Friday, 24 December 2010
Last week was spent concentrating on those damn Christmas lunches. Lots of hard work went into it, the first day was bit shaky and i went home exhausted & in tears after not sitting down )or eating!)the entire day after bloody running there but 2nd day went extremely well. Do hope people appreciate just how much hard work goes into these things.
Friday i finished early and headed off home to put heels & dress on then back into town to meet Jemima & Thelma for dinner.Two of them are selfish enough to have birthday's mid December! Jemima & i decided we'd get a spa day with overnight stay booked and that would be both our birthday/Christmas presents to each other. Had lovely meal and catch up then headed off elsewhere for more drinks. Rolled home around 4am. great night.
Had fairly lazy day on Saturday, wandered up into Morningside for bit of Christmas shopping then by 2pm realised i hadn't eaten so popped into Gregg's for sausage roll, proper athlete food clearly. Talking of Athletes, cant say I've been much of one this month. Only done around 100 miles hasn't helped that I've been so busy at work and pretty poorly this week with bad chesty cough. Coach says it's no big deal when i fret about it though as I've had bit of mega year.
On Sunday we went to the Christmas Market, it was snowing and although it was Baltic it looked just lovely. Ian had mulled wine with rum and i had raspberry wine with raspberry liqueur, it was enough to keep us warm whilst we wandered around. Princes street looked stunning in the snow, made me feel very Christmassy.
this blog is boring me so I'm going to get dressed and go Christmas shopping then drop off pressies to my family maybe I'll be inspired to blog later, who knows!
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Sunday, 5 December 2010
I've never known the Forth Road bridge to be closed and I've never seen snow quite so deep in my estate,it's up to my windowsill now. madness.
Once everything was down we all got stuck in and put tree up together, it was great fun and it looks fab, even if i do say so myself!
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
I'd gotten into bad habit of having really hectic day and work and not going to gym due to tiredness aka laziness. I'm fine when i get there & i do enjoy it but it's a chore to actually go after work.
So I've been leaving earlier and running to gym, then going to work. It's working out fine so far and it also means once work is done it leaves me time for the more important things in life.
Talking of which... i made tough decision to postpone the trip to Old Trafford on Saturday for 2 reasons. Stephen had an important football match and didn't want to miss it and one of his Friends was off to Oz for 2 yrs and it was his night out. So i asked the lovely Nick who'd very kindly got me the tickets if i could postpone our trip down if he could resell them and he could, thankfully.
Only one problem there. SNOW. It's like the North Pole here at the minute and the game was called off, as was the night out! And we only went on to win 7-1!! how gutted was i???
Still, the snow will not stop me running that's for sure. It's bit tricky getting out of my estate as it's at top of hill but once I'm out it's fine. TBH if i hadn't run to gym/work yesterday i wouldn't have got there at all as all bus services had stopped til gritters got out. I was like a walking snowman by time i got to gym haha
Went for lovely run on Sunday morning, and although i was in shorts i conceded and wore a jacket for a change, oh and a hat too! Ian said people were still giving me double takes when i passed them though and i got a fair few comments fired at me!
Now i although i said it was lovely it was also bloody tough. It's a bit of a slog through the deeper snow and really works your legs, not helped by coach making me run fast, not sure i like it or him!He keeps throwing these crazy figures at me about what he thinks my capabilities are and i just laugh at him. Maybe i should stop laughing cause i think it makes him work me harder. When i said i felt sick the other day he was delighted ffs.
Day was finished off with bit of shopping, footy fest & Sunday Roast. Perfect.
