Monday, 27 August 2012

Wii Fit Woe

I've just weighed myself to see how bad the holidays have been (and they're not over yet either). They've been bad! I'm a bit sad now. Oh well. One last camping trip and then I'm back on the soup and salad.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Local library summer reading challenge

On the first day of the school holidays I took my two to our local library. We always go in the summer; it's something to do that takes up a bit of time, and there's nothing wrong with reading a few extra books! This year (as usual) there is a Summer Reading Challenge, this one is called Story Lab.

When you sign up at the library you get a cardboard "lab" to take home, and every time you read a book you get a set of stickers that complete the picture on the "lab". Once you've read 6 books you get a certificate to say you've completed the challenge.

The Story Lab
All the stickers in place :-)
My two have really enjoyed this year's challenge. They've read lots of different books. My eldest has taken a few non-fiction books out and has been telling me all about countries around the world or supercars! My youngest took out a book called How High Is The Sky, a really lovely story with facts at the end about our atmosphere and space. 

We went into the library on Monday to return our books and get our stickers and were told there was a treasure hunt to do around the library too. They both rushed off to do that, which gave me time to browse the fiction section for a change!

There's still plenty of time to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library, or if you don't fancy that you can sign up on the Story Lab website

Monday, 13 August 2012

Preston Guild Marathon: weeks 9, 10, and 11 training

Looking back at my plans for weeks 6-8, I did both the runs while I was camping, and my mother-in-law even went for a run while we were there. It's all the rage don't you know?! Last week I made club on both days and ran 7 miles (2+5) at each session. The intermediate sessions both turned into 5-mile tempo runs, some good speedwork but I was so tired after! So on Saturday I decided to run 4 miles rather than the 8 I had planned. The 17 miler on Sunday was broken up into 7 miles with Pete from club and then 10 miles with my friend Scott (another club member). The pace was slightly faster than previous long runs, which gives me some hope of running the marathon faster than I am in training.

I went through my marathon training plan this morning (12 weeks to go!) and revised it, adding in detail about the types of runs I want to be doing each day and the routes. I've been thinking about my training a lot during the Olympics, our Gold Medal rush was very inspiring! I definitely want to increase the cross-training I do because it's fairly evident from photos of our athletes that one of the keys to success is a strong core.

This is where I insert a gratuitous photo of Jess Ennis and her abs.

Courtesy of

So anyway, the next few weeks. This week is "cutback week" since I've had 3 consecutive weeks of long runs now (16.5, 16, and 17).

Week 9 (Aug 13-19)
Monday: Rest (I AM RESTING!) Might do some ab work later.
Tuesday: 2 miles with beginners group at running club then 4-6 miles with the intermediates later.
Wednesday: Circuits
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 30 minute run, including hill sprints
Saturday: 45 minute run
Sunday: Rest

Week 10 (Aug 20-26)
Monday: 7 miles.
Tuesday: 2 miles with beginners group at running club then 4-6 miles with the intermediates later.
Wednesday: Interval session
Thursday: 2 miles with beginners then 4-6 miles with intermediates.
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: 7 miles, running fast up the hills
Sunday: 17 miles (my "plan" says 13 of these should be at race pace, I'll revisit this nearer the day!)

Week 11 (Aug 27-Sept 2)
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 30 minute run
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 40 minute run, including hill sprints
Saturday: 4 mile tempo run
Sunday: 18 miles
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