Tuesday, 29 October 2013

It's kind of running

Hello Fudgey Friends,

How are you all?

I am determined to try not to let my blog fall too far behind again as it is so hard to write the longer I leave it.

Last week was a mixed week, our precious little princess has been poorly & teething so nights have been very disturbed, but on a positive note I feel I have really settled back in at work, it was my first 3 day week which wasn't as tough as I expected & I had a really productive few days. I also started back running - well if you can call it running.....but I'm trying......

Running Update

Didn't run Monday or Tuesday due to a sore throat & with Buggy being poorly

Wednesday - 5.3km done

Saturday - Incline intervals done....1% to 10% ok, 10% to 12% hard work, 12% to 15% brutal only achieved by sheer bloody mindedness!

Sunday - 2.6km done

Mummy & Bug news

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday I was at work.

Buggy was not her usual self on Monday but Granny & Papa took good care of her.

She was well enough to go to nursery on Tuesday but they called me as I was on my way to collect her as she had a very high temperature. Calpol helped her feel a bit better though & brought her temp down.

Wednesday - poor wee munchkin hardly ate & was pretty miserable :-(

Thursday - I was glad I was off work & we had a lovely girls day together. I also had a chiropractor appointment.

Friday - had to miss swimming since Little Miss Bug has been poorly but managed to make the baby group Halloween party for a little while.

Saturday was just a quiet day at home

Sunday - Mr Fudgey & I had a wee shopping trip to Falkirk - largely unsuccessful as we only bought potatoes & mushrooms for dinner at Tesco but it was good to look at Smyths toy shop etc. Bug stayed with Granny & had great fun playing with her new vetch walker - thank you Granny & Papa. Then the was a very emotional moment when we came back & were so proud to see Buggy take her first assisted steps :-)

The week was pretty tiring with most nights disturbed but our amazing wee girl has still managed to smile, clap & chat even though she was having a rough time. We've been so lucky to get to almost 10 months without her being ill at all & it was inevitable once she started nursery that she'd pick up a few bugs. Hoping this week that she will be well enough to make her swim class on Friday.

I am getting tired now & think I will head to bed, I think is all our news from last week. Have a night out & a 10k run this week so will be able to update you on both of those in my next post

Take Care all


Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Buggy's First Holiday

Hello Fudgey Friends,

Well that is me almost back up to date again with my posts.
This is for week beginning 14th October.

Running Update

Finally started back running ......3.3km last Sunday night (Sun 20th) wasn't great but at least I have started again

Mummy & Bug news

Monday - My first Monday back at work. Buggy with Granny & Papa from early & overnight. Poor Mr Fudgey off work with the tummy bug

Tuesday - Work for me & Mr Fudgey still poorly.
In the evening I wrapped a whole load of Christmas gifts for delivering to Benbecula....I think this is the most organised I have ever been!

Wednesday - Mr Fudgey still poorly :-( & off work. I was off work to get organised for our wee trip, got laundry done, finished present wrapping & packed our case. Had an unsettled night with little Miss Bug.

Thursday - Mr Fudgey back to work. Mummy & Bug off to Benbecula. Mummy discovered Buggy had cut tooth number 4.

 Bug's first ever plane journey - she was a wee star. We also had a fantastic welcoming reception when we arrived.
Buggy Boo met Grandpa Lockie :-)
Thank you to Grandpa Smith & my Mum for the chauffeuring services.

Friday - A lovely day of swimming & a trip to Hebridean jewellers afterwards for cake & coffee.

Saturday - Homeward bound. Mr Fudgey & Grandpa Smith came to collect us :-)
Massive Thanks to the McWs for their hospitality.

Sunday - A day of catching up on laundry & shopping before back to work again - up to 3 days now after 3 x 2 day weeks.

& that my lovely friends is all our news. Will try not to fall so far behind again .....& promise that there will be more running updates soon

Fudgey x x

Monday, 21 October 2013

Under the weather

Hello Fudgey Friends,

Our update from the week beginning 7th October.
I got the tummy bug on Sunday night & was poorly through till Wednesday, then Mr Fudgey got it on Saturday, Thankfully it seemed to bypass Miss Bug, but it was a very quiet week in the Fudgey household.

Running Update
Still No Running. Seem to have lost my mojo. I knew going back to work would be tough & I just don't have the time or energy to run.

Mummy & Bug News

Monday - last Monday morning swimming lesson. Buggy had an afternoon with me though as Granny & Grandpa were still poorly.

Tuesday & Wednesday - I was at work .

Thursday - we met Elaine & Max for coffee & had a very nice relaxed afternoon.

Friday - baby group in the morning then Miss Bug had her haircut in the afternoon

Saturday / Sunday - Mr Fudgey started to feel poorly on Saturday evening & spent all day Sunday in bed - so us girls just hung out together.

I told you a pretty quiet week....lots more for next week though.....

love Fudgey x x x

Back to Work

Hello Fudgey Friends,

Apologies for my lack of blogging, the last 3 weeks just sem to have flown by & I haven't had a minute to sit down & write. This post is for week beginning 30th September.....the week of my return to work

Running Update

No running this week at all

Mummy & Bug News

Monday - swimming lesson in the morning then Bug went to Granny & Grandpa's, I was a bit teary leaving her as wouldn't see her till after work Tuesday. I had a chiropractor appointment in the afternoon, followed by a wee treat of getting my nails done for returning to work.

Tuesday - Back to work.....It was strange but nice to be back at work, only 1800 emails to sort through. Left sharp to collect Bug from nursery & they said she'd had a fantastic afternoon & had particularly enjoyed the ball pool.

Wednesday - my second day at work & Mr Fudgey & I both dropped little Miss Bug at nursery in the morning & collected her from Granny & Grandpa after work.

