A Sunny Sunday

Sunday Breakfast

I must confess that I have been slightly neglecting my half marathon training (and blogging about it) recently. I’ve still been heading out for a few runs each week, however, due to a number of bits and bobs going on in my life at the moment, running has often been put on the back burner. It is now 7 weeks until race day so I am feeling the pressure a little, but am confident that come the 21st September I’ll be back on form and ready to run.

After heading out for a very hot and stuffy 6.5k run yesterday, I decided to give myself a day off today. I kicked off the day with a delicious and healthy breakfast of wheatbix, oats, yogurt and berries, before heading out to Wanstead Park in order to relax with a copy of Vogue in the summer sun…perfect! I had intended to venture over to Hampstead Heath, one of my favourite London spots, however, public transport was not on my side today and unwilling to take the overcrowded bus replacement service, I decided to settle for somewhere a little more local instead.

Not that I’m complaining… Wanstead Park is a lovely spot and it’s hard to believe you’re still in London when you’re sitting surrounded by the sound of crickets chirping as opposed to the tooting of car horns. One of the best things about London is that despite it being a massive city, there are endless green spaces to choose from if you need to escape for a while. I definitely plan to explore as many of these as possible before the summer is over and with the speed this year seems to have gone at so far, I’d better get a move on!

Vogue in the Park

Wanstead Park, London

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Running Brighton

Brighton

Brighton

This morning I wound up the week’s running with the third unsuccessful run of the week. Reluctance to forfeit my first proper lie in since the previous weekend combined with the fact that I had been up late the night before scoffing garlic bread and houmous (blaming the boyfriend for that one) and had woken up with a severe food hangover, meant that I’d pretty much accepted that the run wasn’t going to be the greatest before I’d even left the house.

It’s a shame really that the run wasn’t more of a success considering the location was a whole lot prettier than the East London streets I’ve become accustomed to running along. Since my boyfriend moved to Brighton last year, I’ve become a regular visitor and have got to know the city reasonably well. I’ve always thought it’d be a great place to train for a half marathon. There is a whole variety of different parks and of course the seafront which provides the perfect setting for a morning jog.

As I wasn’t feeling particularly energetic this morning, I chose to run to the pier and back which is around 6.5k – not quite the 60 minute run that my training plan recommended however better than nothing I guess. I must confess, I did have a slight relapse in to my giving up ways and may have allowed myself to stop and walk a couple of times (obviously I just had to take a moment to soak up the view – nothing to do with it being too hard…) Oh well, with over two months to go until the half marathon, I’m not particularly concerned about one bad week. I’ll just have to work a bit harder next week to make up for it… Can’t wait!

Brighton

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Escape to the Country

Bantham Beach

Barbed wire

Village Inn

This weekend, after several months away, I finally got round to heading back home to South Devon to visit my family. It’s always a relief to get back to the countryside after a long period away. As much as I love London, it can be pretty exhausting, and sometimes a couple of days in the country is just what you need in order to clear your head.

Although I didn’t get round to doing any running this weekend (too busy catching up with the family/ taking advantage of a cupboard filled with delicious food!), I did manage to get out for a couple of walks.

On Saturday morning we headed out to Bantham Beach which has to be one of my favourite beaches in Devon. I’ve grown up with the beach nearby and often in the past have been guilty of taking it for granted however, despite having visited it countless times in the past, a trip to Bantham on a sunny day still has the power to make me feel like I’m on holiday. Our walk took us up along the coastline round towards Thurlestone, finishing at The Village Inn where we all indulged in a pint – possibly not great for the body but definitely good for the mind!!

Beer

On Sunday we again ventured out to one of my favourite parts of Devon, Dartmoor National Park. The views in Dartmoor are incredible and again have the power to make me feel that I’ve left the UK behind in favour of somewhere much more exotic. Our walk took us around Burrator Reservoir and saw us clambering up a tor (well half way up!)… I might not have been running this weekend but the walking and climbing definitely made up for this!

I’d recommend South Devon to anyone planning a countryside holiday in the UK. Although I can’t promise fantastic weather (we did get drenched several times throughout the weekend!), there are plenty of amazing beaches and beautiful views that more than make up for this. Just make sure you pack a raincoat!

Burrator Reservoir

Trainers

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