Monthly Archives: October 2014

This kid has taken the place of our long haired dude. It’s such a change and the kids at school thought so too, they kept coming up and asking him if it was really him! So this month features a rather grown up looking big bro!

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The kids have been really enjoying Autumn so far. The current preschool topic is Autumn so we went out collecting bits and pieces for the nature table (which she was so attached to, she refused to take them in!). It’s so lovely to see him helping her out and telling her stuff he has learnt and all about “When I went to preschool…”. Hoping for more of this and less squabbling!

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This month I’m sending you over to Annie’s blog to see what her cheeky duo have been up to lately.

I’ve been running for a whole month now (obviously not for a *whole* month… that would just be silly…) and so I thought I’d post an update on how it’s going. I’m part of something called Challenge 10 and aiming to run 10 miles at the end of 10 months. Am I cray? YES!

My aim for the end of September was to be able to run for 1 mile. After a week it was going quite well, I could run a mile without stopping to I set my sights a little higher and turned into a bit of a mentalist. I wanted to be able to do 5K and decided that signing up for a 5K parkrun on day 12 was THE BEST IDEA EVER. It wasn’t. I got there and I felt terrified and watched other people stretching and did a few lame stretches myself. We set off and I tried to keep up with the people around me but they were faster than I was and I was out of my depth and hated the whole thing. I honestly believe that the mental side of running matters just as much and I’d gone into this run not feeling great about it. I was hating every second, my calves were on fire, a small child overtook me and when I ran past the car park at the end of the 1st lap and saw my car, I decided to bail! I was angry with myself and disappointed that my Couch to 5K in 12 days hadn’t happened but was determined to do it before the month was out! I run with my good friend Lizzie aka Hot Nanny and we ran a few circuits that we were *sure* were 5K, only to get back and see they were 4 something. Annoying! I was a girl on a mission, I ran everyday, I HAD TO run 5K… I don’t know what came over me but I felt like I had to prove something. It wasn’t until I ran with my friend Caroline (who FYI is FIT and has arms like Madonna) that I realised I had to chill out. That run was a disaster for me, it was SO hot that day and I wanted to show her how great I was at running now (it had been about 3 weeks!) and I was a mess! I was so hot that I couldn’t see and wanted to throw up numerous times. This was  harder than I thought. I took a few days off, tried a new pair of trainers (because it was absolutely the trainers fault, not that I was unfit…) and started running every other day. A few runs later…we did 5K. And yeah, it felt pretty good I have to say! Hot Nanny and I high fived each other in the middle of a pitch black field.

One thing I have been really bad at is warming up and cooling down. I did a few half arsed stretches but I found a fab warm up and cool down on YouTube from Malia Hilliard. I ran yesterday (5.29K, thanks for asking) and did the warm up, finished with a brisk walk for a few minutes and then did the cool down. HUGE difference today! My legs have been killing me and this is honestly the best I’ve felt the next day since I started. Give it a go and let me know what you think!

Now, I’ll fess up. I *totally* thought I was going to get super skinny by running and that I’d be able to eat chocolate and the weight would fall off (made the same mistake with breastfeeding. I never learn). Turns out that’s not the case. I haven’t lost any weight yet but I have lost 1/2 inch from my thighs and waist and 1 inch from my chest. I’m going to stop rewarding myself for exercising with chocolate buttons and see how I go then!

My aim for October is to not increase my distance but work on getting quicker and work on my technique and gait. I’ve no idea what that really means but I thought it sounded good.

 

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