This is a slightly random blog post. I’ll try to structure it clearly, so it doesn’t veer off in all directions too much.
I mentioned this book a few posts ago when I tried a rice cake during my trail run. Several commenters were keen to hear more about it. I’m going to do a review once I’ve tested a few more recipes but this is likely to be a few weeks away and there were a few links I wanted to flag for those interested. I made three more recipes tonight ready for the weekend and they look good!
- Salty Running did a fantastic review of the book with a recipe. Read it HERE.
- Grace sent me a link to a whole batch of recipes that you should have a crack at. Read the article HERE.
Running (and life)
My May goal was to run 120 miles…and I hit that nail firmly on the head. 120 miles in the books. Felt great.
June has started much less impressively. Some bloggers are all…’I ran 12 miles every day this week and drank 12 pints of beer every day too’. This blogger basically sat on the sofa all week..and it was great.
I exaggerate a little…but not much. My main excuses are that:
- I had some shin pain after Saturday’s trail run of gloriousness and I wanted to let it fade. This is true and the pain did fade.
- The Dude is off pre-school so my usual running times are no more. This is also true but it’s a poor excuse.
- I know that June will be a low-mileage month due to my forthcoming trip to the UK and I clearly wanted to launch Low-Mileage Month with style. 🙂 This doesn’t reflect well on me.
Let me dwell a moment on point 2. This isn’t a parenting blog but if you’ve been here a while, you may remember the Dude’s first day at pre-school back in March ’13. Last Friday was his LAST day at pre-school, he starts ‘Transitional Kindergarten’ in September. (TK is a California thing for kids that just miss the cut-off for actual school). I no longer have a pre-schooler. I am not one of those mothers who bemoans her child growing up but I can’t deny it’s a little bittersweet.
I also need to start thinking about getting an actual job come September. Anyone want to employ a British girl who hasn’t worked for 5 years and recently took a full day to remember the word ‘synergy’?
I felt it only polite to mark National Running Day on Wednesday, so I was up at 6am, out the door at 6.30 and ran 9 solid miles. I actually had one of my Feedzone Portable rice-cakes before the run as breakfast was out the question, and it was brilliant. My average pace was 9.22 which dismayed me a little…I feel like I’ve lost all the ‘speed’ I ever had and realistically I won’t be doing speed work in June due to traveling. It’ll come back…
Friday morning, I squeezed in another six miles in between packing for the UK, packing for the weekend away and printing off endless forms for our trip to the US embassy! 6.3 miles at a 9.12 pace. Not going to break any records but it was lovely to be out and running this morning.
This week-end’s exciting plans
That’s all the running I’ll most likely be doing this week as we’re heading up to Placerville tomorrow for the Husband’s first Half-Iron-Man in Folsom Lake. He’ll be doing: 1.2 miles swimming, 56 miles cycling, 13.1 miles running – it’s a bit of an undertaking, especially as the forecast is 108 F/42 C. (Thanks to Jen for putting me right on Twitter this week.)
Will anyone seriously offer me a job?
I’m kind of dreading just spectating in that heat, let alone competing, and the half-marathon section will be in the middle of the day. Poor guy. I reckon Whistler will seem easy compared to this!
Anyway…we’re staying with a total stranger from the internet, Alisyn whose blog I read. She kindly offered to have us overnight and we gladly accepted. I’m really looking forward to meeting her but especially excited about meeting her super-cute dog! Alisyn and I might sneak a run in tomorrow evening…but we’re taking some nice wine so maybe we won’t. 🙂
Happy Weekend, everyone!!!