All entries for April 2006

April 30, 2006

Keep on running…

Towards the end of the Reading half marathonI have now well and truly caught the running bug, and after a surprisingly fast time (at least for me) of 1:55:45 in the Reading half marathon on the 9th April, I have started to enter half marathons left right and centre. Next one is Stratford next weekend, where I hope to continue with another sub–2–hour time, hopefully even speeding up a bit (though the split times for getting 1:45 or even 1:50 sound fiendishly quick to a tortoise like myself). Also entered the Windsor half marathon for the end of September so it's all go on the running front.

Here is a really manky picture of me towards the end of the Reading half marathon (around the point where I accidentally ripped off my race number by too much flamboyant arm thrashing – how do normal people manage not to do this?). I appear to be doing step aerobics in the middle of a dual carriage way, but I can assure you that I was in fact moving forward and may even have been running!

My dad in St JamesFar more impressively, my dad completed his third London marathon last weekend with a fantastic time of 3:45:19, two days after his 59th birthday. Very proud of him!

He also raised an absolute bloody fortune for Sue Ryder. I was there supporting in Deptford, outside the old family shop- my nana and grandpa's pharmacy. London marathon - last mileAs well as my dad, I also saw the bride and groom run past, the crazy 20–person millipede, and lots of other excellent costumes, and hurt my calf muscles in sympathy by dancing around like a loon to the band in the pub opposite.

My dad has now decided that three marathons is quite enough thank you very much, and has passed the baton on to his daughter, which means I have just under a year to get my act together and turn into the next Paula Radcliffe, or at least some minor form of Super Athlete.

Which is a little daunting, to say the least.


April 08, 2006

Reading half marathon

Writing about web page http://racepayment.mirrorservers.co.uk/readinghalfmarathon/

I feel so unprepared for my half marathon tomorrow – I thought I was bad last year with the Stratford one, but this is ridiculous! Doesn’t help that I recently had 2 weeks away from the gym recovering from flu.

And the only training I’ve done this week is a 5 mile run on Wednesday night, though I did go for dinner at Zizzis last night and consume quite a lot of pasta! Surely that counts as part of official training (?!)

Going to stay at Leonie’s tonight for pre-race pasta party. Actually feeling quite nervous. Jamie and Leonie are going to get round the course in about 10 minutes, whereas for me it’s going to be more like 10 hours.

I’ll just follow the giant bear…

Reading half marathon


April 03, 2006

MAMA (MA?)

I had a worrying thought today.

It involved the words "I quite fancy doing a postgraduate certificate in policy management and if I wrote a dissertation as well as the other 15 million words worth of tedious complicated essays it entails I could even turn it into an MA now wouldn't that be nice"... in no particular order.

Good grief – was the first not bad enough?


April 02, 2006

London Eye pics

Photos taken on 21st March on the London Eye, to celebrate my colleague Jan’s retirement:

Hungerford Bridge / the AdelphiJan on the London EyeLooking towards the CityWestminsterPod at highest pointWestminster 2Pod at highest pointWestminster bridge


Aldeburgh book group

Besides eating fish and chips on the beach, threatening people with pineapple fritters, burying Jamie alive, chatting up the local "bookmonger", laughing at the literary lesbian cookbook, running by the sea, playing tennis, cooking curry and drinking wine, we did actually discuss The Blind Assassin for all of 30 minutes. Get us.

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Beach at AldeburghWalking on the beach at AldeburghLeonie and Phil on beachSculpture on beachAnna and PhilJamie and LeonieLeonie and sculptureLeonie and sculpture 2I hear those voices...Boats on beachLeonie, me, Phil, Anna and Andrew with fish and chipsJamie buried on beachJamie buried on beach 2Me, Phil, Ellie, Emily, and buried JamieLeonie threatening Jamie with pineapple fritterFish 4 SaleChucking rocks at LeonieStoning Leonie some moreMe, Phil, Ellie, Emily and buried JamieJamie jugglingI hear those voice that will not be drowned


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