Good Mood Run


I had a great run today! After my rude health porridge (so tasty) I took some nuun with me in my bottle (warning- if you do the lid up and run, and then open the lid it explodes! Right into my face!) and headed out. I had a long sleeved top on as it was so cold, and was tempted to take my gloves. Boy that wind was cold- part way through I was wishing I had my headband / earwarmer on. But anyway, I added a little to the middle of my run, and ended up doing 9.5 miles. Each mile was pretty much the same pace, which was really good and I managed to keep the pace right to the end. It has left me in such a good mood, as although by the end I was getting little aches (to be expected) I felt strong at the end and finished with the same pace I started with.

Once home it was time for this;

I had some nesquick with oat milk (which went really dark in colour, I suppose as the oat milk is more transparent and less white than normal milk), and a lovely clif bar. Do you know I emailed the clif bar people to ask why there were not more flavours in the UK, and they emailed back to say that sourcing issues, plus issues with packaging and things means it takes more time to get them to other countries. Plus they offered to send me some flavours from the USA– how kind is that???

Anyway, the rest of the day has been full of work (boring-fuelled by teapigs chai so not so bad), lunch (kabocha squash and carrot soup, rye bread, apple, nuts), making caramel shortbread for tomorrow (not finished yet)- I will take a pic once done. I used the normal base, then spread on some of this peanut butter;

(no salt or oil added, 100% peanuts 🙂 ), before the caramel on top. I am hoping it will be tasty!

I want to finish with a massive shout out to Alison who is going to run the Berlin marathon tomorrow- totally amazing stuff. Good luck and enjoy the experience 🙂



Morning all-

Yesterday I didn’t post (shock!)- went out straight from work to catch up with some old friends, and by the time I got home I was tired, it was late, so I had some tea and didn’t turn the computer on.

But normal service will be resumed today! 🙂

Am pottering about letting my breakfast go down before I go out on my run. I am actually wearing a long sleeved top as opposed to my running vest as it is so cold. I don’t think I can get away with it any longer!

I saw in the news that on average we all own 15 cookery books- well, a quick count and I have over double that! Lots of gifts, loads of baking books (what a surprise), some freebie books (like a rowse honey book , the Doves Farm book, some olive oil book), but loads of books! It also said that most people stick to 7 recipes- spag bol, pasta and sauce, stir fry, shepherds pie, sunday roast, stew and one other (I can’t remember what-EDIT- it was omlettes). We tend to stick to the same recipes most of the time, but we do swap things in and out, and try new recipes now and then. Our faves are chilli, spagetti (pesto for me/ meat for Andy), home made pasta sauce with pasta, home made pizza, home made calzone, sausage and bean bake, mexican bean wraps, fajitas, bean/meat burgers, veggie moussaka, lentil/beany bake things. But I have been trying new things too.

So- how many cookery books do you own?

 What are the main meals that you tend to cook and eat?

And any new recipes that you are going to try soon?

Back later for a run recap 🙂

Double shred

Evening all!

What a lot of rain we have had today, and even a random massive flash of lightning!

When I got home today I had a nice lemon and ginger snap type thing;

(It is raw and mostly made of flaxseeds along with agave and some other natural things)- pretty tasty.

Then it was on with the Shred . As there was no body pump tonight 🙁 I decided to do part 2, and then part 1 (get the harder part out the way first) to half make up for it. Those walk out push up things are really hard, and I am glad no-one can see me when I do the weird plank squat thrusts and jumping. But it was a great workout ad by the end my arms were really aching. I was considering a little run as a cool down, but it was tipping it down, so I stayed inside (cop out!).

I am pondering what shoes to wear while I do it. At the moment it is some old trainers that are not really for sports, but they have clean soles (!)- I don’t want to wear my running trainers in the living room as they are filthy, and the only other pair of sports trainers I have I use in the gym, but they still go outside to and from the building. I can’t workout in socks or slippers, so what do other people wear on their feet when doing a DVD/ home workout?

After that it was dinner (veggies + pesto+ spagetti = yum) and then had a dash to the shops.

Then I had some (half) of this stuff;

Conscious chocolate “Fruit Fantasty” with figs and dates. It is delicious- there are loads of pieces of figs in there- win!

Now I am off to put my feet up, and maybe have some teapigs caramel rooibos- yummy! On a food network advert there was a shelf with a whole load of teapigs tea on it, in the background. Random fact for anyone that is interested.

