34 weeks pregnant

Every Tuesday since discovering that I was pregnant I have sent Dan an email letting him know how many weeks along the pregnancy is, how long we have left to go and a picture of how big the baby would be if it was a fruit or vegetable.  Every week this gets more and more difficult to do as different charts seem to show conflicting fruits and veg!  I should have just stuck to one chart and worked my way through from the beginning!  Depending on which chart I look at this morning, our baby is showing as the size of a butternut squash or a cantaloupe melon and we are now just 42 days away from our due date.
One of my friends asked during the week how much the baby would weigh by this point, and most charts seem to agree that the baby is about 4.75lbs at the moment.  I’m not sure if this is something that the midwife will comment on or try and assess at the next appointment?

Appointments

No appointments during the past week – I have my next midwife appointment this coming Thursday and they fall every fortnight now until just before I’m due when they take place weekly.

Despite having no appointments this week, I mentioned in my post last week that my midwife had said my iron levels were showing as low when they had tested my blood so I was going to be put onto iron tablets – to take two per day, without food.  Although I’ve felt a little less weary and dizzy this week, the tablets have not agreed with me and seem to have messed around with my stomach a fair bit.  I didn’t take any on purpose at the weekend to see if it was down to the tablets and I felt much better, although my dizziness had returned by the end of the weekend.  I guess I’ll just have to put up with feeling pretty rubbish for the remaining few weeks and continue to take them.  I’ve tried my best to eat as much iron-rich food as well since hearing that my iron levels have been low.

Symptoms

I’m pretty sure I had my first experience of Braxton Hicks contractions on Thursday evening.  I had run out with group 6 at running club and, knowing that we would be gone for more than an hour had purposefully not had anything to eat or drink beforehand, as per my usual pre-run ritual.  About 20 minutes before the end of the run the lower part of my stomach kept tightening up and releasing.  It wasn’t painful, but at the same time I was very aware of it and it wasn’t due to stomach issues as I hadn’t had anything to eat or drink beforehand.  Apparently you are more likely to have Braxton Hicks contractions if you are slightly dehydrated so I guess this is what was happening.  I did wonder what would happen if I started having real contractions whilst out on a run though!
The run leader informed me that one of the group had recently qualified as a midwife (although apparently she doesn’t tend to come to many of the Thursday night sessions) so we would be all set if I wanted to continue running right until the very end!

Sleep

Sleep has been a little better this week and the baby seems to have changed from waking up at 2am each morning to 4am.  A much more manageable time!  😉

This happened the other morning though…

…I don’t do spiders and Dan had returned from a four-day stag do a few hours earlier and had been feeling pretty rough when he headed to bed.  Luckily, in the end I heard Dan stir anyway, so eagerly jumped at the chance for him to dispose of the spider so that I could get back to sleep again!  Another appeared in the lounge last night though.  I can’t stand the way they run.  Where are they all coming from?!

Running

I had a couple of really enjoyable runs this week.

  • Thursday – 4.66m
    As mentioned above I ran out with running club on Thursday evening last week.  I’m still running in the lowest group, but feel comfortable doing so.  I’m not pushing myself by being there, but still able to get my social running fix in each week too.  I’ve had to modify pretty much all of the stretches we do at the end of each run session though.  Touching my toes?…I don’t think so!
  • Sunday – 6.04m (mainly trail)
    On Sunday morning I marshaled at our club Go Tri event.  A friend had said he was looking to get a long run in that morning and so arranged to run over to mine (to arrive after I had finished marshaling) and then run 5-6 miles with me, before running home again.  Adding up his mileage, breaking up his run and then company for me on my run too.  Perfect solution! It ended up being pretty warm out and so I opted for a cool-polyester technical t-shirt from the Wellingborough 5 race the other week.  There were only S or XL t-shirts left for marshals from the race, so I ended up opting for an XL, meaning that I would be able to run in it during the remaining weeks of my pregnancy.  Very tent-like, as you can see in the below photo!  It’s going to completely drown me when there’s no baby left in there!33 weeks 5 days pregnantI ran with Tom at the Dusk ’til Dawn race last year and he is planning on running the event again this year.  I took charge of the navigation last year, but this year he will be on his own (and perfectly capable of picking up the pace now that he’s not holding back for me!) so I gave him a crash course in following a route on a handheld Garmin (the e-trex 30) whilst we were out on our run on Sunday.  It took me a while to set up a route for us to follow though.

