Saturday, 13 July 2019

Reasons to be Cheerful: Time, proud mum, school and a bed #R2BC

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Michelle has handed the hosting baton to me for this month after looking after us for June. So I am making sure that this post is ready to go on time! It has been a pretty good week for me and I look forward to seeing what has made you happy too. So I had better kick off with just some of things that have made me cheerful this week:

1) Time with my girl

I had some extra time with my daughter as I gave her a lift to visit her friend out in the Yorkshire Dales for a drink at the pub. We also had our fortnightly social with her fellow aspies and carers. I got reminded about our wild swimming from last year and hope she is well enough to do more this year:

2) Proud mum

My son is having a good time with his fell running at the moment. His race on Saturday, he was 18th out of 55, means he finished 23rd out of 74 runners for the championship despite being one of the youngest:

He then ran at a small local event last night and was 2nd boy and 3rd overall plus nabbing 3rd place in the potato race! All his training is really coming together at the moment. Not only that but at school he has been put mostly into top sets for year 8 which shows how well he is doing there.

3) School 

I am nearly at the end of the school year. Since October I have been working 1:1 with a child and this week he told me the best thing about this year had been working with me! Just as well when we will be working together again next year... 

I enjoy the fact that not only do we do all the core learning but we have the freedom to get creative. This week we made mosaics to tie in with our Roman topic:

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Reasons to be cheerful: Social, running, Kendal and otters #R2BC

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Michelle has handed the hosting baton to me for this month after looking after us for June. So I am making sure that this post is ready to go on time! It has been a pretty good week for me and I look forward to seeing what has made you happy too. So I had better kick off with just some of things that have made me cheerful this week:

1) Helm Hill Junior Social

On a rather warm Saturday I joined in with many other parents and juniors for the first Helm Hill Junior social. As you can see the fun started with the warm up which was fruity themed, we were squeezing the orange at this point!

Then we went on different runs in 3 groups. I stuck with the youngest runners and my son went off with the oldest ones. On the return we had a buffet and then had a Q&A with some senior runners.

2) Long Run in the Countryside

I had a much overdue long run out on the old canal:

Due to the humidity it wasn't as long as I intended but it was lovely to be out in the peace and quiet.

3) Appreciating Kendal

I had to go into town after to work to complete some errands. On the way back I took my time to appreciate the old town centre and some of our lovely buildings:

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Reasons to be Cheerful: 50 percent, proud mum and fabulous fell racing #R2BC

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I was MIA from reasons to be cheerful last week as life just got too hectic - I did have plenty of things to be happy about just no time to blog about them! Michelle is handing back the baton to me next month after looking after us for June. For now here is a bumper crop of reasons to make up for last week:

1) 50% achieved

As I have already posted in my FitB4Fifty update I have hit the magic 50% age grading. This means I am an average speed for a woman of my age! Next goal is to get back to my PB from 2015. Hopefully my prize inov-8 Parkclaw trainers will help with this:

2) Proud Mum

My son is continuing to do well at fell running. He is working really hard and as well as beating competitors who have always beaten him he is closing on some of those who have always been miles ahead:

3) My girl

I have been able to spend a lot more time with my daughter and her beloved Sherlock this week. Not being together all the time is hard but we make the most of the times we do have:

Friday, 28 June 2019

#FitB4Fifty A good start

Well I have realised I didn't get a chance to update after the first week of the Mediterranean diet! As with many healthy eating programmes week 1 saw a huge loss in weight of 7 lb - what a great motivation. That sort of loss even shows in my progress photos in just a week:

It made a huge difference to my parkrun time too as I knocked nearly 50 seconds off and I am back to my times from 2017 which was my second best year:

I have to say I have found week 2 a lot harder... Plenty of times when I have been rushing around or unprepared and still eating rubbish. This made for only 1.25 pounds off  (still good) and a new stone number at the front. Going to make a concerted effort for week 3 to stay off the carbs...

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Reasons to be Cheerful: Roses, blue skies and speeding up #R2BC

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I may have to dig out my ark construction plans but I still have reasons to be cheerful! Michelle is having a week off so come and share the happiness with me instead:

1) Declutter

We had a much more successful car boot last Sunday. It's good to part with things we no longer need and add to the holiday kitty. Nice for me to see familiar faces and chat too!

