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Couch to 5K Challenge – final week

Well here it is at last, the final week of my Couch-to-5k challenge. The weather is doing its level best to thwart me by dumping snow and ice in my path. I will not be stopped! Well, that’s not strictly true… I may be stopped if a blizzard appears. Determined I may be, but daft I most certainly am not!

That said, a blizzard does not look likely this afternoon, and most of the weekend snow has melted, or been blown into the next county! The lunchtime dog walk was a good test of the expected conditions for my run. Blooming freezing easterly winds! Looks like I will need to layer up from head to foot.

Actually, I can’t wait to go out. I have new kit to test out. A bright pink, wind-proof running jacket complete with rear blinking red LED, and long, charcoal, thermal running tights. The combination will turn me into a Liquorice Allsort sweet!

Liquorice Allsort

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Mind over matter

img_4094It’s time for a little update on my Couch-to-5K challenge. What started out as a running challenge has now morphed into a mind challenge. Week 7 is the first week of continuous runs, no walking breaks. This shouldn’t pose much of a problem as the previous week saw me running for 15 minutes continuously, followed by a three minute walking break and another small run at the end. I felt comfortable throughout.

The continuous runs (20 minutes) seem much more of a challenge than a mere extra five minutes would suggest. Why is this? I suspect my head is getting in the way of my feet. I’m thinking about the whole run and the absence of walking breaks. The last run of week 7 is tomorrow. Before I head out, I think I will visit Headspace and listen to the running meditation to see if it helps me get over this mental hurdle.

As encouragement, the Couch to 5K app awarded me a badge. It may be a virtual badge, but I’m so proud to have it nonetheless.

Wishing you all a happy Friday Eve xx

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A beautiful mind – #One-liner Wednesday

Stephen Hawking Quote

I love nothing better than to sit in my garden at night-time, staring up at the stars and letting my mind wander as far as it likes. Following a solar storm last week we in the north of the UK are likely so see the Aurora Borealis tonight. I really hope I see it. I can’t think of a wonderful way for the universe to say goodnight to Stephen Hawking.

Today’s one-liner Wednesday comes from Linda G Hill’s prompt. Pop over and say hi and join in the fun.

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Feeling loved and odd on Mother’s Day

Hello there lovely readers. Here we are at the beginning of another wonderful week. I hope you all had fun weekends. Here in the UK we had Mother’s Day to celebrate. This one was my first one without both cost centers under my roof. I did have one with me. Cost center 1 (CC1) came home from university as she has studying to do for upcoming finals, as well as her thesis to write. Cost center 2 (CC2) is backpacking in Vietnam.

Between them, they managed to make me feel very loved and cherished with their thoughtful gifts and cards, and FaceTime calls with CC2. It’s the first time he’s been away on Mother’s Day and he did a great job of making sure I knew how much he appreciates me. He actually managed to make me cry when I read the heartfelt words he’d written to me.

My experience with my own mother was odd. My longest followers will know that my relationship with her is a challenging one for me and the main reason why I am seeing a psychologist. Anyway, back to yesterday. I arranged for three dozen multicoloured roses to be delivered to her yesterday. I’d also sent her a card the previous week. I know I was a little early, but given the state of chaos in the country due to snow, I thought I’d make sure it had plenty of time to get there.

I was a little taken aback when she texted me last week to thank me for the card! Clearly she’d not been able to wait until yesterday, even though I’d written on the envelope “Not to be opened until 11th March”. Typical. Well, at least she’d have to wait till the big day for the flowers to arrive!

With the usual trepidation, I phoned to wish her a happy day. A quick “thank you” and she was off at a tangent, talking about people who have died this week in her neighbourhood, and some information she’d unearthed for her genealogy research. I did my best to be enthusiastic about all her news, but couldn’t help wondering why she was concentrating on death.

Fortunately, the timely arrival of the roses diverted her conversation back to more joyful topics. I wished her a fun-filled rest of the day and hung up. Phew. I’d survived the call but felt drained, as I usually do. I’ve yet to master the art of avoiding having my energy hoovered out of me when I call her.

