Speeding up

A faster-than-expected parkrun today…

…and then a nice lazy afternoon browsing online. Looking forward to a similar day tomorrow!

Front seat in the Metro train
I was able to sit in the ‘driver’s seat’ at the front of the Metro train today when travelling back from South Shields parkrun. Not a hugely inspiring vista when it’s a grey winter’s day in the north-east of England, but I like watching the tracks 🙂

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Midnight – ‘Kick Drums And Red Wine’
Sacre – ‘The London Marathon’
The Midnight – ‘Gloria’


I drove out to a parkrun I hadn’t done before this morning…

…but other than that, I’ve just been resting in preparation for a long run tomorrow. I’m meant to be doing thirteen miles, and Storm Ciara is meant to hit Newcastle at about 7am. We’ll see what happens. Hopefully I’ll manage to get it over and done with sooner rather than later!

Gibside National Trust
The National Trust at Gibside is really lovely – I’d like to go back for non-parkrun purposes at some point.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Del Amitri – ‘Nothing Ever Happens’
Vangelis – ‘Chariots Of Fire’
Timecop1983 – ‘Tokyo’

Talking it through

Another short run today…

…and then I headed to a counselling appointment, which was a bit of a short notice thing this week. I’d got onto the waiting list for talking therapy last summer, as after the first few months of sobriety I was starting to feel as though I was finally starting to get my thoughts about my mental health in order to the point that counselling would be useful. However, I was on the list for so long that I’d semi-forgotten about it/assumed that I’d been taken off it for some reason, so it was a surprise earlier this week when they called me to make an appointment! I felt a bit unfocused in the session today as I didn’t really know where to start, but I’m going to make a lot of notes before the next one in order to make the most of the treatment, as you only have a limited number of sessions.

I spent the afternoon finishing off this week’s day job work, meaning that the decks are clear for next week yet again! Looking forward to another good weekend of running – I’ve got a new parkrun to try out tomorrow, and a long run in the stormy weather that’s due on Sunday (that one might not be so pleasant, but it’s all part of marathon training).

GNR membership shirt 2020
My GNR membership shirt arrived today. Really like this logo on the back! Hope the finisher t-shirts will also be nice this year…

Today’s earworm playlist:

Tears For Fears – ‘Woman In Chains’
All Saints – ‘Never Ever’
Soft Cell – ‘Tainted Love’
Bon Jovi – ‘Wanted Dead Or Alive’
Timecop1983 and LeBrock – ‘Too Late’

Standing still

It’s been a while since I volunteered at parkrun, so it was good to get out and marshal at Jesmond Dene this morning, a parkrun course that I really enjoyed running during the autumn. I jogged there and back so as to get my run in, but made sure I had plenty layers on for the ninety minutes I was standing at my marshal point! There was a bitter wind blowing through the Dene today, so they were very much needed.

Geth is away at a Keyforge tournament so I’ve had a really relaxed afternoon reading. I’ve got another long run to do tomorrow and I’m hoping to be well rested.

Weekends are a bit of a write-off at the moment due to all the running, but that’s sort of the way it goes during marathon training.

parkrun volunteering
Sort of an OOTD: I was at the marshal point I’d always feared, the one where an out-of-control runner can knock you down the steps if you’re not careful! Thankfully it wasn’t as scary as I’d imagined…

Today’s earworm playlist:

Jackson Browne – ‘Rosie’
Vangelis – ‘Chariots Of Fire’
Soft Cell – ‘Where Did Our Love Go?’
Belinda Carlisle – ‘Leave A Light On’

Daily improvements

It’s been a really good day overall.

I started off with a 4k speed run and managed a similar pace to what I was doing at parkrun on Saturday. This is a really good achievement for me, because I’ve always struggled to run solo runs anywhere near as fast as I can in a parkrun or race situation. Perhaps I was helped along for the first half mile by the sight of Geth in the distance, who was running the same route but went out a lot faster than me!

I then spent the first part of the afternoon finishing and submitting my tax return – it’s always a relief to get it done! – followed by the last bit of editing for a client that I needed to finish this week. I’ve also booked a wee trip to Dublin in June for a Duran Duran gig 😀 Super excited…

Marshalling at parkrun tomorrow, so I’ll just be jogging there and back to get my run in.

Dublin 2012
Not quite an OOTD: flashback to the last time I was in Dublin, in March 2012 (fatter days – couldn’t fasten up my coat 🙁 ). Love that Oscar Wilde statue.

Today’s earworm playlist:

FM-84 and Ollie Wride – ‘Running In The Night’
The Midnight – ‘Memories’
Duran Duran – ‘Winter Marches On’
Lady Gaga – ‘Always Remember Us This Way’
Jackson Browne – ‘Rosie’
The Midnight – ‘Explorers’
The Midnight – ‘River Of Darkness’

Winning in a happy non-competitive way!