Is it just me, or do Garmin products come with very few instructions?!  In the end, I just uploaded a route from my watch to the e-trex and we followed that on screen.  The routes are fairly straight forward to follow once on the machine though so there were no problems there.
Although a little warm, it really was a lovely day to be out for a run, and I wasn’t ready to be finished after 5 miles, so we tacked an extra one onto the end!

Back in time to watch the Olympic male marathon, which ended up actually being really eventful!

Carrying on as normal

Last week whilst Dan and my Dad were putting the new kitchen units in, I busied myself with chopping down the massive hedge in our front garden between our house and our neighbour’s.  It did involve standing on step ladders and leaning over to saw bits off of the larger sections which seemed to concern a few people when I told them what I had been up to!  I’m not one to sit around and do nothing though, and this was something I could do, whereas bending and lifting are no longer practical exercises for me!

Chopping down the hedgeI took about 2-3 foot off of the top of the hedge and this picture of the pile of hedge tops was after maybe only half an hour of cutting!  It literally took all day of me cutting and my Mum helping to lug the branches over onto the lawn ready to be trimmed down to size and placed in rubbish bags.  (Cutting down to size and placing in bags took even longer!  Luckily, a friend has since said that I can borrow some space in her horsebox to transport what’s left to the tip, so I won’t need to be chopping any more pieces up.)

It’s made a massive difference to the amount of light that is let in through our lounge window though.  We can see again!

Shopping

Dan and I finally headed to Tesco yesterday to buy all the little things that they suggest you should pack for your hospital bag.  Most of the time was spent with us wandering up and down the aisles not having a clue where to look for stuff!  How should I know where to find breast pads having never needed them before?!  And nappies?…Am I supposed to know how heavy my baby is going to be when it comes out?  We literally spent so long in the newborn aisle swapping items in and out of our basket!  Finding the snacks and bottles of water for the hospital bag was the easy bit! 😉

We hadn’t yet bought any clothes for the baby either.  I think not knowing the gender and with almost everything in the shops coming in either pink or blue has made it seem less real or necessary just yet.  Although, when we started thinking about packing our hospital bag yesterday morning we realised it probably wouldn’t be very practical to send the baby home from hospital either dressed as Santa or The Hungry Caterpillar (two of the novelty outfits we have received as gifts)!  So we did pick up a couple of cheap plain white sleepsuits for the first few days, with the plan on buying more clothes once we know if it is a boy or a girl.

Social

Nearly every Monday evening for the past three years, Dan and I have escaped from late night marking or housework and made our way over to our local pub where a pub quiz is held.  We normally perform terribly and usually come as one of the bottom few teams, but we’ve become regulars there on a Monday night and have gotten to know the other teams that play – all who stop to speak to us if we happen to see them out and about in town.  Despite never having won the quiz outright in points, we have won the monthly draw before (names of teams that turn up for the whole month get put into a hat and are drawn out until there is one remaining – who then win £40).  Last night was the draw for August (no quiz on a Bank Holiday Monday) and we didn’t get pulled out until the team before last (this has happened so many times, – getting our hopes up before having them dashed!)  Afterwards, one of the ladies who usually sits opposite our table came over and asked if we had long left until the baby arrived.  I told her that it was ‘due on October 4th, so not many weeks to go now!  We should make the September quiz draw but that would probably be it for a little while.’  It does make me sad that we won’t be able to attend the pub quiz anymore, but it wouldn’t be practical to have a baby in the corner of the pub until 10pm and we don’t have family nearby who could babysit.

For some reason my previous pregnancy posts don’t seem to automatically link up in the ‘Related Posts’ section at the bottom of each post, so I’ve created a new page where you can now find all of my previous pregnancy posts.

GO TRI – Try a tri

Yesterday morning at 8am our club held a GO TRI event at Bannatyne’s Health Club in Wellingborough.  The idea was to give people that hadn’t experienced a triathlon before the chance to get to know a little more about the sport, practice having a go at each of the three disciplines and transitions without too much pressure or tiring them out over a long distance.

For the adult event competitors swam 200m followed by an 8km bike ride and then a 1.4km run before heading back through the finish gantry.  The children were split into different categories, but swam either 120m or 160m, followed by a 900m cycle for all, and then finished with either a 600m or 900m run dependent on age.

As I’d volunteered to help several weeks earlier, I was down to time with a team of three others and was given the job of timing the bike course.  All four of us grouped around the side doors to the swimming pool so that we could start our stopwatches at the same point before dispersing to our positions on the course which were all within 100 metres of the pool.

