Posted: 26/07/2015 at 20:25
Hi everyone - life (and guests!) getting in the way of my posting but I have been stalking you on my phone now and again. Just a big well done to SK and KK for the pbs and everyone else for keeping on running
I have been trying to get some speedwork in over the last two weeks and after the initial shock of how fast those paces seem, to my surprise I am actually managing to keep them up for sections of my longer runs. Just a good job I'm not wearing my heart rate monitor! I'm also managing a positive split on my runs which I've never really done before either. I've got to keep concentrating mind you.. as soon as I start drifting off I slow down to my comfort zone again.
Last week OH surprised me by organising MiL to take the children for a night so we could go down to a restaurant we like in the Dordogne. it was a lovely (and suspicious) thing to do. It is only an hour away but we took the pop up tent so we could have a drink then just cross over the road and crash out in the campsite opposite. As it was the 14th July (Bastille day) there was a village fete with a singer belting out some Johnny Halliday, Jean Jacques Goldman and (on a surreal note) Cilla Black(!) as well as some fireworks afterwards. It was a great night but I may have had a drink too many as getting up for my early run I felt a bit dodgy. i had planned on running along the river from our campsite in Lisle to the town of Bourdeilles about 10k away. The route was absolutely gorgeous.. I got lost twice but it didn't really matter as it was lovely to explore a different area. On arriving in Bourdeilles I bought a small bottle of water from a grocers which had just opened and sat on the medieval bridge to drink it. Just next to the bridge there is a massive tree.. a Séquoia which I think is a Giant Redwood. It was planted in 1880 and is now 33m but can grow up to 80m. Pretty impressive it was too. Anyway, I made my way back, meeting a peahen on the way. She just flew out of a bush and landed in front of me - I was a bit taken aback but she didn't seem aggressive so I skirted round her and carried on back to my campsite. I love running in different places
Other non running news is that my smallest child turned four yesterday and my mother in law is planning on leaving her partner (she hasn't told him though!) and threatening to come and live with us
How's your mum Shades?