Thursday - Bug had a doctor's appointment & got an antibiotic for an ear infection. In the afternoon we met up with some of our antenatal group.

Friday - Baby group in the morning followed by lunch.

Saturday & Sunday - we were mostly at home, Poor Granny & Grandpa had a nasty tummy bug so we didn't see them.

So that's a quick round up, back soon with more.....

lots of love
Fudgey x x x

Monday, 30 September 2013

Last week of maternity leave

Hello Fudgey friends,

How are you all?

Well last week was my last full week of maternity leave & today my last day - back to the world of the employed tomorrow.

Where have the last 10 months gone...just flown by....can't believe our beautiful baby girl will be 9 months at the weekend.


A pretty poor & disappointing running week.

Wednesday - Got my run in before 8am as dropped little Miss Bug at nursery in my running gear & went straight from there 3.2km done.

Thursday - found out I'd been unsuccessful for the 3rd year in the vlm ballot - see my post here

Sunday - for a number of reasons had to withdraw from the Linlithgow 10k - see my post here
I did attempt a run on Sunday evening & I know I made the right decision re the 10k as it was just simply awful. Managed 5.2k but was wrecked.

I am now planning taking a week off from running as I settle back into work but I am hoping to maybe jump on the bike later in the week & start doing some core work again.


A strange week as we treated it as if I was back at work & the wee one started nursery........

Monday - swimming lesson, then young Bug went to Granny & Papa's & stayed overnight. Mr Fudgey & I went for a fantastic meal at McKirdy's in Edinburgh.

Tuesday - felt strange waking up without the baby monitor & the wee voice babbling away. I had a beauty appointment in the morning & then Granny, Papa & I took Miss Bug to nursery for her first official day. She went in no problem at all but when I went to get her at 5.30pm was shattered & had only slept 30 minutes.....the result....

Wednesday - nursery in the morning, Daddy Fudgey & I both took her & again she went in quite happily, hardly giving us a backwards glance. I got my run in & then after showering & having breakfast headed for the shops for some new work attire & new shoes. Granny & Papa picked little Bug up at lunchtime, she'd had a fairly good day & eaten all her lunch but was very upset when they picked her up...again had hardly slept....like her Mum she is too nosey. I collected her from Granny & Papa in the afternoon.

Thursday - haircut for going back to work & weigh clinic for the wee one. she is now 16 pounds 2oz.

Friday - baby group in the morning, & a really lovely lunch with Kat, Graeme & Matthew. Madam was off to her Grandparents again as I had a wee night out. Thank you again. It was not a late night for me - home by 8.30pm & I think I was in bed before 10pm.
Saturday - after picking up Buggy Boo it was just a quiet day at home, she had great fun making a new friend though

Sunday - a lovely quiet day at home just the 3 of us. Love my wee family so much.

And that was our week ;-)

Take care everyone


Fudgey x x x

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Linlithgow 10k - Entry Withdrawn

Hello Fudgey Friends,

It's been a busy & emotionally draining week with little Miss Bug starting nursery & my imminent return to work, so I decided mid week that I was not going to run today.

Mr Fudgey was angry with me & told me I was doing it but by Saturday I was neither physically or emotionally in a state to run today.

I haven't been drinking any water at all so am quite dehydrated & definitely haven't been eating enough either.

My back has been niggling & I also haven't slept well all week.

I know 100% that I made the right decision to withdraw today, as I don't want to start back work on Tuesday completely knackered. There will be other races.

Fudgey xxxx

Virgin London Marathon 2014 Ballot Result

Unsuccessful in the London marathon ballot for the 3rd year in a row.
Pretty gutted as I really felt 2014 was the year for me, however I do have a place for the Edinburgh Marathon in May 2014 so shall concentrate on that.
lots of love
Fudgey xxx

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Scottish Gas 10k Race Report

Hello Fudgey Friends,

As promised race report from Sunday's 10k


Pre Race Preparation

This event was very different to quite a lot I have entered, it wasn't organised by a big money grabbing organisation (sorry Bupa runs / Nova International) It was organised by Edinburgh Athletics Club. There were 5k & 10k options available & entry was only £16. Unlike other events there weren't loads of pre race emails & no postage of race number & chip - this was collected on the day.

I got myself organised on Saturday night, laid out running kit, belt pouch, safety pins, gloves & cap. I also laid out little Miss Bug's clothes.

On Sunday morning I was actually up before Miss Bug & had her milk & breakfast made, my breakfast smoothie of almond milk & banana made & myself dressed & 95% ready to go.

Miss Bug woke & had her breakfast & then family Fudgey headed to Granny & Grandpa's house. Granny looked after our little princess while Grandpa took Mr Fudgey & I to the race.

Pick up for race numbers & the start of the race were at the Scottish Gas building at Granton, there was plenty parking provided at Telford college & was well sign posted as well as parking in the Morrisons right beside Scottish Gas.

I was dropped off & collected my number, it was really bright & sunny but very very windy, too windy to hang around for 40 minutes so we had a wee look around Morrisons, heading back over to the start about 9.45am for a 10am start.

The collection of numbers & chips was really well organised & moved really quickly & all the volunteers were friendly.

The Race

One of my first observations of the field was that there were no obvious fun runners & the general age of the field seemed to be young, though there were plenty of seniors too but everyone looked like a 'serious' runner. I therefore started right at the very back of the field.

10am sharp we were off, I knew I was running faster than I had in training but was conscious to hold back a bit, as it was quite a small event - about 500 runners, there was no congestion at all & the field spread out quite quickly.

The course was mostly flat & fast....apart from a wee incline at the last km.

