Tuesday, 29 May 2018

The heron conundrum

I think I'm accidentally in a passive aggressive war with a heron. Yes the elegant river bird.

 Lately on my runs I've been encountering a heron. Pretty cool right? Except Harry heron hates me. It all started 2 weeks ago. I was running along the canal when I noticed Harry a bit further ahead. Harry did not seem amused by my approach, it might have been due to the alarming shade of red my face turns when running or the disturbing similarity between the sound of my approach and a herd of stampeding elephants, we may never know.

Once he deemed I was too close, off he flew. Now you'd think he would fly into the canal or onto the opposite bank. You'd be wrong. Harry chose to swoop off and land about 20 yards ahead. Folks this little game continued for the entire run. Yes this does mean when I reached the half way point he too turned around!

We continued this dance most runs, although in his defence after the first he didn't follow me on the return again.

In a bid to give us both a break yesterday I chose to turn right, the opposite direction to normal. And as luck would have, who did I find 100yards down the path, Harry. However, this time he did fly off in the opposite direction, never to be seen again!

Thursday, 24 May 2018


Sorry for radio silence this week, it was the last week of school before our break and I've been so physically and mentally exhausted there has been no spare energy for anything else. To be honest I'm not sure who has been more tired this week, me or the kids!

Following last weeks divet problem I've had a week off running (boo). However, I broke that on Wednesday and went out and did week 3, run 3 with no problems. Well, the heat was killer, but my ankle was fine. We're currently experiencing an actual summer and it's sending the whole country dolally. Every day this week temperatures have been in the 20s (I live in the North West, its much hotter down South). I imagine some of you are wondering what is so spectacular about 23'C. To put it into perspective, normally we consider it an OK summer with highs of 16'C, and summers with temperatures of 12'C are fairly common. So to have Summer with actual heat is bizarre. Also it hasn't rained for over a week!!!! So when I went for my run at 7pm and it was still 20'C you can imagine the shock, also how hot it felt.

On the other hand the scenery was spectacular:

I also had my official weigh in last night, down 1.5lbs to 196. Gutted it wasn't more, I've been on form with my diet this past week. But a loss is a loss.

How's your week been? Anyone else hot?

Monday, 14 May 2018


So my diet this week has been less than Stella but I've been doing well on the exercise front. Or rather, I was, until tonight's run (week 3, run 2). I hit a divet wrong and .........
Lots of ice and as much rest as is possible (keeping a foot elevated at work really isn't an option!).