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I’m a little worried right now. On Tues I had a very full on session of interval training, 10mins easy run, 5mins x 6 threshold running (as fast as possible) and then 10minutes easy run. As soon as I started my shins started to ache and though I ran through it that night I was in agony. I missed Thursdays run and thought I’d have a short treadmill run today before Sundays’ 3hr one. But it still hurts. It doesn’t help that the treadmill has broken and I’m going to have to send away for new parts but now I’m increasingly worried.

This is exactly what happened last time. The only other race I’ve ever entered into was the Nike Run London a few years back. I did all the training and then one week before I buggered my knee up. Now, with only 1month left until the marathon I have the shin splints and am worried I won’t be able to get through them.

A quick research task on the internet tells me to rest, but that is SO hard to do when I know I need to put in some serious mileage. It also says it can brought on my foot stress so I’ve just spent 70 on a new pair of shoes to help cushion my legs. I can’t belieive it, I haven’t had one little agro all the way through until now!

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I’m really feeling quite jubilant today, the sun is out still and the past week has flown by in a bibg bubble of happiness.

I’ve got myself back into the gardening niche, phoned my clients and am back hard at work in their gardens. I’d forgotten how lovely it was, so many months off due to the weather, but now I’m back and i’m happy. “Save Our School” aired on TM last week for its first episode. I was very pleased to see that I had a rather large portion of airtime! I couldn’t believe it. They cut my PTC’s, however I was still there and shown. I missed today’s which should feature some of my camera work and then next week I should be back on screen. It’s all very exciting and I can’t believe that a dream of mine is gradually becoming true. Just need to get some actual speaking in now!!

Marathon training is also going quite well with me averaging 8mph on smaller runs and my Sunday runs increasing to approximately 16miles. I need to keep pushing myself on, after all I’ve had a total burn out recently, and am keeping my eyes set on April 26th. Additionally I’ve changed my Cyclone shakes for Creatamax Extreme which are supposed to help long distant runners so we’ll see if they help.

I’ve also been doing a bit more writing. I started a blog on wordpress really just to act as hub. I had so many bits and pieces going on I thought it would make sense to try and bring them all together a little. The Modern Hermit. I’ve also started article writing for Helium. It’s a great little site which allows you to upload articles in specific catergories, publishes them on the web, and then pays you money proportional to the exposure of your pieces. If not to make money its a great way to develop writing skills and share your writing creativity.

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Feeling pretty wonderful today, we’ve had glorious sunny weather in London for the past few days which has really helped my spirits and I have quite a lot achieved.

Marathon training is going really well. Last Sunday I ran 16miles, it nearly killed me but I did it and that’s the main thing. I’ve had a bit of a burn out this week and I’m not running today but I’m actually far enough in the schedule to calm down a bit, so we’re going back to basics this week and taking it down a notch or two, gearing up for another couple of big runs at the weekend. Nicky (one of the This Morning Challenge of Your Life girls) has twisted her ankle, so training is out with her this weekend anyway. I hope she recovers! A week on the Caribbean beach should sort her out.

The TV career is coming along quite nicely. Though ITV have been really going through the mill and are about to lay off a load of people I’ve been doing quite a lot of shoots. I’ve just finished a garden makeover which was great to bring my love of media and my love of gardening together. I managed to get a few sneaky pieces to camera in and did a lot of filming and some sound too so we’ll see if I make it onto the screen! I really hope so because in these past few weeks I have been thinking about getting a showreel together and the more pieces the better.

Tied also in with the television and gardening I’m planning on making my own web gardening series! It’s a little ambitious but done well I think it could be interesting and also help my profile. The angle is suburban gardening for the future with a look at tips and tricks to help recycle, save money, become green whilst having a great time in the gardening. The first one is all about keeping chickens and how they can help your garden and your purse. I’m still writing the script but have a friend coming next weekend to help me film it. We’ll see how it turns out.

Now I’m writing I’m realising just how much I have going on! I may not work full time but I do have a lot of strings to my bow! I’m still clerking in the court system for my aunt to make a few extra pennies but I guess most of my focus is on my novel at the moment. I really want it finished by the end of March. I have deliberated sending out the first few chapters to agents but I actually think I need a whole manuscript to back this up. Sitting down to write can be so demanding. I find my head is so full of the book all day long until I come to actually write and I just can’t the get the flow!
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Its all practice I guess, not writing, but the concentration needed to do it!

Anyway, I didn’t want to write an essay! I’m going to try and update a little more and use this as a working journal for my life, perhaps it will help my mind which seems to becoming increasingly forgetful!

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About three times a year I sink into a pit of self wallowing despair and loathing of life, today is one of those days. I felt odd last night, I went to my aunts for dinner but had not been there longer than half an hour when I had to excuse myself and go home again. I knew it was early depression onset but hoped that it wouldn’t go away it didn’t.

I had a lovely dream last night, I was lying with a guy, just lying. Plain, simple, no erotica, just holding each other. Then I woke up, realised it wasn’t real and its really upset me. I’m sure part of it is Valentines, which I hate anyway because I won’t be told when to say “I Love You” by companies looking for commercial gain. But it sure hasn’t helped my mood.

This seems to be a vicious cycle. I have a deep need for companionship, I’m tired of being lonely, but I’ve been that way for so long that I’ve forgotten how to go about getting rid of it.

I’m going back to my pit of despair.

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The snow is really coming down a storm here as I expect it is in the rest of Britain! I’m LOVING it! Those of us who are luckily enough not to have to trudge into work on this bitter monday morning can surely relax and take in the beauty of it whilst safely snuggling in our homes. Even Phillip is now Tweeting, TM even bought him a laptop so he could make live tweets in the show! Alas Fern is running solo today as Phil is snowed in, but he’s still tweeting!

Until later folks

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Now, any of you that have read my blog for any length of time should know that I am a self proclaimed hermit, usually air on the side of caution and remain nonchalant to the mysteries of dating, relationships and actually becoming emotionally drawn to anyone. Other than the odd and often regretted random hook up I tend to stay withdrawn in the mating area. The little eccentricities about someone’s person that often endear us to them were unfortunately absent, the little curling eyebrows, the French accent, sad but it didn’t grip me. But never the less,
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it’s given me optimism to carry on and move forward.