So on Tuesday I added a few new tattoo’s to my Pokemon sleeve, I love how it’s moving forward, it’s going to be very exciting to see it when the colour goes on. I thought I’d give the skin a day to recover so there was no running sadly. Moving onto Wednesday we did some more strength training in the gym with added foam rolling.
Thursday 9th May 2019
Thursday was um interesting, the whole morning it lashed it down and then it came to our lunchtime run where it was soooooo humid. I don’t know whether you can see this from my glasses. Still managed to get a great time in though which makes me very happy.
Friday 10th May 2019
Friday was another day strength training in the gym! I’m really trying with getting more gym style selfies, how people manage to get great ones and a full session in I have no idea lol!
Saturday 11th May 2019
YAY!! Park Run Saturday, Oh I do love Park Run and this week was extra special because of that view! We’re at Conrhenny for the next 5 weeks because of T.T. and practice week, hoping to get out watching the bikes, hopefully anyhow unbelievably managed a PB somehow!! Even with the killer of a hill.
I cannot believe I only have a couple of weeks till I’m doing the Liverpool Run Rock’n’Roll! Hoping to get out and do more running next week just to keep the mileage ticking over.
Also just noticed, yes I am wearing my Liverpool Spring 10K t-shirt in every photo and yes it did get washed every day lol!
As always Monday was my rest day, I really do try and do nothing at all apart from walking though town at lunchtime!
Tuesday 30th April 2019
Tuesday was a strength training day with the sister in the gym. I love the fact that we are both in our London pants and also how different they look! I’m wearing capri’s I swear!!
Wednesday 1st May 2019
Wednesday was a quick (seriously quick as it was just us two) run up and down Douglas prom during lunch. 2.56 Miles of which both were in the 10 min miles!! Still amazed at how fast I am running lately.
Thursday 2nd May 2019
Thursday was another day in the gym strength training, my aim over the coming weeks is to try and get more photo’s of me doing the training sessions we are going through. This TRX is well scary. You just clip it into a portal on the roof and your good to go! I always panic it’s not going to take my weight so I never really know if I’m doing the weights properly or not!!
I also spent the night doing a quick pack for our weekend trip away to Liverpool for the Liverpool Spring 5K & 10K (race report to come on both soon!) I normally pack rather minimally and I found it really hard this time what with the racing costumes and the extra shoes!!
Friday 3rd Mary 2019
So Friday was on the boat day in the afternoon after half a day at work and then the best recce run ever! The night before I had done a quick google map play for a run around Sefton Park as we knew we wanted to get a little run in, well it wasn’t long before I started noticing that the park was perfect to make a suggestive picture! Turns out it was a lot harder to do that I thought, we got lost once, hence the little kick up at the top and then while we were looking at the map figuring out which way to go our other sister continued on down the path, hence the line inside! Overall though it was a good run a bit a lot longer than we wanted!! I was only hoping for a 5K!
Saturday 4th May 2019
Saturday was the Liverpool Spring 5K and I don’t want to say much as I will be doing a Race Report!
Sunday 5th May 2019
Sunday was the Liverpool Spring 10K and as with the 5K I don’t want to say much as I will be doing a Race Report.
We came back home on the Sunday afternoon boat so didn’t have much downtime sadly. This week was more about ticking my fitness over and having a really good time while we were away. I’ve got a “break” week prior to the Harbour to Harbour walk and then it will be the Liverpool Run Rock’n’Roll so not much downtime this month!
So after the amazing PB that I got on the Liverpool Springs 5K, I knew I wanted to do my best during this 10K, especially as it was my second and there was potential that I could beat my time.
My flatlay was done the night before to make sure I had everything I needed. We normally try and wear the supermanx for all the half’s we do as it’s a consistent outfit, plus it saves up having to come up with something every time, anyhow we decided that we’d wear it for the 10K this time.
We got up early, ordered the taxi and then watched the rain, OMG it was lashing it down. We couldn’t belive it.