2) Roses

I love this time of year as my roses are starting to hit their peak. Most of them are surviving the deluge too:


3) Blue skies

Unlike most of the UK we have actually had some blue sky this week! I made the most of the lovely weather on Sunday evening to take a little jog up to the castle:

Friday, 14 June 2019

#FitB4Fifty Update and Going Mediterranean

So we are nearly half way through the year so its time to evaluate my fit before 50 campaign! I wanted to run more and get into better shape this year. Signing up to the RMR Challenge has given me a lot of focus and I have certainly been running a lot more. 

Cumbrian parkrun

The first part of my challenge was to Run every Cumbrian parkrun. So far I have managed Barrow, Millom, Penrith, Ford Park (Ulverston), Fell Foot, and Keswick. This leaves me with the four from the North and West of the county: Whinlatter, Workington, Cockermouth, Carlisle. My times are definitely improving (Fell Foot winter course is the hilliest one I have done which increased my times briefly). Millom lived up to its muddy reputation and of course came after I'd already run Barrow:

Lakeland Trails

The second tier of my challenge is the Lakeland Trails 10 km series. I am half way there after a muddy Cartmel and a 12.7 km Hawkshead with coffin trail. I've also taken part in the Grasmere Gallop 10 km. My next two races in the series are October as I don't race in the heat of summer (if it ever gets hot this year!). Hopefully I can carry on building on my fitness this year to keep those times falling:

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Reasons to be Cheerful: Galloping into June #R2BC

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It may be grey and damp outside but that doesn't mean I have no reasons to be cheerful! Joining in with Michelle to share the happiness:

1) Grasmere Gallop

I have been taking part at the Gallop since 2013 and my son since 2014 (we missed it last year!). This year he knocked over 2 minutes off his time from 2017 to finish 3rd under 16 boy and 8th overall in the 5.7 km race. It was my 2nd attempt at the 10 km race and I was a couple of minutes slower than in 2017 but it still felt like a great run:

2) Peace & Quiet

My son went off for two nights on a residential. This not only meant the house was really quiet (too quiet!) but I had time to enjoy a rare sunny evening and have a girlie dinner with my mum and my daughter.

3) Blooming lovely

We might not like the damper weather this year but it has meant that my garden is starting to burst into flower earlier than during last year's heatwave. Plenty of the wildflowers have self seeded and some of my bulbs seem to have survived too:

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Reasons to be Cheerful: Half Term Time #R2BC

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I am running a day late joining in with Michelle for my reasons to be cheerful this week as its been such a busy weekend! We've had a busy half term with plenty of reasons to be cheerful:

1) Time to socialise

I have already written about our day of fell running at Sedbergh. It's great being part of a great club and a bigger fell running family.  Every event is a social occasion for adults and children as well as celebrating great running:

2) Time with the family

The advantage of working in a school is that I get most of the school holidays off. A chance to have fun together or to just relax! My daughter and I strolled into town and grabbed churros and coffee at one of our local restaurants:

3) Time!

It's great not having to rush around every where for work, school and activities during the holidays. I managed both a walk and run up to Kendal Castle this week and it was lovely up there:

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

FRA Juniors 2019 - Sedbergh

On a very wet and overcast morning we arrived at the People's Hall in Sedbergh in advance of Helm Hill's hosting of the FRA Junior championship for 2019. At the time it was so cloudy that the tops of the hills weren't visible and it was a worry as to whether it would be safe for the under 19s to run their full route as it took in 3 summits (luckily the weather cleared in plenty of time!).

