Catch up!

1130BBDE-8763-4EF9-956F-B6B314DAFD2EHere’s a picture of Friday’s lovely sunset to tantalise your eyes! Otherwise I don’t have much to say, particularly about running and fitness!

But this road isn’t far from our new home and I’m looking forwards to running down it at sunrise in the future! We will probably be moving there mid January.

Building a house, even if you aren’t physically doing it is time consuming and demanding- it’s like having an extra job! It takes up all your evenings, weekends and conversation. We have been so busy-This weekend I made it to the hairdresser for the first time since April!

however, enough is enough. The end is in sight and I’m looking forwards to living in our new home instead of thinking about it!

So what will life be like?

For the last year I have taken Friday afternoons off in return for working a couple of 10 hour days. I’ve used the time for site visits but I am hoping that in future I will devote that time to my health and fitness and not be tempted to take on more responsibility at work.

I’ve made a start this weekend with my diet. Over the last few months we have slowly slipped into more ready meals, take aways, and for me sugary snacks. Inspired by cee jay I decided to kick the refined sugar. On Sunday I bought and prepped lots of veg, some meat and got the slow cooker out!

I also bought some frozen berries- (much cheaper than fresh) to have with my breakfast yoghurt.

The first 24 hours was fine, but at 5pm tonight the cravings set in whilst I was still at work.  Womanfully I resisted the biscuits and cakes in the office and tucked into a healthy chicken and veg casserole when I got home later! So 2 days down…. and I have prepared some boiled eggs and veg batons for tomorrow as emergency snacks.

Sadly I didn’t squeeze in a run this weekend, but I’m working up to it!!

Just watching the news. Donald Trump is now making inroads on the national parks. Sadly I fear he is going to cause damage that can’t be undone.

And so to bed. Wishing you all a healthy and happy life! Jx

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I run to burn off the crazy  — FIT & FAB MOM

I saw this blog and liked it! It looks like a new blog so I thought that I would share.

Night before my first marathon of 2017, and I am beat, mentally and physically. As I sit here on the couch begging my self to have energy for tomorrow and drinking a gallon of water to keep hydrated, I think about why the heck do I keep signing up for these half marathons. It’s been […]

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The return of the wi-fi!

It isn’t just teenagers who are dependant on wi-fi – 2 weeks without it have shown us how dependant we all are!

Hubs had organised a transfer of phone line for our planned day of house move, but a delay in said move meant that our line here was cut off even though the new line wasn’t installed.

Hubs very bravely tackled BT ( the Brits will know what means). After days on the phone to call centres all around the world, just like a caveman bringing home a woolly mammoth for dinner he finally succeeded in getting us re connected. he has proven himself as the alpha male to our teenage son.

So the blog is back.

What next? Well I’m considering my options. ? Joining crossfit to build up my strength. ? Signing up for a bargain 3 x10k for July, August and September next year, at the Black Friday price of £59. Is this a bargain?( Black Friday hasn’t really caught on in the uk- it’s already being stretched to include the weekend and ‘cyber Monday’)

I’m not sure if there are deluded day dreams or actual possibilities!

The first step is to get out for an actual run this week🤔

I hope that you are all doing better with your running schedules!

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In my part of the world ‘bellyaching’ is a word that describes the action of complaining and being generally miserable. I’ll try to avoid doing that! However I may be coming close when I explain that I haven’t run this weekend due to, well bellyache! Constant epigastric pain to be precise.

Discussions between hubs and I have decided that it may be an ulcer or cholecystitis.  I took some OTC Zantac which may have helped as I’m feeling a bit better now.

Its a shame because it looked like a beautiful day for a run.

So I’m thinking about getting a scan done to see if I have gall stones and hubs has offered to pop a camera down to check my stomach for ulcers.

He asked who I would want to do my op if I needed my gall bladder out, given that as my husband he isn’t allowed to operate on me. He wasn’t impressed when I told him that I would consider a low fat diet as an alternative….

This middle age thing leaves something to be desired on the body front. Wisdom and maturity is great but you simply have to make a priority for health and fitness.  I want to be an active old person in the future!

I’ve even been thinking about joining a cross fit class, in acknowledgement of the importance of strength training in addition to cardiovascular fitness and keeping the weight down.

Only thinking. And watching the you tube video from the local ‘box’.

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Best day of the week for running?

What is your favourite day of the week for running? I know the die hards  will say ‘every day’! Some love Saturday, thanks to parkrun, But for me it has to be Sunday.

Sundays are good because I usually sleep well on Saturday, so I wake up refreshed. If there’s no where to go, I have time for a bit of breakfast and pottering ( aka a bit of a tidy up, get some laundry in) maybe a little read of something and then I’m ready to go.

Today was a beautiful autumnal day. Crisp and bright.



One of the great things about Sunday is the lack of traffic. Most of the shops in the village are shut, so there are hardly any cars and so the village becomes more ‘villagey’ and a much nicer place to run through.

Today I thought that I would run from Wiswell to barrow, then to Whalley and back.

Wiswell to Barrow is a nice downhill mile, but being out of the running habit and fitness for a couple of months I still had to walk for parts of it. When I got to the T junction at Barrow, instead of turning left to Whalley I made the impulsive decision to go off road and take the public footpath which seemed to be heading in the direction of Mitton. Unfortunately there is yet another building site there. In the last few years planning permission has been given for 6,000 homes to be built in the Ribble valley.

