You gotta fight for your right…

…to paaaaaartaaaaayyy!

Not much time to write this. I have focaccia to make, bunting to hang, toys to prepare, drinks to chill…mmmm, chilled drinks. It was a slow run this morning, Edward and I were up until all hours preparing for Hector’s party today. For Edward it was quite a challenge making a rather special cake for a rather special little chap. The heat doesn’t help: hot heads and hot icing: the cream cheese icing curdled at one point and Edward had to start again but outside this time, to get a bit of air around the dairy products. Here’s a very sneaky sneak preview:

Isn’t that colour crazy?! The heat also played havoc with my pastry and super Dad had to take a break from his cake construction to save me and my spinachio pies; I got there in the end:

So, it was a quick – but hot – one this morning, with H in the running buggy, counting England flags (17).

Stats for Juneathon Day 26

Type of run: Pushing a running buggy

Time: 30 minutes 38 seconds

Distance: 3.06 miles

Average Pace: 10.01

Best Pace: 8.19

Calories: 360

My Garmin seems to be back to normal now, I am glad, I’m so set in my ways, to adapt to something new would push me over the edge. See you after the party!

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Let the baking begin!

The next few days are all about the boy. We took delivery of the food – and a bit of drink – for Hector’s third birthday party and now Edward is busy in the kitchen, making delicious smells waft through the house.

Today’s run was an errand run, trying to fit things in on this busy day. Hector has been given two little goldfish by one of his friends – shhhhhh, he doesn’t know, they are hiding out in our bedroom at the moment, going by the names of Gilbert and George for now – and I thought their tank needed some gravel so we went to a lovely little shop and stared for a while at the small creatures, and the smell of dog chews and rabbit food brought memories flooding back from my childhood (I think I am the most excited about the arrival of these tiny orange chaps). So, in the  middle of all this pre-party madness, we are still finding time to run and also cool down.

Stats for Juneathon Day 25

Type of run: Pushing a running buggy

Time: 30 minutes 36 seconds

Distance: 3.01 miles

Average Pace: 10.10

Best Pace: 2.17

Calories: 79

Hmmmm, so I seem to have got the Garmin 201 working again, but those last two stats are a bit out!

Dig deep

That’s what Edward said at about 9.15 this evening as I was about to go out for my run. This is the first run of this Juneathon that I haven’t enjoyed, I’ve loved it all so far, even the one where I stood under a tree sheltering from torrential rain. I suppose I should feel chuffed that it’s taken me until run 24 to feel the strain. I had an appointment this afternoon and didn’t make it out before then due to the call of the paddling pool. On the bus on the way home, the driver lurched suddenly and I fell, banging my temple, my leg and the side of my hand, I was so shocked, I just sat there crying for a moment. I feel well and truly bruised! Then, due to pre-birthday excitement (there are days to go yet!), Hector didn’t go to sleep until 9pm, so it was a late one.

Edward very kindly let me borrow his new iPhone, giving it a loving look as he handed it over. I did feel slightly nervous running in the evening with such a coveted item glowing on my arm and, of course, very aware of its preciousness after the last one met its demise on the floor. I ran towards the park, and saw that it was still busy enough to run around so made my way in. A combination of poor air quality, humidity and tiredness caused my asthma to kick in and I felt like one of the characters in Hector’s Thomas the Tank Engine books, ‘wheeshing’ along the paths. In the short time I was out running it went dark, so I ran the last bit along the road, spotting yet more England flags – we broke all records today with a total of 107 flags, mostly Englad with some Brazil, Portugal and Ghana flags fluttering away on the vehicles of north London.

A house just around the corner from us.

The app I used on Edward’s iPhone was ‘Runtastic’, and my stats were:

Stats for Juneathon Day 24

Type of run: Solo

Time: 30 minutes 8 seconds

Distance: 3.11 miles

Average Pace: 9.41

Best Pace: Not known

Calories: 457

Come on England!

Really, they have to win, or the country will be in such a grump. So, I charged up my Garmin and tried it out to see if it still works, but it’s talking nonsense so I took my F50 and footpod with me instead. The F50 was saying ‘LoBatt’ so I didn’t hold up much hope for it lasting the run. One thing I noticed while it was still going was that, as my hand is at a funny angle when I’m running with the buggy, it kept switching off, so there was a whole stretch where it was off when I thought it was on. Hmmmm. The good thing about the brick that is a Garmin 201 is that it switches on and stays on until you press really, really hard. So, today’s run is carefully traced along the roads of Gmaps again, and I will try and get a new battery for the F50 for tomorrow.