Almost up to 2000miles for yr now, should hit that by end of week. I used to be a mileage chaser and that stopped for me when i got injured and it became secondary to getting back to full fitness and staying fit & healthy. Still nice to see I've hit such 2000 though, well nearly...hope don't break leg on way to work this morning :-o
Finally started my Christmas shopping last night. I get stupidly excited at Christmas, only time of year i enjoy shopping really. I like shopping for other people, just not myself, love to try and fine the right present rather than copping out and buying vouchers. Got busy few weekends ahead with various stuff so really need to get organised. Yikes, its 5.42am, too late for gym. Not too late to run though
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Monday, 22 November 2010
Phil is coming up next weekend and planning on basing himself at Oak tree Inn so i might just have to join him if he has space for wee one.Had lots of folk asking me to let them know when I'm planning heading up to WHW for training runs so think we're going to have some fun weekends if it's anything like this yr was anyway.
Yesterday's race really surprised me. I actually didn't think i was capable of running that fast. I know it's not *fast* compared to lots of folk but it's fast for me. I guess I'm always surprised when people tell me I'm a good runner,i certainly never see myself as that. I have a huge lack of confidence in myself sometimes and people who've met me find that quite surprising.
I guess my next step is tackling a sub3.45 this makes me more than a bit nervous because it lays down the gauntlet. If anyone had said I'd come close to that yesterday I'd have laughed in their face. I'm a bit rubbish at short distances and i know i have to tackle that too, as someone said to me recently we have to run faster to run faster.
So i'll try that i think.
From now on my focus is the WHW race,everything else will be training towards it.I have a great crew, i just need to start believing i can do it justice.
I guess I'm mentally strong and i think my life has shaped that. There's many things I'd rather have not happened to make me that way (My mum dying when i was 21 for instance)but we cant go through life with regret
I think I'm stupidly naive sometimes and stupidly trusting. And I'm always paying for it. It then makes me look at my life and think of how i can protect myself from the inevitable. But when i say that i get told I'm amazing just the way i am (to quote a song) I'm lucky to have good friends to tell me that and to make me believe that not everyone is the same.
Been up & downstairs few times now and my legs seem fine, quite pleased with that.There's always a positive if you look hard enough.
After dreading this race last year and then finding i enjoyed it i decided to revisit it and try and beat my time. After getting offers from 3 sets of people to take me down there i finally decided Alistair should be the (un)lucky one to have my company. nice to be so popular though!
Had a perfect Saturday morning then got home & spend rest of day ensconced on sofa. I'd had a sore throat since Wednesday and it got worse as week progressed to the point of me coughing my guts up every 10mins or so.Things wre not looking good for this race at all! Had some lemsip (disgusting stuff) and some paracetamol spent day watching football then had early night. Up at 5am and after bath a cup of tea felt not too bad.Not great, but not too bad either.
Alistair arrived at 6 prompt and off we set for Newcastle Got lots good luck txt on way down, people thought i was mad to even consider running it after way i'd been feeling but hey ho nothing ventured nothing gained. I could always pull out.Arrived in car park and it was raining, this set mood for rest of day. Hugs all round from loads of familiar faces and special hug from Phil who ive not seen in Way too long quite frankly. Popped down to bandstand where Lesley, Helen and few others had set up fetchpoint, hats off to them to stand cheering us in that weather!left bags and drinks there. Al decided he wanted to wear a tutu, so he got one off Helen and ran in it lol!
Wasn't too long before we were called to start and we were off.Yikes it was wet, huge puddles and a mud bath at certain points. The hill was only real part you run on grass and it was like a bloody ice rink, i tried running on side where it was less muddy but my poor wee adizeros were not coping well with it at all! Really wished i'd worn my roclites & my sealskins. My poor feet were soaked to bone!
Still i ploughed on. weirdly i hadn't coughed at all since i started running, wasnt complaining though!
I had my rain jacket on for first lap and Alistair's cap but i discarded both ot fetchpoint which was based at bandstand again. This was a 5 lap course so i could easily pick it up again if needed.I rather like the lap thing as it was great to highfive folk on way past and it kept you motivated when you saw folk all time. The rain was relentless, every time i got into most exposed part of the moor it got torrential, sideways in face and just awful. Heyho,i wasn't expecting great weather in middle of moor in November!
