Marathon Girl 

15 Apr IMG_0575

I feel as if I’ve neglected my blog over the last few weeks, I’m sorry  I’ve been busy marathon training and I haven’t felt I’ve done anything to warrant a blog post. 

I like the disapline of training for a marathon. It gives me the extra drive to go out in all weathers, which I have been! If marathon day is pissing down and into a head wind I have that nailed! 

If marathon training was easy everyone would do it. It’s hard when you get mid way in the training plan. You’re tired and in my case my inner chimp makes me doubt my running ability. I’ve had some really tough runs when my head has messed with my running. On one particular run, after 1.5 miles my body was paralysed with fear that I was ridiculous for thinking I could do this. I rang my husband Dave sobbing to come and get me. After that he gave me some tough love and said he was not going to pick me up unless I’ve had an accident. Perfect motivation. 

Having good mental health is just as important as your body being healthy. Sue from The Body rehab where I go for sports massage (aka torture she has elbows of steel)  and physio, she reiliterated this. She suggested listening to an audio book to take my mind off thinking. It works. 

Luckily I have managed to get several long runs in and after a 20+ mile run 2 weeks ago, I feel ready and a little excited about running London marathon again. 

This time on my training plan I have discovered ice baths. For me it has helped my muscles recover though getting ice cubes in places I shouldn’t was an eye opener!!

So on April 26th 2015, I will be running my 3rd London marathon. Wonder Woman will be dusted down to be let loose on the streets of London. I haven’t got a time in mind, I just want to enjoy it. I am running the marathon for Brathay Trust, a charity for under privileged children in Brathay just outside Ambleside. So if you have a spare quid or 2 please sponsor me. 

Check out my JustGiving Page for Brathay Trust. Help me raise more! http://www.justgiving.com/Gina-Pennington2?utm_id=26

My marathon audio blog 

https://audioboom.com/boos/2926600

So bring on the taper and the carb loading :) 

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6 Feb IMG_0181

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Turkish lamb pitta pizzas

5 Feb IMG_0173

This was simple to make and full of flavour. Love trying out new recipes. This one will be definitely done again. Continue reading

Pimped up Toad in the hole

3 Feb

This is an ultimate comfort food in my book. I love the addition of herbs and mustard in the batter. You mustn’t though tempting, open the oven door till its ready. Continue reading

Photographic student for the day

16 Jan IMG_9651-0

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Life after the 214

14 Jan IMG_9630-0

People have asked since I completed the Wainwrights, what next? What are you going to do now? What were your favourites? Continue reading

The final one

13 Jan IMG_9485-0

I could hardly believe that the day had arrived to complete our round of the Wainwrights. For those of you who don’t know what the “Wainwrights” are, they’re a group of 214 Lakeland mountain summits. These are depicted in Wainwrights guides broken down into 7 books each representing an area of the Lake District.
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My review of the year October – December 2014

4 Jan

Autumn here already but the weather was anything but seasonal.
But it was the month where I finally got to do the last thing on my 40@40 list. A helicopter flight over the lakes. It was an amazing experience. Continue reading

My review of the year July – September 2014

1 Jan

Halfway through the year and July my birthday month. The weather was fab and managed to get a few more Wainwrights ticked off. Continue reading

My review of the year April – June 2014

1 Jan

So the year is passing by too quickly, they say the older you get the quicker it passes and this is so true. Continue reading

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