It was pretty much a race of 2 halves. The first 5k was head on into the wind towards Cramond along the promenade & was tough going & I was glad I had chosen not to wear my cap it would be in the water if I had, a few times I wanted to stop & walk, more because of the wind than running ability but I pushed on. Through 5k in 33 minutes 44 seconds. (Edinburgh 5k in July was 34 minutes 56 seconds)

At 5.5k there was a water station, I had a 500ml bottle of water that I had from the start so declined the water.....also as it was in cups & I have still not mastered the art of drinking from a cup while running other than chucking it over myself!

At the turn back I expected the wind to be behind me..... NO the second half of the run was blazing sunshine & now I was wanting my cap. I ran really well & consistently till 7k & that was where I had to start digging deep, however I did realise that I was more than likely to be sub 70 minutes & my expectation had been nearer 75 minutes so that was a big motivator, my training & determination are paying off.

It was fantastic to see the finish line & see the Fudgey support team cheering.

Again the bonus of a small event you pretty much get your own glory finish without too many other runners around you & in my case on my own.

Official time 1 hour 9 minutes 25 seconds.

Post Race
At the finish area, there were volunteers taking chips & then I received a Scottish Gas bag which contained a sweatband purse, I also got a cereal bar & a banana, a t shirt & had 2 cups of juice. No banana in the photo I ate it immediately,  I'm quite easy to please give me a banana post race & I'm a happy girl.....though wee request to any race organisers , sponsors, donors.... some coconut water too & I would be in heaven :-)
Some people will look at that & think it's a poor goody bag, but it is probably actually one of my favourites. No leaflets promoting races, sponsors etc. No crap you don't want or need. The t shirt is a really good quality technical t shirt. Only criticism no small sizes by the time I finished.....but guess that just means I need to run faster next time.
Overall opinion & feedback to EAC
Brilliantly organised event, great start & finish venue, great parking facilities, km markers in the correct places, great marshalls out of course & volunteers making it all possible, great goody bag - all for £16 - absolutely amazing. I would highly recommend this event to any of my running friends.
If I was pushed really hard to give a negative on this I'd really struggle, the only thing I can think of is that it maybe isn't the 'friendliest' event but equally it isn't 'unfriendly' I think it is just that the vst majority of participants were serious runners & club runners .....however this shouldn't put anyone off, I am just trying to give a balanced opinion & my personal views.
I would certainly come back & take part in this again next year.
Again Thank you to my hubby and to Mum & Dad Smith - I couldn't do this without all your help & continued support.
lots of love
Fudgey xxxx

Monday, 23 September 2013

I did it :-)

Hello Fudgey Friends,

Yesterday was my 1st 10k run since having Baby Bug & I did it - yippee :-)
A full race report will follow later for those that are interested. This is just a quick post with a round up of another packed week for us.


Only planned to run on Tuesday & Thursday & then rest ahead of Sunday's event. As usual didn't quite go as planned......

Tuesday - 5.3km run, was really not in the mood by the time the wee one went to bed, been feeling tired with so much rushing about the last few week & it showed in my run, it was a plod but I got it done. I think it may well be time to look out the base layer & running gloves as it is certainly turning very cold now.

Wednesday - no running but pain in my right ankle joint & leg :-( Thankfully chiropractor in afternoon so got him to try & fix me.....

Thursday - to run or not to run? I wasn't sure if I should test the ankle / leg ahead of Sunday but was scared if it was still sore that would be me out of Sunday & I would have been gutted at that. So just a short 3.3km but it felt pretty good - chiropractor fixed me :-)

Friday - no aches or pains at all but starting to get anxious about Sunday

Sunday - Scottish Gas 10k....completed 69 minutes. Full race report will follow but massive Thank you to the Fudgey Support Crew. Granny Fudgey for Bug minding services, Grandpa Fudgey for transport & cheering & long suffering Mr Fudgey for photography & generally putting up with me & of course can't forget Coach Bug!


Another packed week for us....

Monday - Swimming as usual, then rather than my usual rushing around in the afternoon when Bug was with Granny & Grandpa, I had a lovely massage, facial & healthy lunch at Houston House Hotel - this was a voucher from Mr Fudgey from March & I was finally fitting it in before it expired - Thank you very very much it was fudgeytastic.

Tuesday - Bug had her second settling in session at nursery & all seemed to go well, she was there from 10am & had lunch pea & ham soup, a roll & trifle & then I picked her up at 12.30....she didn't even seem that fussed I was there! Then it was off to St John's for a physio follow up appointment....back again November

Wednesday - Bookbug session at the library in the morning & then a visit to the chiropractor in the afternoon

Thursday - Trip into Edinburgh where we met up with Eva & Olivia for coffee & cake, did some shopping & then went to Daddy Fudgey's work & took him for coffee too before heading home.

Friday - our usual Friday morning baby group & then a wee visit to Granny & Grandpa.

Saturday - a quiet day at home.

Sunday - My 10k, followed by a quiet afternoon & a lovely dinner of roast duck.

And that was our week. It won't surprise you to hear that this week is pretty busy too, we are having a trial run for my return to work next week & Bug officially starts nursery tomorrow.

Hope to get the race report done asap while it is still fresh in my mind

Take Care all

lots of love
Fudgey xxxx

Monday, 16 September 2013

1 week to my first 10k post Bug

Hello Fudgey Friends,

How is everyone? What's the weather like where you are? It is certainly turning more autumnal here - leaves on the grass in the garden, darker evenings & cold wet & windy. Today I left the house without a jacket & suspect that will be the last time I do that this year, in fact later on I had a jacket & gloves.

I can't believe how quickly time is flying by, it is now only a week & 2 weeks to my 2 10k events and only 2 weeks till I return to the world of work. For these reasons its been a pretty packed week trying to fit everything in & see as many people as we can. I'm also not certain I have any photos for this weeks post but shall see what I can find as I think & type.


