After the Marathon

Fitness, running

This was my first half marathon so do excuse me for the drama that is about to entail.

So as I crossed that finish line and spent up all of my reserves I saw Gavin. Standing in front of me with a can of Coke in one hand and Frank our frenchie in the other.

I was so exhausted.

Physically

Mentally

Not sure I was functioning probably.

The finish

When I finished there were helpers holding out bananas medals and water.

I think there were also sweets but I had already eaten too many and needed sustenance.

I took the banana and said that I needed a wee. I hadn’t gone on the run but I was really afraid I would never get up again.

I had no faith in my legs any more, they were like jelly and I couldn’t trust them!

But they still held me up. Gav took a picture of me on the podium

And I struggled to get up and even more to get down. I have never been this tired in my life.

Ever

I was happy that I had done it but I had no want to ever do it again. 10K yes nothing anything further!

Then we sat down and waited for Jacqui to finish. She is almost 60 and said she would walk it but ended up jogging most of it.

The whole team was brilliant I was proud of us all.

It was another hours wait but it gave me time to rest.

I took of my shoes and feared the blisters and bruises that were fewer than I imagined. Two tiny blisters and one black toe. Not bad for a 2 day old pair of trainers. They looked after my feet well.

When jacqui joined us we all joked and laughed and then went for lunch.

We were all starving but when it came to eating we all stumbled.

Our legs and bodies where aching and we struggled to stand up with our muscles so taught.

I had a pint of doombar and was feeling sleepy.

I threw a jumper on to keep warm and just wanted to sleep.

Heading home

When we got in I ran a bath and Gav watched me get in in cases needed help. I had a drink, watched @annaedit on YouTube and let the water get cold.

I had put Epsom salts in the bath to soothe my muscles and struggled to lower myself down.

I also kept my medal with me!

I was shattered so put on a movie and rested till bed time.

Recovery

My feet were sore but not painful.

My toe went a bit black so I will probably loose a nail.

But no other injuries,

Movement was hard and for two days I had still legs and struggled with stairs.

When I mean struggled I mean I was afraid I would fall down the stairs. I had to psych myself up every time I went up stairs. Long distances were also a no no.

I had no speed and no power.

But after day 4 I felt human again. There is a park run next Saturday so I may try that out and see if I have improved at all!

My medal is at work where it shall remain.

I don’t want to run that far again but I am already looking up 10Ks for next year. A half marathon will need some actual training I think!

lessons learned!

Pull ups I will defeat you, just maybe not today

body confidence, confidence, Fitness, weight loss

I was late

This is not good

I also forgot my towel which resulted in a very awkward towel and a very damp journey to work.

I also didn’t turn on my Apple workout so I have no stats for today which pissed me off.

Today was a challenge but I was ready for it!

more squats

I had to do kettle bell squats. I can’t do squats as we all know but I just can’t bend low enough. I had already warmed up with some dumbbell squats so I think Jon was just punishing me for yesterday’s lame attempt.

He made me do a weird thing where I had to tuck my elbows in and push a big barbell from my forehead up and then behind my head whilst lying down.

It was weird and I was slightly afraid of dropping it on my face and breaking my glasses. I didn’t really like it but it worked on my bingo wings so I was happy to try.

The ropes

He made me bounce a 5 kilo medicine ball over my head then on each side of me. The coordination guru in my was obviously amazing at this. Or not. But I could barely lift the 10 k ball. So I tried and have massive room for improvement.

I am still confused how I can pick up certain weights in some shapes but not in others!

Is it just me?

Jon forced me to try the ropes which I couldn’t do in the light ones but was fine with the heavier ones. Again why is that!

Finally we finished

Although it makes me a bit sad when we leave because I am getting into the rhythm of going to the gym.

I also had to do pull ups.

I told you guys I can’t do this, and it’s an aim of mine to be able to do it with me. I do find the women in the gym inspiring. There bodies are amazing and you know it’s hard work rather than just good genes, starving yourself or help from the knife.

So the pull ups! It was okay yes I was assisted. Yes I struggled but I did 3 reps of 10.

One day I will do ten by myself for now I am in training.

I am really enjoying learning.

I do need to push myself a bit harder but to me that is all about the learning curve.

Happy gym day

Window dressing a very dull tale

interior design

This will be a short blog sorry. I can dress it up because well we have blinds.

They came with the house and are in every room. They look like wood and suit tha house. I maybe would prefer plantation white wooden blinds but it’s not a big deal.

We have no curtains.

None

Not even in the bedroom. I did try to convince Gav that they would soften the bedroom room but he wasn’t interested and it’s been 5 years now and it doesn’t bother me.

The blinds let in a lot of light in the day and block it nicely at night.

It works for us.

I live in the suburbs so our views are t gorgeous. Our bathroom has the best view and that’s of the garden. Something I would definitely change if I had a lot of money.

At the moment my garden is a hub for dahlias all growing in their pots. This view makes me happy and every time they grow I shriek a little.

But this blog isn’t about views it’s about window dressing.

I am definitely not going to win any awards for that!

A challenge too far……. Nah I can do it

Personal Experience, Planning

So this Monday I decided that I don’t have enough in my life. Perhaps this may turn out to be a challenge too far, but I think I can do it.

I have a full time Job and wedding to plan. As well as trying to spend time with friends and family and my partner. Working on my fitness and try not to stuff my face with a giant bars of Galaxy chocolate. My skin doesn’t like it so why do I do it to myself?

Bullet Journal 30 Day blog challenge

It’s crazy.

My blog is a year old and I can’t tell you how proud of it I am. I am going to ask my Graphic designer friend to have a look at it and see where we can improve to better basic standard. So my blogs don’t run in a continuous line. See lots of things to do.

The Challenge

So with all this going on I decided that I was going to challenge myself to a 30 day blog challenge. So everyday in April will be a new blog post. This is going to be hard. I am going to have to push myself to complete this challenge. The writing won’t be so tricky but getting the photos write will be. I have started writing a list of my pictures that I will need and this Sunday will definitely be a photo studio day (and when I say a studio, I mean some wooden planks on my dining room table catching the light).

The Plan

  1. Your blogs name
  2. 20 facts about yourself
  3. your favourite quote
  4. Your dream Job
  5. Your proudest moment
  6. What are you afraid of
  7. Your 5 favourite songs
  8. 5 current Goals
  9. What’s in your Bag/ Wallet
  10. Best Trip of your life
  11. 10 favourite foods
  12. Your favourite childhood book
  13. What’s inside your fridge
  14. 3 healthy habits
  15. Where will you be in 5 years
  16. Thoughts on education
  17. Your favourite blogs
  18. A photo of yourself
  19. Favourite Movie
  20. What makes you happy
  21. What makes you sad
  22. Your worst habits
  23. If you won the lottery
  24. What attracts you
  25. Biggest regret
  26. Hidden talent
  27. What’s in your closet
  28. Most embarrassing moment
  29. A confession
  30. Your hopes for the blog

So if you want to join in with me, then why not try? I promise to read all your posts. I got the list from livelovesimple.com and it’s a nice list, all the other I found focused a lot on relationships etc which I found off putting. I am not defined by my partner he compliments me.

So Monday will be my first post and I am a tad nervous!