Running Scared


So many of you will have noticed on Twitter recently that there has been a lot of tweets regarding running and the #mummyto5k appearing quite often. I believe that Maria over at 
Mummy’s Busy Little World started this running malarky although it appears that it coincided with lots of other bloggers like Karin at Cafebebe wanting to get fitter and shed some (baby) weight so now we all have something else to aim for.

I have never been a great runner or indeed enjoyed getting out there and going for a run. Yes I have tried several times to try running as part of a get fit plan (for which there have been several!).I have gone out and bought the relevant running gear and gone out but after one or two attempts I have packed it in. I think the main problem is controlling my breathing while running, I always get that sharp pain in the chest and then it is hard to get back into a stride. Oh and I always get a very red face which must scare anyone who sees me lol!

At school I was ok at running short distances on sports day. However, being the sap nice person I am, after signing up for the 100 or 200m races someone would always ask me to swap for the 1500 so stupidly I would and then they would get the glory while I would come in last – red faced and hardly able to breath! I used to hate the road runs and cross country runs at school and would normally end up chatting to another fellow hater and we would stroll in long after everyone else!! However, on the odd occasion where I would put my mind to it and actually run in the road run I would do ok I think I was 7th once which was pretty good as there would be about 30 of us taking part. Kind of goes to show that if I had spent less time chatting and more time running I may have been a half decent runner back then!

Recently, I have entered the Race For Life twice and never trained because I was convinced that I would just walk fast (this I can do!). However, once there with all those other lovely ladies, you feel the urge to pick up the pace and run and I think I did 5k in 37 minutes the first year and 34 minutes the next.

After completing Race for Life 2008

I had friends enter who had trained for it and I did the same as them! Of course after completing in such a good time I always think I will keep the running up, but, of course, I never have. It makes me wonder that if I actually out some effort in and trained that maybe I could do even better. My problem is I just cannot be arsed so I muddle along hoping for the best at these races!!

So now as I think about the #mummyto5k race I know I need to get out there and train because since I had Burton I have not done any exercise running and need to know how my body will cope with it. So I HAVE to get out there and practise. My mind thinks up excuses as to why I shouldn’t enter the Adidas Race:

Who will have Burton?
How will I get to London for 11am from North Devon?
I will have to buy some running attire!
I have to run!!

So I have written this and linked it to Maria’s blog because I think that if I make this public I cannot back out, and with the support and shared experiences of all the other wonderful running crazed mummy bloggers and non mummy bloggers I, like them, will succeed and run, run run!! Plus it will be great to meet them and share this fitness regime!

If you want to read more or take part yourself, then please visit the following sites for information, help and support:

PS have registered
PPS now I need to tell Burton’s daddy!!
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The Gallery – What A Novel Idea!

So it is the highlight of my blogging week The Gallery yay!! This weeks prompt by Tara at Sticky Fingers was inspired – use a photograph to describe a novel or story. I had lots of ideas but unfortunately not enough prompts to photograph them well! I had ideas of grandeur wanted to show off some classic examples of literature like my favourite novel, Pride and Prejudice, but just could not think how to capture it (no Mr Darcy could be found lol!)
So I have decided to model my photographs on two children’s stories; ones that I have been reading to Burton since he was about 4 weeks old. I love reading to Burton I think stories are magical and spur the imagination and he enjoys hearing them and helping to turn the pages and point to the pictures.
So here are my photographs.
The first one is this – can you recognise which book I am illustrating here?

Yes, it’s ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea‘ by Judith Kerr. Except my tiger is much smaller than the one used in the story! Whenever I read this to him I substitute Sophie’s name for Burton’s – I like to think he appreciates that personal touch lol
The second one I have chosen to portray is this – any guesses?

(Special thanks to Simba, my Mum’s cat)
This book is ‘Slinky Malinky’ by Lynley Dodd which both Burton’s Daddy and I enjoy reading aloud. It is written in rhyme and I have read it so many times now,that I can recite it! Here is a snippet:

Slinky Malinki 
was blacker than black
A stalking and lurking 
adventurous cat.
He had bright yellow eyes
a warbling wail
and a kink at the end 
of his very long tail

He is ‘rapscallion cat’ who likes to steal things from his neighbourhood. If you haven’t got it in your collection I recommend it as does my audience (taken when he was about 3 months old)

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Burton 1st Birthday – Presents & Party

So my baby celebrated his 1st birthday last week. I thought I would share some of the highlights of his day on my blog.
Helping Daddy to put his new garage together

Thanks Daddy

Ooooh check me out! Yeee haaa!

Who is this?

My birthday cakes (thanks Mummy!)

Nom nom nom! (Penguin had too much fun and needed a rest lol!)

Playing pass the parcel (except none of the guests understood the rules lol)

I love balloons!

*yawn* it’s tired having a birthday – night

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Toying Around

For his birthday, among other things, Burton was given a Fisher Price Little People Racing Ramps Garage (phew! That’s a mouthful!). I am sure that as parents, many of you will also have one in your home.

The garage comes with two cars and two people: a mechanic and his recovery vehicle and a car and driver. Now I noticed that the driver of the car was doing something illegal and naughty. Has anyone else noticed this aswell?

This is the person in question:

Now apart from his obvious bad taste in clothes (lol!), he is using his mobile phone whilst driving. Uhmmmmm! What a naughty thing to do, tut tut little person! It is against the law to drive and use a mobile don’t you know?!

Well except he isn’t driving because he has no hand on the steering wheel! I can’t work out what he is holding in his other arm. I guess he could have pulled over and made a call from the side off the road? After all, surely Fisher Price would not be teaching children that using a mobile phone whilst driving is allowed? I suppose it is only a toy but is it teaching youngsters incorrect conduct?

All I do know for sure is that the only real crime being committed here is a crime against fashion! Lol!

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Happy 1st Birthday Burton

My dearest darling boy,

I cannot believe that the day has come when you, my gorgeous baby boy, celebrate your 1st birthday. You have made me so happy Burton, and since you came into my life it has made it more worthwhile and given me a purpose. I have enjoyed our first 12 months together and you have made me so proud to call myself your mummy. It has been an honour to watch you grow each day and change from an 8 lb newborn into the 27lb cheeky monkey you are today.

There were times when I was tired and I may have been a bit short with you in those first few weeks, and I am sorry for that. I know that now when you whinge it brings out the stress in my voice when I speak to you. Please forgive me for these moments and the ones to come, and just know that I love you and I will never intentionally want to cause you pain or upset but I know it is going to happen.

You have made me a better person and I feel I have the best job in the world! Thank you for being my funny, cheeky and gorgeous boy.

I will always love you more than words can say and apologise for those moments when I cry, and when I will cry when I feel overwhelmed – all mummies cause embarrassment!

I look forward to the future with you and wonder how much you will have changed again by this time next year.

Here is your last year in photos:

July 2009

August 2009

September 2009

October 2009

November 2009

December 2009

January 2010

February 2010

March 2010

April 2010

May 2010

June 2010

July 2010

Just perfect!

Lots of love

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