Nope. This week’s Saturday morning run was the least enjoyable yet! This was hard to deal with on many levels, not the least of which was that I felt a little defeated. I think once you get beaten around a bit mentally by things, that’s when you’re really in trouble. I think I ran okay, and it wasn’t a slower time or anything, but the heavy wind made it very uncomfortable for me. I struggled to catch my breath for much of the second half of the run, and that certainly makes it less enjoyable.
I’m finding that the first mile is where I settle in, and I can talk to my mum while we run and I enjoy it a lot more. So, with that in mind, my goal is to experience that for the entirety of the run as I get used to the distance. This week’s topics of conversation were The Artist, my mother’s feelings about George Clooney and celebrity teeth. It works for us.
Anyway, I hope that if any of you guys have been using the new year as an excuse for a fresh approach to exercise that it’s going well!
by Mindy Kaling.
For me, this was a must-buy due to my unsullied appreciation of Kaling’s writing and acting on The Office, as well as her always-amusing tweets. Particularly outstanding sections for me were, Hello, Best Friend Rights and Responsibilities, Types of Women in Romantic Comedies Who Are Not Real, All About The Office and Somewhere In Hollywood Someone Is Pitching This Movie.
The book was great. It was no less than expected, but no more either. I had hoped to hear more about The Office (considering the length of time she’s worked on it) than what was given, but Mindy presents everything with such a charming humour that it would be impossible to complain. There is something for everyone, I think, within her readership - whether you want to hear about ‘Matt & Ben’, The Office writer’s room, Rainn Wilson compared to Dwight Schrute, Twitter, women in comedy and the redundancy of that as a topic etc. There’s even a bit of Poehler-love in there from Mindy’s experiences at SNL. I’m pretty sure if you bought this book, you’ll like this book. Plus, just as Mindy says herself - it’s a really quick read (both a good and a bad thing!).
Overall, I would say this book was a seven out of ten! But, it was the perfect start to my 2012 reading! I recommend to fans of The Office, US comedy gals in general and twitter-holics. My guess is, if you liked Tina Fey’s Bossypants, you’ll like this. I relish Mindy’s wit, and I always look forward to her future projects (most substantially, The Low Self Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie).
So, yesterday morning I went for my now-weekly “jog” with my personal trainer/ scary-lady mother. I don’t know whether or not it was easier the second time per say, but I wasn’t sick at the end. I call that progress.
It’s becoming rather an issue that my mum’s mentality is that, if I’m able to offer up my glorious witticisms then I have the energy to run to the next tree (or whatever over-ambitious target she gives me). So now, I have to choose between the pain and the sarcasm while, frankly, it was the sarcasm getting me through the pain. The pain, by the way, made all the more intense by the frrrreezing cold (that deserved a lot more Rs). At the moment, it’s breathing that’s the problem. My legs feel okay as I do it, as does my body. But, as I narrated to my mum, it very much felt like someone stole away with one of my lungs at multiple and very-close-together sections of the run. This will improve, I’m told.
Anyway, I did it! Another 2 miles clocked up. At this rate, I’ll be able to get to my local supermarket by Christmas! Which, I fully intend, will counter-balance any exercise and/or fitness that may have occurred between now and then. On top of this, Ben + Jerry’s is now on offer in TESCO due to the lack of demand for ice cream in January so I now have that to contend with.
I’ll keep you updated as to how I get on. I’m not usually one for new year’s resolutions, but I thought I’d tie in my new running mission with the fresh start that comes with a new year!
Despite having resisted much encouragement to get myself involved with exercise and athletics of any description for many years, today turned out to be the day that changed. I don’t know whether it was inevitable or not, but it’s come as rather a surprise to me. This morning, at 10.45am, I set out for the first jog of my life. In order for you to fully appreciate the enormity of this moment, I must share that I really am the definition of ‘unfit’. I shan’t claim that I am obese, but certainly the Christmas pounds have contributed to my motivation. I just am a pretty normal-sized girl who, until today, lacked the motivation to find time to go for a run, or a cycle, or a swim, or to the gym etc.
One of my motivations is my dad. I have decided to keep it a secret from him for now. I want to give myself a chance first. He’s an athletics coach, my parents are both marathon runners and my younger brother is a talented athlete of various distances as well. I’ve chosen to do my runs when my dad and brother are at training themselves so as to keep it hush, hush. My dad’s birthday is in March though, so I’m considering a solid 3 miles to be my goal for then - when, perhaps I might tell him.
