A lovely lazy day!

IMG_6665This morning was great!  I woke up at 5:40.  I knew I wouldn’t be able to get back to sleep straight away, so caught up on some blogs for about an hour from bed before heading back to sleep just before 7am and sleeping through until 9.  Lovely!  Dan brought me breakfast in bed.  I’ve run out of blueberries, but I had half blueberry wheats and half Jordan’s crisp cereal with strawberries and semi-skimmed milk.  We then stayed in bed to finish watching the ENTIRE first disk of The Long Way Down before getting up around midday.  I hate laying in, but I desperately needed to after the past couple of weeks.  Bella watched us from her vantage point on the windowsill!  IMG_6674

We decided to head to Beans for a relaxed late lunch.  I was quite hungry by this point IMAG0550and I swear my belly had flattened and shrunk due to lack of food!  IMAG0548I grabbed a goats cheese, rocket and tomato wrap with a child size vanilla milkshake, no cream.  You can see Dan’s milkshake in the background loaded with cream!  I also grabbed the side salad from his toastie when it arrived.  Whilst we were in Beans, two club runners came to say hello.  Beans is the place to hang out if you go to my running club! Everytime we’ve been I’ve recognised somebody!  They were eager to tell me that they had just completed a 20 mile training run.  Didn’t have the heart to tell them I’d just gotten out of bed before slurping on my milkshake!

When we got back I started the fire and had a sit down for quarter of an hour before heading out for a five mile easy run.  (Much easier than the ‘easy’ sections of our run at club last night!)  Mile 1: 11:01 (inc warmup), Mile 2: 10:36 Mile 3: 10:10 Mile 4: 9:40 Mile 5: 9:45  I also bumped into another club runner who I ran with for a while when I was in group 5 just after the Summer last year and who has recently moved to my town.  I bigged up the route I was running as a nice 5 miler that had quiet roads.  At about mile 4 I was stopped by an old couple (one with a zimmerframe) who wanted to know where the road I had come from went.  I told them that it looped right back round to the town again.  When they asked how far it went and I replied “4.7 miles” the woman’s eyes literally shot wide open!  Not sure if it was because I knew exactly how far it was or that I had come that distance?!

IMG_6677I had bought some new running trainers a couple of months ago with the intention of breaking them in to run my marathon.  I keep forgetting to take them out on my short runs so pulled them out of the box today to discover they were a half size too small so I’ll have to take them back and exchange.  Hope I can do this and still have enough time to break them in before the marathon!

After my run I snacked on a heated up chocolate chip cookie before I showered while Dan made tea.


We had breaded fish, chips and peas…it is Friday after all…fish and chip day!  I’m not a massive fan of chips and don’t think I had ever cooked them until Dan and I got together!  I always keep some in the freezer spare for him now as he likes to have something quick and easy when he makes tea.


We watched Django Unchained tonight (with a second cookie) on the sofa.  This was a really long film.  It’s Quentin Tarantino and reminded me a lot of Oldboy and Kill Bill, neither of which I’m a great fan of either to be honest.

Resisting biscuits

So, another 5:30am get up…this time to finish filling out a job application before the midday deadline.  All sent off on time and fingers crossed I hear something back!

Breakfast was half a can of mandarins and half a can of pear quarters, all mixed together with a few tablespoonfuls of fat-free vanilla yoghurt.


I was already feeling hungry by the time I got to school so had my morning snack pretty much straight away (8:30ish)  It was another Graze box – Pistachio nuts.


I allowed enough time this morning to cook the tofu I bought at the weekend.  I decided not to cook it in anything so that I could see what it actually tasted like rather than just taste the sauce (or it might actually have been because I couldn’t find my soy sauce in the cupboard!)  I also chopped up a few button mushrooms and slung those in the frying pan at the same time.


So my salad at lunchtime ended up consisting of two mini wholemeal pittas, three pieces of corn, a handful of sugarsnap peas, handful of grapes, four cherry tomatoes, lettuce, the mushrooms and the tofu.  I did end up dipping the tofu in some honey & mustard sauce.  It was kind of rubbery, but not in a bad way…?!  Next time I will cook it in some sauce.


My afternoon snack was two juicy plums, although I was no longer hungry and could probably have done without these at this point.


Proudest moment of the day: At an after-school departmental meeting a tin of chocolate biscuits came round.  The really nice sort.  I would never, ever have been able to resist free biscuits before.  The tin stayed in front of me for nearly the whole meeting and I didn’t have a single one!  I said to myself that I wasn’t really hungry, and a biscuit was nothing special…I could buy hundreds at the shop that were exactly the same, and I really didn’t feel like I was missing out by not having one.  :)

At club tonight, Heather our coach had us working on 5 minutes jogging, straight into 5 minutes 5k race pace followed by 5 minutes jogging, etc…non stop for an hour in an attempt to keep our speed up for longer distances.  I really struggled tonight.  Not breathing or stitches or anything like that…I just literally felt that I could go no faster, and at times I ended up at the back of the pack.  :(  After 40-45 minutes I was fine and my pace picked right back up again and I was able to have a few faster sessions towards the end.  I guess all my early mornings and lack of sleep have caught up with me and wrecked my energy levels this week.  756 calories burnt, and home to leftover enchiladas from last night, with a makeshift side salad of tomatoes, grapes, corn and lettuce.  I treated myself to a cake pop for dessert!


Yesterday I ordered some items from JJB.  I have been desperate for a new running bra for a while now, and wanted some more decent pairs of running socks.  After lots of looking around I decided to go with the Karrimor Dri Socks and USA Pro Sports Bra top.

bra socks

The package arrived whilst I was at work, so when I got home I threw on my new socks and new bra with the intention of testing both out at running club tonight.  Both passed the test just fine!  The bra was a little more jiggily than my current running one, but didn’t leave any marks after wearing or make any of my skin feel sore and rubbed which is what has tended to happen lately.  I think I might properly test this bra out at Oakley 20 on the weekend.  The socks (yes, they are men’s socks…I have big feet!) fit snugly but comfortably and again, were not an issue with my running.  No rubbing and they were high enough up the back of my foot to not be an issue with the high backs of my current trainers.  I have a new pair of trainers that I got in January that I need to start gradually phasing in now as well…It’s always a worry with new running gear that it might rub or be uncomfortable.