All entries for May 2006

May 31, 2006

Hens

Went on my first (last, and only?) ever hen night on Saturday – the blushing bride–to–be was Katie Hall, my friend from Huddersfield. Much henly dancing and drinking and karaoking was conducted over the course of the evening in and around various bars and clubs in central London, but bar the willy straws, I think on the whole we were quite well behaved and didn't conform to too many hen night stereotypes!

Kate at henMe and willy strawhensBride and chief bridesmaid (?), Sohohens singingwillies and cocktailsBlushing bride (Kate) and Rhiannonkaraoke hens

Speaking of hens and weddings, my Canadian friend Yvonne, who I met while living out in Taiwan, is getting married to her Taiwanese bloke Jimmy next month. And I am dead dead DEAD cross because I really wanted to go to the wedding, not to mention Hong Kong for a girly weekend with all my other friends from Taiwan, who I haven't seen for 2 years.

Unfortunately I just can't afford the flights or accommodation right now. Not to mention the fact that it's a bloody long way and I'd probably be totally knackered by the time I got there. But still, it would have been so nice to see everyone. And to be in HK / Taiwan again. The danger was always that I might never come back!

In other news, had a busy bank holiday weekend following a busy couple of weeks at work, with the result that I now have yet another cold / sore throat and have had to take another day off work to recover. I have never been so susceptible to Disease in my life as I have since moving to London.

Still, this month I am not renewing my monthly oyster card and am going to walk/run to and from work every day instead (it's only 5 miles each way!!). I would cycle but I'm too much of a wimp, and I am fed up of paying TfL £85 a month for the privilege of being shoehorned into a metal box with a load of miserable, coughing people, especially when half the time it doesn't even do the whole getting from A to B thing properly.

Can't wait for last week of June – Lake District!


May 10, 2006

Must go faster must go fast must go faster

Stratford half marathon 2006Stratford half marathon 2006Woohoo! – 51 seconds off my PB(personal best) time in my second "Shakespeare" half marathon in Stratford… 1:54:54… not sure the saving of those precious few seconds were worth the energy expended to achieve this! Still, after 8 miles I got into a good pace, lengthening my strides and feeling in control of my breathing, so I really enjoyed the last 5 miles (except the last 400 yards which I accidentally sprinted) and was most grateful for the lovely support from my lovely support team!!

Anyway, taking a break from half marathons until September, but need some other events to keep my interest levels high. And also need to get FASTER! How is this to be achieved? (without becoming boringly obsessed with split times, km:mile ratios and "PB"s). And why do I look like a hopping, cross version of Jade Goody in these pics?


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