Running up that hill

I went to Pendle parkrun again this morning. I didn’t feel that slow but was quite disappointed with my time – will have to get back to less tough parkruns over the next few weeks to try and get faster.

In the afternoon, I went for a nice lunch with the in-laws, and have had a quiet day otherwise.

OOTD 13th July 2019
OOTD: still indoors, but with one of my favourite plants! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), dress Topshop (2003).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Miley Cyrus – Mother’s Daughter
Meat Loaf – Modern Girl
The Proclaimers – (I’m Gonna) Burn Your Playhouse Down
Sam Cooke – Wonderful World

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

The Lancashire Hotpots – We Love The North

Race Review: Great North 10k 2019

This was the fourth year in a row that I ran the Great North 10k. Geth and I were discussing on the way home how maybe we’d give it a miss next year…and then it was announced online that next year will be a really special edition, as it will be the kickoff party for the celebration of the 40th Great North Run year. So I expect we probably will be back in 2020!

Great North 10k 2019 medal
I like the minimalist design of the medal this year!

I wasn’t expecting to break any records on Sunday as I’d had a month off running since the Blaydon Race. Blaydon was a really miserable experience for me this year due to running it with a cold, so it kind of put me off for a bit, and I’ve also really been struggling to make time to run during the week. Couple that with the fact that Geth’s not been able to go to parkrun recently because it clashes with his Keyforge tournaments, which means that I’m also not going to parkrun because it’s something we’re in the habit of doing together…well, it all added up to not getting any running in at all for the last four weeks, which I obviously hadn’t intended.

As such, I found that I had a bit of chest pain for the first couple of kilometres, and was worried that it would last for the whole race. However, once I found my comfortable pace, my body got used to it again and I had a really good run after that. I came in at 1:13:04, just under a minute slower than last year’s 1:12:05 – under the circumstances I’m very happy with that!

One more 10k later this month and then it’s all preparation for this year’s Great North Run.

Flying feet

Nice to get back to running this morning at the Great North 10k. I was only a minute slower than last year, which is not bad given that I’ve had a month off! I’ll do a proper race review later in the week.

Since I got home, I’ve had my nose buried in my 3DS playing Bravely Default. Now getting a bit of writing done before bed.

Back to work tomorrow.

OOTD 7th July 2019
OOTD: pre-race picture! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), t-shirt More Mile for Blaydon Race (2019), leggings Karrimor (2015).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Tim O’Brien – Rod McNeil
Dave and Burna Boy – Location
Limahl – The Neverending Story

And a couple of bonus tracks that Geth was humming earlier:

Adam Ant – Goody Two Shoes
A-ha – Take On Me

Ready for the weekend!

A nice quiet day today to end the week – I’ve just been getting on with admin and writing. Looking forward to starting the new series of Stranger Things tonight – I’m already having to scroll past spoilers on social media so it’ll be nice to get it watched this weekend!

I’m also looking forward to the Great North 10k this Sunday (although there’s been a bit of a palaver with them not sending my race number yet so I’ll probably have to pick one up on the actual morning). I’ve not had chance to run for the last few weeks so I’m not going to break any records, but I always like the route along the Quayside and back!

Hoping for another quiet day tomorrow.

OOTD 5th July 2019
OOTD: hints of red. T-shirt Punk Masters (2018), skirt Miss Selfridge (2004), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Volkor X – Enclave
Imagine Dragons – Zero
Vera Lynn – London Pride
Larry Marks – Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
Duran Duran – Rio
Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care

Summer sun

Finally some nice weather today! And I made the most of it by…staying in the house all day ’cause I was a bit tired after last night. Got to get that garden finished so that I’m more inclined to sit out!

Last night was hectic but ultimately successful. I lost for the second week in a row at Slimming World – only a pound, but I’d rather get into a pattern of small losses every week than keep doing the ‘lose five, gain five!’ thing that has characterised my results since race season began. My next race is the Great North 10k on the 7th of July, and I am so determined not to gain that week. I’ll have to be really strict to mitigate the post-race bloat that always seems to happen at the moment.

I then went to ukulele class – it was running late, so I had to skip out before the last song, as I wanted to get to poetry night in time to make sure I could read again. I’m still a bit nervous before performing, but I think I’m gradually getting better at it. Geth took a video, which I *may* be brave enough to post later in the week (no promises though!).

Have had a fairly quiet day today – Mum and Dad visited in the morning on their way back from Sweden, and I’ve spent the afternoon getting on with writing. Just a few things to finish off tomorrow and then I can chill out for the weekend.

