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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Monday, 25 March 2019

Kendal Winter League - Helm Race

On Sunday it was one of the last races in this year's Kendal Winter League. As it was less than 2 miles to the race on the Helm we decided to walk up the hill to get there - we somehow always forget how steep it is! Once my son was registered we took time to walk the route as he is new in the category so didn't know it. It started off easy enough along a fairly level footpath:

The Helm

Then there was a steady climb to the top of the ridge:

The Helm

At the top the race routes split as the younger runners stayed on the ridge whilst my son and the other runners were sent to the back of the hill:

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Reasons to be Cheerful: Sherlock, Girl Time and Mud! #R2BC

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As the worst host ever of the linky I am back and still grovelling over lack of commenting! Really need to get a work/life balance... Here are some of my reasons to be cheerful this week:

1) Sherlock

This little dynamo is continuing to grow and show his personality. Hopefully puppy training will start to reap benefits soon!

2) Girl Time

The child I support in school had 2 days off last week which gave me a chance to enjoy a lunch out with my girl. We had fun at Pedro's Casa:

3) Mud, mud, glorious mud

You may have already seen my huge grin from the Cartmel 10km run. Who knew that running in rain, mud and water could be a reason to be cheerful?

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Monday, 18 March 2019

Monday Motivation: Just smile!

I may not be the fastest runner in the world but I may get the prize for the person who looks happiest to be wading through a river after 5 miles of mud, rain, hills and water! ?This was taken by the lovely and talented James Kirby


If you check out the video I shared yesterday you will see the reverse angle on this shot! 

Sunday, 17 March 2019

#RMRChallenge Lakeland Trails Cartmel 10 k with inov8

So yesterday the first of the Lakeland Trails races I have challenged myself to took place at Cartmel. Now training has gone really badly due to illness but it didn't stop me turning up! It was a horrible wet day on which several local parkruns were cancelled due to the conditions but my race only had minor diversions.

The whole race start area was very wet and covered in puddles! It was not surprising that the 18km race was reduced to 10km in the conditions. It was going to be an absolute mudfest. My friend and I took full advantage of inov8's offer of testing our their new Roclite 275 running shoes:

We all wrapped well and headed for the start line. Then it was off out around the race course and up onto the trails proper:

It was so wet and boggy and I was very glad of the extra grip from the graphene in my trainers:

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Reasons to be Cheerful: Crumble ,Snow and Piggie #R2BC

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Apologies for not being a good host last week, I was laid low with an awful ear infection. I will catch up on last week's posts today and make sure I visit and share posts this week. Hope you will still join in and share the love by commenting on each other's posts. Here are some of my reasons to be cheerful this week:

1) Yummy Crumble

My son made apple crumble this week. It was the perfect comfort food when I was feeling rubbish:

2) Snow Fun

This week's fell race was cancelled due to dangerous roads in the snow! We managed to make it to the venue in a friend's 4x4 just as they made the decision. So of course we had to make the most of our first decent snow of the winter:

3) Bubble on the mend

After a scary week, with our last surviving guinea pig looking like he had gone blind in one eye, a daily double dose of eye drops and he is almost 100% again. He has regained weight, got his wheak back and is full of beans:

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Thursday, 7 March 2019

Reasons to be Cheerful: Marching On #R2BC

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I'm taking over hosting from Michelle for March. Just sorry for being a bit tardy as I forgot it was my turn... It's short and sweet as I am so late! Here are some of my reasons to be cheerful this week:

1) Race fun

My son was running at Cuerden Valley cross country at the weekend and the river crossing had a lifeguard:

2) Winners

The castle we built at half term won first prize for its historical accuracy:

3) World Book Day fun

My student and I had fun recreating the Marauder's Map for our classroom door:

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