Go Tri timing sheet

I think I was more nervous about messing up the timing on the stopwatch than some of the entrants were at being in the event!

Stopwatch started and I ambled over to the ‘Bike Out’ section of the course.

Although the event was put on by our club, we were able to use a lot of the Go Beyond triathlon equipment, as Steve (the owner of Go Beyond) runs for WDAC.

WDAC Go Tri bike racks

Swimmers would head out from those doors at the front of the pool and along the red and white tape to the left, where the bike racks had been placed.  From there they needed to add their race number, get shoes on, hop on their bike and run past me over the line they had to cross before leaping on their bike for the cycle part of the course.  As they passed the flag I would note down the time on my clipboard sheet so that we would be able to relay to them once they had finished how long they had taken over each of the three disciplines and also how long they had spent in transition between each event.WDAC Go Tri Bike out flag

Because the swim was held across two of the lanes within the indoor pool, swimmers were set off two at a time (one in each lane) every 90 seconds which meant it gave me a chance to grab their numbers as they raced past me pushing their bikes.  One by one they all came rushing past, although it wasn’t long before the first of them were shooting back in from the other direction to rack their bikes back up and head out on the run.  I had to also jot down the time they passed me on their way back in too!

WDAC Go Tri start gantryOne of the other time keepers was noting the times that competitors went back out in their running shoes and overall times as runners headed off in the other direction under the start gantry for the final of the three parts, so this freed me up to cheer people coming over the line.

The event had just 19 adult entrants, which meant it was fairly easy to manage, and the last of the entrants was back across the line within 40 minutes, giving us enough time to set up for the junior event which was due to begin at 9am.Go Tri completed timing sheet

Because the direction the kids headed out on the bikes was different to the way they came back in, I was only able to record their bike out times and someone else caught them as they came back in again.  It was more confusing with the kids event though, as depending on their age, they ran a different number of laps around the leisure centre, which had been drilled into them before they set off!  (Mainly I think to help us when it came to timing…so we knew to record their time if they stopped when they came over the line!)  I’d slightly overestimated how long it would take the kids to finish, and they were all back within 8 minutes of starting!

Quick photo of the adult finishers with medals around their necks…

WDAC Go Tri finishersI had arranged to run with a friend after helping at the tri and had said I should be able to head back home again somewhere around 10:30am, but in actual fact we were done and all packed away before 9:30.  An efficient club, us!  😉

Although I’m not as clued up on triathlon rules as I am of the rules at pure running events, I always seem to learn something new each time I marshal at a tri and it makes me more enthusiastic about the sport.

Did you watch any of the Olympic triathlon at the weekend?
Does your club contain many triathletes?

14 things you should know about running whilst pregnant

Although I’m sure you’re already aware, let me start by saying that every pregnancy is different and every runner is also different.  So, just because something happened or worked for me during my pregnancy, does not mean that it will necessarily work for somebody else in the same way.  I am incredibly lucky to still be able to run at almost 34 weeks pregnant.  A fact I am so grateful for every time I lace up my trainers.  Not every runner will be as lucky to still be able to continue for this length of time.

14 things you should know about running whilst pregnant

#1 Your midwife probably won’t be able to answer your running questions.

I rang to try and make my ‘booking in’ appointment at the doctors when I was four weeks pregnant and was told to ring back in a month.  At the time, I was scheduled to run a 50 mile ultra just a few weeks later.  I wasn’t yet ready to tell people that I was pregnant, but at the same time I knew that it would be unwise to just assume that it would be OK to carry on as normal with everything that I did.  The doctor’s surgery remained non-committal and told me that they couldn’t really advise so in the end I rang up the local maternity unit and although they stressed that asking for advice on running a 50 mile race wasn’t something they came across every day, they were happy for me to continue running events as long as I was fit, healthy, had trained properly, was running a distance/pace I had achieved before and that there was no bleeding.
At the antenatal classes I also asked a series of questions about running while breastfeeding and despite there being two midwives at the class, neither was able to answer my queries.  I’ve since received advice from other runners at my club, through reading magazines and blogs/online articles.

#2 You will be super aware of the life inside of you.  Even during the early days.

Even though I had been given the go-ahead to run the Thames Trot 50, ultimately the reason I ended up pulling twenty miles into the race was because I couldn’t get the thought out of my head that if something went wrong, I would worry that it had been my fault for continuing to push at a race that hadn’t been my goal race or wasn’t particularly vital that I run.  At that point I was still weeks away from feeling the baby move or even from having my first scan, but having the knowledge that it was there was enough weight on my mind for me to pull before completing the race.