OOTD 27th June 2019
OOTD: blue Thursday! Sunglasses Ray-Ban (2019), t-shirt Ron Holland for Cambridge University (vintage 1970s, thrifted from Dad 2012), jeans Vivid (2018), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Queen – Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
Haircut 100 – Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)
The Midnight – Gloria
Duran Duran – Shadows On Your Side
The Midnight – Days Of Thunder
Duran Duran – 911 Is A Joke

Impeccable timing

So after I nearly killed myself running the Blaydon Race with a bad cold yesterday evening (longer race review coming later this week in which I go into extended detail about all the ways it felt like I was going to die), I was convinced that I had set my recovery back by several days and that I would have to spend the entirety of this week on the sofa with my blanket, bucketloads of Lemsip pills and several bottles of cough syrup.

My cold has pretty much disappeared today. Go figure.

Excitingly, this means that it looks like I will actually get everything on my very long to-do list done this week (Geth is still away and so I’m taking advantage of having the house to myself). I got some day job work done today, as well as some writing, admin, and lots of ukulele playing. Hoping for another productive day tomorrow!

OOTD 10th June 2019
OOTD: back in my vintage gear – I must be feeling better 🙂 Dress Charlee Allison for Eljay (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2016), shoes Office (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Little Mix and Ty Dolla Sign – Think About Us
Duran Duran – Tel Aviv [AIR Studio Version]
Spice Girls – If U Can’t Dance
The Proclaimers – Throw The ‘R’ Away

Semi-flying Sunday post

Stop press: NOT DEAD.

Went out and ran the Blaydon Race and did not die, even though I felt like I was going to at various points. I would really, really like it if I never came down with a cold just before a race ever again.

Now to sleep for three days solid until the next time I have to leave the house.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Timecop1983 and Seawaves – Lovers
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
Mark Ronson and Lykke Li – Late Night Feelings
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
Mika – Grace Kelly
The Police – Roxanne
The Midnight and Nikki Flores – Jason
Starship – We Built This City
Traditional – The Blaydon Races

Double ukulele

No review post today because I’m still struggling to get over my cold and have spent most of the day on the sofa with my blanket again. I have been playing ukulele a lot, though, mainly because ukulele number two (a concert sized model, which is the next size up from my existing soprano ukulele) arrived in the post today and so I’ve been experimenting with both instruments to see how the different sounds compare on different songs.

One more morning/afternoon of recovery and then I’m going out tomorrow evening in an attempt to run the Blaydon Race without coughing myself to death.

Soprano and concert ukuleles
Not an OOTD: I got fed up of taking ill-looking selfies on the sofa (I really am starting to look dreadful now) so instead, here is the start of a beautiful ukulele collection.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Dominic Fike – 3 Nights
Lil’ Nas X – Old Town Road
Dolly Parton – Jolene
The Boomtown Rats – Rat Trap
Elton John – I’m Still Standing
Duran Duran – Rio

Slowly recovering

I’m still fairly miserable due to my cold, although at least I’m no longer feeling like I’m going to faint whenever I stand up, which is something. Also, I made it out to the supermarket this morning and didn’t have to stop to throw up like I did on the way to Slimming World yesterday. Progress!

I’ve had a quiet day otherwise with lots of music and writing. I’ve got lots of day job work lined up for next week, but over the weekend I’m just planning to rest and heal up ready for the race on Sunday. Looking forward to it, which is another sign I must be getting a bit better.

OOTD 7th June 2019
OOTD: weather and illness pulling double duty to keep me indoors. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), hoodie Sonar (2006), t-shirt Campus Crew for Toronto Blue Jays (2018), jeans Vivid (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Buddy Holly – Raining In My Heart
Outkast – Hey Ya!
The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary
Duran Duran – Shadows On Your Side
Zedd and Maren Morris – The Middle
Lil’ Nas X – Old Town Road
Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care

Under a blanket

My cold has got worse. Urgh.

I just about made it to Slimming World this morning (not without incident), and have managed to lose three pounds this last week, which is not bad considering I was away at the weekend. Geth has gone off on a business trip, so I should have a fairly quiet time of it for the next wee while and hopefully lose the last bit that will get me back into target range. I’ve been trying for months now!

I did also manage to do some work for a client, but other than that I’ve just spent today napping (complete with fever dreams – fun!) on the sofa. I also finished watching the Good Omens TV adaptation, which has been absolutely brilliant and everything I wanted after reading the book. I really, really recommend it if you’ve not seen it already, and will do a more in-depth review in the next few days.

I’ve got two days left to get complete and total rest in the hope that I will be able to do the Blaydon Race on Sunday without collapsing at the side of the road. Here’s hoping.

OOTD 6th June 2019
OOTD: can’t manage more than a sofa selfie today due to feeling sick whenever I stand up! Back To The Future jacket All We Do (2019), vest top Primark (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Midnight and Nikki Flores – Jason
Gunship – When You Grow Up Your Heart Dies
Calvin Harris and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man – Giant
Duran Duran – I Don’t Want Your Love
Duran Duran – Faster Than Light
Buddy Holly – Raining In My Heart