What i genuinely dont get is walkers in marathons, i dont mean people who take a walking break, i mean those fast walker folk. I think the guys doing it were part of the 100marathon club and i guess they were adding another notch to thier belt, i just dont get it. I cant see point in doing marathons for marathons sake, each to thier ow though...
The Marshall's were brilliant, really cheery and supportive. The hill got worse every time i went up it but i was on a countdown by saying we hey, only 4 times more, only 3... etc By time i was on my 4 lap i was starting to lap people! me, lap people!
By time i got to hilll for last time i was taking a few walking steps, it was so slidy i was convinced i was going to fall ,soon found out it was harder to stay upriht walking though so just ran again.
I also knew at this point i was going to PB so i reckoned it wouldn't do me any harm to walk a few steps.I was soon running again though and then powering back down hill, After looking at my spilts my last mile was at 8mm. woop!:o)
Passed fetch point for last time and headed up the river, sorry path towards finish line. Crossed line in 3.45.59 official time shows it as 3 secs later though so i guess its 3.46.02. Either way its a PB of around 12mins. Not too shabby for those conditions and my poorly body doing everything it could to scupper it! Not forgetting the Ultra last weekend.Got over line and started coughing like i smoked 60 a day i was hanging onto fence whilst folk looked on in horror.
Popped to bandstand to get my bag back and headed off to get changed whilst Phil got me much needed cup of tea. Took about an hour to start to thaw out everyone was in same boat though. After watching some of prize giving we headed off to pub for some lubrication, where it was all warm & cosy. Great to see everyone and many thanks to all those who stood out in the cold wet moor for hours upon hours cheering us on and handing out goodies and hugs. Huge thanks to Al for chauffering me.
Got home around 7ish exhausted. In bed early again with strange sense of foreboding. It would seem that once again I've been too trusting too naive and just plain utterly stupid. I should've learnt by now that people lie and will tell you what you want to hear.
C'est la vie.I should be used to it by now.
No more races this year.That was my first Marathon this year & I'd forgotten quite how hard they are! Give me an Ultra any day. Legs were really sore last night and i had dreadful sleepless night coughing and fidgeting. Feeling better this morning though and I'm glad i have day off to just chill out. although sometimes it's best to be busy and distract your mind from other stuff.
Next weekend I'm down at Old Trafford with Stephen, need to start my Christmas shopping too. Christmas lights go on in Edinburgh on Thursday, i love seeing them. so I'll probably go then and it might put me in proper Christmas mood.
Monday, 15 November 2010
Anyway...we had great burgers in Paddy's bar and few glasses of wine. We decided to head to our room with bottle wine we'd bought in greenwelly to watch classic saturday night telly. Susan emptied out all her supplies ont bedside cabinet, here is her side of bed.
Got to start and register and we got our fabby tshirts, we had choice of jacket or tshirt but opted for shirt, they're techy ones and at least will get used again.Met Dr Andrew Murray @ start, what an incredibly lovely humble guy. Most people had long tights on under their kilts, i was only one with wee shorts on lol, most folk told me i was nuts lol
We had great fun bounding down devil and we got to bottom before too long. We enjoyed the run towards kingshouse and everyone was still in good spirits. The road up towards the ski centre was really quite icy and horrid to run on, we passed a couple of walkers who congratulated us and suddenly one was lying flat out on ground after slipping, we checked he was OK and headed off along Rannoch Moor.
Out this morning for 4 glorious miles along Loch Lomond, it was a stunning but very c
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Got to Living Room & there were masses of hugs all round.I've really missed all the woodmac folk so i was wee bit sad too :( Kim arrived about an hour later and was hugely surprised to see us all. Martyn had said to me before we'd even arrived that he was only staying for few drinks as had had wedding next day (as did i) and i said same thing. So after that statement you'll not be surprised to find out we were still there at end of night! lol Great night.
Thursday, 4 November 2010
The last week has seen many a downpour, one day i even wore a jacket! The hailstones bouncing off the window and it being windy, and dark and 5am i conceded and wore a jacket, and a hat, and gloves!
