Snippets of the past week

This weekend is one of my rare ‘non-race’ weekends, but that doesn’t mean I wont be running.  Marathon training for Loch Ness at the end of September begins shortly, so my next long run is scheduled for Sunday.  I’m aiming for about 11 miles.

I say aiming as I am very aware that I also have a Tough Mudder training session in the evening, and I don’t want to be too burnt out for that.  It’s only about 5 weeks until Tough Mudder, and our ‘team’ only had our first workout session on Wednesday.  Everyone seems in pretty good shape, but it will be good to build a bit of camaraderie before the big day – especially as we’ll be camping together!

Other eventful things that happened this week:

The transit of Venus occured, often considered a harbinger of bad luck.  During this rare event, Ray Bradbury died.  Coincidence? (Don’t worry, I’m not one of those people that smothers their walls in tin foil and claims my thoughts are being read, or that believes 2pac is still alive)  I don’t really dig sci-fi as a genre, but I didn’t mind his Green Town trilogy.  I’m a sucker for all things nostalgic (I own Little House on the Prairie box sets and have read EVERY SINGLE ONE of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books, and I remember ripping every episode of The Wonder Years from Napster when it was still around), so anything set in small-town America is bound to get me hooked.  For reference, my favourite book of all time is Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, and it killed me that I had a shred of respect for Victoria Beckham whe she mentioned she named her daughter, Harper Seven, after her favourite author.  Anyway, my books are like my babies, so it’s probably good that I’m an English teacher (except it leaves me little time for reading for pleasure!).

No room for trinkets on my bedroom shelves

I celebrated Nation Running Day by, creatively, running!  Even though I wasn’t in the US!  And what gorgeous weather we had for it (sarcasm):


I thought it was quite appropriate that my new running shirt arrived in the mail that afternoon, and so decided to wear it to commemorate the special day.

An accurate representation of my mood that day.

This past week, the Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee. 60 years on the throne is pretty good going, and she must have some stellar make-up artists, because her skin on BBC HD was FLAWLESS!  People in England seemed much more in the spirit of things, but that could be because those of us in Scotland didn’t get a 4 day weekend!  Luckily I got the Tuesday off as a public holiday, but I spent a good deal of it working from home, so festive I was not.  The city centre did seem to make a token effort to celebrate the big day, however:

Bunting – and the continuing theme of ‘clouds’.

Finally, for those of you that haven’t already seen it in Danielle’s blog, we had yet another appearance in local press!  Danielle and I were interviewed at the Kilt Run by the Perthshire Advertiser, and we appeared in their article covering the event:


Good luck to everyone racing this weekend!  I’ll be thinking of you when I’m plodding away at a comfortable pace.  I’ll be enjoying taking the time to spot things I would normally overlook*, and ignoring my pace on my Garmin for a change!

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