Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Where's Jan gone?

Almost the end of the month and it feels like the blink of an eye. Life is moving quickly at the moment and i'm struggling to keep up.

2 weekends ago was a NCT course on the Saturday followed by odds n sods in town. Sunday morning a run, but nothing spectacular (4.25m/38min) the weather was chilly, but a good morning sunrise helped to warm the limbs. I can't remember much of note from the rest of the day..

Monday band, beginning the long process of getting the area test piece up to scratch. Tuesday a swim after having a rootle through the lost goggles i had to borrow a pair... Wednesday boxing and packing up various bits in the living room ready for 'decorate part deux' annnnd Weekend before you know it.

Theatre trip to see Top Hat, which was great fun. Also bizarrely a friend of the family was playing guitar in the pit, wish i'd have known i'd have said hello. The trombones stood out for me, some really good parts.

Sunday, monday were decorating days. I'd have gone for runs on both, but after a hellish commute home on the friday  (3:30 including a 30 min walk in inappropriate gear) i picked up a coldy thing so didn't feel up for it. Normally running in the snow, breaking trail is great, great, fun!

More decorating updates to follow.. joy!

Monday, 7 January 2013

Birthday Boy

No not me, my Nephew was 1 at the weekend! So for a difference we were over in south wales having much cake and (loud) fun opening lots of present and playing with toys. It was a brilliant weekend playing with my niece and nephew plus seeing the family.

However, i also felt i needed to be getting my running shoes back on and in a pique of madness set an alarm for 7:15 on the sunday. Failing to realise that i was in unfamiliar territory and it was very dark outside.. Luckily i had a bright headtorch in the car so headed out.

I proceeded to find a bramble patch veering off course, then struggled to find the proper path. Got lost in a very dark forest, found another path. Missed a turning, got chased by some sheep. Missed another path and had to backtrack. Veered off-course again into a logging operation which was VERY muddy and impossible to run through. Then finally got to habitation only to be slightly lost. Luckily I headed the right way and then recognised a farm name (marked on the map) and found the same path back home. Which then meant heading down a muddy steep path (aka a slide fest) before collapsing back at the front door an hour later. I'd covered a barely 4 mile 'run'.

Still I had a cracking view of the sunrise over Hay Bluff and apart from the scratches and blood had a pretty good time. I'm not sure anyone else would have if they'd have been with me....

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Happy New Year!

Well the festivities are well and truly over and i'm probably a little bit heavier (but not by much) than i was before..

Christmas was over in a blur of seeing family and cooking lots. Although there was a very enjoyable visit to a tiny cinema to see the Hobbit (loved it 5/5). There wasn't much running or activity as i hadn't been feeling well in the run up to xmas so took it a bit easy. However, we did have a very short walk to blow away some cobwebs on the Sheringham sea front.

Back to work for a few days between xmas and new year which was extremely quiet, but beneficial in getting lots done and being off work early both days. After this it was a jaunt up to the cotswolds with friends to see in the new year. Having a cottage was a god-send and we took full advantage by going for a long bike ride in the cold and wet sat (42km ish). Sunday was a dry but very windy walk around Broadway tower. Monday a horribly muddy run round Ilmington. During which i suffered slightly from a lack of running in the past month and also taking the bolder option of shorts - brrr. However, all was forgiven by a quick half in the pub after and standing by the open fire. 
Broadway Tower
The night itself was much food, merriment and suave dressing by all and Lo another year has passed by in a wonderful blur of good times, activity and fun with friends.

Wishing you all the best in 2013.