Anyway, back to those lovely crisp leaves. The ones now lying there in a soggy slimy pile just willing some poor person to dare step on them and see them flying through the air faster than Eddie the eagle..... It's now like an assault course.And living at the top of a hill having to dodge leaves on a fast downhill sprint pushes running into the dangerous sports category at the mo.
So far i've manged to stay upright, but now that I've just typed that i expect to be borrowing Stephens crutches anytime soon ;)Oh talking of him... I crumbled and for 1st time ever in his life gave him money, this was indeed a surprise to him as i kinda don't agree with giving money, i prefer to give gifts. Wouldn't appreciate anyone giving me money either, much prefer the thought that goes into present buying. I did also buy a shirt which he liked thankfully, and last but not least tickets for Old Trafford. Wooohoo, clearly this is wee present to myself too, we didn't get down last season and we cant wait to get back. Mind you with our current form at mo i fear it might just be our first visit down there that doesn't see us winning....
Still been gymming it as well as running and it never fails to astonish me some of things i see there. For instance, is your life so damn important that you cant put your iPhone in the locker whilst you work out? ffs i want to go over and rip phone from them and smash it under the current weight I'm using and tell them to get a life. I love my phone truly i do but i don't need to take it inside the bloody gym with me. numpties.
Work has been mega busy this week but enjoyable.Busy weekend beckons.
just perusing this website and liking it, running porn at its best...
Sunday, 31 October 2010
So rested Friday to ease ankle and didn't go to gym either as my routine involves lots of squats, which think is where i picked it up in first place. Was out on Friday for drinks then onto pics to see the Social network (good film) I thought i was going to miss bus though and stupidly ran (in my heels) all way to bus stop,only for bus to be 10mins late. Made ankle not very happy at all, neither did walking to other side of town to cinema lol
Alcohol helped ease the pain though...
Saturday was meant to be "up early and go shopping" day. Kinda turned into a *oops,slept til 11am" day instead. Still, the shopping happened & i came away with a shiny new Blackberry Torch, i love it a lot already. After many yrs with O2 I've dumped them due to very poor, or complete lack off that should be! service in the shop. Off i went to car phone warehouse where i signed up to vodaphone instead. Shame really as I've always had great service previously with O2. Their loss, i told them this on phone when getting my code to transfer number.
Quick lunch before heading off to get Stephen's birthday card and few bits & pieces for him. (are you reading this Stephen?) Anyway, not telling what i got :p
Feet were truly aching by time i got home so i kicked off my knee high boots and put my feet up to watch soccer Saturday. Ankle was bit niggly.
Woke up early this morning, got up, cleaned house and after several trips up & down the stairs, including hoovering them i realised ankle felt ok. Time for tester run. Did 7 gloriously sunny miles on my usual loop up to fairmilehead & back .no ankle issues at all! woohoooo
Then i nipped to shops to pick up some groceries and back to watch Newcastle Sunderland game. Very productive day!
Thursday, 28 October 2010
Yes i know it brings much needed money to the economy but please stay away from my bus! Someone got on today, asked driver for day ticket *then* asked how much it was.She then said to driver " can i use it tomorrow?" errmmm NO does the word day ticket not give it away?She took her ticket and just stood there waiting on her pal behind me, i asked her to move then she stood at bottom of stairs! jeez. *deep breaths*
running home from gym yesterday, get to edge of meadows and pedestrian crossing. Press button, lights change to amber. Car decides to drive through anyway, even though the traffic was backed right up and all he did was obstruct the fuckin crossing! what an utter twat. I shouted wanker to him as i squeezed between the cars when green man came on.
Talking of gym, i arrived bit later than normal and went off to collect my weights. kettle bell and bits and pieces i need but some bloke was on equipment thing i needed. Except he was one of those *wandering* blokes. He'd do a set of about 5 and wander off! i stood next to it eith my arms folded with all my weights at my feet glaring at him. He then fucked off to another piece of equipment leaving his stuff still attached (you're meant to return everything) i walked over and tapped him on shoulder and asked if he was finished with it or not.jeez, give me strength!