It's been a brilliant week of running for me with 3 runs done & my longest so far this year & my fastest 5 miles this year, plus a significant increase from last week in distance but no ill effects what so ever. For the first time in 3 years I am running without taping on my feet - I am not sure if this is a result of the corrected alignment by the chiropractor or good shoes or a combination of both but long may it continue.

Wednesday - my first run of the week wasn't until Wednesday, I had hoped to do my long run on Monday but circumstances and lack of time meant this had to be postponed. I set out aiming for 7 miles even if I had to walk some of it but I ran non stop for 11.3k which is just over the 7 miles. It was tough going but I set out at a much slower pace so that I could maintain running for longer gradually increasing as I warmed up. It felt so good to achieve this. Now I now that I can make it round these 2 10k courses - OK so I may be last but I don't care someone has to be & just 5 months after the birth of Buggy I'm just delighted to be back running.

Friday - Treadmill run - nice easy 5.2k. I have well and truly achieved my goal of running 5k comfortably, again its not fast but my focus isn't on pace just now and I just want to build up some good quality base miles before marathon training starts next year.

Sunday - So not in the mood to run. Bug was very clingy all day she wanted Mummy to cuddle her & carry her around all the time - not so easy now she isn't a wee 6 pounder any more - I suspect she's maybe nearer 16. So I felt like I hadn't got much done all day but also felt physically tired, but I knew I really couldn't skip this run - not with the races looming so close......so much going through my head too with Bug starting nursery, all the appointments / dates / arrangements  we have and my return to work I just really wasn't in the right frame of mind....or so I thought when I started..... 8.3k done & actually the fastest I have run post Bug!

So 3 runs & a total distance of 24.8k (15.4 miles) - an increase from the 18.95k of previous week, so all heading in the right direction. No aches, pains or issues with the body, but still needing to practise drinking on the run. I was reassured though watching the Great North Run when they said that Mo Farah & Haile Gebrselassie both had challenges with fuelling and hydration when they stepped up to long distance so I'm in good company even if no where near the same league LOL.


Well if you are exhausted reading about the running, I suggest you take a break before reading about everything else we packed in this week.....just a tad busy

Monday - Daddy Fudgey was still feeling poorly so he was off work again, he saw the Doctor & turns out he had a sinus infection. We had our usual swimming lesson & then Bug went to Granny & Grandpas. I had a chiropractor appointment, & also did a lot of baking - vanilla traybake & chocolate nutella cupcakes for all our guests. My wee sis & oldest niece arrived just after Bug came home, they were here for an appointment in Glasgow on Tuesday so they stayed for Fudgey dinner bed & breakfast. Emily was very entertained by her big cousin & I loved getting a catch up with my sis & only 4 weeks I think till I see her again :-)

Tuesday - Daddy Fudgey back to work, our visitors off to Glasgow & little Miss Bug & I off to the nursery for her first settling in session. She had a great time playing with all the toys and slept all the way home. I think she'll settle in just fine, it's Mummy that is now having the emotional wobbles! Once we got home it was lunch for Bug & me & then  quick wiz round with the hoover & getting the cakes ready for our antenatal class friends - 6 mums & 6 babies in total - was lovely to see everyone and I think probably the last time before I go back to work.

Wednesday - Terrific Aunt Liz came through from Glasgow to visit in the morning & Miss Bug was in good form. In the afternoon we took a stroll to the shops & bumped into Elaine & Max so we had a lovely little unexpected natter and catch up. When we got home I was busy making my chicken and broccoli lasagne for delivery on Thursday.....

Thursday - woke up with stiff legs after my long run but they soon eased off once I was up & moving about. We headed in Edinburgh where we had a nice lunch & catch up with Lyndsey. It was the first time in town with the buggy rather than the car seat & I think I prefer the car seat as it is more compact & manoeuvrable but Bug seemed happy enough. We also delivered a chicken and broccoli lasagne to a surprised but grateful John. We also saw a few people in the office which was lovely though the heat in No 10 sent Bug to sleep!

Friday - West Lothian Birth & After Birth support group in the morning, was nice to see everyone as we'd missed the previous week. Lunch with Hannah & Kat & Dougall & Graeme, then a wander down the street & a wee visit to Granny & Grandpa

Saturday - after a busy week it was mostly a quiet weekend at home. We watched Star Trek into Darkness when Bug went to sleep - I thought the first hour dragged but then it picked up.

Sunday - it was a horrible wet, cold, windy & wild day & we never went anywhere. As I said early Miss Bug was in a funny wee mood very clingy to Mummy, most likely exhausted by all this weeks adventures!!!!!

And that folks is a round up of our week & yes I managed to find photos - I forgot I'm always snapping away on my phone, but Daddy Fudgey has some good ones on his camera & we will get them sent out to all the usual suspects when we have a chance.

Next week I should have a race report for you from my 10k.....wish me luck....

Take Care everyone

lots of love
Fudgey xxx

Monday, 9 September 2013

Cabin Fever all round

Hello Fudgey Friends,

How is everyone?

Unfortunately our week didn't turn out quite as planned. Buggy has had a few disturbed nights with teething & a wee cold & Fudgey hubby has been poorly too & turns out he has a sinus infection so his week's holiday was a wee bit of a wash out as he felt rubbish & as a result we have hardly been anywhere or done anything.

Though trying to be a positive Fudgey we are always rushing about, here & there, doing this & that, seeing this person or that person so maybe a week enforced quietness is not such a bad thing - even though we've been feeling a bit of cabin fever.

RUNNING UPDATE Been a mixed week as managed my longest run since the birth of Bug & pleased with the consistency of my pace, also loved my new shoes, however didn't run when I should have.