Today, went… Okay, it was horrible, and I was actually sick (TMI!), and my legs ache. BUT, I did enjoy it at the same time. My mum took me, so as to offer some expertise to the situation. It’s rather like having a personal trainer, really. We ran for a bit, then walked just so as to ease me in this week. We did 2 miles in a quiet, flat area in Bournemouth. It was a nice morning for it. I have to say that despite the double dose of normalcy that my life is, if ever there was grounds for a reality tv show about my life - it would be my attempt at exercise. Apparently, it will get easier. Right now, I can’t see there being a day when it won’t feel like I’m going to collapse at the end of it. Here’s to next Saturday though!
At the moment, my mum tells me my biggest problem is that my pace is faster than I can keep to. Slower is better, for now. I did have to question, when we were doing our stretches, whether she was just trying to get me to do the Jack Sparrow walk. Except, less of the rum. Hey, ho - I drink from the keg of glory anyway.
But, I’m not one to give up on learning new skills, so I’m thinking this will be one resolution I stick with. I’ve decided to blog my efforts in the hope that it will add to my determination.
Christmas + New Year!
I hope you all had great Christmases, and enjoyed a little time off. For me, it was one of the best I can remember! I spent the big day with just my immediate family, and Boxing Day was consumed by eating an unholy amount of sausage rolls, then I spent the 27th with my best friend (being spoiled some more by my little artiste!). I had a lot of fun, ate a lot of everything and got far too many presents! Oh, and just to add to my excitement, my festive jumper (as shown in the above photos) was worn by the lovely Karen Gillan in the BBC’s Christmas ad!
Following Christmas though, I had a rather quiet New Year’s. Call it gluttonous exhaustion. But, we did watch the New Year’s fireworks in London. Extraordinary. I was absolutely blown away. I can only conclude it was a bit of a dry run for the opening ceremony but for someone who, until now, has largely avoided Olympics build-up - I’m kinda excited!
I feel like this is going to be a big year for us Brits!
Wimborne 10 (2011)
So, being that my dad is so heavily involved at Wimborne AC, the whole family got pretty involved with this event - with my little brother Callum running (and coming ninth), me and mum on baggage and cake-making (that’s pre-event), and dad doing things in a van with signs and anything else he gets told to! Yes, and excuse the lack of makeup I have on in both photos of me - it was a very early start. I look especially sleepy in the photo of me and my mum.
The event went great, and it was actually a really nice morning. I think I was a very good baggage handler. To summarise my job: we had to take all the bags of the runners (about 600 or so), who had been given number tags in advance to attach and they were then organised in race number order so that we could quickly give them back at the end. No bags were missing or left at the end, so I think job done! Even though we were initially a bit jealous of those on the cake stand, I think it would have just made me hungry and they were far more rushed off their feet than us!
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At the beginning of October, the geek in me was let out when I went with a friend to the Entertainment Media Show at Earls Court. I have to say, it was a really great weekend! Plus, the event was brilliantly organised and pretty star-filled! One of my friends was crewing at the event, actually. And I’d love to do something like that. I think it’s long days and hard work, but really enjoyable nevertheless. Fingers crossed for the future.
Anyway, a few situations that could have become major issues were really well handled, including some problems with photo printing with one of the biggies - but like I say, really well managed. Plus, Earls Court was a suitable venue for the occasion. Although, it was about the hottest day of the year, despite the season, so I think everyone was a little over-hot. Well, the boss of the Sontarans told me he was, anyway.
Over the weekend, I met all of the above (David Tennant, Evanna Lynch, Arthur Darvill) as well as Caitlin Blackwood, Eve Myles, a whole bunch of Doctor Who baddies including Davros himself, Scarlett Byrne, Georgia Moffett, Shirley Henderson and quite a few others! All of whom were lovely, and I think I just spent the whole time giggling - like usual. But yes, lots of fun! And bargain standard ticket price of about £6 I think it was. So much fun!
Fright Night Premiere (2011)
I thought I’d share my memories of this event, just because I loved it! I won tickets for this through DWO on my birthday exactly, and the event came the following Sunday. I’ve never won anything before so we were already off to a flying start. I opted to take my (newly revealed Tennant-obsessed) mother, who only confessed as we entered the cinema that she hated horror films. To be honest, I am not a big fan myself but it was free tickets.
David Tennant was there to introduce the film, which was amusing on account of the fact that I had last seen him approximately 24 hours earlier. It’s rather shocking how many times I’ve seen David Tennant over the past few months - can’t seem to shake him! Looking lovely, he then gave a witty speech, making reference to TOWIE rather surprisingly, and then we got to see the film. I have to say, I really loved it. David was quite clearly the star of the show, stealing all of his scenes but the mother and I were both pleased to see that it swayed more towards being comedy than horror.
The premiere itself was the finale of a multiple day event called Empire Big Screen. The O2 Arena, already one of my favourite places, was the perfect venue for it. And, it made for a fantastic end to a brilliant birthday for me. Thanks DT, DWO and Empire Big Screen!