Anyway,I'd started my routine my then by switching it around but it still kept me a bit behind.So i ploughed through it without my allocated rest breaks. Then i ran home.bit faster than normal.
Got up to run this morning, and i got less than 3 mins from house & had to turn back. Something in my ankle isnt quite right. Couple days rest are in order methinks.
crikey this is a ranty blog! Sorry. Had stressful couple days but i'm in calm happy place now, albeit with a sore ankle.It's Friday tomorrow that itself deserves a smile! It's Stephen's birthday on Monday, i'm organising suprise pressie which i wont blog about cause i think he might read this when i leave myself logged in.
oh no new phone just yet. Going shopping Saturday....
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
I'll probably end up with something completely different to what i think i want.
Had rubbish sleep last night & woke up at 4.10am so just got up. Sounded awful outside with rain battering window so for once in my life i decided to not dice with hypothermia and wore a jacket. BIG mistake. It was off within a mile and squished into bag before i melted into a heap on pavement.
Which left me with just a vest on, well not *just* a vest obviously, don't want to get arrested or scare people.. Saw few runners in meadows and everyone, except one old bloke was wrapped up for Antarctica. everyone else i passed looked at me as if i had horns but hey, I'm used to that.
Day started off well and deteriorated as it wore on, i wont go into it but hey ho I'll deal with it.
Phil called tonight,he managed to not call whilst i was in bath for once, although not through lack of trying! My ear nearly fell off as per usual with him and that was with him cutting it short. Did manage to finish off cooking dinner, eat it and make cup tea all whilst talking to him. Good to catch up though. After pulling out of my last few races i feel kinda cut off from people i regularly see, it's a bit rubbish.
So, IPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Blackberry Torch... aaaaargh watch this space.
Sunday, 24 October 2010
Yes i was drinking ;) I was invited to Stirling Castle to see recent renovations it was through work and i was kinda dreading it but it was fab. They had a piper piping us into castle and fire eaters & jugglers in courtyard. We were greeted with champagne (or wine , beer etc) no prizes for guessing what i had! And there were lots of folk all dressed up in character.Hence the Mary Queen of Scots title. She stayed in character whole time we were talking to her, Robert the Bruce popped over for chat too,lol was great fun. They are going to have them as guides when castle reopens, think kids ( & adults) will love it.The castle is stunning, cant believe I've never been,have vowed to go back and see it properly. Great night.
Thursday i met Martyn for drinks, not seen him for far too long and it was great to catch up. It's never *just one drink* with Martyn though,he really is terrible influence on me.
Busy day@ work on Friday and with Susan arriving it meant i missed gym, also missed it on wed because of castle visit, bad Sandra. Need to make sure i try little bit harder this week. It's not all bad though as I've ran a fair bit.
Susan arrived on Friday afternoon and i was in full throes of making 2 pots Soup to feed to hungry runners the next day. We drank wine and chatted til too late as usual then headed off for well earned sleep.Up around 8ish Saturday morning ready to hit Pentlands. Ian arrived about 9 and we headed off shortly after to meet the rest at flotterstone. Richy arrived not long after us quickly followed by Lucy. Weather was bit Baltic and wet, it had been torrential overnight and for once i actually wore a jacket!As we set off we were joined by Kenny from my club, dressed in shorts & tshirt i might add, he totally put us to shame!
Kenny had limited time as he had to get back home so he skipped off on 2nd hill and said his farewells. Although it was super windy at the top of the hills it was actually really clear and we could not only see for miles we could actually follow the correct route we'd planned this time! Richie was giving us lowdown on pentland skyline race and pointing out route, might just be tempted next yr!
