All the tunes

I skipped parkrun this morning as I’ve got a few aches and pains that are playing up (and besides, Geth was off to a boardgaming event so he wasn’t going to parkrun anyway). As such, I’ve had a very nice Saturday of not being out in the rain. I’ve listened to a lot of music, haphazardly played some of my own on my ukulele, and got a bit of writing done.

I’m really enjoying this quiet weekend. More of the same tomorrow!

OOTD 18th May 2019
OOTD: a good day for lounging around in jeans and Dad’s old university t-shirt. T-shirt Ron Holland for Cambridge University (vintage 1970s, thrifted from Dad 2012), jeans H&M (thrifted from Steff 2016), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Jonas Brothers – Sucker
The Proclaimers – Letter From America
Mark Ronson and Lykke Li – Late Night Feelings
Thought Beings – Hazy
The Midnight – America

Race day tiredness

Geth and I were racing at the Run Sunderland event this morning, so I’ve had a fairly lazy afternoon and evening on the sofa to unwind afterwards. Back to the admin tomorrow!

OOTD 12th May 2019
OOTD: post-race recovery jumper. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2019).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Midnight – Days Of Thunder
Simply Red – Something Got Me Started
Murray Head – One Night In Bangkok
Queen – Flash
Billy Ocean – Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)
The Midnight – Crystalline
Buddy Holly – Raining In My Heart

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Gunship – When You Grow Up Your Heart Dies

Race Review: Sunderland City 10k 2019

Today was the fourth time I’ve done the Run Sunderland event – I did my very first 10k there in 2016, then the half marathon in 2017, then back to the 10k for a good PB last year. Given that my legs are still recovering from London a fortnight ago, I wasn’t expecting much from today – but it turned out to be a good race under the circumstances.

Run Sunderland selfie
Pre-race selfie! Neither of us looked this energetic immediately after finishing.

Geth was doing the half marathon this year, so I was on my own setting off. The field felt a bit more crowded than usual, so it was pretty frustrating trying to weave around people during the first half of the race, and I probably went out a bit too fast as a result of trying to get past the crowds. As such, I felt myself flagging a bit during kilometres six and seven, and I didn’t really get my energy back until the last eight hundred metres of the race.

Because of this (and the fact that four months of marathon training has really brought my speed down), I was very surprised when I turned onto the finishing straight, saw the race clock, and realised I was on for a PB! I finished in 1:09:13, which was forty-three seconds faster than my previous best, also set at Sunderland last year.

After a San Pellegrino and a nice bit of victory cheesecake in the coffee shop nearby, I wandered back to the finish area to watch for Geth coming in at the end of the half marathon. He got his sub-two-hour result, which was the aim for today’s race, and after a recovery sit-down we headed back to Newcastle on the Metro for a quiet afternoon of pub, synthwave, and pizza.

I’ll be back again next May for year five and hopefully another PB, given that I won’t be coming off the back of a marathon next time!

A pre-race Saturday

No review post today as I’m having a quiet day before a race tomorrow!

Geth and I volunteered at parkrun this morning, then went for our traditional post-parkrun-volunteering-on-a-race-weekend breakfast in town. Once back home, I spent the afternoon getting some writing done.

Just a quiet evening now before the race tomorrow! I’m doing the 10K (which probably won’t break any records given that I’m still recovering from London) and Geth is doing the half marathon. I will let you know tomorrow how it all goes!

OOTD 11th May 2019
OOTD: at this rate I’m going to be wearing winter jumpers into June! Jumper Faber (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), jeans H&M (thrifted from Steff 2016), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

FM-84 and Ollie Wride – Running In The Night
The Midnight – Gloria
Gunship – When You Grow Up Your Heart Dies
Lil’ Nas X – Old Town Road
The Midnight – Crystalline

Back to normal!

A good day today! At Slimming World, I found I’d lost all the post-marathon water weight that I’d put on last week, which is great – just need to concentrate on losing the last few pounds needed to get back into target range now.

Have just been getting on with admin this afternoon as Geth and I have a boardgaming guest again this evening!

Hoping for a slightly more productive day tomorrow.

