Thursday, 11 September 2014

Swimming Costumes or Bikinis

Over the years I have always worn bikini’s when out in the sun and never would have worn a costume.  I always felt that old people wore swimming costumes.  So this summer I wasn’t happy with any bikini that I tried on so I ordered an array of bikini’s and costumes to try on.  I didn’t like any bikini I tried on as the bottoms were far too low for my pot belly and reluctantly tried on a swimming costume and the minute I put it on, I loved it. 
I got these two  from Next in the sale. 
It has opened a whole new world to me and I feel so much more comfortable and confident (something I never feel) in them.  I still have a couple of bikini’s that I have from our honeymoon that I really like but all in all I am so surprised at home good I feel in them.  I especially the first red one.  I feel all grown up for once, or maybe I am just getting old!!

Are you a bikini or costume girl?


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The Great North Run

Half Marathon, done!  I am so happy and proud of myself. 

I have done it my first ever half marathon.  I was told that I would love it and that the atmosphere would be amazing and they were right.  I really loved it all.

We set off nice and early on a bus organised by the running club.

Before Selfie waiting for the bus
We got there in plenty of time.

Anyone need a wee?  This is Natalie my running friend

Pre -race fun
We went to our start point and although were far back and had to wait for a good 30 minutes to get over the start line it was fab.  I was running with a friend from the running club.  We had plans on how we would get each other through if we hit the wall and a bag full of jelly beans!

We started off and it was amazing, there were people all around shouting and cheering.  Going over the Tyne bridge was great and then we were at the under passes and everyone was shouting uggie, uggie, uggie – oi, oi, oi.  I was told it was one of the best parts and it truly was.  It was amazing.  The weather was not great for running as it was so hot but we took water and got more at each station.

I wish I could do a milage break down but I can’t as they flew by so fast. Before we knew it we were over half way and approaching 8 miles.  I knew that mile 10 – 12 was hard bur we were fine. In fact we didn’t even see the 11 mile marker and was soon going over top of the hill and seeing the sea.  The downhill section was very hard on my knees but we then turned onto the sea front and crowds of people hit us. 

I can honestly say that I felt very emotional and overwhelmed.  I had only 800m to go and I had done it.  I honestly didn’t think I had the mental ability to do it.  I knew I had put the miles in and trained hard but my doubts where overwhelming.  Everyone kept telling me I could do it and I did.  I have never been very confident about my ability and it has helped my confidence no end.  I had a time in my head that I wanted to try and do it in and I managed to finish in 2:34:50  I am so happy.

post run selfie, Can't believe i didn't get a post run pic.
This year has been a year of achievements for me.  I have completed my first Triathlon and Half Marathon.  I am so proud of myself.
Need to get this bad boy on!

post run heaven!
What are you proud of so far this year?

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?