Sun came out as we headed towards Wester bavelaw and rest of run was in glorious sunshine. Because of all the rain we had trails that were completely covered and it was like river running, me & Susan splashed on happily through them.Run was great and passed way too quickly i felt fab and couldve easily gone round again. Didn't though as we had 2 pots soup waiting so we all bailed back to mine to dig in. Everyone had showers and we drank lots tea & coffee to wash the soup down. Although i gave everyone choice (yellow split pea or carrot & coriander) everyone went for latter. Was bit worried i'd made it too spicy as the chilli's i used were tiny & lethal, but everyone said it was great.
Today, we had our 2nd running of the Fetch Edinburgh 10k, basically the idea was borne after few people balked at cost of Great Edinburgh Run so we decided to organise our own, exact same route,numbers, timekeepers, Marshall's the lot! Special thanks to Alistair for top job organising it all again. Was fabulous day out and i got a PB!! Then we all traipsed off to bar for refuelling purposes, was brilliant to catch up with everyone.Great weekend all round, goes waaay too quickly though....
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Having the option of going out on Friday kinda won over the gym. So that's what i did, cause i can.And I'm ever so glad i did too. I decided seeing I'd no plans for weekend I'd run to gym on Saturday instead. So i did, cause i could.
I decided I'd take my favourite route which is the fairmilehead/Morningside one as it's longer route into town. What i forgot is that I'm used to running at 5am, I'm used to having those streets to myself, even the roads are extremely quiet. Leaving the house @1pm was not conducive to a very peaceful/quiet/stress free run in slightest. Morningside being the vibrant little village within a town that it is was a fuckin nightmare.I actually wanted to shove old grannies/families with buggies/loved up couples/people enjoying drinks in sunshine outside all the cafe bars/random people in my way and ANYONE who came near me or got in my way in front of nearest number 15
But i didn't, i gritted my teeth and jumped off and on road playing chicken with the buses and all the people in cars heading to waitrose/M&S /whatever...
I was so relieved to finally to get Bruntsfield links and down into the meadows.
The rage meant for pretty good workout though and i vowed not to run home that way. I instead ran through meadows which is looking just spectacularly autumnal at the mo and i skipped through the piles of leaves with big smile on my face. Getting strange looks from the many other's enjoying the meadows i may add.
I'm still in my vest and shorts at mo, even in the dark @ 5am, another reason for getting looks from people.Yes i ran up the Mound in Edinburgh battling against wind and rain and people brollies, getting astounded looks from said brolly holders.
I will not be beaten down in October to wearing long sleeves just yet!
Got busy few weeks ahead, why do people wait til 2 weeks of yr and cram in every invite they can throw at me? i doubt I'll make half of them due to lack of funds. But so far I've got :- catch up drinks with pals, Reception,Race and drinks after, Hen night, Fashion Show, Birthday Party & Wedding all between now & early November ffs.
Think I'll need to start selling body parts if this carries on. Or go stick my head in sand and ignore everyone, which is the likeliest choice i think. It's no wonder I'm single huh.
Really fucked off with Wayne Rooney for fucks sake.
Friday, 15 October 2010
The men who sent me these messages on a dating site however are not on this planet. For some reason this week I've had a surge in messages which is odd as you normally only get a flurry if you go online and I've not checked the site for weeks. Anyway, how could i resist some of these guys...
1. " hi, very very knew to this.... " knew? new perhaps FAIL
2. "SEXY GIRL LOOKING FOR SEX FROM YOU" yes, in capitals. Yes you're a moron
3. "hi, how you doing, check me out" errmm no, you've been watching too many episodes of friends, now fuck right off
4." hi, i'm looking for love, any shape or size, if you're interested let me no" NO know, NO I WONT.
5." hi im new here if u want to no anything just let me no" Yes,i will once you go back to school mate.
6. titled *relasionship" I didn't open it
7. "I am a guy who is fun loving and likes a some good sex. Can you cope with some 3nights all night activity. then we might be compatible. Get back to me and see our common denominator. Other than that we can check the bearings.waiting for you!!!!!!" oh goody, how can i resist?
8. "Shrek here having trouble finding his princess Fiona,call out so I know where to look" quite a quirky message, if he didn't *actually* look like Shrek
9. "I am Thomas, im 37 and looking for a girlfriendrelationship.lease get in touch" errm NO.