I hate to be a ‘NIMBY’ (not in my back yard): after all everyone has the right to make themselves a nice home, but a lot of the building is on the green fields and open spaces that make it such an attractive place to live in the first place!




Anyow it was a lovely little path that brought me out at the far side of Whalley just before Mitton with a reasonably flat run through the village. Needless to say there was a bit of ankle deep mud involved ……..

So 4 miles done. Six hours later and I have aching in my glutes ! Nice to know that they were working!

I was quite cheered this morning to read an article in ‘runners world’ about CEO’s who run marathons. I’m not a CEO, but I do have a moderately intense job, so I wondered about these super achievers. How pleased I was to read this quote


I used to run like that, but felt that it wasn’t ‘right’ not enough frequency and all my runs clustered together.  I used to beat myself up about it. But as I get older and hopefully wiser, I’m starting to understand the value of ‘good enough’  and ‘doing your best’. I’m not a professional athlete, so just doing what I need to do to meet my own needs is just fine thank you!


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Fall back in.

Today my husband pushed me out for a run. Obviously he’s had enough of me complaining about my fat belly and possibly dealing with my stressy hissy fits (I don’t care what colour the front door is -you choose!)

I had no excuse – the clocks went back last night so today was effectively a 25 hour day so I couldn’t complain that there wasn’t enough time!


I just made it before the sun went down, just 30 mins.

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It’s all gone to pot (belly)!

Back in April I decided to ditch my low carb diet.  I started it in October 2015. I felt lots of benefits from giving up sugar. Not being hungry all the time. No hypoglycaemic crashes and a pleasing fat loss (5% of my body fat).

Then I read somewhere that low carb diets could cause depression. As I’d been having a few problems with my mood, I decided to eat more carbs. I thought that I already got enough carbs from eating lots of veg, sweet potato and the like but I decided to give it a go, just in case. However, re introducing carbs could have been just brown rice, I’d have got most of my B vitamins there – it didn’t have to be cake did it?

However, cake crept in.

cake is addictive.

At the same time life got busier. currently all our free time is taken up researching bathroom furniture, kitchens, tiles, carpet, light fittings. Every weekend, any annual leave: all those free bits of time get soaked up with house business. And what do you do if you need to discuss your recent tile viewing   (and reward yourself for all that effort)? Pop into a coffee shop for a nice latte and a slice of cake!

There’s no time left for regular exercise, or even the usual shopping for and preparation of  healthy meals. I’ve eaten quite a lot of ready made food recently.

This is the result:


So disappointing  when I worked so hard to lose that weight and I enjoyed being slimmer! I’m back where I was 2years ago. 😖☹️

What to do next?

First of all, don’t panic!

I think that I just have to accept that things are going to be difficult for a little while longer (another 2 months to go until we move).

In the meantime, I’m just going to do what I can, stop the cake and try to get a little bit of walking /running.

I’m already looking forwards to a new start, New house, new running routes! I have a feeling in my water (it’s an idiom, I haven’t got an infection) that 2018 is going to be a good running year.

Is anyone else preparing their New Years resolutions yet?


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IMG_0433I have a cold.

ive been a complete mard arse about it ( the professional term would be ‘ fully appropriating the sickness role’).

im dressed in fleecy clothes and big pants and staying indoors.

im not using capital letters either, that’s how sick I am.

but every cloud has a silver lining.

during the night when I couldn’t sleep due to coughing and nose blowing, I discovered that there was no competition for wi fi bandwidth so I watched some TED talks, updated my music and so on. Bliss!

hubs is intelligent enough to work out that if our son had this last week and I have it this week, it will be his turn next week, hence he is mollycoddling me, (in hope of a return of service next week). I quite like that!

so no running to report.

i hope that you are all doing better!

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Just when you least expect it…..

A really good run!

I just set off slow and steady and kept going. OK the first mile was downhill all the way, but I ran almost all of it. I often end up having a little walk break even down hill.

It was such a good run that I didn’t stop to take any photos….. until I had to run uphill to get back home …..

IMG_1568Five miles, from wiswell to barrow to whalley and back.

The hill profile….


I confess that I walked the last mile uphill!

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breathe deep – just run

No run since Monday.


Its been a funny, stressy kind of week. Did I not run because I was stressed or was I stressed because I didn’t run?

Nothing bad, actually, really good stuff. Hubs and I are having a house built, and there are a lot of decisions to make. It’s just an added bit of life that needs some time and energy.

Sometimes though, doing it all (on time and on budget) can be hard work and cause some sleepless nights. It doesn’t take much to give me a sleepless night!

This morning I caught up on sleep but Now I’m needing a good run out, just to get away from it all for an hour or two and clear my head, so I’m planning a long slow one for tomorrow.

It was lovely to receive a gift from my blogging friend Cee Jay, who summed up my philosophy on keeping on top of it all – breathe deep – just run! She made this beautiful bangle herself and I love it because she made it for me and because it  is my philosophy. Thank you Cee Jay!

She has a website on etsy called lechameleon with lots of pretty things if you need a gift for a friend. (Or yourself)

Take care



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