Monday -  After an indulgent weekend really needed to get my long run in & was aiming for 10k - was also desperate to try out my new running shoes. Ran 7km in my trusty old shoes, then stopped in at the house, refilled water & changed shoes & managed another 3.55km. New shoes are awesome, really light & that first km in them was super fast. Managed more than I hoped 10.55km (6.5 miles)
First 10k is in 2 weeks so starting to have belief that I'll get round the course, maybe not fast but I will finish.

 Friday - Fantastic run, 52 seconds off my 5k time from 8 weeks ago, so pretty pleased with that. Think it's due to not running since Monday. 5.1km (3.2 miles)

 Saturday - Feeling tired so just a short run on the treadmill 3.3km (2 miles)

So 3 runs & a total distance of 18.95k (11.8 miles) - an increase from the 17.3k of previous week, so all heading in the right direction. No aches, pains or issues with the body, but needing to practise drinking on the run.


Monday - Usual swimming lesson in the morning & then Bug was at Granny & Grandpa in the afternoon. When she came home she was a we bit sniffly & had me up during the night which is very unlike her.

Tuesday - feeling tired & the wee one wasn't her usual self so we decided to give Bookbug a miss & stayed at home all day.

Wednesday - Bug seemed better so the 3 of us headed off to Bookbug at the library. In the afternoon I had a chiropractor appointment so Bug stayed home & entertained Daddy. Another unsettled night saw me up for an hour and a bit with an upset wee Buggy Boo :-(

Thursday - Bug 8 months old today :-) She was much much brighter but Daddy choked with cold. We were home pretty much all day apart from a wee trip to the shops & a quick cuppa at Granny & Grandpa's where we also say Auntie Fay.

Friday - Granny & Grandpa took our mini munchkin for a few hours & I had a super productive time, got all her 0-3 month clothes put in vacuum bags & in the attic, bouncing seat put away in attic, spare double duvet in attic, brown paper and towels down from window and blackout blind up, Bug's room tidied, hoovered and all clothes put away, 3 bathrooms cleaned, upstairs hoovered, pork meatballs made, tomato sauce made, 3 additional servings of pork mince cooked to be frozen. So thank you Granny & Grandpa for the babysitting service.

Saturday - another day at home

Sunday -  a wee stroll down to Granny & Grandpa's. Granny watched Bug & we went for some shopping - more just to get out & about as the cabin fever had really set in, haircut for Fudgey hubby & then home. Watched the new Star Trek movie when Bug went to bed....I didn't enjoy the first hour at all, just felt it dragged but enjoyed the second half.

So as you can see we've not done much.

The below goals were set on 16th June........so 12 weeks in
Short Term Goals
  • In 4 weeks I want to be able to comfortably run 5k......Done.
  • In 10 weeks I want to be able to run 10k.......well I have run 10.55k, but not comfortably & not non stop but making good progress.....hard work paying off.
Original post: I need to get my diet back on track, I was doing really well, but increased activity = increased appetite & I haven't made the right choices in the last week. I'm reassured though as I know exactly where mistakes have been made & how to address them. The aim is to lose a stone over the next 14 weeks -  a pound a week should be easily achievable if I keep focused. 
Update 12th August: So I weighed & measured on 1st July & not again till 1st August.....didn't work for me, my measurements stayed the same & I gained a pound. The hot weather really didn't help me either as I took a 2 week running break & spent a lot of time at home rather than our usual out & about & I just ate. I also need to be conscious of all these coffee & lunch dates & how many calories are in a seemingly small piece of cake. So I have started again with logging all my food & weighing weekly. I lost 2lbs when I weighed this morning. Just need to keep up the good work. So 8 weeks in I am down 1 pound from where I started but I am totally focused now & am completely with the programme.
Update 9th September: I've been logging all my food in my fitness pal for the last 3 weeks & been making some very positive changes to my diet. Pleased to report I've now lost 8lbs. It's unrealistic to expect that in 2 weeks I'll lose 6lbs to achieve my original goal but I'll certainly be lighter than I was when I set it & hopefully will be back at pre pregnancy weight.......
Long Term Goals
  • VLM in 2014 if I get a ballot place
  • Edinburgh Marathon in 2014 & already have a guaranteed place if I don't get into VLM
Thoughts starting to turn a little to my long term goals, as VLM ballot results are out early October.......
And that Fudgey Friends is an update on our week & the goals I set back in June. Busy week planned this week, lots of visitors to the Fudgey house :-)
Hope you all have a great week.
lots of love Fudgey xx

Monday, 2 September 2013

A Fantastically Fudgey Week

Hello Fudgey Friends,

How are you all?

We've had a really good week :-)

It's been a great week of running, I managed 3 sessions and am actually about a week ahead on the training plan.

Monday - Squeezed in my run before my chiropractor appointment. 5.1km (3.2 miles)

Wednesday - 4.1km (2.6 miles)

Friday - Training plan said 4 miles but I was feeling good & ran 8.1k (5 miles)

Had planned to also run on Sunday but I wasn't adequately fuelled, plus I wanted to get out for a long run today so decided to save my energy for that.

So 3 runs & a total distance of 17.3k (10.75 miles) - just a wee bit more than 2 weeks ago when I ran 17.2k but that was over 4 sessions, this is over 3, so I am gradually building up.

It's still feeling pretty good too, my back has been great, though I did find I was developing a problem with my right shoulder & was dropping it quite significantly, but the chiropractor has sorted that out for me too :-)

I decided it was time I bought some new running shoes this week - at least 1 pair that I have need to be retired. I ordered myself 2 new pairs, one of which arrived on Saturday.


Monday - Bug's usual swimming lesson in the morning then she spent the afternoon with Granny &

Grandpa. After my run, it was a quick shower, a bite to eat & then off to the chiropractor, back from the chiropractor, baked courgette muffins & made a start on lasagne as well as writing my blog.

