First step, get out of the door (rocket powered key helps)
Cream butter and sugar, beat in eggs, flour and a LOT of fruit and marzipan…
Quick six miler up to Tesco to get a suitable hat for #adventrunning
St Catherine’s Hill, on a rare frosty morning for #adventrunning, Christmas 2016
I do a Pilates studio class once a week at WinchesterPilates
First week mid-week #adventrunning – to Winchester’s Norman almshouses at St Cross
What #adventrunning needs is a nice, warm, woolly (Santa) hat!
So lucky to be able to go #adventrunning in such a festive town!
Brush with apricot jam makes the marzipan stick
Around St Catherine’s Hill (core #adventrunning weekend running, but do this every weekend, usually twice)
Lots of these around Winchester, but normally covered in moss
Always pose an exercise you can do (and then try and get your partner to catch you at the top, rather than half way down…)
Week two #adventrunning midweek distance (dear council… put some lights on the cycle path!!)
Definitely on team #runningforsprouts for #adventrunning – even if it was out of t-shirts
Great tree this year – saw it most evenings #adventrunning
I’ll never make the Great British Bake Off, I can’t do fondant icing…
Core 10k route around Winchester – to St Cross then under the iron age hill fort at St Catherine’s Hill
The alms houses of noble poverty, from the canal cut underneath St Catherine’s Hill, on the #adventrunning baseline six
In a warm December, the hat was a bit warm, in truth!
Easy wind-down run for #adventrunning up Winchester West Hill (ok, easy on the way down)
They should make this into energy bars for #adventrunning !
Emergency #adventrunning to the nearest purveyor of Christmas cheese straws!
Finished Christmas cake, 2016, with Nordic reindeer for up to the minute, fashionable hygge effect!
Hats on, “Merry Christmas” is go!
In the run up to Christmas, I’ve been #adventrunning. It’s an exercise streak – it started as ‘run every day of advent’ but this year relaxed the rules a little bit, to allow for other forms of exercise (as long as you did at least 30 minutes per day).
The rule change meant I could count in my pilates mat class and studio session (although, to be fair to myself, my mat class does the full classical mat at this time of year, which can be exhausting – why Joseph Pilates felt it necessary to include so many teaser variations will always be a mystery…)
A streak is interesting. You do get tired, quite quickly, as you don’t get the recovery days that you would following, say, a marathon training programme. On the other hand, the daily discipline is good.
It was particularly good for me this year, as I found myself leaving my job in December; and the running worked off some stressful meetings, got me out of the office and, latterly, out of the house.
Also, the body does adjust. First week, I did three mile runs in the week, with two six milers at the weekend. Second week I was up to four miles in the week (one of them substantially downhill to recover!) Third week, I was back on the four, six, four pattern.
In total, I did just over 80 miles on the #advent running, and I’m now determined to make it to 100 miles by the end of the month. This may or may not be enough to run off the Christmas cake that also got baked, marzipanned and iced over the four weekends… but it should kickstart 2017. Bring on the next challenge!