyed reading an actual physical book again! I posted about I’d read over the Summer here: What I Read This Summer I intend to post a comprehensive list at the end of the year.

be me

I’m still doing well with this and I’m finding I’m becoming more confident in being honest with people and saying “Sorry, but it’s not for me”

I’ll post another update on my goals at the end of the year, but for now, how are you doing with your 2017 goals?

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September Roundup

September has been and gone. As much as it’s sad to see the Summer over, Autumn is my favourite time of year so I’m not entirely sad that we find ourselves with darker evenings, cooler days and a carpet of freshly shed leaves.

In September I managed to complete 4 parkruns! That’s the most in one month I’ve completed. I’ve gone from starting September with a time of 56:19 after coming back from injury to setting a new PB on the last day of September of 45:25.

parkrun finish token

I also ran my first 5K race in 3 years! I got a PB, beating my 5K PB from 2012! I’ve since smashed this PB at parkrun (see above)

5k bib number and medal

At the beginning of September this fella was still spending his days in the garden but as the month progressed we’ve seen less of him. I guess he’s finding warmer places to hide now the weather has cooled off.

fox

I also discovered a fabulous shop in nearby Wickham called Whiff of Wickham that sells bath bombs, melts, soaps etc. I bought a load of bath bombs by Bomb Cosmetics and Paws for Thought was my favourite. Not only was it cute to look at but it smelt divine too.

paws for thought bath bomb

I also went to Southampton with friends in September to go to Sprinkles. When we got there, there was a huge big wheel so we went on it. The views from the top were awesome. Check out West Quay shopping centre with a huge cruise ship behind it in the picture below.

View from Southampton Wheel

And finally a picture of a tree I took last week. It couldn’t look more Autumnal!

Autumnal Tree

So now we’re in to October and the countdown to Christmas can truly begin!

Missed a post from September? They’re all listed below!

Earning the Run in the Sun medal

Returning to parkrun

I’ve joined the gym

I was shouted at by a race marshal

My New Running Plan

My First Race in 3 Years

What I Read This Summer

How My Week Went From Bad To Worse

I’ve Started Preparing for Christmas Already

Stokes Bay junior parkrun

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Returning to parkrun

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On 1st August I injured my Achilles. I’ve rested it, iced it, stretched it. It’s got a bit better. When I first did it, it hurt even without weight on it. Now it only hurts walking down stairs and it’s not exactly a pain, just uncomfortable.

On 19th August I walked a 5k and it was still a little painful. I’ve continued looking after the injury and today wanted to try out walking the parkrun course.

I walked the course with Kieran We also walked with Jade, the tail walker.. Jade is one of my fellow RDs at Stokes Bay junior parkrun. As we walked the Achilles felt absolutely fine. We kept up a good walking pace and chatted all the way round. It was really lovely, the sun was shining and I was chatting away with two friends and also improving my health at the same time. That’s the beauty of parkrun.

It was only towards the end, at the short uphill section, that I even felt my Achilles and again it wasn’t a pain, just uncomfortable. As soon as we had finished it went away and as Kieran and I walked back to the café I couldn’t even feel it.

After the run we took the standard post parkrun finish token photo. Kieran had his Birthday this week just gone and he got a new iPhone 7 plus. His post parkrun finish token photo was so much better than mine! I can not wait to get a new phone. For now though, you’re just going to have to deal with my picture.

parkrun finish token

We completed the course in 56:19, a good time for walking and still beats the first time I ever did parkrun and walked. I was surprised how hard it felt after a month off though! To be honest I thought we might have dipped over an hour but thankfully it didn’t. Now, the next step? A little try at running, possibly tomorrow. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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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

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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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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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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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June Roundup

Sorry for how late this post is. I have had some trouble with my webhosting! Anyway, without hesitation, here it is!

June has flown by and it’s already July. 6 months of the year have gone.

June started with the first Stokes Bay junior parkrun. It feels like we’ve been waiting for this day for a long time and it finally arrived. The morning was a complete success and we had a massive turn out of 184 children. I did a post about it here. It’s really awesome to know we’re doing something to shape the future generation.

junior parkrun volunteers

June also saw me visit a local eatery for the first time called The Tenth Hole. They sell the most amazing cakes. They have a main menu too but they’re renowned for their cakes. I had the Mars Bar cheesecake which was divine. I’ve visited since and had the banoffee pie which was delicious. It tasted so fresh.

In June I only managed to run one parkrun due to other commitments on a Saturday morning. I got a PB which was pleasing. My 5k PB is now at 53:27.

On 18th June I went and spectated at the Gosport Golden Mile. This is a local race but has an amazing turnout. I blogged about it here.

At the end of June we had some friends down from Sheffield. It was fun being tourists in our own town. We ate out, went to the New Forest, took them to see Old Portsmouth, Southsea and to the beach here at Lee-on-the-Solent. They really enjoyed it.

June has been a fun month. I’ve blogged 4 times in June and the links are below if you want to check them out.

Stokes Bay junior parkrun event number 1

My third parkrun

2017 – An update part two

Gosport Golden Mile 2017

 

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2017 – An update part two

2017 Goals

It’s time to update you all on my 2017 goals. If you want to read my original post where I set the goals, it’s here and if you’d like to read my first update which was published in March, it’s here.

Health

I’m continuing to do well with this. I’m being mindful when making food choices. My new work has a salad bar which is free, or you can eat a hot lunch. I’m making sure I access the salad bar most days only having the hot lunch once a week, or sometimes not at all. This is working out well and I’ve now lost almost two stone.

parkrun

As you know, this is going well. When the 2017 dawned, I’d never completed a parkrun. Now I’ve completed three and I’m loving it. I have improved my time each time going from 58:24 down to 53:27. I hope to keep improving this. I’ve found by completing more parkruns, it’s making me be more mindful of food choices and making want to exercise more in other ways too. If you want to read my posts on parkrun they can be found below:

My First parkrun

My Second parkrun

My Third parkrun

Read more books

In my last update I wasn’t doing too well with this goal. I had read three books and listened to the Harry Potter audio books. I’ve now got back in to reading and have read 9 books. I’ll probably post a list of what books I’ve read at the end of the year as I don’t plan on reviewing them all.

be me

Again this is going well. I’m only accepting invitations for events I really want to attend. Because I work with a lot of young people, they have a constant desire it seems to be out of the house away from their parents, whereas I actually like being at home. It’s lovely they invite me but sometimes I just prefer to be at home!

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My third parkrun

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I haven’t completed a parkrun for a couple of weeks due to hurting my foot falling over a door frame at work. However two weeks of resting, elevating etc meant that I was ready to attempt another parkrun.

My plan was to walk the majority of the parkrun and at the final turnaround point begin run/walking the remainder. I walked the first part and didn’t get any leg pain like I normally do. I ended up walking with three children ranging from 9-15. Perhaps the constant chatter amongst them didn’t allow me to notice any pain! As we continued the leg pain never appeared and we were at the turn around point before I knew it. I began run/walking, supported by the children who were more than happy to run along and call out encouragement. When beginning my run segments I’d pick a point somewhere in the distance e.g. a bin, bench or beach hut. I felt good on the run section and really noticed how the Hokas helped propel me forward.

I finished in 53:27, beaten by all three children! Those pesky kids! It was another parkrun PB so I was pleased. The hot weather meant I felt shattered afterwards! I finished in 386th position! I now can’t run a parkrun for a couple of weeks due to work and having friends visit from Sheffield. I’m really going to try and make sure I keep up with practising though.

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