OOTD 9th May 2019
OOTD: still in my winter Thursday jumper due to the weather being freezing for May! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Carlo Colucci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Traditional – Bonnie Ship The Diamond
Gunship – Tech Noir
Ta Mara & The Seen – Affection
Sandie Shaw – Puppet On A String
Duran Duran – Notorious
Sam Cooke – Wonderful World
REM – Losing My Religion
Cast of The Greatest Showman – The Greatest Show
Duran Duran – I Believe/All I Need To Know
Duran Duran – The Reflex
The Midnight – Days Of Thunder

A much-needed bank holiday

I slept in by about three hours this morning. I clearly needed a sleep catch-up! As such, I postponed my planned run and spent today getting on with admin, cleaning the house, listening to synthwave, and making lists of ’80s films I’ve not seen due to Geth being unimpressed with my lack of film knowledge.

Back to work tomorrow.

OOTD 6th May 2019
OOTD: I’m looking forward to being able to wear eye makeup again. Dress unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), shoes Office (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Meduza – Piece Of Your Heart
Duran Duran – Planet Earth
T’Pau – China In Your Hand
The Midnight – Gloria

A normal Saturday!

It’s a weekend without a long run in it! I’ve not had one of those since…early January? It is quite nice to have my weekends back again!

I did do parkrun this morning, though. I felt free to bomb it round without worrying about conserving energy for long runs, so I managed a respectable sub-33. Four minutes slower than my PB from last summer, but also four minutes faster than the shakeout parkrun I did at Highbury Fields last weekend!

I was tempted to head into town for Free Comic Book Day, but in the end I decided I’d rather hibernate (it’s cold for May – we had a bit of hail at parkrun this morning). As such, I’ve spent the rest of the day catching up with admin and writing, which is going to be a bit of a theme this weekend!

OOTD 4th May 2019
OOTD: weekend feels 🙂 Sunglasses Ray-Ban (2019), dress Berkertex Occasions (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2015), belt H&M (2017), tights Primark (2017), shoes Primark (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Charles & Eddie – Would I Lie To You?
Sam Cooke – Wonderful World

Nearly the weekend

It’s been a busy day – I went to the polling station with Geth first thing to vote in the council and mayoral elections, then to Slimming World (I put on an obscene amount of weight this week but I’m trying not to panic because it’s presumably just post-marathon bloat – this has happened after races before). I’ve spent the rest of the day doing editing for clients.

Tomorrow should be a slightly quieter day. I’m already looking forward to the bank holiday weekend!

OOTD 2nd May 2019
OOTD: getting bored of cropping my eyes out so I I thought I’d show off my new sunglasses instead. Sunglasses Ray-Ban (2019), jacket unknown brand (estimated vintage 1990s, bought at vintage shop 2003), dress Monteau (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting
Glenn Frey – The Heat Is On
The Power Station – Some Like It Hot
David Bowie – Fame
Mike & The Mechanics – The Living Years
Heart – Alone
Level 42 – Lessons In Love*
Arcadia – Election Day
Abba – Lay All Your Love On Me
Duran Duran – Meet El Presidente
Genesis – Land Of Confusion

*RIP Boon Gould.

parkrun tourism: Highbury Fields

Geth and I first ran Highbury Fields parkrun in November 2017, as I have previously mentioned during a whole series of Phone Box Thursdays (there are a lot of phone boxes along the walk from the Thistle City Barbican – our favoured London hotel – to Highbury Fields).

Runner and red phone box
Me with a phone box (logged here) the first time we ran Highbury Fields in November 2017.

It’s not flat, but the inclines aren’t too troubling if you’re used to hills. It’s a five-lap course, and because I’m used to much longer distances after four months of marathon training, the laps felt really short when I ran it for the second time this last Saturday.

It’s also a really lovely park. One of the many novels I’m working on is set in Islington, and I have a lot of scenes with characters going for walks around the pathways!

There are other London parkruns I’d like to do at some point, but because Geth and I always stay at the Thistle (and so Islington is kind of our base whenever we’re in town), I think Highbury Fields will always be our default.

Back to reality

Back in Newcastle this evening after a mental few days in London. Also back to work today as I had a bit of editing to do for a client while I was on the train.

I’ve got a busy couple of days coming up – really hitting the ground running as I return to post-marathon life! Thankfully I’ve got a quiet weekend coming up so I can catch up with everything.

OOTD 30th April 2019
OOTD: it’s been a tiring few days, and my eye is not quite ready for its close-up yet. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Carlo Colucci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – Shadows On Your Side
Elton John – I’m Still Standing
Spandau Ballet – True
Fleetwood Mac – Rhiannon
The Midnight – Gloria
Ava Max – So Am I