This week has been taper week. Some people hate taper week and it makes them jittery and grouchy. I love taper week, it makes me happy. I get to sleep more! I’m a great taperer.
After Sunday’s tough run, I’ve kept this week super-easy. A massage on Tuesday – not sure it actually did anything but it was delightful. An easy 3-miler on Wednesday and then tomorrow morning I’ll be doing another easy 3 with some pick-ups to see if there’s any spring in my step. I was worried I’d overdone it on Sunday so I’m glad my legs are feeling chilled at the moment.
Taper has also given me time to read some books and do some cooking, so without further ado….this is what I’m up to currently!
I’ve been reading kids books lately with the Dude and I’ve been loving it. We loved The BFG and The Twits by Roald Dahl – wonderful even for adults. We’ve also been reading ‘Little House on the Prarie‘ and its sequel ‘On the banks of Plum Creek’. The Dude loves the pioneer stories of how the west was won, however I’ve had to skip entire paragraphs about Native Americans because I cannot bear to read the words outloud. It’s been an interesting glimpse into old attitudes.
I also read an Agatha Christie novel late ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles‘ after visiting her home back in the UK this summer and then I recently read ‘Running with the Kenyans’ about a UK runner who moves to Kenya to learn the secrets of their running prowess. It appears to boil down to altitude, tough childhoods, injera bread, lots of rest and sleep and, most of all, the desperate desire to succeed and transform their lives. In our pampered Western world, I can’t see us measuring up anytime soon. A great, easy read!
We have been rewatching The West Wing from scratch. I love it SO much. It’s definitely my favourite show of all time. Watching it during a painful election period is particularly interesting…if only Jed Barlet was running for office in real life!
Recently I bought myself ‘The Minimalist Baker Everyday Cookbook’ by Dana Schultz. It’s a vegan cookbook. I am not vegan but a lot of the standard cookbooks are meat-heavy and I don’t eat meat, so I love that I can cook everything in this book even if I add eggs or cheese!
So far it’s been AMAZING…nearly everything has been delicious! I’ve made smoothies, hummus, main courses, snacks…it’s been amazing. The only fails have been muffins and I’ve now identified exactly why I’ve failed and it’s been human error, not book error. I LOVE this book and would wholeheartedly recommend it for vegans, vegetarians, carnivores and omnivores.
I’ve been listening to a load of podcasts lately. I was sad that Running on Om finished a few weeks ago – I’m not a yogi but the running interviews were wonderful. I am really loving Real Talk Radio by Nicole Antoinette – I’ve started branching away from the running ones to the podcasts on other subjects and that’s been fun too. Nicole recently did two special episodes which deserve singling out. One was celebrating her 5-year soberversary where she talks about her attitude to alcohol. I feel like I have a good relationship with alcohol overall, but it was very interesting and definitely made me change the language I use about wine, for example! Thought-provoking. secondly, she did another episode about her 26-day hike along part of the PCT. I am so full of admiration for what she did, it was fascinating to hear her talk about the nitty-gritty.
I did try ‘I’ll have another’ but it drove me insane. I think I’m too British for that one.
Finally, my friend put me on to ‘My Church’ by Maren Morris. NOT a Christian song, in case you’re cringing. Quite the opposite I don’t know how I feel about the theology of comparing God to listening to music loudly in your car on the motorway but the song is awesome!
I’m still obsessed with Instagram. My current favourite accounts that I’d recommend you check out are @yorkshire.deb who single-handedly makes me want to move back to the UK and run trails in the North of England, and @andrea_is_out_there who makes me want to do the same but in the south.
Finally, one of my favorite blogs that I’m reading at the moment is The Girl Outdoors. It’s a UK-based blog by a cool, young travel journalist who seems to live this incredible life travelling round doing awesome things. I have a major girl-crush on Sian and keep trying to persuade her to come to SF so I can show her round. (That sounds very online-creepery, but hopefully you know what I mean).
Looking forward to
Well…the Healdsburg Half on Sunday! The Airbnb house party with my fave running girls, running hard at the race and then pizza afterwards. The fact it’s a weekend ‘off duty’ doesn’t hurt!
The end of October is our 11th wedding anniversary so we’re going on a romantic cycle-touring weekend in Sonoma County. To make it that little bit more ‘romantic’, our 6-year-old is coming with us and we’re renting a tandem for him and me. I am VERY excited.
But before all that…it’s time to race!