Tuesday - we actually spent most of the day at home. Finished making the lasagne and then had a wee trip to the shops & a quick cuppa with Granny & Grandpa.

Wednesday - A trip into Edinburgh, delivery of lasagnes, lovely lunch and catch up with Louisa & Hilary, wee visit into the office for a quick catch up on team stuff with my manager and hello to a few folk.

Thursday - I had another chiropractor appointment then we went to Granny & Grandpa's and had a lovely lunch with Bett & Nancy. Buggy sampled most of the feast too!

Friday - went to our usual Friday baby group in the morning then lunch & a catch up with Elaine & Max & Renee.

Saturday - Our 4th wedding anniversary ;-) We had dinner bed & breakfast booked at the place we got married, so the little one had an overnight stay with Granny & Grandpa - she was having a bad teething day & was super tired so there were some real tears, but she settled down & I think a great time was had by all. We headed into Edinburgh I hadn't told hubby that we were actually staying in the room we were married in as it is now converted to a bedroom rather than a function room.

We had a lovely afternoon looking at the shops & tea & cake, then a fab meal at the hotel.

Sunday - Breakfast at the hotel & then a quick look at a couple of shops before heading home & collecting Miss Bug.

And that pretty much has been our week. It's now only 4 weeks till I return to work so we are having a very quiet week this week but from the following week the diary is absolutely packed with catch ups, nursery settle in sessions and all the things we need to get done. It's going to fly by!

Well I have about an hour & a half till our girl comes home, so time for some relaxation I think...

Have a great week all

lots of love
Fudgey xxx

Monday, 26 August 2013

Down but not out yet

Hello Fudgey Friends,

Well last week ended up being a bit of a wash out as I have been poorly since Tuesday evening, on the mend now though & nothing for anyone to worry about - you know me I'm made of tough stuff, but this does however mean there isn't much to report for last week, but we did have some special visitors on Tuesday which was the highlight of an otherwise dull week.


Monday was my rest day & then planned to run on Tuesday, was even thinking about it on Tuesday afternoon but by Tuesday night there was no chance of that.

Saturday - was my first chance to run & first time I felt OK to attempt it.....inspired by all these crazy folk doing Tough Mudder & the fact that I had missed almost a weeks training I set out to do 5 miles & 5 miles I managed.....just

Sunday - just a quick couple of miles again because I was worried about missing so much of the week.

My 10k events are now 4 & 5 weeks away, I'm not close to running 10k at the moment but I shall persevere. There is no shame in walking & I will take part & I will finish them, run, walk or crawl!


Has been put on hold for now.


Monday - we had our usual swimming lesson & then Bug accompanied me to the chiropractor, then it was home for a quiet afternoon just the 2 of us.

Tuesday - We went to the Bookbug session at the library, Bug absolutely loves these, her favourites are Old MacDonald had a farm & The Wheels on the Bus. In the afternoon we had 2 very special visitors - Aunt Amy & Cousin Margaret. I think a great time was had by all. There was also singing as they brought Buggy a CD with some nursery rhymes - so we all had a wee sing song. Thank you very much to Bertie for the taxi service very very very much appreciated.
Tuesday teatime I suddenly became poorly with stomach ache so it was an early night

Wednesday -  I felt a bit better but still not quite right so Bug & I had a wee trip to the GP and then a quiet day at home. Granny & Grandpa came for coffee.

Thursday was also a stay at home day

Friday - we ventured out shopping with Granny & Grandpa & Buggy had her first whirl in a shopping trolley. She absolutely loved it, even though she was really tired she watched everything & everyone. She zonked out in the car on the way home though!

Saturday - Daddy Fudgey took Buggy to visit Granny & Grandpa in the afternoon which let me get my run in - even though I could have quite happily just slept I'm glad I ran. Thank you Mr Fudgey.

Sunday - was just a quiet day at home.

I've been so good this week at listening to my body & have been resting as much as I can, I've been sleeping when the wee one has which is a first as I know how important it is for me to be fit healthy & well for both our sakes. I wish I could say the next few weeks will be quiet but we have a tremendous amount to pack in, things to do & people to see before Bug starts nursery & I return to work, but we will both make sure we don't over do things.

Take care everyone

Fudgey x

Monday, 19 August 2013

Life is Good

Hello Fudgey Friends,

How is everyone?

Are all the Scottish followers glad that the kiddies are now back to school? I can't believe that is the school summer holidays over all ready.

Life here is good, I've been pretty tired and fed up recently but I know how good I have it. I have wonderful friends & family & an amazing baby girl. I have my health. I have a lovely home. I have a husband who loves me to bits & thinks I'm awesome (though I disagree).
Sometimes I forget these things & get bogged down in every day trials & tribulations and occasionally I forget how blessed I am.
Where did this mushiness come from? I'm not sure! Just feeling reflective, there has been an awful lot going on & I've been rushing around trying to do too much as usual. I think it's partly to do with going back to work in 6 weeks & all the things I need to do before then, but also looking back at the last 9.5 months & seeing just how much we've done & how far we've come. So yes Life is good - challenging at times but good :-)

This week I have managed to fit in 4 runs :-) & my food has been fantastic, though perhaps maybe not eating enough with the running & definitely not drinking enough water but heading in the right direction. A little frustrated that the scales show me staying the same this week....but I feel better & I see changes in my shape so shall carry on as I am doing.


