Eclipse, 1/2 Marathon, Monday Whites

Oh Monday, you really know how to work it. Some Mondays I welcome your new start. Other Mondays I prefer if it was Tuesday like yesterday. 3 white strands found by 10am. Nooo! Please no! I did what any other self respecting strawberry blonde would do. Fetched the tweezers and Googled what age do red heads loose their colour. Fingers crossed, it’s some time yet and we fade out. Blonde to white if I let it. Which I won’t. I envision a great deal of tears at the hairdressers. I’m trying to conivence myself that every year I find 2 in roughly the same place. These however weren’t in the aforementioned places. They in addition sparked off in 2 months it’s my birthday, the what I’m doings, where I’m goings. Not the best place to be on a Monday.

I hope you had a great weekend! The wind’s still relentless. It’s been non stop for the past few weeks. Add rain, the weekend was a washout. Friday, it wasn’t my intention but I managed to conencide my run with the partial solar eclipse. I ran the beaches and for a few minutes, watched my shadow become nothing and back. The UK and parts of Northern Europe experienced a full eclipse while those in Southern Europe and parts of Northern Africa, a partial eclipse. Quite a few people had gathered on the beaches, a few school classes and professional photographers. If you didn’t know it was happening that day, you won’t have noticed anything different. The clouds eased up slightly just in time and I was able to get a little peek. I forgot to get special glasses so stood with my back the sun and every now and then turn take photos and a peek. The quality isn’t great as I used my camera phone, but the beach was the best place to experience it. Friday was also an expensive learning day. Eating lunch, I placed my sunglasses on the food tray, reminding myself before I put the empties in the bin, remove sunglasses. I forgot. By the time I realised and went back, the bin was too full for me to even think about retrieving them. Lesson, learnt, don’t put sunglasses, valuables or any personal items on lunch trays.

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Saturday morning was a washout. The whole day was grey. Thanks to waiting out the rain and being in a mind haze, gym time was late. However I got to catch up with a friend and neither would I have remembered that late Saturday afternoons the functional training area is relatively empty. Translation I have all that space to myself to play in!

Not even surfers were allowed to play!

No surf today

Cycling back. Sea spray replaced rain. Sea spray

Sunday, I decided to run 21km/half marathon up the coast. I’ve officially signed up for the Spartan Race Super (it’s the only race that’s ever asked for my blood type. Gulp.). The Super’s 13km with 20 plus obstacles. It’s going to take a little longer than a normal 13km. My reasoning, if I can run 21km, I should be okay with energy and endurance over the course. My goal was run it in under 2 hours, which I just did, 1:58. My first 1/2 marathon! The wind didn’t help going, 4km in pony tail became a bun and coming back, was a little easier thanks to being pushed! While my legs were fine, (Seriously, no aches, tightness, nothing and fine at the gym Monday. I guess all the cycling the recent wind tunnels has made them legs of steel!) Sunday and Monday evening, sleep repair and TV won (Korea again, thanks Netflix!). 1/2 Marathon

I do have to thank those 3 white strands for something. I’ve made it my resolve that if next weekend’s it’s not raining, I have to explore the city more, do something different, visit somewhere different. Monday’s post is my least favourite to write. I didn’t intend this blog to be diary, which is how Mondays are. If I don’t want to be an repetitive diary, I have to break groundhog weekends and explore. Simple or change writing direction. Suggestions?

What are you looking forward to this week? White hairs: accept, dye, colour, forever young?

Weekend Recap: Break Dance Burpees, 18km, Hello Spring

Spring’s coming in style this year with a solar eclipse, Friday morning. While I won’t be able to witness the full eclipse like the UK and most of Northern Europe, I’ll be able to peek at a partial eclipse.

It’s easy to see how people freaked out that bad things were coming during eclipses. I remember the 1999 total solar eclipse. Everybody had special eclipse glasses only for it to be overcast (someone made a fortune selling those glasses. I probably I still have them somewhere, carted over 3 countries, even after major clear outs. Or I could have them confused with the early 3D glasses that came in cereal boxes that I probably still have. I’m definitely showing my age here!)! As the moon completely blotted out the sun even with the clouds, boy it did it turn cold and dark! If you do get the opportunity to see it, whatever you do, don’t look directly at the sun. Bad things will happen. To your eyes.

I hope you had a great weekend! Friday, the sunset sky was the palest shade of grey lilac lavender with a hint of pink. Nature works the colour wheel like no other.Lilac Lavender Sunset

Rainy day Saturday and break dance burpees at the gym. I should be working on full burpees (with press up) for Spartan Race obstacles you want me to do what? (30 burpee forfeit if you can’t do an obstacle) but wheres the fun in that? Break dance burpees add spice. Perform a regular burpee. Before squat thrusting back to jump, stay in plank, roll over to your right, until you back in plank, Burpee, repeat rolling left back to start. Way more fun than full burpees and I’m sure I’ll be needing a plank roll somewhere in the race.

Cycling to the gym I got lucky with a break in the rain. Coming back a different story. Leaving the gym it started to spit. By the time I’d unlocked my bike, it got heavier. I didn’t want to wait it out as I’d planned to go to the movies (which I didn’t as I messed up the dates. I checked screenings earlier in the week and got excited as Fast and Furious 7 tickets were on sale. What I didn’t realise until I double checked while inhaling late lunch to leave on time, is that they were pre sale tickets for next month, but were listed on that Saturdays screenings. Eh? Anyways, that’ll teach me not to ignore the red saying advanced tickets. I got excited okay). Within 2 minutes my jeans were drenched. I’d packed my raincoat and was grateful I did.

The last of the sun and a 30 minute bike ride into the rain and wind behind. March Rain

No movies, no worries. Netflix, a new Korean drama and cat snuggles. Caturday Snuggles

Sunny skies Sunday. While I’m not training for a half marathon or full, I’ve been increasing running distance. Mostly out of curiosity how far I can run, I’m bored with 14km as long runs and building endurance for the Spartan Race. I set out for 16km, thinking I can handle 18km. Taking P’s advice of a varied play list and See Fleck Run Senior Gazelle’s advice of picking distances when you’re ready, at 8km I decided to run the extra 2km. The varied playlist helped. A lot.

New views helped too!

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And what’s a girl to do when she couldn’t go to the movies on Saturday? Take her bike to the car wash on Sunday. To hose down mud from racing to see the movie that’s not yet screening. Adventures eh?

Have you ever witness an eclipse, solar or lunar? What’s your trick for getting through long runs?