New route 8.4.17

I’d thought about parkrun, but why drive all that way to run when you can run from home? It was a beautiful day so I started with a downhill all the way run into whalley – about a mile.


I ran through the village, where people were sitting outside cafe’s having breakfast. In the north of England! Who would believe it!!

Quickly reaching the other end, I set my sight on my way back over the river. The small iron bridge that you can see just behind the viaduct.


Did I mention that there was a bit of uphill through the village – more downhill to come but we know that that means one thing for sure (on a circular route). Once over the river and back into the village through one of the ancient gateways to whalley abbey.


Then I had the choice of going back up the 1 mile hill, or a longer less steep route. Because I don’t like the windy narrow road with lots of blind corners, which would be busier now, I chose the long route for safety reasons. I thought I would just take it easy, so I did with a fair bit of walking.

All in all 4.5 miles. A nice route and one I will do again, or even adapt/enlarge!

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Wednesday 5th April


On Wednesday morning I woke up early  and decided to go for a run to the castle(I’m on leave this week). That’s the castle keep on the horizon. It was cloudy but the rain stayed away.


Ther are steps going all the way to the top.  It was early so the castle cafe was shut (and no one collecting admission tickets😱)


I made it. Then I went into town for a coffee.  Passing the witches stone on the way down. A memorial to the women who were sentenced to death through hysterical prejudice .

IMG_0816.JPGIn town I read the paper from the day before. I saw an article that amused me and I know that ther are a couple of you out there who will share my amusement.  (British eccentricity)


Then I ran home again. Just over 7 miles. A good run😊 I ignored my HRM and did what I felt like – it felt good😊

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April 2nd 2017


I feel like the running hasn’t been going that well recently. I know that I haven’t been getting the miles in.  My stats suggest  that I haven’t done well mileage wise over the last couple of months.


However I just found out that my running app compares your stats with other users. So back in January I was doing more miles than 70% of users but my running pace was in the bottom 3%.

Now I’m running less, mileage at 50% but pace up to 10%

Does it matter? No not really I’m just concerned with my own results! Anyhow today was beautiful weatherwise so I went out for a 5k shuffle.

Met the new neighbours

Lots of little lambies, very cute. Big house just outside the village, no one has moved in yet but it’s the source of much gossip. Built as a private residence, from scratch (Marvelous stuff, apparently you can make meals from it too!). It’s certainly very impressive and is said to have cost £17m. I wonder if people will actually live there?


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Not my usual run.

So the running hasn’t gone so well this week. After a great parkrun on Saturday I have just been too lazy to run all week. But sometimes stuff is just meant to be.

yesterday my car broke down on the way to work. The recovery service were there by 8am, yay! The man lifted the bonnet and sprayed lots of bits with something. No joy. He plugged in a computer and after an assessment got a big hammer out. I looked the other way. Then he told be that it couldn’t fixed by the roadside and called a truck to take it to a garage. The truck would be there by 10am.

I made a few phone calls texts and so on to sort out work. I was supposed to be operating that morning but fortunately my colleagues rallied round and managed to get all that sorted out. Now the battery on my phone was going flat.

By 10am I needed to pee. I was eargerly anticipating the arrival of the truck and transport to the garage where there would be loos.

By 10:30 there was no sign of the truck and I was getting desperate. There was no suitable cover for an al fresco emergency relief episode, so I decided to abandon the car and walk into the nearest village to look for a loo.

About 2 miles of wiggly walk later I came to the garage.

Just as I got there my phone rang – the truck man saying that he was by my car. ‘ you will have to wait ‘ I growled in my ‘spawn of the devil’ voice.

I enquired in the shop about a loo-  ‘outside and round the corner’ they said.

Sign on the door – ‘do not use, out of order’.

I went back into the shop . ‘Please can I use your staff loo?’ I asked politely.

‘No’ they said. ‘It’s against the rules -health and safey’

Reader,  what would you do?

Me, pride and dignity went out of the window ( don’t worry, as a middle aged woman you get practice y’know childbirth, gynae stuff).

Reader I begged. I explained my concern about peeing my pants. I said that if there had been a hedge I would have pee’d behind it.

The shop keepers were youngish Asian men. I could see the fear in their eyes. After all, what could be more fearful than a middle aged woman about to pee in your shop or even worse, if not quite so much fluid, burst into tears?

‘but you might sue us! ‘ they said

I promised not to sue and they let me use the loo. (Thank you youngish Asian men😁)

After that I ran back to my car. Yes I ran, in my little orange ballet flats clutching my over full hand bag.

So I did get a run in on Thursday after all😊


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Quote of the day

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Healthy choices made today;

Woke up early (not actually achoice, just lucky😊)

green smoothie for breakfast


Avocado, spinach and kiwi fruit. Very green but actually very nice!

Went to parkrun, which  I enjoyed😊 First time in ages that I have enjoyed running with other people


The arch is the start line. Afterwards I went to the shopping centre for a latte – and took the stairs instead of the escalator!

After my shower I’m going to my Bhuddist group  (takes care of my mental health!!)

How many healthy choices will I make tomorrow I wonder? (Lots I hope😊) How many will you make? Does counting them help you to make more?


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What happened to February?

I know that February is a short month, but I feel like I blinked and I missed it! It’s been a poor month for running;


I haven’t blogged much and I don’t think that I have advanced much on the novel, well not in word count anyway. I was reviewing the novel yesterday. I can see lots of room for improvement, but that’s OK. Stepping away from it for a couple of weeks then coming back does give some objectivity, at least I can see what I need/want to do with it.