So I followed up my first sub-31 parkrun since 2018 with… my first Slimmer of the Week award since 2018! Two and a half pounds off this morning. Just a few more weeks of consistent effort and hopefully I will be back in my target range!

On a less happy note I’m sad to see our latest temporary Slimming World consultant, Julie, moving on. Our group has had six different consultants in the last year for various reasons, and it sounds like our seventh will only be temporary as well. Fingers crossed we get our ‘forever consultant’ soon – the ladies have all been lovely, but it’s much easier when you have someone who’s followed your journey for a long time.

I was planning to get out for a walk this afternoon to make up for the pizza that Geth and I had tonight to celebrate the end of his marking, but I was a bit tired after this morning’s run so will be getting in some extra exercise over the next few days instead. I’ve got lots of work to get on with anyway.

Tomorrow is quite busy, so I’m really looking forward to the weekend!

Slimming World fridge magnet
Not an OOTD: also, our group gets fridge magnets for being Slimmer of the Week nowadays! When Katie (our original consultant) was running the group, you only got them for Slimmer of the Month.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Ed Sheeran and Khalid – ‘Beautiful People’
Duran Duran – ‘Winter Marches On’

Speed is in sight… maybe

Back to Newcastle parkrun this morning, and my first sub-31 result since 2018! The daily running is really paying off, and I’m super happy 🙂

I’ve spent the rest of the day finishing off my current day job project, although I did take a break to make Burns supper. Have finally finished work now!

Looking forward to a bit of quiet time tomorrow, starting with my long run in the morning.

Burns supper
Not an OOTD: Burns supper. Haggis and neeps both done in the microwave, tatties done by Geth (who is out of practice at making mashed tatties and so they were a bit gloopy – will have to create more opportunities for him to practise over the next year).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Clash – ‘Bank Robber’
Vera van Heeringen – ‘Riverside House’
The Scaffold – ‘Lily The Pink’
Culture Club – ‘The War Song’
Lady Gaga – ‘Shallow’
The Midnight – ‘Kick Drums And Red Wine’

Playing with words

I’ve been editing for a client all day today, as I’ve got a couple of big projects at the moment. Editing can be frustrating sometimes – finding the exact way to rephrase something so that it flows nicely – but the end result is always really satisfying.

I’m finished now though, and feeling weekend-y, even though I do have to work tomorrow as well. It’s parkrun eve, yay! Geth and I are going to Newcastle as our friend Winny is doing her first parkrun there tomorrow.

Another good running weekend awaits then – I’m super jealous of all the people going to the National Running Show in Birmingham this weekend, but I will enjoy parkrun and my long run on Sunday 🙂

Energy gel
Not an OOTD: going to be trying this berry-flavoured gel out on my long run on Sunday (well, if I actually remember to take it this week). Hope it’s not as sickly sweet as the orange one I tried a few weeks ago!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Hiroki Morishita – ‘Duty’
Ollie Wride – ‘Miracle Mile’
Starship – ‘We Built This City’

Phone Box Thursday: South Road, Bressay

Here’s the second of the phone boxes along the Bressay parkrun route, and the final phone box from last August’s Shetland trip.

Red phone box
Red phone box, South Road, Bressay, 10th August 2019.

(Coordinates 60°13’73.9″N, 1°11’39.0″W.)

Since the Google Street View car visited the area (which was probably around 2009 judging by their usual dates for rural Scotland), the phone box has had its ‘Telephone’ signs redone in a nice gold and black scheme. I’m not usually a fan of meddling with the classic phone box design, but it does look quite nice.

Back to the UK mainland next week!

Green space exploration

Geth and I went parkrun touristing this morning to Windy Nook parkrun in Gateshead. I’ll do a post about it when I catch up with my review posts over the next few weeks! I love parkrun touristing – it means I discover parks and other green spaces that I’d never have known about otherwise.

Have done some preliminary house-stuff-sorting-out this afternoon as I was inspired to tidy up our race medal collections. I’m hoping to be able to sort out a display for them soon.

Back to my videogames this evening!

parkrun barcode pack
Not an OOTD: my wee pack of parkrun barcode key fobs arrived today after Geth ordered them a few days ago. This was the second most exciting thing in the post today after the full set of Duran Duran Funko Pops that I tweeted about earlier!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Blur – ‘Parklife’
Gesaffelstein and The Weeknd – ‘Lost In The Fire’
James Taylor – ‘Wichita Lineman’
Taylor Dayne – ‘Tell It To My Heart’