Sleeping and walking

Just a mile for my run again today…

…but I did go out for another walk in order to pick up my repaired phone. I had to wait in a coffee shop for an hour as the phone wasn’t quite ready when I first arrived… and it was the first time I’d been in a coffee shop since March! I had to give track and trace details, which I hadn’t done before. On the whole, I felt really safe – the table layout had been done well and everyone in the shop was keeping a good distance. It sort of felt like a nice piece of normality for the first time in ages.

I slept for ten hours last night as I’m still catching up on my missed sleep from the weekend. As such, I’ve not really had much time to do stuff today. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll get caught up with all my admin and then I can maybe have some me-time on Friday 🙂

Trainers
I did some reorganisation of my shoe shelves this evening, as my ‘easiest access’ area was still full of high heels… and I’ve not worn high heels all year as there’s been nothing to dress up for. I’ve put all my trainers centre stage instead, as they’re getting a lot of use due to all the walking I’m doing. I cleaned up my Doc Martens in preparation for the winter too 🙂

Today’s earworm playlist:

Bill Conti – ‘Gonna Fly Now’
Justin Timberlake – ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’
Gunship – ‘Rise The Midnight Girl’
The Midnight – ‘Gloria’
Queen – ‘I Want It All’
Michael Jackson – ‘Beat It’*
The Midnight – ‘Crystalline’
Rage Against The Machine – ‘Killing In The Name’
Sacre – ‘The London Marathon [Theme From The Trap]’
Alien Ant Farm – ‘Movies’
Idina Menzel – ‘Into The Unknown’

*RIP Eddie Van Halen 🙁

Recovering slowly

Just a mile for my run this morning…

…though I then ended up walking six miles trying to find a shop that would repair my phone screen! Going to try and take it a bit easier the rest of the week.

(I’ve also added my big long video about my challenge to yesterday’s blog if you’ve not seen it already!)

I’m still not feeling 100% – I can’t concentrate and feel pretty fatigued in general – so I think I need a few more days of catching up with sleep. Hoping to be back to normal by the weekend.

One more walk tomorrow to pick up my repaired phone, and then I think I’ll finally be able to settle down and get some rest!

Autumn tree
A lovely autumn tree from my walk today.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Nick Heyward – ‘Take That Situation’
Foo Fighters – ‘Times Like These’

The first of a few rest-ish days

A very early couple of miles this morning…

…in order to see what my mile route looks like in the dark so that I’m prepared when I start running just after midnight on Sunday morning. I’m almost never awake at five in the morning, let alone out running. It was super peaceful!

I spent the morning getting work done (and trying not to fall asleep) and then headed out for a walk in the afternoon. I’ve not been out walking for a couple of weeks as I’ve been too busy with multiple run training, and it was really nice to crunch through the leaves (Newcastle is looking very autumnal now).

I get to sleep in tomorrow morning (no, really, it’s on my training plan – I need to start shifting my sleep pattern in preparation for the weekend). I’m fairly busy with day job work for the rest of the week, but my much-lighter run days will make it feel like a bit of a holiday!

Autumn leaves
I love these leaf colours 😀

Today’s earworm playlist:

Zombie Nation – ‘Kernkraft 400’
Cast of Pocahontas – ‘Colours Of The Wind’
System Of A Down – ‘Chop Suey’
The Cure – ‘The Hanging Garden’
Robin S – ‘Show Me Love’

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Limahl – ‘Neverending Story’

Enjoying the autumn weather

A two-miler today…

…and it was nice doing a different route to my 1.2-mile lap! That’s the last chance I’ll have for over a week, though, as multiple run training starts again tomorrow.

I also went out for a long walk this afternoon, as I’ll be running and working for the rest of the week so will be a bit too busy for walks. It was perfect September weather – lovely and sunny but not too hot while walking, and it was a really nice route too. I managed to photograph some red phone boxes I’d spotted while out with the social run group a few weeks ago, so look out for those in future Phone Box Thursday posts 🙂

A little more time spent indoors tomorrow, and hopefully I’ll be able to share my finished decor project (as far as it can be finished right now!).

Autumn leaves
A photo from over the weekend. The trees are starting to turn now, which is always exciting.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Vangelis – ‘Chariots Of Fire’
Gunship – ‘Rise The Midnight Girl’
Sacre – ‘The London Marathon [Theme From The Trap]’

A lighter day… sort of

Just a mile today…

…and then a short walk. It felt like a much lighter day exercise-wise than I’ve been doing recently! As such, I feel like I’ve got a bit of energy to get rid of, but that is best saved for the virtual race on Sunday.

I spent most of today working – I’ve had a lot of day job work this week, which is great and is keeping me from obsessing about the race too much. I also did a quick clean of my car, which I’d been putting off for months. I managed to get some of the glitter off the backseat from last year’s Christmas wrapping paper, but not all – I think it will always be glittery to some extent!

One last day of work tomorrow, and then I’ll be able to enjoy the weekend – last weekend was really busy with work and I haven’t managed to take a day off during the week, so I’m really looking forward to it!

Car bumper sticker
This bumper sticker arrived this week, so other drivers will now be able to… tell what running club I’m in 😀

Today’s earworm playlist:

Vangelis – ‘Chariots Of Fire’

Head clearing

Three miles today…

…which was a nice way to start the day and clear my head, as I was really busy with day job work today. I was able to get out for a walk to the supermarket with Geth at lunchtime too.

Other than that, I’ve just been getting work finished for clients today. There’ll be a bit more work over the weekend, but hopefully tomorrow will be slightly lighter.

