That’s the first week of September.

This week I determined that instead of reading in the morning I would get straight out of bed, do a bit of Buddhist practice and go for a run. I’ve managed it 5 days out of 7 so I’m pleased with that. However, not all my runs have been first thing, and not all my runs have been runs!



Saturday was lovely so I got outdoors. Friday a did a short but good’ n on the treadmill but on Saturday somehow I wasn’t really up for running so I did a 5k brisk walk instead.  I got a lovely view of ‘the trough’ (pictured).


weather was variable today. We had some sun in the afternoon and again a felt like I needed some fresh air so I decided to head out onto the hill. It was about 6pm so I knew that I had a couple of hours before sundown.

It was very cloudy and I could see ‘weather ‘ coming in, but I’d put on my windstopper leggings and waterproof jacket, so I wasn’t worried. However, when I got to the top of the hill, the weather arrived and it wasn’t rain. It was a whipping wind full of hailstones! Frankly, it was a sharp left turn and straight down the hill!

I’ve managed just under 11 miles this week which I’m pleased with. I’m hoping for a similar week next week.


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Will power

IMG_1530Over the weekend at some point I took a break from my duties as a domestic goddess, sat down with a cup of tea and flicked on the TV. I chanced upon a programme about the brain. The presenters/ researchers were looking at addiction then got onto the topic of willpower. They did an experiment where they got 2 groups of people to watch an upsetting film  but asked one of the groups to supress their emotions and not cry and asked the other to let it all out. Afterwards both groups were asked to squeeze a hand ‘thingy’ for as long as they could. Those who hadn’t used their willpower up suppressing their emotions were able to squeeze for longer. The conclusion of the experiment being that we have a finite amount of willpower and it gets used up-  it isn’t like a muscle where the more you use it the stronger it gets.

Over the last few weeks I’ve come to realise that a favourite pastime of mine has got out of hand and could be turning into a bad habit – maybe an addiction?

yes. It’s reading.

I love reading (good quality stuff mind!) and had got into the habit of a few pages on my iPad with my morning cup of tea. Over the summer this has escalated into an hour in the morning – and another at bedtime. No wonder I haven’t had time for running!

So now I’m ditching the morning read (with a promise of bedtime reading!) in favour of doing my run in the morning – before I use up all my willpower!

This morning was the first go. I did well, got out in the early morning mist – see the picture! I didn’t run though- after no running for a couple of weeks I just settled for a brisk march. I just wasn’t in the mood for running at that time of morning lol!😆😆 It was the right thing to do. After 30 minutes my muscles had warmed and loosened and I felt much better than when I set out.

So here’s to tomorrow!

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Our last day of walking. It did rain today but it was OK. It was actually the easiest day of walking with low lying hills and I’m pleased to say that the waterproof  trousers held up well!

IMG_1461Rain on its way in!


The Hadrians wall trail is really well marked all the way along – you can’t get lost!


Roman style graffitti


An honesty bar. We saw 2 of these on today’s walk. Only accessible on foot ….. but very wellcome!

After the rain

IMG_1466After the rain.

maybe it was the rain or maybe the terrain, but we made a good pace today and covered 9 miles in 4 hours. So warming rather than chilling in the B&B and looking forwards to a Greek restaurant for dinner. When life is good – enjoy it!!!


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More walking today, less sightseeing. Partly though choice, we have had our fill of Roman history now!

Another day of great weather. Although the weather forecast predicted rain, and Dave and I did buy waterproof trousers in expectation, being British I also packed a pair of shorts and some sun cream. And on Thursday I used them!

We walked from steel rig to GIlisand. Over the highest point of the trail;

IMG_1448The wall runs along a geological fault line, a series of rocky crags. You can see them along the right hand side of the horizon;

IMG_1453Friday promises rain, easier walking but I suspect less interesting stuff to look at ( the wall was constructed of turf from here). We have crossed the watershed in the middle of the country, so the rock changes, less craggy different type of scenery.

at least I have my sunburn to keep me warm……..

I must look up the course of the ‘Hadrians wall marathon’ . Not because I want to run it – but because I want to marvel at those who do! It is a very ‘undulating’ landscape!

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FullSizeRenderwednesday was unexpectedly sunny (again) which was a bonus. A much easier day of walking, only 5 miles, which improved the mood of the teen. He was getting quite into the spirit of things actually, taking photographs of the scenery – and wait for it- when we had a boring bit of road to walk along , singing songs!!!!

here are a few snaps of the day. (Steel rig to housesteads to vindolanda)


A passer by kindly took a picture of the threee of us – had to cut his thumb off ! ( the picture)


The tree is in ‘sycamore gap’ and famous because they shot the opening scenes of ‘Robin Hood prince of thieves’ here. It’s only 300 miles to Sherwood Forest!


The staineway – an original roman road that ran parallel to Hadrians wall across the width of England.


Vindolanda has an amazing collection of artefacts – including hundreds of shoes! Definitely worth a visit. The sophistication of clothes, jewellery and pottery suggest that people haven’t changed much in 2000 years!

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Exploring the final frontier.

Of the Roman Empire that is! OK so I’m a few centuries out of date but hey! What’s new? So I have persuaded the family that walking Hadrians wall would be a great way to spend a holiday.

Hadrian’s wall was built across the north of England to keep out the ‘northern barbarians’. Started in AD122 with various modifications over the years. It’s about 80 miles long and stretches from coast to coast, tynemouth/Newcastle at the east, solway firth at the west.

There are lots of excavated roman ruins to look at along the way.

We aren’t walking the whole thing, just 40 miles in the middle. The weather forecast was for rain, but fortunately for us they got it wrong and we had a bright and sunny day.