Found myself a 10k training plan. It has 4 runs a week, but that's not always going to be realistic for me with the wee one so my aim was to get 3 runs in a week & anything else is a bonus. I am also conscious of not undoing the good work the chiropractor has done or setting myself back with injury by trying to do too much too soon

Monday - Ran 4.1k - treadmill session as dark outside

Wednesday - Ran 3.3k - another treadmill session

Saturday - Ran 6.4k - cold wet & windy morning - a real treat for me as Buggy was at her Grandparents so I was able to run in the morning before collecting her.

Sunday - Ran 3.4k - another treadmill session as it was 9pm before I was ready to run.

So 4 runs & a total distance of 17.2k (10.7 miles) The most I have done post baby. It's not fast but it's running & I'm loving it.


After the squats & abs challenges I haven't been doing anything like that at all, however I found a 7 minute workout app on Apps gone free yesterday & thought I'd give it a go. Basically 12 exercises that you do for 30 seconds each with 10 second rest. Of course if you are feeling fit & energetic you can just repeat the 7 minutes for as many circuits as you like. I'm starting with 1 circuit for now though. The exercises are: jumping jacks, wall sit, push ups, sit ups, step ups, squats, tricep dips, plank, high knees running on the spot, lunges, push ups with rotation & side plank.

The last 2 are a little beyond me just now so I have substituted them for push ups & plank until I get a bit stronger.

The app is called Seven


Silly Mummy forgot to keep a note of last weeks activities so shall need to try & recall from memory what we got up to.

Monday - Our usual swimming lesson in the morning & then a quiet afternoon at home. Granny & Grandpa came back from their holidays & visited in the evening & brought us all nice things - Thank you

Tuesday - I had the chiropractor in the morning so Granny & Grandpa watched Bug, it was actually really strange not taking her with me as she has been at my last 5 or 6 appointments. In the afternoon we got together for coffee & cake (no cake for me though) with the antenatal mums & babies. Thank you to Sandra & Owen for hosting

Wednesday - was a quiet day for us, a wee trip to the shops & made a lovely Beef stew & dumplings in the slow cooker.

 Thursday - a busy day, Buggy went to Granny & Grandpa while I went to the chiropractor, home for a quick spot of lunch then to the hairdressers. Granny brought little miss Buggy to the hairdressers at the end of my appointment for her first salon cut & blow dry. She was an absolute star & sat so nicely on my knee. We also made a lovely Roast chicken in the slow cooker.

Friday - West Lothian Birth & After Birth Support group in the morning. followed by lunch & then we both came home & fell asleep. Buggy had an overnight stay with Granny & Grandpa.

Saturday - picked up little Miss and did the Asda shop

Sunday - Buggy had a wee bit of an off day, I think the top 2 teeth are starting to come through so she needed lots of cuddles. In the evening I made her pancakes. I had been trying to buy some but was horrified to find that one of the main ingredients in both the co-op & Asda's pancakes is golden syrup! so I made some .....there aren't many left today.

and that I think is pretty much our week. We are excited to hopefully see my wee sis & wee Margaret this week & Bookbug is on, but we actually have very few plans for a nice change.

Take Care everyone

lots of love
Fudgey x x x

Monday, 12 August 2013

Getting with the programme

Hello Fudgey Friends,

How are you all?

This week I have paid a lot of attention to my diet & have started my 10k training.

We have had another busy week & the next couple of weeks look much the same, so I have decided that I'm having some time out the week beginning 2nd September & booking up nothing at all.

Little Miss Buggy is getting more & more active, she can now get about by rolling from her back to her front & back again. She is desperate to be on the move & very frustrated that she can't quite manage it yet.

Well I've made a start on the 10k training but it hasn't quite gone as planned for a number of reasons, but I did manage 3 runs last week.

I managed a 2 mile outdoor session, a 25 minute high intensity treadmill session & a 40 minute outdoor session.

This weeks planned sessions: ..........
I need more focus & need to stick more to the plan but it's hard with all our activities, appointments & chiropractor twice a week. I also need to find an alternative to getting my running session in at 9pm when the wee one is asleep - partly because I'm pretty tired by that point of the day but also it is now getting dark so I need to think about staying safe. I have the option of my treadmill which is better than not running at all but I need to / have to get some of my training done outdoors & I actually love running outdoors whatever the weather.
The programme this week has 4 running sessions but I'd be happy to fit in 3 of those.

Monday morning -  a little bit of diary mismanagement meant that I had a chiropractor appointment back to back with our usual Monday morning swim lesson - you'd think after 10 weeks of swimming I'd remember this is a regular Monday session. Anyway all worked out fine - we just jumped on the bus rather than our usual walk up the hill & then we walked back. Bug was pretty chilled after her swim. In the afternoon I tried a new recipe for Pear, Sultana & Lemon muffins


Tuesday - A super busy day in the Fudgey kitchen, another batch of muffins made & loads of Bug food - fish pie, parsnip, carrot & swede, green beans and pear. We went to the Bookbug session in the library in the morning & had coffee with the antenatal Mums & babies in the afternoon.
Wednesday - We had a trip into Edinburgh & met Mandy for coffee & cake - was lovely to catch up properly rather than just a few minutes outside the office. Then we popped into the gym to visit. Edinburgh was pretty chaotic due to the festival so we're definitely not going in next week - mind you we are so booked up we don't have time anyway.
Thursday - Chiropractor appointment & shops.
Friday - West Lothian Birth & After Birth support group in the morning, followed by lunch & then a trip down to the shops.
Saturday & Sunday - just a quiet weekend, mostly spent at home, though time just disappeared so fast, between Bug feeds & routine, shopping, laundry, cooking etc. Ran on both days so should rest today but with chiropractor tomorrow thinking maybe I should squeeze in a quick one, but have loads of other things to get done too.
The below goals were set on 16th June........so 8 weeks in
Short Term Goals
  • In 4 weeks I want to be able to comfortably run 5k......Done.
  • In 10 weeks I want to be able to run 10k.......working on this but don't think it's going to be 2 weeks before I can run 10k, only at 5.5 at the moment but we'll see how the training goes. I am signed up for 2 x 10k events at end September so will be ready by then. 
I need to get my diet back on track, I was doing really well, but increased activity = increased appetite & I haven't made the right choices in the last week. I'm reassured though as I know exactly where mistakes have been made & how to address them. The aim is to lose a stone over the next 14 weeks -  a pound a week should be easily achievable if I keep focused. So I weighed & measured on 1st July & not again till 1st August.....didn't work for me, my measurements stayed the same & I gained a pound. The hot weather really didn't help me either as I took a 2 week running break & spent a lot of time at home rather than our usual out & about & I just ate. I also need to be conscious of all these coffee & lunch dates & how many calories are in a seemingly small piece of cake. So I have started again with logging all my food & weighing weekly. I lost 2lbs when I weighed this morning. Just need to keep up the good work. So 8 weeks in I am down 1 pound from where I started but I am totally focused now & am completely with the programme.
Well that is all our news from last week. Have a great week everyone
lots of love Fudgey xx