Baby scan at 13w 3d

#3 You thought you and your body understood each other.

As a runner, I like to think I’m pretty in tune with my body.  I know what paces/heart rate I can run to over certain distances, I know what I need to eat before a run to ensure I have enough energy for what I am asking my body to do, I know the distances my body is capable of running…
…at least I did know all of those things before I became pregnant!  Everything is tipped up on it’s head when you become pregnant and tiredness/hunger starts to kick in unexpectedly!

Huntingdon parkrun at 29w 4 days pregnant

#4 When you have no energy, running will give you energy.

Although I never suffered from any actual sickness, the morning sickness was real – sluggish, feeling nauseous and wanting to nap all of the time.  I made myself eat little and often during those first thirteen weeks and tried to continue running a handful of times each week.  Other than when I picked up a bad cold and chesty cough, I continued to run throughout and noticed that when I ran out with friends during the week, things always looked brighter and I was rewarded with more energy and felt much happier and (sounds cheesy but) more alive following my run.
Sometimes you need to look after your mental wellbeing as much as you do your physical one.

#5 You may need to plan routes around public toilets.

Mainly during the first and second trimester the need to pee is real.  No lie, there was one parkrun where I went to the toilet before the run began, and then when we ran past the toilet block less than five minutes later I was tempted to pull in and go again!  (I didn’t, but I was very tempted!)  Towards the end of tri two and start of tri three the need to pee seems to have lessened somewhat, although I hear it comes back with a vengeance in the final few weeks.  (Something to look forward to!  :P)

#6 Eating and drinking before/during a run will become a major issue.

If you eat too close to the run you will be able to feel the food moving around alongside baby and pressing on your stomach.  If you drink too close to your run then see problem #5!  Because I’ve stuck to mainly shorter distance runs throughout my pregnancy, I’ve been skipping my pre-workout snack and then topping up my fluid levels after a run, rather than during which has seemed to work for me.

#7 There will be times when you feel like you should just hold your boobs in place!

…or your belly.  I’ve done both when I thought no-one was watching, just to hold them in place and stop the constant jiggling!
The worst time was about 7-8 weeks in as my boobs seemed to grow an enormous amount at this stage and began to really ache when I ran.  I have no idea why they increase so much in size so early on, but by the start of tri two, I had several bras which no longer fit me and my pull-on bras were becoming a real struggle once I’d got them over my head!
As you get bigger, the jiggling lessens.  My boobs grew into my bra to the point that there was no longer any wiggle-room and once my bump was more ‘bump-like’, rather than just a thickened waistline, it tended to stay more in place and out front, rather than spend time uncomfortably moving around.
I now know for definite that I absolutely do not want to put on an extra stone and a half at any time in my life though!  Uncomfortable times!

#8 Choice of kit has never been so vital!

I have stacks and stacks of running tops and a large pile of shorts and tights to choose from when I run.  Yet, since falling pregnant the choice of what is now suitable to wear has become somewhat smaller.  Basically, the pink top I’m wearing in most of these pictures is one of the few tops that doesn’t make me look like a giant blob and the shorts are one of two pairs which hold my bump in place.  Tops which were tighter around the boob-area now ride up, and several larger tent-like tops now ‘float’ around my stomach without flattering my now-pregnant body.
I can no longer wear running tights around my waist – instead having to wear them underneath my bump and then they kind of hold the bump up in place during my run without cutting into my stomach.Pregnant running through trees

#9 Sometimes the baby just doesn’t want to co-operate.

There have been plenty of runs where I have gotten myself ready (Pee, no food, no drink, Garmin charged, trainers on…) only to take my first few steps out of the door and realise that the run isn’t going to work out because the baby is lying in an uncomfortable position.  This tended to happen in tri 1-2 when the baby was a little smaller and moved around a bit more, sticking out in various places.  It’s such a weird sensation to feel your belly moving and your weight shifting without being in control of it!

#10 Your running style changes.

It has to.  You’re carrying a lot of extra weight, your hips get wider, your limbs ache more…  I really don’t want to see any footage of my running right now, as I’m sure my style has diminished into a lumbering lope!

#11 Not everyone will realise you are pregnant.  Get over it.

