A 10k stagger through Walsall

This morning my hubby and I completed our second ever fun run.  This time it was a Walsall charity event – the main recipient of which is the town’s Acorns Children’s Hospice – at 10km or 6 miles long.

I am well chuffed to report that we completed it in 1 hour 7 minutes!!!  That is so much better than I expected we’d do, considering I felt slightly crazy for even attempting it.  It was hard going too, with lots of cross-country sections and hills as well as roads.  We started and finished from Walsall Arboretum.

It was a bit torturous, I have to say.  I ran the vast majority of the way, except for two short hilly sections which left me with no breath.  My legs have all but seized up now.

It was a much smaller event than the epic 8.5-mile Sutton Coldfield event we did in June (for example, the roads along which we ran did not close).  I felt so much less prepared for Walsall than I did for Sutton one, even though the latter was of course 2.5 miles longer, we have done lots of exercise lately and were seriously hitting the gym during our recent Tunisian holiday.

Most of today’s participants seemed like serious runners rather than ‘fun’ runners.  Surprisingly, though, Nathan and I did not come last.  The weather conditions were good: cold and sunny.  Much more comfortable than trying to run in heat.

We both said we would do this Walsall run again.  Whilst I was utterly relieved to finish, I derived an undoubted buzz from it.  It is easy to see how running – indeed exercise in general – can become all-consumingly addictive.
I feel as though we have well and truly earned tonight’s Sunday dinner and bottle of red.

I’m back!!!

Did you even know I’d been away?  Well I have – hubby and I just spent a wonderful week basking in the Tunisian sun.  We met some great people, ate some gorgeous food, danced the nights away in the hotel disco (Le Club) and my husband was able to indulge his passion for watersports and mountain biking.

So big hellos to everyone at the Club Magic Life Manar Imperial Hotel in Hammamet!!

Here’s a few piccies:

I gamely took my notebook on hols, with the intention of doing some writing, but unfortunately the lure of the swimming pool, or the sea, or the waterpark slides, or the spa, proved far too tempting, and not much progress was made on The Four Matthews.  Bad girl!

My Top 76

For no earth-shattering reason, I have decided to compile a list of my favourite songs/pieces of music.  It isn’t easy.

These are in no particular order, my favourite changes daily, and I haven’t set out to do a Top 10 or Top 50 or Top 100 or any specific number, I just wanted to get down as many faves as I could think of. I’m sure I will kick myself when I think of others I could have added.

So here they are then. As I’ve said before I have eclectic tastes.

1. Adiemus – Karl Jenkins
2. My Way – Frank Sinatra
3. More Than Words – Extreme
4. Since You’ve Been Gone – Rainbow
5. It’s a Sin – Pet Shop Boys
6. It’s My Life – Bon Jovi
7. I Believe in a Thing Called Love – The Darkness
8. Through the Barricades – Spandau Ballet
9. Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
10. Somebody to Love – Queen
11. Gold – Spandau Ballet
12. Last Horizon – Brian May
13. Feeling Good – Michael Bublé
14. To Where You Are – Josh Groban
15. Boys of Summer – Don Henley
16. Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
17. The Closest Thing to Crazy – Katie Melua
18. I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ – Scissor Sisters
19. That’s Life – Frank Sinatra
20. I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
21. Paparazzi – Lady Gaga
22. Smile – Nat King Cole
23. Cry Me a River – Michael Bublé
24. Palladio – Karl Jenkins
25. Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
26. Mack the Knife – Bobby Darin
27. Life on Mars – David Bowie
28. Only You – Yazoo
29. New York New York – Frank Sinatra
30. Can’t Get You Out of My Head – Kylie Minogue
31. Sway – Dean Martin
32. Karma Chameleon – Culture Club
33. Vienna – Ultravox
34. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
35. It Was a Very Good Year – Frank Sinatra
36. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Eurythmics
37. Livin’ La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin
38. Who Wants to Live Forever – Queen
39. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
40. Lay All Your Love on Me – ABBA
41. I Wanna Be Around – Tony Bennett
42. Two Tribes – Frankie Goes to Hollywood
43. Ain’t That a Kick in the Head – Dean Martin
44. It Had to be You – Harry Connick Junior
45. Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira
46. Angels – Robbie Williams
47. True – Spandau Ballet
48. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me – Dusty Springfield
49. Rehab – Amy Winehouse
50. Dancing Queen – ABBA
51. Another Brick in the Wall – Pink Floyd
52. Hello – Lionel Richie
53. A Little Less Conversation – Elvis Presley
54. Under Pressure – Queen and David Bowie
55. Is This the Way to Amarillo – Tony Christie
56. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
57. Hey Jude – The Beatles
58. Search for the Hero – M People
59. Songbird – Eva Cassidy
60. Perfect Day – Lou Reed
61. Somebody Told Me – The Killers
62. A Little Respect – Erasure
63. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
64. Reach – S Club 7
65. Haven’t Met You Yet – Michael Bublé
66. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Andy Williams
67. Imagine – John Lennon
68. Say Hello Wave Goodbye – Soft Cell
69. Just a Gigolo – Louis Prima
70. Say You, Say Me – Lionel Richie
71. Love Generation – Bob Sinclar
72. Hard to Handle – Otis Redding
73. Always on My Mind – Elvis Presley
74. Wonderful Life – Black
75. The Boy Does Nothing – Alesha Dixon
76. Time to Say Goodbye – Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman