Run to the Beat around the corner ..


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Today started rather lazily for me as I had intended to go out for a small run however I decided to roll over and go back to sleep! I’m trying to take things easy as I’ve had a reoccurrence of ankle tendinitis, predominantly at the back of the left ankle but now the right ankle’s joining in and the Run to the Beat 2013 run is just 9 days away! I’ve got to try and balance my runs and rest. Hey at this point just finishing will be sweet..

As it happens my Run to the Beat racing shirt arrived today, not at home but at my work place. They called me to say the package had arrived today so off I went to collect it after finishing watching Kojak and some other tv classics.

It has got to be the most colourful shirt I’ve ever seen and its got the race number on it, saves pinning on the race number on race day 🙂



It’s been too long!


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It’s been too long!

It’s been an awful long time, nearly 3 months since I wrote anything on my blog.  I can’t believe how quickly time has flown by.  Since that PB at the BUPA London 10km I’ve been out for some runs and clocked approximately 87 miles of running, plus 16 miles of walking and I’ve started doing something I’ve always wanted to try yoga and I’ve managed 3 sessions so far.  I’ve missed the last two but I’m hoping to get back on track on Thursday.

Today I should have been participating in the Capital Runner’s 10km Run in Richmond. Normally getting to Richmond is no problem but pretty much all the transport links from where I live in London are down or are have part closure on them so it would have taken 2 hours+ just to get there.  Instead of going I decided to do a 6+ mile run today.  I’m really looking forward to my next scheduled race which is the Run to the Beat powered by Nike+ on 8th September in Greenwich.  I only hope there are no transport issues on that date but it should be a little easier getting to that one, fingers crossed.

I’m back home after my run today and can’t wait for the rest of the family to wake up so we can head out and enjoy the sunshine possibly in Greenwich or at Hyde Park, who knows?

All I know life is good and things have been going pretty well.  Recently on the job front, I’ve been back doing some medical secretarial work but a couple of weeks ago I did that job during the day and in the evenings I was working for a friend at the gym in the evenings as a fitness instructor.  It was tiring but it was only for three days.

My daughter spent some time (5 days and 4 nights) with her grandparents in Lancing, West Sussex and I joined her for (4 nights and 5 days).  I quite like the symmetry in that!  I know strange, huh?  Anyway, it was lovely just to get away and we were both very thankful for their help as it was a busy work week for us both.   Thank you nana and popsy.  Now I’m sure if we could have shipped her to nanny in Barbados Ella would have loved that just as much 🙂

Here are a few pictures from our time away of Lancing, Shoreham-by-Sea and Eastbourne..

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BUPA 10km London Run ..


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BUPA 10km London Run ..

Today was the BUPA 10km London run which takes in a lot of London’s famous landmarks including Big Ben, Leadenhall Market, Victoria Embankment and Buckingham Palace to name a few.  In fact it starts in the Mall and ends in the mall. The assembly area for the runners is in Green Park.

BUPA 10km London

It’s a lovely course and again this year Mo Farah participated in the run.  I knew I wouldn’t get a chance to see him at the beginning as I was far back in the rows and rows of people waiting to start but once we’d been running a few km I heard people calling his name and looked to see this gazelle racing towards us, coming back to finish as we started lol.  If only I could run like that!

Mo Farah at BUPA 10km London

It was a glorious if somewhat warm day and although I do not normally suffer from hayfever it was rife today.

BUPA London 10km

Anyway, I managed to set a personal best for a 10km today, 51:35 minutes which is 1 min and 25 secs faster than my last 10km run in September 2012.  My 5km chip time was clocked at 26:32.  I’m one happy bunny and I can’t wait for the next run which I need to find as my next scheduled one is not until September, a half marathon.   I’ll definitely try and do this one again next year..

Me and my medal BUPA 10km London


Another run under the belt …


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Another run under the belt …

It was a cool start to the day and I managed to get back to my lovely Sunday morning run.  I also managed a very short run earlier in the week of 4 miles.  I’ll keep this blog short but I did enjoy it and even more so cos there was a special treat from my son a trip to the movies for all of us to see Star Trek into Darkness, which was a great movie by the way. Now you may have noticed that I did mention that it was a cool run, but to our surprise when we came out of the cinema, there was glorious sunshine and there still is!!!

Next week Monday my attentions are turned to the BUPA 10km, which I have done a couple of times before.  On one of those occasions the great Mo Farah also competed, well he trailed behind me, ha!ha! and I’m delighted to say that he is going to be there again this year.  I’ll probably have the same view I had of him the last time, him running the opposite way heading for the end whilst we are all starting but I’m still looking forward to it 🙂


run in the sun!


