Sunday, 19 October 2014


Saturday, 18 October 2014

#CountryKids Fell Foot Parkrun

Today saw the very first parkrun at Fell Foot Park finally an event close enough to our home to get there for 9 AM! So I had added my son to the register and we all headed off through intermittent drizzle to the south end of Windermere. We were surprised by the number of people who had turned up in the wet to kick off this new event. My son was raring to go:

After a pep talk by the lead organiser we were set off to go around the beautiful grounds and into the neighbouring meadow. The runners were all ages, shapes and sizes from babies in buggies to one gentleman over 85. It was such a friendly atmosphere as we ran, jogged and staggered along. I kept my son near me until the last 500 m when I let him run on ahead as he had more energy left than me! I did find the energy for a final sprint as I was being cheered on by over 100 people at the finish... My son looked very pleased with himself for finishing just under a minute ahead of me:

Friday, 17 October 2014

#CountryKids at Kendal Wool Gathering 2014

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Last weekend saw the return of Kendal Wool Gathering at K Village to celebrate the town's wool heritage. It is a great mix of showing both a variety of sheep and the goods that are created from their wool. Our first port of call was the sheep tent:

There were several different breeds being shown by their owners. Not sure I can remember the names of any of them!

My daughter also got to hold a recently hatched chick:

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Reasons to be Cheerful: Birthday Edition 2014! #R2BC

Ojos World

The super duper Jo is still the host for the blog hop this month. Make her day and pop over and say hello! As for me I have been smiling for most of the last week as 2 out of the 2 of us have had our birthdays. So here are the reasons to smile:

1) My birthday

Apart from the fact I am a year older I love having a birthday! I was spoiled with breakfast in bed and lots of cards and some lovely gifts. Some I will use towards my student bits but I did treat myself to a new sewing box as mine was broken:

2) Big girl's birthday

The day after my birthday my daughter turned 11. It was an odd day for me as I only saw her for 10 minutes at breakfast time but I was able to watch her open some cards and presents:

She then headed off on a school residential and only gets home on Friday!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Workout Wednesday

Last week turned out to be pretty poor exercise wise with just the one run! This week I was determined to do better but with birthdays and ill children I only marginally improved..

Last night I went to part 1 of 3 free taster sessions of circuit training at PB Fitcamp. It started off gently enough on the warm up and then we were shown the various parts of the circuit including:

  • press ups
  • Russian twists
  • military press
  • burpees
  • squats
  • lunges
  • lateral jumps
  • and a thumbs up back stretching thing!

We had to do each exercise for 20 seconds during the circuit and then had 10 seconds to get in position for the next one! I have to say that I was better at squats and lunges but totally useless at burpees... After a drink break we repeated the circuit 2 more times. At the end we had a legs finish with repeated squats and a loooooooong hold in the lowest position. My legs were burning so it must have been good!

I get to repeat this on Thursday evening (indoors) and Sunday morning (outdoors) to complete the 7 day session. I have to say I am tempted to go regularly but maybe just once a week! Today I found it increasingly hard to change from a sitting to standing position and vice versa as I had worked my muscles so hard.

Tonight I finally got out for a run and with a week off was a bit worried about having to move up to the next level. The programme was for a 30 minute run, 5 minute walk and a 15 minute final run (with warm up and cool down walks). Unlike last week it was a dry night so I set off on to my slightly longer route. I was very pleased with myself for not feeling like I was dying when the app beeped at me to slow down and walk, although it was great to have a 5 minute recovery! A good temperature for running though I still worked up a sweat. Not my fastest ever time but I do feel like I am getting there again:

With my first Parkrun at Fell Foot park this weekend I am feeling a bit more confident that I won't embarrass myself - although I bet my son will beat me!