Upping the milage and time running

The days when I would think nothing of going out for a 10 mile run seem such a long time ago – it’s not in fact, it’s only 14 months.  Today I upped the anti though – ran more, ran up hills I’d normally run/walk up and the  extended the run at the halfway point with a huge hill that climbs 250-300ft in a quarter of a mile. The subsequent run back down again (and the time afterwards when I kept running) meant I ran for 11 minutes straight – definite improvement!! Unfortunately the gps on the app was playing up and it told me I did 2.5 miles in 17 minute miles which is very different to the 3.5 miles (ish, haven’t measured the extension yet but I think from when I measured it before it was that kind of distance extra) that I did in 49 minutes! Still averaging 14mm but there were some HUGE hills in there!!

Breakfast was poached eggs on toast:

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After school/nursery drop off and the supermarket run I came home and had this for lunch – inspired by a blog post I read yesterday! The salmon is wild alaskan (and isn’t the colour amazing compared to farmed?!) and the eggs/spinach are both organic:

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I was meant to go to a follow up appointment this afternoon following my op – I got over 30 minutes towards it (the hospital is 50 minutes away) and my husband rang to say the windscreen wipers on the car he was going to pick up the children in didn’t work anymore – in torrential rain. I needed to go to nursery to get the children and drove past him on the way picking up our 4 year old, au pair and our 3yo’s monkey that she’d left in the car ready waiting for her for when she got back in! He was tucked up in a handle waiting:

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She was THRILLED when she spotted him!

Supper was courgettes and tomatoes topped with porcini ravioli.  The ravioli was really filling, I only ate 3..

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When I came upstairs we saw what the tractor had been up to in the field,  eat your heart out Wimbledon!!

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Running, friends, pizza and jigsaws

This morning our 4yo really wanted to come running with me – so off we went! She did really well, we went 1.1 miles which is a long way when you are 4! There was a lot of walking and the running was really slow (she has considerably shorter legs though so it was probably quite fast for her!) but she was thrilled with herself!

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Breakfast was boiled eggs :

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I was chatting to a friend on Facebook who said she happened to be off work – this lead to a wonderful impromptu lunch! She is Godmother to our youngest so it was nice for her to see him too!  It only dawned on me though when I finished chatting to her that it was the end of the week in terms of food shopping and the fridge wasn’t well stocked. The one thing we always have though is mozzarella so we made pizza – with help from our 3yo!

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There’s only one thing you can do while waiting for dough to rise 😉

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It’s a good job dough needs an hour to rise, they did it again and again and again!

Lunch was pizza – the garlic bread was snaffled in its entirety by our 1yo!

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Supper was pasta bake – I forgot our 4yo really doesn’t like breadcrumbs on things and she has now mysteriously gone off peas. Supper was therefore a fail in her eyes! 😉

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The gerbils had had fun though – the children all love watching them digging their tunnels! We have a very large aquarium that we weren’t using and a friend suggested a gerbilarium!  One small bale of peat later we were good to go!

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They dig a different tunnel network each day which results in some very varied layouts for them – and some amusing ones too sometimes!

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Leaf painting and moving forwards

I didn’t get to sleep until gone 1:30 and our 3yo woke me at 5:50 by patting me on the face harder and harder until I opened my eyes – there are many beautiful things about co-sleeping but having a talking and wriggling alarm clock next to your head is not one of them. Especially when it kicks you in the eye with a foot.

I had arranged to go running with one of the other women from book club so pottered about for 40 minutes and then headed out of the door to meet her. The children had all been awake for some time and had particularly enjoyed watching three huge rabbits on the bottom lawn – they all scarpered when I headed out of the kitchen door! The run was wonderfully head clearing – the sound of footstep following footstep and the satisfaction of pushing through the “this is hard” thoughts!

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Breakfast was eggs on toast:

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The girls were happily sat on a window seat in the lounge for this time watching a Partridge:

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Following a lot more talking with our au pair we then had quesadillas for lunch:

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The weather has continued to be grotty this afternoon so we did some leaf painting with leaves collected at the National Trust we went to at the weekend:

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They really enjoyed it!

Supper was stew, dumplings and mash:

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Early night beckoning I feel…

Language school for our au pair sorted!

We were lucky enough to be given some eggs yesterday from a friend’s chickens – they were tiny!!

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Breakfast was some porridge with apple/strawberry puree and then poached eggs on toast!

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This morning we had to go to enrol our au pair at her language school.  She did really well and is starting next Monday! The assessor said that they have other students from her country at the language school which our au pair was really pleased about!