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run in the sun!

As I woke this morning it did not take much effort at all to get out there and run.  It was very similar to the run I did two weeks ago actually and the one I did last week.  For some reason I’m only managing to get out and run on Sundays.  During the week I’m going for short power walks but no runs.  I need to change that and do some interval and fartlek training.  It’s a Bank Holiday weekend here and for a change the weather seems to be good, yesterday wasn’t so nice, rain and showers but like I said today it is glorious and I’m going to get out there and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts.  I hope you do too!

PS: I went to see Beyoncé at the O2 Arena on Tuesday and needless to say I did get 2 hours of exercise..

Stir fried lamb with black bean sauce


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  • 3 tablespoons salted, fermented black beans, or 2 tablespoons ready-made black bean sauce
  • 400 g (14 oz) lean lamb neck fillet or leg steak
  • 2 tablespoons nut or olive oil
  • 100 g (3½ oz) carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • 100 g (3½ oz) shallots, sliced
  • 1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon finely sliced ginger
  • 100 g (3½ oz) shiitake mushrooms, large ones roughly sliced, small ones left whole
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato purée
  • 300 ml (10 fl oz) lamb or chicken stock, or dry white wine
  • To garnish: chopped fresh coriander


“Black beans impart an intense flavour to this dish, inspired by a classic Chinese recipe. Try serving with green string beans, plain rice or Chinese noodles.”

Ready in 55 min, Servings: 4


  1. If using fermented black beans, put them in a bowl, pour boiling water over them and leave them to soak for 20 minutes, then drain.
  2. Trim any fat off the lamb and slice the meat across the grain into 5 mm (¼ in) slices and then with the grain into 5 mm (¼ in) strips.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a wok or heavy-based frying pan and when it is very hot, add the meat and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes until lightly browned. Lift the lamb out and keep it hot. If your wok or pan is small, cook the lamb in two batches to prevent it stewing.
  4. Wipe the wok or pan clean with kitchen paper, add the rest of the oil and, when it is very hot, add the carrots, shallots, chilli, garlic and ginger and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes until they start to brown. Add the mushrooms and continue frying for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the soy sauce, tomato purée, stock or wine and fermented black beans or black bean sauce. Bring the mixture to the boil then simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Increase the heat and boil the sauce hard until it is slightly reduced, then add the meat and warm it through for 1 minute. Sprinkle with the coriander and serve.

Variation: you could use chicken, lean duck or seafood instead of lamb. Black bean sauce and soy sauce are quite salty so use less if desired for taste!

Nutritional Information
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving


lovely day..


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lovely day..

Gosh it’s lovely running weather and I don’t say that too often. Nope it’s not raining but it’s one of these crisp, sunny, bright mornings which just invite you to get out of bed and engage in the day!  It’s absolutely glorious!

That’s is one of the longest runs I’ve done in a while but I want to make it part of my weekly routine again.  There was a time that almost every Sunday I was in pursuit of a run of at least 12 miles.

Today is the Virgin London Marathon and I want to wish all those who are participating in it, whether you are running, organising or going to supporting those participating it, a lovely, enjoyable day!!

in memory..


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in memory..

I ran today in memory of those people who participated, organised, supported and were tragically injured or killed in yesterday’s Boston Marathon and the senselessness of it all.  I then also started to think about my husband’s families loss of a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. My husband’s grandfather passed away last Wednesday and unlike the people who were cut down yesterday in Boston he was able to live a full life from what I can understand but it doesn’t make it any less tragic or painful for those of us left behind.  God bless them all!!



Spring’s on it’s way and it’s time for a run


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Spring’s on it’s way and it’s time for a run

another run has been accomplished this time 6 miles, followed by a 1 mile walk.  The weather is hopefully going to hit 19oC this weekend which is nigh on balmy, so we’ll all have to get outdoors and throw on our t-shirts.


I love running in the rain


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I love running in the rain

I woke up this morning not really feeling like going out at all but I did say last week that I would start and continue, no excuses.  To that end I got ready, looked outside and was glad to see the rain.  I love running in the rain and by the time I switched from a run to a power walk, (yep I managed two activities on my account today), it was driving rain!

After the disappointment of not taking part in the half marathon last weekend I have signed myself up for Run to the Beat powered by Nike+  It’s also a half marathon but in September so plenty of time to keep things ticking over.

I saw these little beauties whilst I was running so stopped to take a pic 🙂