Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Two Weeks till GNR

Another week closer to the Great North Run and I am feeling a little less scared but scared none the less!  A half marathon will be the longest distance I have ever ran and I am not sure how I am feeling about it.  I have repeatedly been told that I will  love it and I really hope I will.  I am not sure distance running is for me or if I will do another half but I have managed more than I ever thought possible.  I am not and never will be a natural runner but I have been surprised so far at what I have managed. 

So last week’s training was not bad at all.

  • Monday started with the usual run and swim
  • Tuesday was a lunch run
  • Wednesday, club run.  We set off and from the word go I struggled and couldn’t work out why. It wasn’t until I was 3 miles in that I realised it was because I had been going uphill the whole time!  We covered 6 miles and 4 were up hill.  No wonder I struggled. 
  • Thursday was my birthday so I started the day with a really lovely swim.  In fact the whole day was really lovely.

  • Friday was lunch run and it was lovely.

Bank Holiday weekend was so nice.

Saturday I had a little shop and checked out the new shops near me. I also did the weekly shop as we were invited to my sisters for a bbq on the Sunday.

Sunday started with a run with club.  I have not ran with them on a morning before so was a little apprehensive.  When I got there we were very few in numbers and I ended going out with a  group of 3.  The guy leading us was hung over so decided that he needed to run hard to get over it and picked the hardest route he knew.  It almost broke me!!  Our aim was 10 miles but we ended up just shy of 9 but the route was Very hilly and brutal.  We did however cover some beautiful views.  I have been  told that as it was so hard I could add on a couple of miles for the effort alone.  Bonus.

This is the gates to Witton Castle that i had to pee near!
I was shattered afterwards and we went to my sisters for a bbq and it was lovely.

Bank Holiday Monday was a truly lazy day and we decided to go to Durham for a walk and blow the cobwebs away!

How was your weekend?

Wednesday, 20 August 2014


Another week gone and we are here again WIAW
Peas and Crayons

This week I am really trying to eat clean and so far it is going great especially as batch cooked at the weekend. 

Breakfast was a tasty breakfast bake with fresh water and honeydew melon.

It was so easy to make. 

Breakfast Bake
Coconut oil
2 Gluten free chicken sausages
Onion and pepper diced small
Grated butter nut squash
4 eggs mixed together

I cut the sausages into small pieces and cooked them in coconut oil then set them aside. I then cooked the onion, pepper and grated butter nut squash.  Once cooked I poured it into a dish and added the egg mix.  I baked it in the oven until it was set.  It took about 30 minutes.  I have made four portions out of it. 

Lunch was a baked sweet potato with turkey mince chilli but somehow i forgot to take a snap.

Dinner was one of the nicest meals I have enjoyed in a long time and totally not planned!  I got in from swimming and was starving.  So made this lovey one dish/person meal.  It was Salmon and Zoodle broth.  So good and so quick.

Salmon and Zoodle Broth
1 Salmon Steak chopped into bite size pieces
4 Spring onions
Garlic, ginger and chilli
1 Courgette/zucchini made into Zoodles
Veg stock about 1 pint
Coconut milk

Heat some coconut oil in a wok and add spring onions, garlic, chilli and ginger. Once softened add veg stock, bring to the boil and simmer.  Add the Salmon and poach slowly.  Once almost cooked stir in coconut milk and add Zoodles.  Cook until  the salmon is cooked through and the zoodles are of a texture that you like. Serve in a bowl and enjoy mmm

Snacks have been a mixture of things including some yummy homemade summer fruit sorbet thing.

Watermelon juice.  Made by blitzing watermelon and fizzy water.  Really yum.
who needs wine when you have this beauty!

Has any meals surprised you recently?

Wednesday, 13 August 2014


I have not done this for a really, really long time and as I am trying to eat clean thought it might be fun.
Peas and Crayons
Peas and Crayons
My friend is doing the whole 30 so I am looking into that right now.  I am starting to cut out stuff and change things but need to use the things I have as I can’t afford to buy a load more stuff this week.

I am feeling so much better today than I did yesterday.  My legs where so heavy after my longest ever run on Sunday and a great swim session on Monday.  It is club run tonight and I am  looking forward to it.

So here is my meals from yesterday

Breakfast was so yummy with a omelette with cherry tomatoes and pesto.

Lunch was a tasty salad

And dinner was not the best but we were using up stuff from the freezer to defrost it.  So I had home made bean burgers that broke up when cooking then and mashed butternut squash.  The BNS was lush, I added a little coconut oil, salt and pepper in and it was sooo good.

Snacks have been clean including sunflower seeds, almonds butter and apple, olives and fruit.  My fav was the almond butter and apple.  Will be having that a lot more.

What is your fav snack?