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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