So what have I been doing? Spending more time with people who matter to me. Eating a bit of cake (I need to nip that in the bud- it goes straight onto the waistline!)

This morning I went out for a little jog and I had a little think. I was thinking about cee jay (ceejaykayfit) who wants to do a vegan detox, and SRG who is a vegan every day. I was thinking about recent health advice to increase fruit and veg to 10 per day and my low carb sausage and egg breakfast. What could I have for a low carb vegan breakfast? I struggled for a few minutes before hitting the jackpot – the green smoothie! Now it’s spring it will be easier to do, so shopping tomorrow for spinach, kiwi fruit berries etc tomorrow!

Then I got around to thinking about slow running girl and how she gets up early every morning to run. Why can’t I do that? I set my alarm early but I make a cup of tea and sit quietly drinking it instead of running. I confess that I like the P&Q of early morning and I like that cup of tea, but whose to say that I wouldn’t like the satisfaction of having done my run even more?

What stops people from changing? Well, fear is often a big factor. So what fear could possibly stop me from running in the morning? Honestly? Fear of being late for work, of being tired. I kid you not. Punctuality is quite important to me. As is being on top form at work.  Is this a reasonable fear? No not really. I mean, if you get up 30 minutes earlier, you can run for 25 minutes and stop then do your morning routine. All I have to do is do it, to prove to myself that it can be done. Then keep doing it until the ‘fear’ goes away.

what would you like to change but you never do?

what could your underlying fear be?

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It’s on it’s way!



So much more going for it than Christmas!

I made it out for a daylight run /walk.  Just under 5 miles. Average HR 135, so 10 above MAF but it was comfortable enough. Snowdrops are out everywhere!

Apologies for being less present in the blogosphere just now. As I haven’t been outdoors much there are fewer pictures, and there’s only so much you can say about running on a treadmill!

I’m also spending a bit more of my writing time and energy  working on my novel. Today I have been re-writing chapter 4 (I’ve only got 5 chapters so far!!). It wasn’t really working for me so I’m re doing it. Not as much fun as writing a new chapter- no increase in the word count so it doesn’t feel like progress, but I know that it’s time well spent.

To those of you in the northern hemisphere, happy running in the warmth and daylight☺️

To those of you in the south, make the most of autumn before the winter kicks in!

I’m planning a bit of a break for the next few weeks, for the reasons above.

See you soon, j xx


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Not up to much.

This is one of those blogs that sort of explains why I haven’t blogged!

Gross warning now, picture of my feet coming up. Just to point out my swollen painful ankle on the right. I’m telling you which side in case it isn’t obvious. (What do you mean you can’t tell? Just under the lateral malleolus-  what do you mean ‘it doesn’t look significant’ to you? What kind of a doctor ARE you?)


So no run this evening. Instead went late night shopping to buy a pair of black trousers to replace the ones that are too big. Celebrated smaller pants as follows;img_0724

Note to self, keep old trousers they may fit again soon…..


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How do YOU ride the roller coaster?

Apologies if anyone has missed me over the last couple of weeks. I’ve been awol.

I’ve been away for a few days, both social and work, then a short week to recover and get all my chores done before having friends to visit last weekend –and then? I dunno but I fell off the wagon – the Maffetone wagon. No long slow runs, no short slow runs, no runs of any kind, oh and cake. On a number of occasions.

I ate cake because I was feeling down. Maybe it was the lack of running, maybe it was the loss of routine. So highs and lows. It got me thinking about the roller coaster metaphor for life. ( and Shazza too – see shazruns!)

So how do you ride the roller coaster? Do you get to the top, put your hands in the air and squeal with delight as you plummet towards the ground as fast as gravity allows? Or do you grip the safety rail, tense your body rigidly, clinging on for dear life and close your eyes so that you can’t see the full horror of the danger you are in? Do you wish it was all over, that you’d never got on, that you don’t want to be there?

I decided that the roller coaster wasn’t a good metaphor for me. It isn’t a ride that I would choose, but I do choose life, so there must be another metaphor for my life.
I thought a while.
My life metaphor isn’t even in the fairground.

It’s in the hills! Of course it is, where else?

You start on a walk, there’s always going to be a climb to get where you want to be. It will be hard work but hopefully it will be enjoyable. There will be grass and streams and scenery, you can either rush past it and press on, or stop to enjoy it, depending on how keen you are to reach the peak.

The climb may get harder, but then you will stop and look back to enjoy the view of where you’ve been. You can see a hill top, you push towards it, but when you get there you realise that it isn’t the top, maybe you’d looked at the map and you knew all along, but either way you press on.
Eventually you reach the peak. The views are great and there’s a sense of accomplishment, but funnily enough despite all that effort you don’t stay there. It’s cold, it’s windy and there isn’t much room. You might be on your own so you stay as long as you like, but in the end you know that you have to leave to find food, shelter and company. There may be a crowd of people jostling to be at the top – they have climbed too so it’s only fair to step aside and let them enjoy the view they have worked for.
Maybe from the top you see another peak, possibly more interesting than where you are. So you climb down and then back up again. Your experience from the last peak may have made you fitter so it’s easier, or maybe you haven’t allowed yourself to recover properly, so it’s harder. Eventually you decide to head for home. Going downhill can be easy if the path is smooth and gentle or dangerous if too steep.

All the way the route you choose will determine your experience, how hard it is, how much you get out of it.

I love the hills and a much better metaphor for me😊

Just for the record I have squeezed in a couple of walks. Today I walked to the castle and back – prep for eventually running it. 9 miles in total. Last week 6 miles on the hill.


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