We packed our bags and was still waiting for the taxi………………yeahhhhhhhh the taxi, the less we say the better. We ordered a taxi two hours before the event so that we would get their early. Turns out that wasn’t early enough.
We got into our taxi half an hour before the start of which we got to the start with our luggage 5 minutes before it was going to start.
We we going crazy!!!
That photo above is off the queue for bag packing on just one of the trucks, they had three of these.
All I could think about was how time was catching up with us. I decided to check on the other two trucks and noticed one was going quicker so we legged it to that one and dropped our luggage off. While we we’re there one of the guys radio’ed back and said they couldn’t start as there was too many people at bag check.
At that time the “official” start time had come and gone!
After dropping off our luggage we raced to the start line and manoeuvred our way up to my “estimated” time.
How cool is the pacer!!!!? She was amazing and had a little music box with her to keep everything going. I was really interested in how she kept pace with two watches which beeped at her if she went over a pace or below a pace.
The race itself started off great, that first mile I felt great, the second amazing by the third I felt like I could continue at that pace forever, oh how that didn’t last.
On the 4th mile I started to feel tired and was dreaming of doing a slower pace, mile 5 was slightly less speed but this is where my moaning started to get out. I seriously cannot think what came over me but I was not the person anyone would want to run with at all.
On mile 6 I was awful, I was crying constantly because the pace was to much and complaining while telling my sister to F’off because she could run at this pace no bother, which just made me even more mad.
Everything really came to a head when someone who must of been a friend with “field mouse” jeered at us….yeahhhhhhh you should never tell anyone they are doing “shit” while running a race, I subsequently told him to F’off very VERY loudly. To this day I still cannot believe anyone would say that to anyone even if you know them or not.
Well I survived the race! It is very bittersweet for me, I got my PB amazingly. My chip time was 1:09:09 which is a PB off just over 4 minutes. Hands down that is amazing but what I put my sister through and “field mouse” through wasn’t worth that at all, in no shape or form.
I apologised immensely, but that will never be enough.
Thankfully I have learned my lesson a PB isn’t worth that. As soon as I started to show real struggle and not just the going to getting tough I should of backed down. I was going to PB anyway at the rate we were running at the start so if I backed off for the last two miles I would of made it. I think having the stress at the start of the race probably didn’t help but that isn’t any suitable excuse.
Overall both the 5K and the 10K were amazing. I loved both runs and depending on how everything falls I can see myself doing them again, because how could I not, that bling was pure gold lol.
Liverpool Springs oh how excited we were for you! We had arrived the day before to our amazing AirBnB which we WILL be staying in again hopefully for next year! Especially if we do the Liverpool Springs again!
The night before I got all my stuff together. I had managed to persuade my sisters once again that we needed to dress up, and especially so as it was the 4th of May, you can kinda guess what theme we went with……….May the 4th be with you lol. I found the t shirt on eBay and new instantly it would go with out Tikiboo pants.
We got to the event kind of early because our Airbnb was literally just around the corner, which turned out great. We got a couple of photo’s taken with the local radio station and a lovely one of us all together.
There wasn’t anything to do at the start point apart from just hover in the sun, though we did pretend to be kids and get glitter put on us.
Obviously required selfie before we set off!
The course itself was actually really good, all set with Sefton Park which made it great, it also had a couple of hills which I wasn’t prepared for!
I felt the run itself we by very fast, I don’t know why but as soon as I was on that start line I was telling myself that I was going to PB. I tried to talk myself out of it as well this was my first “official” 5K, even though I had done countless 5K’s in training and Park Runs. Even more so because the day after I would be doing my second 10K and wanted a PB. Nothing worked and I ended up just going for it!
I’m still amazed that I PB’ed the course, I cannot even get my head around it. My goal for 2019 was to get my 5K time to below 35 minutes and I smashed that by doing a time of 32.54!!!
