Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Camping, Rain and The Gruffalo

Despite the horrendous thunderstorms forecast for the weekend just gone, we still bravely packed the car for camping and set off towards Sherwood Forest for our annual end of term campout.

For anyone else who loves sleeping under canvas I'd highly recommend Sherwood Forest Holiday Park - this was our third visit.  It's a decent size, quiet with a couple of play parks and a river to amuse the children and that's it.  The location is great, ideally placed if you want to visit Sherwood Forest or Sherwood Pines.

It was Sherwood Pines we headed to on Saturday, it was raining but that didn't put us off and we spent 4 hours exploring the forest.   We were meant to be following a guided trail but the markers seemed to disappear so we wandered off the usual path and cut through the trees and onto the rougher paths meant for mountain bikes.   I did do a bit of running but not very much as I'd not packed the proper bra and ouch!

For families with younger children there is a fab Gruffulo trail on at the moment to celebrate the books' 15th Anniversary.  Maybe not so younger children would enjoy this too if my 13yr old son is anything to go by (he'll kill me when he sees I've put his posed photo up on here!!)

Saturday night the thunderstorms hit - I've never seen anything like it!  Luckily we were in a high field and more importantly in a good tent so other than a single leak at one of the roof seams we were okay.  Lower down weren't so fortunate though as the river burst it's bank and rose 6ft meaning lots of caravans were completely flooded.  Half an hour later though, the skies cleared and we were sat back outside the tent in glorious sunshine, beer in hand.

Fab weekend!

Monday, 14 July 2014

School holidays, running and cunning plans

Last week I didn't manage to run at all.  I had a horrible sick bug followed by a migraine that completely wiped me out, not least because I didn't eat for 3 days and you can't run without fuel.   I did lose 4lbs though - silver linings and all that.

This week my plan is to build on the last run I did and hopefully lose a couple more lbs :)

I'm off to a good start as I'm just back from my first run of the week and I managed to keep going for 12m44s!!   

I'm going to need to be quite organised here on out though as it's the last week of school for my children this week so as well as work and the normal family life stuff,  I've got to fit in 1 x sports day, 1 x leavers assembly, 1 x leavers disco and then our usual end of term camping trip.  

When there is so much on it's too easy to lose motivation and I just know the following week when the kids don't even have to get up and dressed for school, it'll be even harder than usual to leave the house at lunchtime even if it is just for half an hour.     I do have a cunning plan though.    I am going to tell my kids they can't go on the Xbox unless they've come out for a run with me.  I'm sure I'll be faced with attitude and grumbles aplenty but if I manage to stick to my guns, they'll force me out of the house and then I can have peace and quiet to work while they play in the afternoon.  

Wish me luck!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Hottest day of the year?

Today is meant to be the hottest day of the year but it certainly isn't where I'm standing.  Up in the not so sunny depths of South Yorkshire the sun seems to have taken a holiday which wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for the fact then everyone who emails me today is based in London and asking if I'm enjoying the sun.

Totally unfair !!

Of course the weather was bound to take a turn for the worse this week, why would it stay sunny when the Tour De France is set to head through town?  Instead of seeing Yorkshire as it's beautiful best, the rest of the world is going to see a drizzly grey countryside that isn't very appealing to anyone.  To be fair though these days that is what Yorkshire is like the majority of the time so maybe if it was sunny we'd be in trouble for false advertising to any future visitors.

One good thing about it being not hot though is that its easier to run when it's cooler.  I've decided to just work on sustaining the 10 minutes I can now run easily and then slowly build on that - today I pushed it to 11minutes and 16seconds.   And believe me those extra 16 seconds count, they were the hardest seconds of the whole run :)