Spoilt for choice as you can see. Which one to pick?
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Men from Mars? perhaps. Is there life on Mars? Been watching some on the men at gym. My programme is very bishbashbosh. 30mins of supersets. I get it done and get out of there.
I'm usually only girl in weights section so i get *looked at* specially cause i don't stomp around in between doing sets of weights. Why do blokes do that? One guy was really annoying me today. Kept giving me the eye every time he went past. He'd walk around the weight machines like caged animal then come back to his weights and do more. Freak.
He's not only one though. I'll bet most guys go home from gym and say *hey look at me, I've spent 2 hours in gym* but have actually done fuck all
I'm a meltering wreck by time i leave there, these guys are barely breaking sweat. Muppets
oh and i run to gym, then run home.
Talking of which, did my morningside route again this morning, i bloody love that route. Long climb up to Fairmilehead then big downhill to morningside followed by long climb out of there. Last 2 morning I've been racing the buses. Yesterday i raced the 15 from Bruntsfield right to Princes and won! wooop!
Got beat by number 16 this morning though, i only made it to Usher hall. No 15 in sight though which was weird as it was same time as day before. Still, i had my fastest morning run in long long time. Maybe it's thought of Coach IanB looking over my shoulder telling me to run faster, or maybe my big fat lazy day on Sunday did me world of good. Whatever it is, it's all good.
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
There's a third time but I'll get to that in in a minute.
When i bought said camera i also bought accidental damage insurance, people who know me know i can be a bit of dizzy blond and i thought this would be good purchase. I was right. Except it didn't cover loss due to drunkenness. Hmm, should've looked at policy closer.
So i bought another one. From the wonder *edite edit* I bought the exact same model and colour cause
1. i like red, it's my favourite colour
2. The camera takes great pics
3. i still had extra battery, charger, software all set up on PC etc so seemed silly to buy different one.
Most people would put number 2 above number one is guess but hey, I'm a girl and i like red.
So all's good. Til Susan broke it but then i remembered i have inurance *edit edit edit* lol
Sorry about the edits, my legal team have advised me i might get carted off and thrown in the tower. I told said legal team it would be ok cause i'm just like rapunzal and i'd throw down my hair when my prince came to save me.
Going back to the Third incident.
I agreed to take part in a "naked" Calender. All in name of charity i may add. Roger booked a studio and took the pics and i drank a lot of bubbly. He said the pics are great, as have other folk I've shown them to. But I'm ever so critical and I'm dreading it popping through my letter box soon! aaaargh
In other news, Stephen stil hobbling round on his crutches with his non broken leg. I've ran and gymed like a good girl and work has even been ok this week
S'all good in Sandraland at present.
Sunday, 10 October 2010
We of course drank lots of wine and went to bed too late. Oh and we thought it be good idea to take few pics. culminating in camera getting dropped and lens getting broken. damnation's, that's 3rd time the same thing has happened and i know it means i should get different camera next time but it takes bloody good pics, is light,compact and its red! i love it :( Cant afford new one either.
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Thursday, 30 September 2010
But it's time to up the ante and make more of an effort. My club does a *pub* run every so often, starts & finishes at pub. My kind run. Normally it's at other sde of town ie- Balerno end, cause thats where club is based. It's 2 bus rides away from me though hence i dont often make it along. Yes i know it's daft to join a club on other side of town but they run in the pentlands a lot (hence the name(Harmeny pentland runners!) and it's full of lots of lovely people.
Anyway.. last nights run was starting just up road from me, bonza! So off i go armed with hi viz and head torch as ordered. Gav was first to arrive, quickly followed by Ian then everyone else. Iain, our supremo guide warned us it would be, muddy, boggy, wet & dark! It was :o)
Great run, loved it. Up into lower end of Pentlands quick skirt round bottom and back to pub. Brilliant.I ran mainly with Alistair as he wanted to chat me abut a very excting project he has coming up. This was only 2nd time ever i've ran with headtorch, frst time was suporting Jen on WHW race last yr, i need to find a way of making it bit more comfortable as i was fiddling around with it fair bit. Back to pub for few drinks then Alistair took me home and i caught 2nd half of game.