After my marshal briefing I walked the under 9 route with my son so I could find the best videoing spot. It was a challenging if not too long a route for them:

My son and his friend walked some more of their under 15 route whilst I set myself up to film just below the under 9 turn. There were 26 runners from 6-8 years in this race:

After they had gone I walked up along the descent route to capture the under 11s. This shows how steep some of the course was:

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

#FitB4Fifty Brathay 5k

I was lucky to win two entries to the inaugural 5 km race at the Brathay Marathon this month. We had to be there very early due to parking. It did mean that we got to watch the 10 in 10 marathoners set off on their 10th marathon in 10 days - can't imagine how they do it! Then they started walking the marathoners to the start and we followed in a long colourful crocodile:

Whilst the marathoners started off on their 26.2 mile journey around Windermere we were corralled next to the road. It meant that we could just about cheer them on:

Then it was our turn to hear the gun and head off up the road towards Hawkshead. It was a good mix of runners of all ages and abilities that ran up the lane. Unlike the marathoners we were turned off the main road and into Skelwith Fold Caravan Park. This turned out to be a twisty, turny part of the route with a lot of uphill... luckily lots of the residents were lining the roads to cheer us on. It was a relief to reach the halfway mark at the end of the park which meant that it would be down hill for much of the rest of the run.

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Reasons to be cheerful: Running away... #R2BC

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A slightly later than scheduled reasons to be cheerful this week as I had a much needed lie in! Last week's happy linkers included reasons such as job and couch to 5k, I wonder what this week will include? Any how here are my reasons to be cheerful this week:

1) Proud mum

My son is doing really well in his running at the moment. He was 11th at the first BOFRA fell race last Saturday and then 2nd in a fun run at Brathay marathon on Sunday:


2) Flying Feet

On Sunday I took part in the inaugural Brathay 5k. It was a tough route with plenty of hills. I saved myself a bit for a glory run sprint finish. Made for an awesome official photo:

running, Brathay 5 km

3) Girls' Night

My daughter and I joined the Aspergers' group at the pub again. It's a lovely social evening. Beforehand we had mucked about with snapchat to do those gender swap pics. This is me as a man and a woman:

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Reasons to be Cheerful: Miles of smiles #R2BC

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Welcome to reasons to be cheerful this week! It was very quiet on the linky last week so I hope more of the regulars are back this week... Reasons don't have to be massive to join in as its the little things that have made you smile that can shine out when the world seems a bad place. Any how here are my reasons to be cheerful this week:

1) Doggy haircut

Sherlock had his first trip to the dog groomers so we can see his lovely big eyes again:

bichon frise

2) Chilling in the garden

After a car boot sale and mowing the lawn I enjoyed sitting in the sun in the garden enjoying an ice cold G&T:

Gordons gin and tonic

3) Balloon surprise

At athletics training we had a bonus of a very low flying hot air balloon as they made the most of a stunning evening to fly over Kendal and the surrounding area:

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Reasons to be Cheerful: Break Away #R2BC

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Welcome to reasons to be cheerful this week! Lovely to read everyone's posts and look forward to more happy posts this week. Last weekend was spent at Rydal Hall with other single mums on a Single with Kids break. We had 3 fun days together which make up the majority of my reasons to be cheerful this week:

1) A trail run

Some of the other mums also run so we went out at 8 on Saturday morning for a run along the coffin trail and back around Rydal Water. It was such a beautiful morning to take in the scenery in good company:

Rydal Water

2) Beautiful location

Our accommodation was the bunkhouse at Rydal Hall which is in the grounds of the main house. In this photo it is the white building top right:

Rydal Hall

The children (and adults) were free to roam in both the formal and informal grounds which was perfect for a child friendly break.

3) Woodland surprises

My friend and I had fun on the sculpture trail looking for all the different sculptures and discovering all the hidden animals:

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Reasons to be Cheerful: Merry Month of May #R2BC

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I actually quite can't believe its May already, what on earth happened to April? Any how it's time for Michelle to have a break and my turn to be the host. In case you hadn't realised we have changed the day of the linkup to Saturday as with all our busy schedules our regular linkers voted for a change from Thursday. This may take some getting used to! 

Happy Star Wars Day and here are my reasons to be cheerful this week:

1) Phone

Last week I had a disaster and knocked my phone down the loo... Unfortunately it didn't survive the experience. I have now got a new to me replacement which is in much better nick than my old one so I am so happy! Let's just hope I have no more tech disasters...