I loved this course and would recommend it for anyone.
So I really need to get my bum back in gear, I have so much I need to train for and I am so much happier when I actually have a program to work today’s. Sadly prior to this week I did some epic weight lifting and managed to hurt my back really badly. Not only did this mean I missed out on the Easter Festival of Running (watch out I’m coming for you next year) but it meant that this week I was just putting the feelers out to see how I was functioning.
Monday 22nd April 2019
YAY for Bank Holiday’s right! Extra YAY for the other half actually being off!! This is my first “proper” run after a week off because of my back and well I was much happier to actually do this with someone than without, just encase my back didn’t hold up!
After much decision we decided to run around Archallagan, now this Plantation is our local one and I have walked and cycled it more times than I can count. I seriously love it more than anything and this little place is my happy place. I remember walking and cycling dreaming of running around it and after I broke my ankle I never thought I’d be able to do it well today I did and it was amazing, so much so I will be adding it to my running routes!
Total running today 2.6 Miles
Tuesday 23rd April 2019
Normally today we would be doing a walk/run with Jessica during lunch to get her out but she was busy so it was just myself and Corrine. Cue a super speedy 2.6 Miles!! I couldn’t believe how fast I was going and oh my, it was so good to stretch these legs!!
I had so much fun at lunch that I decided to go out again after work. As I wanted to take the pup out I thought the best place would be along out heritage trail. It’s a lovely (if a wee bit rocky and bumpy from all the muddy cycling!) old disused railway line. If you follow it all the way through you’ll get to Douglas. I stupidly downloaded prior to going a 150bpm podcast. Let’s just say that was one super speedy run!! I didn’t even know I had it in me!
Total ran today 6.9 Miles
Wednesday 24th April 2019
Today we just did some really good cross training.
I love going to the gym to do strength training, I really do feel like it’s my spirit animal. I decided to just focus on our upper arm strength and some crossfit items. All in all it was a really good session for 45 minutes!!
Friday 26th April 2019
Another day in the gym doing strength training! I was really glad that this one was mostly upper arms. I had gone out for site inspections in the morning so my ankle was killing me by the time lunch came around!!
So not only have I got the Liverpool Spring 5K/10K and the Run Rock’n’Roll Liverpool 5K/Half Marathon I thought it would be great to sign up for the Harbour to Harbour walk at home! It’s 9 miles and we’re expecting to finish it less than 3 hours hopefully. I’m going to be using it as a practice for the Parish Walk just to give us an idea of how well I’ll be doing. I’ve also put down that I’ll be doing it with the pup so it will be a lovely walk out with him.
Saturday 27th April 2019
I’m sure you’ve heard but it seems like a little storm was coming out way and well it turns out we’re all quite mad. As next weekend is the Liverpool Spring 5K/10K and we’d just mad out outfits we thought today would be a great day to try them out, and boy was it a day. We had a Park Run full of wind, rain and flash flooding!! I’ve never seen so much water during a Park Run since I started doing them, we ran with Jess so managed to get it done in around 45 minutes, which for Jess is really good!
Total ran today 3.15 Miles
Sunday 28th April 2019
Second to last long run with Jessica today before Run Rock’n’Roll Liverpool Half Marathon so we went for a 10 miler around Castletown way. Mainly because I had LLAG afterwards. The run was great timing for Jess and it gives her a good idea of when she would be looking at finishing. I defiantly expect her to be finishing before the 3.30 hour cut off.
Did Lift Like a Girl Barbell class straight afterwards and I learnt my lesson from the last time I did it and did low weights compared to what I can actually do just because May is so bleeding busy I just cannot have any chances of getting an injury!
So when we got home from LLAG it was straight onto catching up with the London Marathon and well of cause I had to put my name in the pot! It’s one of those dream races which prior to running I was always like “oh wouldn’t it be amazing to do” and now I’m like “I could so smash that.” We’ll see though I’ve heard stories of people taking over 7 years to get in and longer!!! It would be amazing if I could get in though as I do have grand aspirations of maybe adding a lovely six star finisher to my medal collection (cough cough) LOL!!