Red food at night, runningcupcake delight

Evening all!

After work I had a nice run around the lakes- I was trying to keep up my speed as I think I have started to slow down as I am tired after work. I managed around 5.3 miles in 51 minutes, and even managed a negative split- woo hoo! My miles went 8.23, 10.03 (2 stops for crossing roads), 8.52, 8.47, 8.53, which I am super pleased with.

Then I got down to some cooking.

I had this bad boy to use;

I scooped out the middle and baked it, and on the hob I made some tomato quinoa (with some paprika to make it sort of sweet and smokey). Alongside that I made some mini chickpea burgers (sort of from Veganomicon )- I mashed up a tin of chickpeas, added some tahini, garlic, lazy chilli, tomato puree, a few millet flakes and some wheat gluten. Then I mixed it all together, kneaded it and rolled it into little balls.

These were baked for about 25 minutes and had some with my dinner.

I also had some beetroot which looks black but is red. Not all the quinoa would fit into the squash so I had some on the side too. It was all very red-tinged as the chilli and tomato had made the chickpea burgers look red too.

It was super yummy and the chilli made them spicy, but not too spicy.

Last night I baked some cooking apples with spices, and near the end put some blackberries on the top.

This will feature later alongside some soya yoghurt and maybe some bear nibbles. Although it has now gone rather squishy and a very pretty pink colour, so again fitting in with the red theme!

So anyone else aim for a negative split? I hear it is good for training you to push hard in the latter stages of a race, but then are you tempted to go slower at the beginning to make sure you finish faster?

I am fine at listening to how tired I feel, and am not so great at really knowing my own pace; I find out when I get home!

Night all!

More parcels!


I was tres excited today when I got home to find my recent internet orders waiting for me!

One parcel contained teapigs tea:

I ordered some more chai, some caramel rooibos, some chocolate flake tea to try, and a cup for work. I also got a free sample of mint tea- looks very refreshing 🙂

I had also ordered some Luna bars from wiggle (they were having a sale so it was rude not to, right?).

I had read great things about them on the net- they have loads of vitamins and stuff added. But also some sugar! I had a bar before aerobics and it was lovely- very chewy and more like a traditional sweet rice crispie cereal bar, so I think I would tend to have it as a lower calorie dessert (its only 180 calories per bar-8g protein, 26g carbs, 10g sugar so not as much as an actual brownie) as it would go well with some tea.

On to other things- I was super sore today after the shred level 2 yesterday, which I am taking as a good sign as it made me work much harder.

Thanks for the comments yesterday- I think that after reading up I should be doing the strength work before the cardio- so if I do 2 together it should go shred then run. So I might have that as one workout, where I do level 1 so my legs aren’t too tired to run. Then I might have another day where I just do the shred, either number 2, or maybe work up to both, so I have more of a strength day. I was rather taken by Rob’s workout grid, so I think when I have some time at the weekend I may try and do one for myself.

Completely off the point, does anyone get a veg box delivered? I have been looking into it for a while and can’t decide whether to try it. I like to plan meals so I would not want there to be waste, but then in the winter I tend to make a lot of soups or fake innocent veg pots (veg with quinoa and beans) for lunches, so I suppose veggies would go in those if I couldn’t find a recipe I liked. Do you have to supplement the box with other shopping? Are the recipe cards good? Do you have much control over the contents? (e.g. I just could not eat parsnips so could I not have them?). Is there enough variety?

Aerobics was super fun, lots of cheesy tunes as usual. The luna bar was a good pre-workout snack as I felt like I had loads of energy. Once home I have got the sweat (so much sweat) off my face with these babies;

They are perfect for sensitive skin, and although they are un-scented they smell faintly of almonds- yum. I get really dry skin and I think the salt from the sweat makes it worse, so I am going to try to make sure I clean it off asap instead of waiting until after my shower.

After dinner I fancied something sweet so I had some of these (I didn’t take any pictures yesterday so I decided to make up for it today!)

(Ingredients- corn syrup, corn starch, agave, licorice, aniseed, carnuba wax)- suitable for veggies and vegans, and they are organic. They are also lovely- really strong (much stronger than panda licorice) and very chewy.

Anyway, off to finish my work before don’t tell the bride- yay!