Oh Jonny, why do you do this to me?! I approach a new season thinking I don’t need any new clothes, and then your catalogue pops through my door and it’s game over!
I ordered this dress when the initial A/W range came out but this is its first wear, and the cardigan was part of an order that arrived yesterday. I also ordered a few other bits (I’ll do a try-on post later this week once a delayed pair of boots and an alternative size dress have arrived).
Dress, Cardigan, Shoes – Boden; Belt – Jigsaw
It would seem that my enthusiasm for getting back to training was rather mis-placed, as the terrible run on Saturday has been followed-up by an equally awful long run yesterday and this morning. My legs are SO heavy, breathing’s not great (although slightly improved from Saturday) and I’m incredibly slow. Perhaps I was unrealistic about springing straight back into it after the holiday, but if feels like more than that and I wonder whether I’m coming down with a virus or something.
My first “warm up” marathon is on 11 November, and I confess that I’m starting to panic about getting into decent shape for that. As this is part of the “10 marathons” training, I’m going to do a further marathon the following week on 18 November, so I’m debating which one of those I’m really going to race and which one will be run easy. But as I type this today, I’m not confident that I’ll be able to do anything but crawl round the course for both races (can you tell that I’m feeling INCREDIBLY sorry for myself?!).
As frustrating/frightening/upsetting as this all is, I’ve found it interesting to observe just how quickly I’ve begun to consider myself a “proper” runner again (as opposed to a casual jogger), and how closely my running performance aligns to my identity – does my current impaired performance impact my sense of self? If I’m not able to run like a “proper” runner, then who am I? All rather deep questions for a Monday morning, particularly as my impaired performance has lasted all of 3 days so far! Perhaps I should give it a few more days before I start pondering my existence!
Today’s photos haven’t come out very well; despite me lightening the pictures, you still can’t see that the jeans are actually dark blue rather than black.
Jumper – Next; Jeans – Hobbs; Shoes – Clarks
As lovely as the holiday was, I’m really glad to be back and in a routine again.
This morning I went to the gym for my usual efforts run on the treadmill and weights session. It was tougher than I expected, but that may be down to my regular September allergy attack which seems to hit me around this time every year and leaves me feeling really breathless. It usually passes within a few weeks, but it’s frustrating while it lasts. I’ll be easing myself back into the long runs tomorrow by starting off with around 18 miles before getting back to the 22+ next Sunday.
After the gym I stocked up on groceries and have spent some time batch cooking for the week ahead.
Cardigan – Boden; Jeans – Barbour; Top – Gap; Shoes – Clarks
On Thursday we drove from Galway to Dublin and spent the day wandering around the city before getting the ferry in the evening. We arrived in Anglesey at around midnight and drove to our Air BnB and got straight into bed!
We got up early to start the long drive back to London; I’d packed an overnight bag to avoid having to unpack the car completely for one night’s stay. After hubbie had taken an outfit shot I realised that the outfit I’d packed was almost exactly the same as the outfit I’d worn on the outward journey! Feels quite fitting that I’d gone full circle, ha ha. Looking forward to having access to my whole wardrobe again now I’m back home!
And the best part about being back – being reunited with my little fur babies!!
Jumper – Mint Velvet; Jeans – Boden; Trainers – Jigsaw
This holiday has been a very welcome break after all the training and work-busyness, but I have to admit that I’m now VERY ready to get back to my normal routine, and specifically back to the marathon training and healthy diet, as I’m beginning to feel rather bloated and lethargic. Only a couple more days though and I’ll be back in the gym on Saturday followed by a long run on Sunday – hurrah!
Today we drove out to Connemara National Park for a look around and a short walk. We then walked into Galway from our B&B, which took about 45 minutes, for dinner at a (distinctly average) Indian restaurant.
Our B&B room doesn’t have a full length mirror, so Hubbie had to take today’s outfit shot!
Shirt, Jumper & Trainers – Jigsaw; Jeans – Mint Velvet
I seem to have published yesterday’s blog post rather prematurely, as after I’d pressed the “publish” button came the most exciting part of the day! I assumed that we’d be going for dinner in another small country pub, as we’ve done most other days, so kept on the same clothes as I’d been wearing all day, and even swapped my contact lenses for glasses because my eyes were feeling dry.
Hubbie then announced that he’d booked somewhere for dinner, but that there was no need to dress up. We drove about half an hour out of town until we got here, to Dunguaire Castle. I immediately felt under-dressed!
Fortunately it turned out that everyone else came casually dressed, and I’d have been rather chilly in the going-out outfit I’ve brought with me on our trip anyway!
We were greeted with a glass of mead whilst a harpist played in the background. We then went up to the banqueting hall for a 4 course meal and medieval entertainment.
It was a great atmosphere and very well organised and executed, although my one criticism was that the food wasn’t anything special – main course was chicken breast in sauce with veg, whereas something a bit more authentic like a hog roast would have been much better.
Today we drove to Galway with a lunchtime stop-off at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, which was incredibly well done.
Jumper, Jeans, Shoes – Boden; Bag – M&S; Jacket – Jigsaw