What I don’t love is the price though! So when they had a cycling challenge to do 120km in 14 days with the reward being 40% off you can damn near guarantee I will be one of the first out there on my bike getting the miles in!
Contrary to popular belief prior to becoming obsessed with running I was purely a cyclist with dreams of one day doing a triathlon. Though I never did anything about my dream I did cycle quite a lot. I loved it and I seriously need to get out more this summer, I will do once I figure out how to do everything. Anyway back to the challenge!
I worked out that over the 14 days the challenge I would have to cycle at least 5 miles, ideally 6 miles to make sure I was all in (cough wrestling pun lol). Now we all know that life can get in the way so the other half helped me in finding a track of 6.1 miles and a track of 7.5 miles.
Monday 1st April – Day 1
Lovely shake out of the legs, 7.5 miles completed.
7.54/ 74.56Miles (120km)
Tuesday 2nd April – Day 2
Played a lovely cat and mouse game with a guy on the main straight back! He was amazing kept to his wheel all the way till the hill!! Cut short as didn’t want to do the hill on my own, not that good setting off from a standstill!! 6.12 Miles completed today
13.66 / 74.56Miles (120km)
Wednesday 3rd April – Day 3
Cold, wet and a bleeding icy wind! 6.12 Miles completed today.
19.78 / 74.56Miles (120km)
Thursday 4th April – Day 4
I really didn’t want to go out today as I remembered how awful it was yesterday but all I could think of was how all this cycling is helping my overall fitness plus 40% off!!! And yes that is a rain 6.22 Miles completed today
26 / 74.56Miles (120km)
Friday 5th April – Day 5
Back with the other half so a longer cycle today aptly named “oh look, they have a tractor in their back yard, think I could buy it for £50? We’d have to fit a bike rack on it though” Ride LOL!! Yes that is what the other half said while we we’re cycling past!! 7.76 miles completed today.
33.76 / 74.56Miles (120km)
Monday 8th April – Day 8
So I had the weekend off to run and felt so good during our cycle that I would do the switchback road. OMG that hill!!! It was so worth it, even if I was struggling to get up the hill!! I truly wish you could see how steep it was from the photo! 10.97 Miles completed today.
44.73 / 74.56Miles (120km)
Tuesday 9th April – Day 9
God it was hard today! I was having a proper shark week moment and just moaning about everything. I do truly feel sorry for Michael for putting up with me. I dreamed of pizza the whole cycle to only decide I was sticking to my diet and making pasta instead. 7.53 Miles completed today
52.26 / 74.56Miles (120km)
Wednesday 10th April – Day 10
Feeling 100% better today and decided to try and get a photo with the sheep, yeahhhh didn’t quiet work lol. 7.53 Miles completed today
59.79 / 74.56Miles (120km)
Friday 12th April – Day 12
Spent the whole cycle chasing the sun. Wanted to do two laps but it got to dark to quickly for me to feel comfortable. 6.13 Miles completed today.
65.92 / 74.56Miles (120km)
Saturday 13th April – Day 13
This was the make or break ride out. I knew without a doubt I wouldn’t be going out on the Sunday as I had to get a run in and I had already ran today so I knew I was going to be slow. The headwind was super killer but the sun was shining and it was such a beauty of a finish to the challenge. 12.30 Miles completed today.
78.22 / 74.56Miles (120km)
There you have it! In the end in 13 days I managed to cycle over the 120km and do 125km almost 126km. I loved the challenge so so much and I’m already thinking about the next one! I really do need to get out more on the bike. For the last year I’ve been obsessed with running and as such I just haven’t been cycling as much as I would like.
I’ve got to give a lot of credit to this beauty, (as well as the other half), she’s over the hill now but still perfect for me and I do love her so so much!!