I’ll be back with another update on Monday. Running vlogs as usual for the next couple of days!

Hot chocolate
My new evening treat – hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows. A bit lighter than the ice cream I’ve been having over the summer!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Roxette – ‘Sleeping In My Car’
Carl Orff – ‘Gassenhauer’
Kiki Dee – ‘Star’
Rizzle Kicks – ‘Down With The Trumpets’

A pleasant new pattern

Another short run today…

…followed by a nice walk in the sunshine. I’m really happy with my daily routine at the moment. I’m usually done with running/walking/yoga by noon, and then I can crack on with day job work/admin in the afternoon and be done by eight or nine at night so that I can relax for a couple of hours before bed. I’m not at all a morning person, but strangely, I have turned out to be a morning exerciser – I feel very unsettled on days when I have to do it in the evenings – so keeping to a more traditional nine-to-five schedule for work and then running afterwards just wouldn’t work for me at all.

Tomorrow will be busy as I’ve got a couple of clients with tight deadlines at the moment. It looks like I’ll be working over the weekend as well, which is often the case at this time of year, but I’m really grateful that the work is coming in, as it looked for a while like September might be quieter than usual.

Wall art
I’ve been digging out more art for the walls. I bought this one from Vincent Fantasy Art at UKGE a few years ago, but haven’t found a space for it yet. This is the week!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Carl Orff – ‘Gassenhauer’
Vangelis – ‘Chariots Of Fire’

Resting… mostly

A nice recovery mile (and a half) today…

…and other than some gentle yoga, that was it for today’s exercise, as I managed to get everything I needed for my online game during my run. This week is going to be relatively low-mileage running-wise (though there may be a few long-ish walks depending on where my online game tokens land), as I’m trying to taper as much as possible before the Virtual GNR in a couple of weeks’ time.

It’s a bank holiday here and also my usual day off, so I’m just finishing off some admin before I get into some videogames for the evening.

Running stats
My running apps and logs all give me slightly different total mileages from when I started running in June 2015, but I like this nice round number on the Smashrun display and so I’m taking today’s mile as my official 2,000th mile!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Abba – ‘I Have A Dream’

Fed up

Just a mile today…

…as I’d already done a five-mile walk first thing this morning. I’m trying to alternate longish run days and short run plus walk days while I’m covering all this extra ground to grab my tokens for my online game.

I was having a good day up until about lunchtime – after I’d finished my run, I did a nice yoga session as well – but then I had a postal issue that has been the absolute last straw in the string of postal issues plaguing me since lockdown began.

We are now down to an average of about two postal deliveries a week, if that. Most items are taking a good fortnight to arrive, even if posted first class. I have had numerous items go missing in the post, and several more items arrive with envelopes already sliced or ripped open. The latest of these arrived today. It was a package that I had ordered that was meant to contain two items; it arrived completely ripped up two sides, and one of the items was missing.

If this was a one-off occurrence, I would be annoyed but able to put it to one side after contacting the sender (which I have done, though it will probably take a couple of days for a response so ANXIETY UNTIL THEN YAY). However, I am already extremely stressed about the post following months of this nonsense, in particular the last two weeks, during which I have been waiting for a delivery of hearing aid batteries from the nearby hospital. In normal circumstances, I can just walk into the hospital and pick the batteries up; in pandemic circumstances, I have to request for them to be posted out. I made this request two weeks ago. No batteries yet. I emailed the hospital yesterday to check that they had been posted out; the hospital emailed back this morning to confirm that they had been, two weeks ago, and said that they would send me some more. I am not hopeful that these new ones will arrive either, and after two weeks of struggling with my hearing due to lack of hearing aids (which comes hot on the heels of struggling with my hearing due to blocked ears a few weeks ago), I am completely on edge about everything and close to tears.

The kindest explanation that Geth and I (mostly Geth) can come up with is that the whole post office system is understaffed due to the pandemic and so things are sitting around in warehouses and going missing for non-malicious reasons (although there was a particular item delivered a couple of months ago that had blatantly been deliberately sliced open). But I know from Mum and Dad that their postal service in Edinburgh has been absolutely fine, so it can’t be a nationwide thing. I just don’t know what to do, and I’m now extremely anxious about a delivery due in a couple of months’ time that will contain irreplaceable items.

I know that in the grand scheme of things, this is a total first world problem – but it’s causing me a lot of stress at the moment, especially regarding the hearing aid batteries and now today’s package with the missing item. I just don’t trust the post anymore, which is a bad thing in these times when we’re all more reliant on it than usual.

Trying to finish on a positive note… I’m hoping to be able to lose myself in some videogames this evening.

Envelope
RNLI envelope from a couple of months ago, which arrived with a neat knife slice along the bottom (presumably because it says something about a lottery on the envelope and so someone thought there was money to be had from inside – it was actually just a sheaf of tickets).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Red Box – ‘Lean On Me (Ah-Li-Ayo)’
Fleetwood Mac – ‘Dreams’

A good day to stay indoors

A mile in the pouring rain this morning…

…and then I immediately went straight back out to get my walk done for my online game so that I wouldn’t have to go out again after my shower. I’m really appreciating being inside in the warmth this afternoon!

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m taking my day off today, so I’m just getting a bit of daily admin done and then will be videogaming for the rest of the day.

Pasta al forno
Pasta al forno, ready to go in the oven tonight. Perfect comfort food for a cold wet day – I foresee making a lot of this over the autumn.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes – ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’
Sacre – ‘The London Marathon’