The club are big on thier headtorch runs so i'm really looking forward to getting up there and having bit of fun in the hills in the darkness! :)
WHW entries open tomorrow! woohooooo
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
I predicted i'd be incredibly sore this morning but weirdly i was ok...
Decided not to run anyway and take a rest day, then i realised i said i'd go along to club run so it's not really a rest day lol. Anyway, as the day has worn on my inner thighs have got tighter & tighter.
Does this mean i'll have thighs of steel soon? :)
Got my number for Abingdon Marathon today :( Getting jealous of everyone heading up to Loch Ness @ Weekend too.waaaah etc
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
On Thursday i did the photo shoot @ the studio with Roger, went to pub first and took a bottle along with me(dutch courage!)then pub after. Not big or clever on a school night...Still ran to work in morning though. Had very quiet night on Friday jumping between fetch, twitter & Facebook keeping updated on hardmoors and nervously waiting on news of Phil. Luckily he was Mr Sensible again and pulled out when his foot started to niggle a little *phew* he is a worry that boy!
On Saturday morning i ran to gym for meeting with Pascale to go over what i was looking for in a gym plan. Had good chat with him then headed off home to catch back up with Hardmoors. Headed off for train to Lockerbie at 4pm and Susan picked me up@ station.
A very girl night followed of mucho catching up, talking about boys, Chinese , xfactor & wine, followed by cocktail. The film, not *actually* any cocktails ;) Honest.
Woke up around 7ish and got up even though alarm set for 8. I made my intentions clear on Facebook that i wanted a PB.This was last chance saloon for the yr. I thought the extra pressure of telling everyone might just help. Susan was marshaling so we headed off sharp so she could get her instructions then we drove to lovely grounds where it started about and sat all warm n cosy in car. Caught up with Gav & Soph @ start and also made my intentions clear to them s0 after a quick rundown of my plan to Gav (run as fast as i could) it was time for off!
Caught up with Bobby on first mile and we chatted about future race plans for next yr, then he took off never to be seen again... Gavin overtook me around mile 2 and i kept him in sight for few miles before he too disappeared. hmmm, this is Gav *taking it easy* Decided to try & keep Marian in my sights instead and i managed to do that for rest of race. Really lovely course with quite a few long drags, not hills as such, not as us Ultra runners know them but then we tend to get a rest on hills, there was no chance here. I had a PB to chase.
But it wasn't to be. I did put my all into it but came around 18secs short of it. I guess it's surprise really, that was fastest I've ran since March. I never run that fast in training and I've done no other short races. I guess my legs need to be retaught how to run fast? It's no big deal, i didn't throw myself to ground and have a tantrum, except when i found out i got a mug instead of a medal anyway! ;)
So I'm quite glad I'd decided i was pulling out of Loch Ness & Abingdon before that, takes pressure off big time. Newcastle looking doubtful too for diff rent reasons.
Got kinlochleven to look forward to, and that's all about enjoying it, not racing. no more races for yr planned. Just lovely training runs to look forward to. I think if I'm at loose end anytime I'm just going to head up WHW and just run, just because.
In other news, I'm an Auntie again. My sis in law had wee baby boy last night(all boys in our family!) well except me of course lol 3 big brothers have all only had boys now. Stephen is excited to have a new wee cousin, he loves kids and would've loved a wee brother or sister. He'd have had to find a new Mum first though! haha :P
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Watched Dave finish then Ian kindly dropped me back off at my B&B. It was great to kick back and just get ready nice & leisurely whilst sipping on more pink bubbles. I still had no clue what i was wearing as I'd taken 2 dresses with me so i sought advice from B&B owners :) He immediately picked the red dress so that's what i wore
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