Sunday, 13 November 2011

This weekend

This weekend has been only a half weekend as I was back at work today; I hope this will be my last Sunday for a while. But not all is lost; I spent my teabreak rereading the Persephone Books A place in the country by Jocelyn Playfair - had forgotten what a wonderful tale it is.

I had a productive day yesterday, and now all of our Christmas cards are written - just awaiting Mr W to sign them, seal and stamp them. The Christmas cake spent four hours in the oven and smelt wonderful. And all of this followed on from a race around the shops on Friday lunchtime which leaves me just 3 presents away from completing my Christmas shopping. Two of these will be books, I just need to decide quite what my mother in law and Mr W's sister in law would like to read... Always tricky!

One of the reasons that it's been difficult for me to blog so much is that I've upped my sports a bit and am now running twice a week after work and on Saturdays. I've mentioned the Couch 2 5k programme several times now, and on Wednesday I proudly completed the penultimate week, running for 28 minutes. On Saturday I absolutely smashed that on a run with Mr W; we went out over 4 miles and were running for a grand total of 41 minutes. I'm really proud of the progress that I've made from not being able to run at all, to injuring myself on the second session, through to this and have reward myself with some running leggings with pink go faster stripes on. Am sure they helped on Saturday! I find it really good to be outside for half an hour or so after a day indoors even if it's dark and it really provides a way to clear my head from some very busy times at work.


  1. I am impressed by the running! I know what you mean by getting outside, being indoors can be rather claustrophobic especially when it is dark and miserable all day.

  2. Way to go on the running! It's a great stress reliever.

  3. It's great you're getting fit! I wish I could run but my knees are ******ed. Cycling fortunately is fine.

    Did you see my comment on Saplings in a previous booky post?

  4. So glad you did re read A House in the Country. It's such a kind book I think. Our weeks sound quite similar. Book buying for Christmas, making Christmas cards & trying to fit in a short run. Hope you have a good week Verity.

  5. Jo - thanks. I do find sitting inside all day so hard.

    Susan - yes, it's really working for me at the mo.

    Campfire- yes, I'm so sorry I forgot to respond. That's a very kind offer but I actually have a full set of Persephones (mostly second hand!). Thank you for thinking of me.

    Rachel - yes, I'd forgotten how kind it is and I'd forgotten the ending. Need to start wrapping the pile of presents next!

  6. Pink stripes...definitely! I chalk up a huge amount of exercise with Deacon but really, you must stop making me feel so inadequate, Verity. All joking aside, well done you!

  7. That's OK Verity. I'll put it on Ebay now you don't need it. I just though I'd be happy for you to have it if you'd not read/got it.

  8. It's good to hear that the couch 2 5K is working for you. Well done Verity! I'm still at the buying a suitable pair of running shoes stage but really want to try it out next year!


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