I walked to and from work today.  It was my longest walk since the fun run, and I really enjoyed it.  The sun was shining, and my headphones were jammed into my ears so I could stride to the rhythm of my MP3 player.  It reminded me how much I love music.  I have a wide variety of sounds on the MP3, reflecting my eclectic tastes – from Michael Buble to Karl Jenkins, Yazoo, Alesha Dixon, Ricky Martin, Frank Sinatra and a bit of classical.

I hadn’t actually listened to music like that for a while.  I had a scout through my CD collection last night (oh, how the evenings fly by) and, pathetic as it sounds, actually felt rather proud.  There is some bloody good stuff in there, which reminded me that I really ought to play more CDs rather than automatically turning to TV or YouTube for easy entertainment.

No real point to this post tonight, just a meandering ramble to exercise my creative muscles.


I finished 2,650th…

…in the Sutton Fun Run!!

Have just managed to log on to the website and get my result – my husband and I both achieved a time of 1 hour 35 minutes 11 seconds!! Am now officially over the moon.

Aarrgghhh, server too busy!!

The Sutton Fun Run results are posted on the official website today.  I have been trying to access the site for hours but, not surprisingly, demand is very high and I can’t get on.

Aarrghhhh – I wanna know my time!!!

Hey mama, welcome to the 60s…

Had a wonderful time at the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton last night, watching that great musical Hairspray.

Brian Conley was just hilarious as Edna Turnblad, the larger-than-life mother of our plump heroine Tracy.  Les Dennis was for some reason absent from his role as the dad, Wilbur, but his understudy Carl Sanderson played a very good part.  His ‘sentimental’ duet with Brian, Timeless to Me, was hilarious.  Both actors struggled to maintain a straight face throughout.

Hairspray returns to the West Midlands in October, with a run at the Birmingham Hippodrome.  I was thinking of going again, but – aarrgghh – there are not surprisingly few tickets left.

It really is a great show; the ultimate feelgood fest, though the story has deeper themes of segregation, prejudice and the Civil Rights movement.  While it contains songs you may not know before you go, the numbers are all catchy and will quickly become familiar.

Last night’s audience were very ‘up for it’ and gave the cast a well-deserved standing ovation.

You can’t stop the beat!

Fun Running

I am now the proud owner of an ‘I Conquered Cardiac Hill’ T-shirt!  We completed Sutton Fun Run yesterday in 1 hour 35-40 minutes (not sure of precise time yet – results due to be published on website during the week).  The starting gun fired promptly at 11:10, but because we were well back in the crowd of 6,000 entrants I think it was about 11:15 by the time we actually reached the start line.  We crossed the finish line at 12:50.

I am over the moon with that achievement, considering we only took up running seriously three weeks ago.  I feel I did my best.  I’m sure my husband Nathan could have gone faster but he was held back by me!  To be fair to him, he wanted us to run as a team.  I still feel we did really well and I personally could not have done any better.

In training we have been averaging five miles an hour, and right on target we reached the five-mile mark, in the middle of Sutton Park, after exactly an hour yesterday.

My brother-in-law Nick finished the run in a phenomenal 1 hour 3 minutes and my sister-in-law Kristie in 1 hour 15 mins.  They are super speedy and fit, whereas Nathan and I were the types who always bunked off PE at school.  Shame we didn’t go to the same school really – we could have played hookey together.

This was my third fun run, but the first I ran as opposed to power walked!  As usual, it was a wonderful day with a super atmosphere.  It feels as though the whole town turns out to cheer you on.  Once again we saw some wonderful costumes: Elvises, leprechauns, Spiderman, clowns, bees, Smurfs and Spongebob Squarepants, to name but a few.