Sailing through

Just a mile this morning…

…as it was a rest day on my plan. After three days in a row of slightly longer runs it really did feel like a rest day too! Longer runs again over the next two days.

I’m excited about the weekend as I’m going to be wearing and taking pictures of all the old clothes I’m selling. Geth is helping me with the photography process so I think we’ll both need to try and avoid the ‘ohhh… this one looks nice, maybe I/you should keep it’ justifications. All these clothes have been sitting ignored in the garage for two years for a reason!

I’ll post running vlogs over the weekend as usual, and will be back with a full update on Monday.

Chocolate apple
Should have waited till early November maybe… but I couldn’t resist these chocolate apples when I saw them in the supermarket. I’ll see if I can get some more the week of Bonfire Night 🙂

Today’s earworm playlist:

Mark Knopfler – ‘Local Hero’
Carl Orff – ‘Gassenhauer’
Queen – ‘One Vision’
The Carpenters – ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’
Middle Of The Road – ‘Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep’
They Might Be Giants – ‘Istanbul (Not Constantinople)’

I’ve decided it’s Hallowe’en now

A 30-minute easy run this morning…

…which I was a bit wary about when I saw it on my training plan as I prefer to go by distance, but it was fine.

After finishing off my day job work, I spent the afternoon decorating the house for Hallowe’en, as I want to be able to enjoy my decorations for a couple of weeks this year. This evening, Geth and I have been catching up with the recent Strictly ‘Best Of’ specials in preparation for the series proper starting this weekend!

Another good productive day tomorrow I hope.

Hallowe'en window cling
I’ve had these Hallowe’en window clings for years and they’re starting to lose their static, but I love them.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett – ‘The Monster Mash’
Koichi Sugiyama – ‘Unflinchable Courage’

Back to a bit of house sorting

Three miles today…

…which was a nice distance for midweek. I’m enjoying having a proper running structure again. It stayed dry this morning as well!

I’m doing a bit of household-stuff-sorting again. I’ve decided to try and sell most of my old clothes that I don’t wear anymore online, in order to try and make a bit of cash for more leggings and clear some space in the house for more leggings. The first lot to be sold are the clothes that are still in good condition but don’t fit me anymore since I lost weight, and that have been sitting around in the garage for the last two years. I’ll be spending part of the weekend photographing them and putting up the listings. I also have quite a lot of clothes in my drawers and wardrobes that will probably go the same way, because I’m just not wearing them anymore – this pandemic-stricken year has been all about finding the most comfortable and cheerful clothes possible, and so stuff that’s a bit more fussy in terms of fastenings has fallen by the wayside. I’ll keep the quality timeless items as I know I’ll want smarter clothes again one day, but I really do need to start decluttering again as I’d quite like there to be a time when I’m no longer depressed by the untidy mounds of stuff in my house.

Any clothes that I can’t sell, I’ll donate. They all need to be out of the house in the next few months.

A last-minute bit of day job work came in today, so I’ll be finishing that tomorrow, and hopefully starting to get the Hallowe’en decorations up 🙂

London Marathon medal
One thing I’ll never sell is the London Marathon medal that arrived earlier this week!

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Running Channel – ‘Run With Me’
Journey – ‘Don’t Stop Believing’

A positive Tuesday

I did an interval session this morning…

…and I was a bit apprehensive about it, but it was great to get some speedwork in again after all the longer race training!

I then spent the afternoon doing day job work – that should be the bulk of it done for this week as a couple of clients have rescheduled – and am now catching up with a bit of admin.

Similar day tomorrow, with a bit more time for getting caught up with things in the afternoon I hope.

Hallowe'en chocolate eyeballs
The Hallowe’en chocolate has been well and truly cracked open. These eyeballs were delicious 😀

Today’s earworm playlist:

Zara Larsson – ‘Lush Life’
Matthew Wilder – ‘Break My Stride’
Journey – ‘Don’t Stop Believing’
DNCE – ‘Cake By The Ocean’
Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse – ‘Valerie’

End of big running and the start of winter training

Just a mile today…

…because I started an eight-week 10k training programme today and the first day of the plan was a rest day! Intervals tomorrow. I’m planning to do this eight-week programme twice during the winter – the first will finish with a 10k race on 6th December (there’s a small local COVID-secure one I’d like to do, but if restrictions get worse and/or it’s called off for any reason then I can always sign up to another virtual), then I’ll have a break from focused training over Christmas, then I’ll start the programme all over again in January for another 10k race attempt around late February / early March. This will be the first winter since 2017/2018 that I’m not training for a spring marathon, so I’m taking advantage of the extra time – I really want a sub-hour 10k race result this next year. I managed a 1:03ish split during the Virtual GNR (because I went out far too fast!) so I know it’s perfectly possible with the right training.

We had a great weekend, with Geth running his longest run of the year on Sunday – he’s aiming for his first marathon in either autumn 2021 or spring 2022 and likes to build up the distances gradually, so his big project was to manage a 30k run this year. All achieved and he’s back on easy running for the winter.

In non-running news I am starting to get very excited about Hallowe’en. I think I will probably decorate the house at some point in the next week! I need to tidy up a bit first as the living room is still full of stuff from my decor project. Said project is on schedule to be completed and up on the wall around the first week of November – I’m just waiting on a couple more things to arrive in the post.

Hoping for a nice productive day tomorrow as there’s a lot I want to get done this week.

Hallowe'en leggings
Hallowe’en leggings on today!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Starship – ‘We Built This City’

A quieter weekend ahead

One more mile-ish run today…

…but tomorrow I’m going to go for three miles in order to get back into my Saturday morning routine of doing a parkrun-length run. I’ll be taking it very easy as I’ve still got a few twinges and stiff joints, but it’ll be really nice to try running for a bit longer again.

Geth is doing his longest run of the year on Sunday so our weekend is going to be based around that – in non-running terms it will be very quiet and hopefully quite relaxing.

I’ll post my usual running vlogs over the weekend (and possibly a couple of race reviews if I can get them written!), but otherwise I’ll be back with an update on Monday.

Doc Martens
This week I cleaned up my old Doc Martens in preparation for the winter. I’ve been neglecting them in favour of a pair of Clarks boots the last few winters, but said Clarks boots have now died a death and my shoe-buying rule for the 2020s is that I’m only allowed to buy new shoes when absolutely needed for practical purposes (hence the three new pairs of running shoes this year and nothing else), so the Docs are going back into service. I also have a patent white pair that are not quite as winter-practical, but will be nice to wear on dry days.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Queen – ‘I Want It All’
Doves – ‘Catch The Sun’

A proper sofa day

Back to the usual mile (and a bit) route today…

…as I finally felt like I could face it again after Sunday!

Other than my short run, I’ve not been out today. I’ve finally had the opportunity to catch up with a bit of admin this afternoon, and am now spending the evening enjoying some catchup TV athletics from the last few days!

Another nice quiet day tomorrow.

Cat on car
A photo from the end of one of my laps on Sunday. Next door’s cat can sporadically be found dozing on top of my car, perhaps because it’s a warm surface when it’s been sunny.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Avril Lavigne – ‘What The Hell?’
Duran Duran – ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’