Even now, at more than 8 months pregnant I find myself occasionally dropping into conversation that I am expecting if I happen to talk to strangers after a parkrun.  Most people I speak to haven’t realised I’m pregnant, despite my (what I think has now grown into a) rather pronounced bump.  I shouldn’t care if people think I am slow, or big or lazy, but every now and again I find myself chirping up that I’m actually not far from my due date, and that is why I was struggling with a run/slower than usual/etc.  I always feel a little silly for having said something afterwards, although never because of anything anybody has said.

#12 You will be judged.

Everybody will have an opinion on your choice to continue running.  There will be a lot of people who believe you are harming your baby by running and that you should in fact be sat at home with your feet up for the entire pregnancy.  (These people will also probably be the ones who are quick to judge if you gain too much weight during the nine months or you lose your baby weight post-birth quicker than they believe you should.)  Other people might judge you for pulling your training back too quickly or not considering the baby.  Ultimately though, as long as you listen to your body, every medical professional I have spoken to has agreed that remaining active is the best way to go throughout your pregnancy.  It helps with having a faster and less painful labour, and helps you to get up and about again following the birth much quicker too.
The only opinions of running during pregnancy that actually matter are those are you and your partner.  I was very lucky in that Dan has encouraged me to continue running from the very beginning.  (Probably because he knew how miserable and sulky I’d be if I didn’t get my running fixes in during the week!)  I discussed with him at great length about running the ultra so early on into the pregnancy, and made it clear that if he wasn’t comfortable with me attempting it that I would pull out before ever crossing the start line.  I also rang him several miles into the race to tell him I was worried that something might happen to the baby during the run, and he still encouraged me to continue, as we had received the advice that it was safe to do so.  I would not still be running if Dan had any concerns over me doing so and he has been a great support throughout.

#13 You have nothing to prove to anybody.  Times do not matter.

It is completely OK to take walking breaks, or cut your route in half from the one you had planned.  As a runner, it’s always important to listen to what your body tells you, but it becomes even more important now that there are two of you along for the ride!
This is something I have done much better at than I thought I would.  I’ve adjusted my pace accordingly on each and every run and although I’m still running with a watch, it is mainly so I can look back and see the mileage I covered during runs, rather than monitor how quickly I am running at the time.  I’ve found it interesting to see how my times and effort levels have changed as I’ve gone along but I haven’t once felt the need to run to the numbers displayed on my watch.

Huntingdon parkrun

#14 When you decide that it is time to stop running completely, that is OK.

And from talking to others, that time is completely different for everybody.  Some of the currently pregnant bloggers I follow who have already stopped running for various reasons are; Dannii, Leah and Naomi.  Sara is still going strong.

I’m told that your body and muscles will remember much better than you believe they will and that it won’t be like starting from scratch again when you return to running afterwards.  When my body says no, I will be sensible and pack away my running things until several weeks after the birth.  I have already made the decision to back away from club trail runs, and it won’t be long before I make the decision to no longer run with my running club on a club night as well.  Running will still be there when I return!Bella snuggled up on the bed with me

Anything else I should add to the list?…

The Liebster Award

So aggggges ago now, way back in May in fact (whoops!), Anna nominated me for the Liebster Award, which is a lovely little award involving fun questions with the aim of finding out more about bloggers and also suggesting new blogs to read and add to your Bloglovin’ list!

The Liebster Award

Anna set me ten questions (which I’ve answered below), and then these are followed by 10 questions for other bloggers to answer for me below that.
Enjoy!  😀

1. If you could have only one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?

Jacket potato with cheese and beans and a side salad.  All food groups covered!
IMAG0563I’ve really gone off food over the last few months but there’s something so comforting about this meal still.  This has been my go-to meal for most of the year as it’s pretty light for Summer eating, but pretty warm for Winter comfort too.  During the last half term at school before the Summer holidays I was super busy with all of my GCSE classes and so I regularly picked up a jacket potato with cheese and beans from the school canteen as it required no planning or prep work and I knew I would enjoy it and feel satisfied afterwards.  The dinner ladies know what I’m going for now as soon as I walk through the door!

2. On a similar note, what would be your last meal on Earth?

One of my absolute favourite meals has always been a plate of roasted veg in a tomato-based sauce with a good cheese sprinkled on top for a little protein.  I’m all about variety on a plate so tapas or meals like this are big winners in my book.

