So this weeks bake off was bread themed, and I have made my very first loaf, poppyseed and sesame.
It was the sloppiest dough known to man and I accidentally knocked it back when popping it in the oven (caught my hand on the grill, I love burns), but despite the dodgy bake it tastes nice and is going to make a cracking slice of toast tomorrow morning :)
21st August 2014
THIS IS A MOMENTOUS OCCASION.
So I’ve been paying very close attention to other runblrs and their pace graphs over the past month or so, and I have realised one of my pitfalls in my running ability (one of many I am sure).
If it wasn’t obvious I’ve been stuck in a plateau for the last 6 months, I just cannot speed up or improve my stamina at all. Anywho, I have started changing my running habits and I am starting to get a new dynamic. Running less often is proving better for my stamina than anything else, turns out these legs were built to have a good 4 days rest before a long run, and now that I am taking extended rest days, I can run for miles on end with little or no interruption. Yes they’re slow, but they feel more natural and I don’t feel as though I am forcing myself to run, I feel as though I am just setting out on a run.
Next up is speed, which has veerrrryyyy slowlllllyyyyy been improving. So my solution for this was hidden in your pace graph. I have looked at my own and its so damn obvious and stupid I’ve been in a permanent facepalm since Monday. I start off too fast. This is the first time, since, well, since I started running, that I actually built up speed into the run instead of setting off at a near sprint and slowing down. I had to force myself to do it, but look how well that pace is maintained. Proof enough for me that I have been self sabotaging since October 2012.
And they’re both sub 10’ splits. NEGATIVES. By one second sure, BUT NEGATIVES.
21st August 2014
I think Squidward speaks for me here.
I have three exams in January.
Goodbye Christmas break.
Hello revision table and lemon sherbet.
I may start now just to get ahead.
Today I have been to Leeds with the parents for shopping and other such things (CAKE).
I have been to my very first Japanese restaurant and I have met the Leeds rhinos Rhino. They are showcasing the cup for the rugby league in the town and they had some players out I think (I have no idea about rugby league but they were tall and beefy so I’m all in). Anywho if its rugby related I’m a massive fan and it was different to seeing the usual football related stuff up north (we northerners don’t do rugby as such, we have football). My mothers photography skills leave a lot to be desired.
In a week were I am poor as hell and working non stop this has been a nice break from the bread.
20th August 2014
So I joined a band today.
Back when I was a wee lassy I played the trumpet in a band called ‘The Band Of ‘78’. The conductor, Kel, was possibly one of the greatest men ever to live, everything musical in the whole of the north east is probably down to him and his passion for it, and he was a wonderful man.
Since then I’ve not picked up a trumpet, it’s been lying in my cupboard gathering dust, which is a shame because it’s custom made and bright red instead of bronze. Anyway I got cornered by an old band mate a week ago asking if I wanted to ,have another go.
I’m glad I went, I enjoyed it even if half the stuff we did went straight over my head, I’m in dire need of getting back into the swing of things!!
19th August 2014
Two miles today, the second one is irrelevant, because the first was a case of oh hell I’ve started off too fast but I’ll just go with it, and hey look I’ve just ran my fastest ever mile.
Sub nine minutes y’all.
Call me Speedy.
18th August 2014
Yeah! Number pack has arrived!!
This is the lowest number I’ve ever had I think. I must have been on the ball with the application!
Anywho. Two weeks to go!!
16th August 2014
If the Wallabies don’t score soon Kurtley Beale is going to bust a blood vessel.
Relax man, no need to shout!
P.s. Come on New Zealand!!!!!!!!!!!
This weeks Great British Bake Off was biscuit themed.
So this week I have made golden syrup oat biscuits dipped in dark chocolate :) I have now done my first ever Bain Marie.
They taste like flapjacks.
Today’s 6 miles were a triumph. I did the first three in one go, and yes I stopped, but the famous “hey look you’re running more than three miles, here let’s get your hip all hot n bothered” kicked in. My hip joints hate long runs. Other than that this whole 4 days between running thing has done me good. My fitness has rocketed up.
Two weeks til the Rat Race and three til the Tees Pride, both welcome packs have yet to arrive, but I think I’m ready. Maybe not for the Rat Race, I haven’t done any extra, but the run will be fine.
15th August 2014
So I’d never been to Camden Market before, and it was awesome.
This is just a tiny part of the food part, and I swear to all the Gods, you name it, it was being cooked. It smelt amazing, the video doesn’t do it justice. You could literally take a free taster from each stall and you would have had a three course lunch without paying a penny.
I need to go again. I need to smell all of that lovely food again.
God I love museums. I thoroughly enjoyed this years Portrait competition, and the “Idiosyncratic A-Z of the Human Condition” in the Wellcome trust is well worth a look in if you go.
I have a grand total of 45 pence to my name, and pay day isn’t until next Friday, but I managed to scrape enough together for a little buy at Camden Market, I now have a Deathly Hallows top. I’ll rave about Camden in a bit, I’ve never been and it was awesome.
So Saint James’s Park has a display up at the moment for the centenary or the First World War. I liked the fact that each picture wasn’t purely about the usual suspects, but the countries that you wouldn’t normally hear about regarding the war. I was only taught about Russia, Germany, England, Belgium, the Anzacs, those sorts of countries. I had no idea the Sikhs were involved, and I had no idea about most of the women’s contributions to the war efforts.
Anywho, this is my favourite story from the display, I thought I’d share it for those who won’t get to see it.
Waiting for my train, god bless free wifi.
My feet are killing me, and I could easily bash out a solid ten hours tonight, I’m am knackered.
I took my film camera so I’ll be getting those developed next week, hopefully I haven’t produced 24 really overexposed shots because I don’t know how to use a manual…. Anywho, I’ll pop up a couple from my phone when I get home. I’m supposed to be running five miles tomorrow, but I start work at twelve so I’ll try and do two, and most likely do the five at the weekend, only two weeks to the rat race, and I haven’t really done much prep, oh well.
13th August 2014