What’s with everyone running?

Maybe it’s my age and stage but everyone seems to be running.  It’s getting to epidemic proportions now, is it that it is relatively cheap (once you have your trainers)? Is it that it is easy to do – you simply go outside and do it? Is it that we are getting so much information about how we need to be fit to live longer? Is it a new challenge that does not involve counting how many pints/tequilas/shots  you can down in as short a time as possible? Is it good for your mental health? Or is it actually FUN? (no)

The ‘Running like a Girl’ book I read for February helped me understand a bit about why people run but the only way I would know for sure was to try it myself.  I feel like I am coming out about being part of a cult here, yes, I have been know to go running or ‘funny running’ as I call it because endurance has not come easy to me and I do like a wee 2 minute walk to break the hell run up.  I am not sure it’s for me because it make me ache and it takes an enormous amount of thought and effort to go.  Sometimes I feel good about having done the funny running but not always. I still don’t really get running,  I’m afraid. Maybe I need to do it more….

 

Running appears as a theme in the most unexpected places, can you spot anyone who has won Gold?

 

 

Belle and Sebastian are a band I cannot get enough of, they are brilliant.  If, by some bizarre chance, you don’t know them, check them out on whatever app/gadget you can, they’re amazing and Scottish, of course.

This fits in with the Year in Books Theme,

 

Now have a great weekend, hopefully listening to a bit of Belle and Sebastian, you can’t go wrong. xx

 

 

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Day Thirty-Six

back to front
back to front
front rhs room to back
front rhs room to back

Did you spot today’s news?  We have walls and ceilings!  They are looking good and the plasterers are due fairly soon to smooth out those walls and make it ready for lots and lots of white paint. Underground the infrastructure of pipes and drains are ready to receive the shower and I’d better order the tiles soon.  The upstairs bathroom is what we’re planning now and we are nearly there, I’ll be ordering it all up tomorrow.  We need also to decide on a worktop for the downstairs bathroom.  Our choice is laminate, corian type, maia or simply tiling the surface too.  I’m off to the lovely B&Q very soon to have a look very soon.

The runners did very well despite horrendous conditions, especially F on Saturday.  The half marathon time was just amazing at 1 hour 50.  A new personal best by 8 minutes, very impressive.

Day Sixteen

by lunchtime the outline of the new dormer was there
by lunchtime the outline of the new dormer was there

I left the subphotographer to record the proceedings today so I can’t really tell you how it went.  I’ll simply show you what’s happened in my absence.

end of day today
end of day today
inside once everyone had gone
inside once everyone had gone

It is so good to see some construction rather than destruction happening.  The dormer has really opened up the space at the front upstairs.  This window will be shared by the two front bedrooms.  Each bedroom will also have a Velux window.

It is a joy to report that today I finally finished ordering the downstairs bathroom.  I have spent far too much time deciding exactly what to have in it. Phew, I’m done.  We’re to have a bath, sink, toilet and a shower.  Pretty standard issue bathroom in the end, it was deciding which one of each particular item to choose that took the time.  There are so many variable factors that getting it all sorted is way more torturous than I remember from the last time we chose a bathroom.  Can you believe I spent an hour and a half at a builders’ merchant this afternoon to sort out the shower, enclosure and tray?  I thought I had it sorted before I went in!  Anyway, that’s a good job done and hopefully choosing the rest will be a cinch.

Other Stuff

The subphotographer (my husband) thought you might like to know that he ran all the way home from Musselburgh yesterday. Pretty impressive. Ten miles – it took him an hour and a half and the best bit is he deliberately ran an extra few metres to make it the 10 miles exactly. Not bad eh!