Roasted veg with pitta bread and goats cheeseOh, and obviously the ultimate dessert would have to be Eton Mess.  Nothing beats a good Eton Mess, especially at this time of year!  😉

3. If you could have a superpower what would it be?

I’ve always wanted to be able to fly.  To have that freedom to get away in an instant and rise up above everything that is happening down on Earth would be pretty cool I think.  I used to have lots of dreams where I could fly by flapping my arms like a bird when I was younger.  It never worked out in real life though(!)
Dan and I really got into watching the TV series Heroes whilst we at uni.  (Did anyone else watch this?)  Although a fantastic concept for a show, (‘people all over the world discovering that they have superpowers and trying to deal with how this change affects their lives’) the later episodes went progressively downhill before the finale so we didn’t hold out much hope for the new series (Heroes Reborn) that came out earlier this year.  We were both pleasantly surprised though.  It’s worth a watch!

4. What annoys you the most in life that other people do/don’t do?

People who park on double yellow lines!  Guaranteed every time I walk into town there will be at least 5 or 6 cars on the high street parked on double yellow lines and nobody ever seems to do anything about it!  Our town is relatively small and the centre itself is a rather narrow street.  When cars park along the side of the road it makes navigating the street for the rest of us rather tricky, either as pedestrians or motorists.

5. What’s your favourite movie?

Terminator II has been my favourite since I watched it in the mid-90s.  I think it’s very true about how humans will end up destroying our own race, and I love a film that makes you think.  Other films featuring high on the list are Amélie, Memento, The Butterfly Effect and About Time.  Going to the cinema is one of my favourite things to do.  I just wish it wasn’t so expensive!

6. If you had to dress up in fancy dress, who/what would you be?

It depends on the occasion of course.  I really wanted to go as Buffy the Vampire Slayer to a fancy dress school party when I was sixteen and tried to convince my Mum six weeks beforehand that I needed to get my ears pierced, because Buffy always wore big hoop earrings.  My Mum wasn’t having any of it though, and I ended up going as a prisoner in stripey pyjamas!  I do have a picture floating around on Facebook somewhere, but I couldn’t find it.

Going away to uni though there were lots of opportunities to purchase fancy dress outfits…

Fancy dress outfits

(Above: Daphne from Scooby Doo, playgirl, zombie, nurse, Wally and schoolgirl.)

I held a car boot of my belongings on returning home to my parents’ following uni and most of the items on that stall were of the fancy dress variety!

7. What’s your biggest weakness?

Not saying no to people.  I never want to let anyone down, so always agree to everything asked of me, which always comes back to bite me in the bum and leaves me feeling stressed out.  :(

8. Favourite exercise and why?

Obviously running!  Walking comes next.  I just generally like exploring somewhere new.  Anything adventurey though, but I don’t like heights very much, or things which could fall through.
With running I love that you can set your own goals – whether they are time or distance or even race based, and those goals are entirely individual for you to work towards.  Your progress relies 100% on the work that you put into it.  There’s also the great social element of running that you just can’t get with a sport like swimming for example!

Chelmsford marathon 2015

9. If you could go back in time and tell yourself something when you were at school, what would it be?

That it really doesn’t matter what other people think and to not worry about being myself and having a voice.

10. If you could only RACE one distance ever again, what distance would it be?

35 miles – the baby ultra distance.  I love this distance!  Slightly longer than a regular marathon, so no pressure for time as most people don’t know what an ‘acceptable’ time would be.
I love that with the ultra distance it’s not all to do with speed and that tactics are also involved, – such as when to conserve energy, when and what to fuel with, how long to stop at checkpoints for, etc.

Go Beyond Shires and Spires 35m race medalI think Anna and I follow a lot of the same bloggers, so I’ve tried to nominate people to answer my questions who Anna hadn’t already chosen.  These are all a pretty great bunch of bloggers:
Sarah @ Dreaming of Footpaths * Laura @ Run Faster See the World Sooner * Paul @ UltraBoy Runs * Leah @ Naturally Leah * Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

And here are some questions for these guys…

1) What made you decide to start blogging?
2) Have you ever met any other bloggers in real life before?
3) How many blogs do you follow?
4) As today is A level results day, what did you take for your A-levels? (Or GCSEs if you didn’t take A-levels)
5) Describe your perfect ‘day off’.
6) What has been your favourite running experience?
7) At what point did you realise that you were no longer a non-runner?
8) Are you a fan of obstacle races?
9) What has been your largest fitness expense?
10) What is the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?

Feel free to answer any of the above questions (mine or Anna’s) in the comments, or on your own blog…let me find out a little more about you too!