So last year when I started to get into running I was looking online and found something called the Dopey Challenge in Disney World, now me being me I kinda got hooked and once I got hooked I had to show my sisters.
This turned into dreaming up a holiday of Epic proportions for my sisters 40th in 2020 and well we’ve been talking about it now for a good almost year so when the tickets came up this past couple of days we jumped on them to get our Dopey tickets. They were expensive but I am so freaking EXCITED!!
Now your probably wondering what the Dopey Challenge is well its 4 races over 4 days! On the Thursday you have a 5K, on the Friday you have a 10K, on the Saturday you have a Half Marathon and on the Sunday you have a Full Marathon. So over the whole 4 days that’s 48.6 Miles!
Yes we are mad!
I’ll be looking at marathon plans over the next couple of weeks as this will be our first full marathon and we’ve already decided that we want to spend a few days in Disney, a few days in Chicago, a few days in New York and a few days in Las Vegas!! I’ve told everyone who will listen but we’re going for 3 weeks!! Going to America for 3 weeks and I cannot wait, seriously cannot wait. It’s going to be a lot for us with the running and all the walking we are looking at doing, we’ll be doing to every museum we can do, but I know it’s going to be so so worth it.
Oh I love this photo so much, it’s perfectly shows us three as we are naturally (sometimes!), me and Jess messing around while Corrine mother hens!
So day 3 started slow, we got up early to get breakfast, only place we could all agree on was McDonald’s, first time in years I’ve been there. Just how I remembered it though. Interesting fact, the breakfast hash brown things above are Vegan in the UK, no so much everywhere else!
Also we had to get a photo of Jess next to the Markle and Sparkle poster as she works in the M&S here!
The signs for us making the right choice of going to Copenhagen later on this year are all over the place,
I will forever love Bowie, especially in The Labyrinth which is my favourite movie ever, so getting a photo wiht this mural was a must.
The train back to Liverpool was great, we had a good natter with a bloke and his staffy who was the cutest ever, very well trained.
Happy to find a re-fillable water station in Liverpool Train Station, it worked a treat especially in the super hot weather.
Back to Down the Hatch for lunch, I might be slightly addicted!!! Really glad I don’t live around the corner as I’d be heavier than I am now. Super nomnom. I couldn’t manage all my seitan bites (ate way to much this weekend) so saved them for the boat. BTW the halloumi for starter was to die for!!
We went back to the health food store and picked up a couple of made on site juices for the boat.
Always always have to pop into Hotel Chocolate for a drink and a top up of chocolates, I didn’t see much that I wanted this time around which was a shame but the Coffee Hot Chocolate was on point.
Back onto the boat for the trip back home.
And back home!
Phew what a weekend!
Loved every minute of it.
I have to say on the Sunday even though I didn’t photo it we were inundated with marathon runners, and my oh my, my brain was ticking over with ideas and somehow on the boat trip home I managed to persuade both my sisters to join me next year and hopefully you will already see a post about this (if I’ve done it, fingers crossed). So excited (and scared) about the whole idea. I do feel like it might be the making of us though!
Only just another month and a bit before I’m back away, only for a day but cannot wait!!!
Onto day two of our little trip, this was our only full day of being out and about so we made sure we got out early.
How beautiful is this weather, we couldn’t find a cloud in the sky!!
First stop was to a lovely and quite big health food store, it sells everything and anything. We always go in and dream about how we wished we could buy items in bulk and how amazing it would be to get everything plastic and package free in one place! As I brought just my carry on bag we decided buying all the bulk wouldn’t be an option so I settled for two chocolates and a ChariTea, oh and an amazing slice of Vegan Biscoff cake!!
The Lovingearth chocolate is one I’ve had a few times and it’s just out of this world. This one is a wee bit salty so I will probably just go with the plain caramel next time. I especially love this chocolate because even though the chocolate is packaged in “plastic” it’s 100% made out of plants so is compostable. The paper is also printed with vegetable inks. What’s not to love about that!!