IMG_1328We started our visit in corbridge, where we visited a museum, then started our walk in chollerford. In low lying areas, much of the wall has disappeared, the stone having been taken in years gone by to be used in local buildings, but once you get onto the hills, there are lots of sections of wall to be seen.

We walked to housesteads, and from there we got a taxi into haltwhistle where we are spending the night. I confess, that by the end my legs were sore, and I thought that I would be stiff and sore today, but actually I’m not too bad. I did ‘catch the sun’ though, despite my SPF 20 facecream, and am now sporting that very British look of bright red face and yellow wild hair!

My garmin says that we walked 14km.


The last couple of miles coming up to housesteads were a bit hilly.


Lovely scenery


Remains from the temple of Mithras

My teenage son is not entirely impressed with this as a holiday, but I think it’s a teen thing. He’s enjoyed walking in the lakes before but of course this doesn’t have the joy of reaching the peak of a mountain. However he now appreciates a good tea shoppe! Bribery with food is all that’s keeping it together!

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august 8-13 2017

This blog is a little late – wi if issues yesterday☹️ After 2 hours of trying to upload my photos I gave up and went to bed! But never mind, its happy holidays for us, 2 weeks of leisure time away from work.  Yipee!

Last week started off well with the C25k. I repeated week 5 day 1 twice and I was planning to do it again on Friday but the rest of life got in the way. In the end I woke to a beautiful sunny day on Sunday. The menfolk were going to a football match so that was my opportunity to get out. It was such a lovely day it seemed a waste to limit myself to 30 minutes up and down the road so I decided to treat myself to a jog on the hill. As it was a treat I decided that I would drive to the Nick o Pendle as my starting point.

IMG_1307I walked up Apronfull hill, over badger wells hill jogged along deer stones and spence moor.

This is the view of the ‘trough of bowland’ from Apronfull hill. You can see why it’s called the trough!


Now you can see why this is called ‘the trough’.

Going onto spence moor was really just a bit of a recce for the future. I originally thought that it might be possible to follow that track onto black hill and get onto Pendle hill that way, but there are no official paths there.


It appears that the surest way to get to Pendle is to follow the paths down to Ogden clough and double back along the other side of the water. I didn’t want to run downhill just to run back up it again, so from the top of the moor I ran down to chew clough reservoir.

[caption id="attachment_5228" width="3898"]IMG_1314 Chew reservoir.

On the way I stopped to check the map, in an area were it was covered in an early growth of bracken. In the silence I heard a creaky noise. I stood really still, looked around. No wind, no animals visible no people. Yet every so often I could hear a creaking sound. I came to the conclusion that it was the sound of the bracken growing. People say that you can hear rhubarb growing and this was similar!

Then it was a very bucolic downhill run back down to the road.


Heather time.

So where will my next run be from?
Spoiler alert: there will be no C25k this week but I expect that there will be some scenic walks. Possibly …… the rain.

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wi fi free Sunday.

This is not a lifestyle choice!

Sundays, lovely Sundays a day of rest and relaxation. I wake up, make a cup of tea and get back into bed, snuggling down to read everyone’s blogs. By 9am I’m ready to pen a few words of my own – and it all goes pear shaped. The wi fi just stops working. Today, I spent half an hour trying to add a couple of photographs then gave up. I’ve been in and out all day, kept trying to no avail and then here we are 7pm and suddenly it all comes back, a whole day of emails pop through. It’s the same every Sunday, one of the perils of rural life I think. I guess that everyone in the village is home on Sunday and wants to use the wifi🙄

Anyhow, onto running.

I managed 3 runs last week. (Good!)

I’m struggling with the 5 minutes of continuous running so I have done wk4 day 3 twice and week 5 day 1 twice (and will probably be doing it at least once or twice more before I move onto wk 5 day  2 which calls for 2x 8minute runs).

On Friday I was un- characteristically organised. I had an appointment after work near to where I used to live, so I took my running kit to work and went for a ‘nostalgia run’, down by the canal.


Some changes!


But still flat!

I didn’t use my C25k app – I did more of a ‘free run’ but when I looked at my garmin afterwards I’d covered the same kind of distance in the same time as I have been doing.

next week I’m hoping to do alternate day running and get 4 runs instead of 3.

only a small target, but actually I find it difficult to achieve this consistently!

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Does running help with weight loss?

Choclaterunsjudy asked this question today. Here’s my reply!

IMG_1240IMG_1241I’ve been reflecting on this myself for a week or two and my answer is yes! As the miles have gone down, the weight has gone up (and the back ache/sore knees/sore ankles has reappeared). To be fair I was also doing a low carb diet last summer, but came off that earlier on in the year. Someone pointed out to me that it might not be great for my mental health/mood. I hate to admit it but they might have been correct.

So now, I really want to get back to my 10 miles per week as I don’t want to get any fatter! And I really want to get rid of my joint pains.

It is a challenge! However, I am not defeated😊

Time for another attempt at wk 4 day 3.  Fortunately this cloud has rained itself out this afternoon…


For real!!!! Like something from a disaster movie😜😂😂


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Up and down hill

Today I did day 3 wk4 C25k.

I planned it so that leaving the house it was a gentle up hill for the 5 minute warm up, first 3 minute jog, the first walk break then I turned around and ran downhill for the two 5minute jogs and the other 3 minute one.

I did proceed onto a steeper down hill, which was part of my walk back. I took pictures of the down hill and the uphill. It all looked so obvious when out running, but in the photos you can’t tell the difference between up and down!!!

IMG_1209IMG_1211In fact it doesn’t look hilly at all!

This is what my garmin said about it;


That’s metres by the way 😁 I know it isn’t alpine but it felt quite hilly to me!

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