Adventures in Geocaching

This three-week Easter holiday lark is proving challenging in the think-of-something-to-get-you-out-of-the-house-for-free department. I was in danger if being lured under yet another pile of Lego this morning, but was enthused and rescued by the idea – out of the blue – to try geocaching. I registered on the geocaching website and discovered that there are lots of caches in our local area so, not being in possession of the right kind of Garmin or an iPhone, I went all old-school and wrote down the details and clues and off we went. The idea (in my head at least) was that I would run and Hector would cycle, but he soon started to get distracted and I was pulling his bike along within the first mile while he hunted for sticks to poke around in the locations where the caches were hidden. Thankfully we found our very first cache quite close to home and quite quickly, so our enthusiasm was maintained and not dampened at the first spot.

Happy Geocacher

The next one involved us rummaging around at the wrong tree whilst avoiding nasty piles of dog poo for while before I suggested another tree. When I had described it all to Hector, with my limited knowledge, I had said that the caches might be like a sandwich box and could contain treasure, so we were surprised at just how small some of them were, but not disappointed, there is a real sense of delight when you eventually find your little capsule.

Tiny cache

For some reason, my normally bike-loving boy decided he would now spend the rest of the outward journey on foot, so I gradually acquired a bike, a jacket, a helmet, a rucksack and a particularly ‘important’ stick. This meant my idea of sneaking in a run was now in danger of being dashed completely. A few of our searches were unsuccessful, though we will go back because one was just off-putting due to being the favourite haunt of the local winos and therefore strewn with discarded beer cans (and worse) and not especially child-friendly. We made a team decision to head towards the last one on our list then take a refreshment break at the Big Sainsburys cafe.

In terms of increasing my Viceathon mileage stash, this outing only brought me even (I ran the return journey). The half a bread roll and a scone I consumed in Big Sainsburys didn’t really help the cause, but I did find myself walking away from a particularly lovely-looking hot cross bun (baked by Edward’s Mum and brought all the way from Manchester) this afternoon, in favour of an avocado, how very odd.

Today’s Viceathon totals

Baked goods eaten:

1/2 a bread roll

1 scone

Fruit eaten:

1 avocado

1 apple

Distance run: 2.54 miles

Time: 26 minutes 30 seconds

Average Pace: 10.26

Best Pace: 6.39

Calories: 268

Baked goods total for April 2:

2 slices of bread

Fruit eaten:

1 avocado

1 apple

1 orange

some dried apricots

Miles left in the Viceathon bank:



Janathon Day 17: Scone or Scone?

Fine fuel for a run, before, during or after – the scone. But is that ‘scone’ as in ‘one’ or ‘scone’ as in ‘tone’? I have always said ‘scone’ as in ‘one’, a short ‘o’, like ‘on’ and consider that the only way to say it. I cringe horribly when someone near me says ‘scone’ as in ‘tone’, really, why try to sound posh?! I raised this issue for debate over on Twitter this afternoon and it seems we really are divided about how it should be pronounced. Here is an image taken on our camping holiday in August, this one was taken in Devon, but we ate just as many cream teas in Cornwall, and had debates about which comes first, the jam or the clotted cream (but we will save that for another day).

We had Jogblog, Helsbels and Accountability defending the ‘tone’ camp, while I stood firm with Travelling Hopefully, Running for the Quiet and Tom Roper in the ‘one’ camp. I do think having Tom on side is a definite bonus, how can you argue with the man who shares his ‘tie of the day’?! So, what do you think?

This evening’s run was a switched-off, unengaged three-and-a-bit miles in the dark and crossing paths with Mr Fox again, we might soon start ‘high-fiving’ as we pass each other.

Janathon day 17:

Time: 32 minutes 41 seconds

Distance: 3.11 miles

Average Pace: 10.31

Best Pace: 7.34

Calories: 341