To recharge my batteries, I did some gardening for the first time this year. I find gardening to be a great way to re-ground myself, getting my hands into the soil, digging, weeding, and planting. My shady corner now looks so much tidier and has some new plants in there too. Nice job, Cath!

CC1 created a wonderful evening meal, which, after all the hours in the garden, I was more than ready for. She’s a great cook when she puts her mind to it. And then something unexpected appeared in my inbox, a nice message from my mum. Here’s the thing. She’s not known for expressing love in any way but the message was full of it. How odd!

Re-reading it didn’t help. I felt weird. I checked with my sister to see if she’d received something similar. She had, and remarked that it was most unlike mum to write such lovely things. She also felt weird about the message. It is a sad thing when two children with a living mother, feel disturbed by words that should have made them feel loved.

I dare say, my psychology appointment will be quite an interesting one this week.

Wishing you all a wonderful week.

Cath xx

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The wonders of modern technology… #SoCS

As my regular readers know, Cost Centre 2 (aka my son) has gone backpacking with his girlfriend for three months. The grand plan started in north Vietnam, working their way southwards, hop left into Cambodia, before finishing off in Thailand.

Even though he’s so far away, he’s still managed to keep in touch through the wonders of FaceTime and messenger. I love his weekly updates on instagram. These things help shrink the miles between us.

This post was prompted by Linda G Hill and her Stream of Consciousness Saturday fun.

Here are her guidelines-

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

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Dog whispering and Couch to 5K update

I’m pleased to report I have successfully completed week 6 of 8 without injury and with a new personal best average pace. Ok, so that covers the second part of the post title, but what about the dog bit?

Well the dog bit fits in with the final run of the week. From the bottom of the village, all the way to the top and back, I had a Mexican Wave of dog barks. I swear they were passing on a message to the next pup. Some of them were waiting for me on my return journey. Every one of them seemed super excited to see me. It was like having my very own cheerleading team. Can you imagine what they’d be like if I had dog treats in my pocket?

I might try it next week.

Have a fun Friday xx

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One-liner Wednesday – Well I never!

I never knew that Christian Grey could set off a hot flush/flash!

I think this post is safe for work… depends on your interpretation and where you work I suppose!

News Flash Newspaper Report Story Article Headlines 3d IllustrationThere I was, minding my own business, mistress of the TV zapper last night (all family away from home at the moment), watching Fifty Shades Darker on the movie channel, when Mr Grey appeared on-screen, smouldering.


I’m beetroot red from head to foot, heart racing, covered in a light sheen as if I’d just completed a 100m sprint! Not bad for a couch potato. If I’d been a couch corn kernel I would have popped!

I knew that spicy food, red wine, and chocolate are my triggers. Incidentally, this knowledge does not stop me from indulging in them. I simply dress for the occasion and carry a fan. But now I have to add Mr Grey to the list.

I wonder if an experiment is called for? Are the flushes triggered by the sight of him, or is it enough to read the books and use my imagination? What would happen if I do both at the same time?

Stand by with the fire extinguishers!

Here’s Linda‘s guide to taking part in the midweek fun.

If you would like to participate in this prompt, feel free to use the “One-Liner Wednesday” title in your post, and if you do, you can ping back here to help your blog get more exposure. To execute a pingback, just copy the URL in the address bar on this post, and paste it somewhere in the body of your post. Your link will show up in the comments below. Please ensure that the One-Liner Wednesday you’re pinging back to is this week’s! Otherwise, no one will likely see it but me.

NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, like Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

As with Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS), if you see a pingback from someone else in my comment section, click and have a read. It’s bound to be short and sweet.

Unlike SoCS, this is not a prompt so there’s no need to stick to the same “theme.”

The rules that I’ve made for myself (but don’t always follow) for “One-Liner Wednesday” are:

1. Make it one sentence.

2. Try to make it either funny or inspirational.

3. Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.

4. Add our very cool badge to your post for extra exposure!

5. Have fun!

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