Our next stop was to Lush, oh how I love lush!! I had a little list on me of items I needed and even though I didn’t get them all I think I got a really good skutch. You have some new Deo, a Big conditioner, a new soap, some toothpaste, my face wash and some moisturiser. I’d also been drooling over this knot wrap for a long while on the website and just had to buy it, so it will now be in my travelling collection.
Side note: I’ve been using both my new lush shampoo and conditioner and have to say they make my hair feel wonderful. I’m just having an issue with my hair becoming greasy after a couple of days.
Onto our Egg Cafe breakfast, if you ever go you have to have the Vegan Breakfast their tofu scramble is to die for. We also have their handmade lemonade everytime, which is lovely even if I still dream of the ones we had in america.
Next stop was a quick top up on coffee in the train terminal. We all went with Iced Coffee’s this time and I was very surprised that the cashier (the blurry one in the photo) went ” you want it in THAT,” he wasn’t very nice about it, it was the first time both myself and my sister felt bad about asking to have our drinks in a re-usable container.
We had a lovely trip down on the train, we ended up eating our cakes and I came upon my first Zero Waste fail. I had to use a plastic fork. I still have it on me but I felt really bad and once I get paid getting a re-usable cutlery set will go a long way in helping with my Zero Waste travelling dreams.
When we got to Birmingham it was straight into the Bullring to find some Vegan doughnuts we had heard about, while walking into Paperchase I found this card! I thought it’s so true of our Sunday Dinners at home. I might even do a embroidered version because how could I not!
So the doughnuts were an epic fail, they looked just like the ones from a Kind Mama which we were not impressed with but we went past the Lola’s who had Vegan cupcakes! So we each treated ourselves to a couple. This was another Zero Waste fail. I did refuse a bag and shared with my sister but I need to find a re-usable tin or something like it which would be big enough to carry a cupcake in it, or a couple. This would of made this better. I guess I could of gone with a slice of cake and maybe that might be what I’ll have to do next time, still it cannot be hard to have a look around just encase I see a suitable tin.
Next up we had a trip outside Birmingham to Guthrie and Ghani, which we felt was a very upmarket fabric shop. Very very lovely and I was very very tempted. I have a few projects on the go at the moment so I made sure I was buying for projects and not stashing as I’m trying to get away from having a large stash. We have the Christmas Fabric which I got in the sale (I bought all they had left 2.2 meters!), this will be turned into Christmas Napkins/Knot Wraps the same size as my lush one for when we all go to Poland for the Christmas Markets, this way we will have a suitable carrier for any pastries ect we get. The other three fabrics are from Liberty London and will be used on my current Sunday School EPP quilt.
Now for a detour, this was the ice which was left in my Kleen Kanteen after at least a few hours, we had around 2 hours travelling and then another 2 shopping. How amazing is that, I am so impressed with my Mustard Dream, so much so I could be tempted to buy a bigger one for when I go camping!!!
Dinner was at our favourite Chinese ever Cafe Soya, we prefer the little cafe which is in the Chinese Quarter next to the cute cake shops. I went with my normal Vegan Duck for starter and the Pineapple Rice for the main course. Both of which were exactly how I remember them being. Though I did feel like I was dying of sodium lol. My sisters went with the sampler starter, I swapped a couple of nibbles for some duck because I love the Vegan Prawn Toast, just could not handle a whole lot of it.
Last but not least we got in quite early and we were going to watch a movie on the iPad but just couldn’t find it for love or money it was only available in America. So we settled for an early night, until the heat got too much so we decided to go out for a walk and get coffee. I was amazed that the local Starbucks was open till 11!!!!!!!! Completely unheard of over here but was very welcome as we thought we were pushing our luck at it being close to 9.
All in all it was a great if not busy and tiring day! Exactly what we wanted!!