2) Bathroom

When we moved in the budget for decorating ran out and the bathroom had to be done in the left overs from my bedroom. The off white paint which looks nice in my room made the bathroom look drab and dirty. So I decided that after 4 years it was time to finally give it a mini makeover. The new teal is so bright, cheerful and fresh:

2) Running

For one reason or another I just hadn't been out running. So whilst my first coat of paint was drying I headed out along the old canal for 5km in glorious weather:

I really need to make sure I get out more regularly as my mood is so much better when I've running!

3) Home and Away

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Reasons to be Cheerful: Cats and Dogs #R2BC

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I love joining in with Michelle our lovely hostess this month. Finally sat down long enough to write my post this week! Here are some of my reasons to be cheerful this week:

1) Filming on Cat Bells

I have been filming in a gorgeous location again up on Cat Bells over Derwentwater. My son did one of the junior races:

I really enjoyed being up there on a beautiful day:

2) Puppy Love

I love seeing the affection between my daughter and her puppy:

3) Bluebells

I love this time of year when the bluebells are out:

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Reasons to be Cheerful: Beautiful Places #R2BC

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link now starts on a Saturday and Michelle is our lovely hostess this month. I have been out doing so much that I'm only putting mine together at 9PM as its been so busy here. I will just share a few of my reasons to be cheerful since the last link up:

1) Hawkshead 10 k Trail Race

I survived! It wasn't quick but I wasn't last and I had fun on the way:

2) Filming races in beautiful places

On Wednesday I spent an hour up Grisedale Pike to capture moments like this on video:

3) Family Time 

It was great to get out as 3 generations to Sizergh Castle and enjoy this beautiful local spot:

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Reasons to be Cheerful: Time #R2BC

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The lovely Michelle is hosting for April and from next week the link starts on a Saturday! For once I am apparently ready to post on the Thursday (if I can get my photos from my phone...). With it being the Easter holidays my reasons are all about time:

1) Time to celebrate

At my son's athletics club celebration he was awarded the U13 Sports Hall trophy. This follows on from winning the U11 2 years ago and the U13 fell running trophy for the season! Proves that its more about turning out consistently than being the fastest or best:

2) Time for friends

We travelled down to and across London to visit my school friends and their families. I never tire of seeing the skyline as we cross Waterloo Bridge: 

3) Time for a PB

My son smashed his junior parkrun PB by nearly a minute at Savill Gardens:

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Reasons to be Cheerful: Better late than never! #R2BC

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Its just as well I handed back to Michelle for April as technical hitches and a break means I'm 6 days late! It wasn't me having nothing to smile about and here are just some of my reasons to be cheerful this week:

1) Parkrun tourism

Thanks to my son running a race at Threkeld I managed to make it to my 6th out of 10 Cumbrian parkruns as part of my RMR Challenge. A lovely there and back again route along a disused railway. I chatted to some other lovely tourists and even realised I was in the same race as Carl Bell one of the current top UK fell runners!

2) Proud Mum #1

My son's race was the opening event of this year's FRA Juniors with my son having moved up an age category. Despite being one of the youngest he wasn't last and finished really strongly:

3) Proud Mum #2

There was no rest for my son as on the Sunday he tackled the Elterwater race up Silver Howe with slopes like this:

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Reasons to be Cheerful: A spring in my step #R2BC

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I enjoyed reading all your posts last week and the varied reasons to be cheerful. Its great to hear that this linky has a special place in your blogging week. My last week as host before handing back to Michelle for April. Here are some of my reasons to be cheerful this week:

1) Parkrun

I was so glad to get back to Fell Foot parkrun after too many weeks away. For most of the 4 laps I chatted to another mum and it got me up most of the hills! In fact I was my fastest on the route this year. My progress pic made me feel happy as well:

2) Spring is sprung

It felt so spring like at the start of the week and I've been enjoying my walks to and from work over the river:

At school we've enjoyed being outside and making the most of the sun whilst it lasts!

3) A long run in the country 

I made the most of a work free evening to lace up my trainers and join the sheep on the canal:

Turned into my fastest 10km for 2 years with 1 hour and 16 minutes despite doing 60:30 intervals:

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