Lunch was a jacket potato. I asked for the cheese and coleslaw to be on the side and I’m glad I did having seen some of the other potatoes!

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This was how much of the sides were left:

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Supper tonight was couscous with salad and garlic bread. Our au pair hadn’t ever had garlic bread before but absolutely loved it!

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After all the small people had gone to sleep I finally got out for a run! I regretted not drying my kit last night though as it was beautiful weather first thing this morning and sheeting rain with lots of headwinds this evening 😦 I hadn’t switched the app on for the first half a mile so it was 3 miles in the end, done in 41ish minutes – I was able to run much more tonight, as shown in the last picture,  I’ve taken off the altitude line to make the speed clearer!

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It’s getting there!! 🙂

A friend now hates me after I took her running.. ;)

Breakfast this morning was boiled eggs:

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This morning I needed to go to a supermarket with our au pair so she could show me the veg she liked and the ones she really doesn’t. There are lots she likes thankfully and the ones she doesn’t are easy to work with!

Lunch was a cheese sandwich with fruit:

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Our 4yo came bouncing out of school really excited to tell me that she’s gone on to new reading books at school but that she’s doing so well she’s actually gone up two levels and has skipped one level entirely! She was so thrilled to tell me – and also to tell me there is a school trip to the aquarium next week also for her class. Both of these overwhelmingly exciting things were enough in her eyes to cancel out the fact that today she’d lost the another school jumper which is now 3 in 4 months. Despite them all being labelled the first two have never been found – annoying given one was lost on its first day and the other was only a week old. It would be nice if they were found but on the bright side it’s getting warmer now and we’re changing school in September to send them to a private school so hopefully she’ll hang on to enough to get through to the end of term!

It was not only our 4yo who had good news today – we found out the car we looked at over the weekend will be ours! It’s a Land Rover Discovery 3 and is absolutely beautiful!  With only 47, 000 miles on the clock it has a lot of life in it yet but it also has 7 seats in it which means we can all fit in the car when we go out! We’re picking it up at the weekend, very exciting!

Supper was fajitas tonight but I forgot to take a photo!

After the children had gone to bed I went out running with a friend, she hasn’t run before but did really well! I don’t quite know what was up with my gps though as we certainly didn’t do the return mile in 11 minutes and also my phone thought it was only half a mile back, oh well! Encouragingly, I found tonight really really easy with the extra walking which shows how much I have progressed and was a nice recovery run!

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May stats and update

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Weight: 14st 3.2lb (-1.6lb)
Bust: 46 (-0.5 inch)
Waist: 41.5
Hips: 42.5
L Arm: 12.75
L Thigh: 23

I’ve lost half an inch from my bust but all other measurements remain the same which is hardly surprising given I’ve only lost 1.6lbs. I haven’t been as focused as I should have been but I have started running and, in two and a half weeks, got back up to 3 miles so I’m really pleased with that!

Goals:

13st something by my birthday (10 days)
12st something by my 1yo’s birthday (beginning of July)
11st something by the start of school (beginning of September)
10st something by a family party (beginning of November)
9st something by New Year
8st something by my 3yo’s birthday

This means I have:

10 days to lose 3.2lbs
7 weeks + 3 days to lose the next 14lbs
8 weeks + 3 days to lose the next 14lbs
9 weeks to lose the next 14lbs
8 weeks to lose the next 14lbs
16 weeks to lose the last 14lbs

At which point I will be back to/smaller than these photos which were taken 8 months ago before the accident:

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Broken the 3 mile mark with running!

We got back from the airport at 2:30 this morning, I was so tired by that time! Our au pair is lovely but she has been very homesick today – thank goodness for skype as she can talk very easily to her family!

Breakfast this morning was scrambled eggs:

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This morning I went for a run while our au pair was unpacking her things. It has been a week since my last run – with preparing for our au pair’s arrival time has been tight! This morning though I managed to do 3 miles which was much better than the 2 I’ve done before but it also means I can run a circuit and it’s really hilly too which is great! I’m able to run for longer periods now before walking again but now I want to work on upping the running part of it further so that I’m walking less and less before I start trying longer circuits!

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(Blue line is altitude, white is speed)

Lunch was pasta salad:

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Supper was ratatouille with jacket potato:

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Bedtime is a long process tonight – the girls went to sleep quickly but our 1yo has developed a love for a new tiger we bought and, when I went in he was banging it against my husband’s face while making kissing noises. . The kitchen may be waiting a while 😉