I noticed some beautiful blossom on our run:

In support of the England players, Hector and I put the flags back on the running buggy, this made for some jolly comments. We had a couple of toot-toots from white vans and a few ‘Come on England’s interestingly from African people. Seeing those South African fans yesterday made me realise that the England fans really need to pull their socks up and give some encouragement!

Stats for Juneathon Day 23

Type of run: Pushing a running buggy

Time: Not known

Distance: 3.38 miles

Average Pace: Not known

Best Pace: Not known

Calories: Not known

Make yourself at home

Someone came to view our house during this Juneathon run and I got back to find the loo seat up (certainly wasn’t up when we left). Talk about making yourself at home, would have given the loo a bit of a clean if I’d known…

It’s funny, this June weather. I wasn’t sure what to take out clothes wise this morning, the clouds were looming overhead, so I dressed Hector as if it might rain but with potential for sun. It’s now scorchio out there and it’s a good job I took some shorts to change into (oh, the many, many things you have to think about when you are a mum). We went swimming this morning. It has occurred to me that I haven’t been counting all the peripheral activities I do each day, just my running. If I did include these other things it would take me all day to log and keep track of the stats, so it’s not really worth it. We walk miles in a day, often go swimming (my part is more of a squat in the pool with the odd stroke here and there to catch up), run around in the playground, climb up climbing frames, a bit of dance and a lot of gardening, all good active things, but I’ll stick to a running Juneathon.

The view from the top of a climbing thing at the playgroup we went to. Lots of trains pass by in many directions, a good spot for a little boy.

Some decoration alongside the canal.

Stats for Juneathon Day 16

Type of run: Pushing a running buggy

Time: 35 minutes 56 seconds

Distance: 3.34 miles

Average Pace: 10.46

Best Pace: 8.13

Calories: 364

So, I have been running every day for sixteen days now. Last night I hopped on the scales to see if the pounds are dropping away with all this added exercise. Not an ounce. Not a sausage…or is that it, too many sausages? I really need to lose some weight, and if this level of running isn’t going to do it, I need to address my diet. Any ideas anyone? Any inspiration?

Sleep running

That’s Hector, not me. We set out to gymnastics and, just as we headed up the hill, he fell asleep. I felt a bit lost and did try and wake him, knowing that he will be most annoyed at missing his class. He didn’t stir at all. So I ran on a bit and did a loop then, as I was quite near the knitting shop, I popped in and bought myself these little lovelies:

Some circular knitting needles so I can tackle the little hat pattern that Edward gave me. If football is featuring so highly in our house over the next month, even when England are not playing, then I will need something to keep me occupied!

I also ran across the brand new crossing near the park.

A seemingly uninteresting landmark, but it has taken a few years of campaigning to get this installed. Crazy when you consider that children have spent years risking life and limb to cross a very busy road at a bit of a blind corner corner. I enjoy slowing the cars down.

So far today we have spotted 51 England flags fluttering from vehicles. Seven of those were on one lorry!

Stats for Juneathon Day 15

Type of run: Pushing a running buggy

Time: 34 minutes 34 seconds

Distance: 3.05 miles

Average Pace: 11.20

Best Pace: 8.25

Calories: 284

Sloooow, it was very windy!

Ingerlund, Ingerlund, Ingerlund!

I think we deserve some sort of extra special Juneathon loving for getting to the Parkrun this morning. Hector slept until 8am (!) so we had to throw our clothes on and just go, without breakfast. My cold of recent days had escalated into a nasty cough, complete with Mariella Frostrup vocal tones and I felt a bit like this trolley:

We got there though, just as the runners started to head over to the start. Today Edward was being Dad runner and pushing Hector around. He said to Hector: ‘Maybe we will try and catch up with Mummy’ but, of course, he is just as fast even when pushing Hector and they were soon well ahead. It was hard today: no breakfast and a chesty whatnot equals a tough race, I even walked for a bit on THE HILL both times. Team Prince Hill was waiting for me at the finish line to give a little cheer and we headed over to the sandpit for a quick play before grabbing some breakfast.

Hector and I have a fun new game we play on our trips out and about: spot the flag on a vehicle. This round trip resulted in 63 England flags, 1 Italian flag and 2 Cameroonian flags. Then, at Sainsburys we gave in and pimped Hector’s running buggy, entering a whole new chavvy world.

He did get a ‘Roll on England!’ from a chap passing in his car!

Stats for Juneathon Day 12

Type of run: Race

Time: 29 minutes 56 seconds

Distance: 3.08 miles

Average Pace: 9.43

Best Pace: 4.40

Calories: 339