Monday, 5 August 2013

Buggy Boo is 7 months old today :-)

Hello Fudgey Friends

How are you all? We are good though I seem to have been incredibly tired this last week. I have been back on track with my healthy eating though & have ran a couple of times.

Our baby girl is 7 months old today - I can't believe how fast she is growing up. We had our 6 month health visitor check up & she is now 14lb 8oz. She was in great form too, giggling & chatting & absolutely demolished her breakfast showing how clever she is.

The last 24 hours have seen her master rolling on her front & I think today she is really getting the hang of getting back as well. I can see she is desperate to be mobile.......


After 2 weeks of no running & 4 chiropractor adjustments & signing up for 2 x 10k events I knew I had to get back out there.

I ran on Monday & OMG it was explosive. My posture was brilliant, my stride really balanced & my pace unbelievable - unfortunately the lungs couldn't keep up quite as much but it was an amazing 25 minute session. I think it was a combination of the rest, the abs exercises I've been doing, the chiropractor's work & lots of built up mini stresses & aggression that running is my outlet for!

For a number of reasons I didn't get to run again till Saturday evening, I missed the torrential downpour :-( I love running in the rain. Again I was amazed by my pace it was better than my race pace from the 5k almost 3 weeks ago so I am definitely getting fitter again. I realised after about 10 minutes I had left home without my phone  - I am so forgetful these days, so I ran hard for 20 minutes in total before coming home.

I have now found myself a 10k training plan & I will be starting tomorrow Tuesday 6th August......


Woo Hoo I completed these both.

The squats I was doing for the second time & I also added in bicep curls.

The abs were definitely challenging - I thought I was out at day 19 when I couldn't hold the plank, but somehow I managed it. I changed the leg extensions for reverse curls as these were easier on my back but still did the same number.

In fact maybe this might explain my tiredness. I have been working pretty hard on my fitness & these challenges.

I have rested since completing these on Tuesday but am thinking of starting a new challenge - just not sure what. maybe a combination of squats, sit ups & plank - maybe a static number every day till the end of the month. Any suggestions welcome.

Monday morning - our usual swimming lesson in the morning, but no afternoon with Granny & Grandpa so Bug came to my chiropractor appointment with me in the afternoon. It was a very interesting session as my Chiropractor's mentor was also there & he gave me a lot of good info & food for thought. He also explained about using less energy to do simple things like getting out of a chair once the body is in correct alignment & I am seeing that already, the running on Monday night was also testament to that. After the chiro we baked cherry & sultana scones.
Tuesday - We stayed home all day as it was our turn to host the antenatal group. Bug was very grumpy all day - sore teeth :-( We made a chocolate pear flan in the morning for our guests. It was Buggy & the boys - Aaron, Jake & Owen - they were all fascinated by her hair & were trying to pull it! It was lovely to see everyone & we are looking forward to going to the twinnies house next week & meeting Oliver for the first time :-)
Wednesday - Health visitor home visit in the morning. Gold star for Buggy she is doing great.

Thursday - Chiropractor appointment & again took my trusty sidekick with me. In the afternoon we baked Fat Rascals for our friend Gary. Another success from the Fudgey Kitchen

 Friday - West Lothian Birth & After Birth support group in the morning - we love our Friday morning group & then we went for lunch with Elaine & Max, Moira & Alexander, Sharon & Finn & Hannah & Dougall - yes Buggy & the boys again! In fact we haven't had another girl at group for a few weeks. 

 Saturday - we weren't out of the house at all.
Sunday - had a disastrous day with Bug & her feeds - she didn't like her first taste of egg, but we shall try again another day, she has been brilliant with everything else so it was inevitable that we'd find something she wasn't keen on. In the afternoon we had a wee stroll with the pram but all in all it was another quiet weekend in the Fudgey household.
Hope that next week I am telling you that I've managed to stick to week 1 of my 10k training & give you an update on my goals
Take care all

lots of love
Fudgey xxx

Monday, 29 July 2013

Hot, Tired & Grumpy

Hello Fudgey Friends,

I think hot, tired & grumpy just about sums up my week - the wee one is coping better with the heat than I am. It's therefore been another 'quiet' week for us. However this week I'm going to get back with the programme.....


I still haven't run since the 5k a fortnight ago. The reason for this has mainly been that I've been wiped out by the heat, but I have to get back with the programme as I have now signed up for not one but two 10k races in September. The Scottish Gas 10k & The Linlithgow 10k - these are a week apart & I couldn't decide which to go for. Both considerably cheaper than The Great Run series so decided just to sign up for both of them. So now I have something to aim for again I need to get the running shoes back on & get back out there.


Both actually going really well now & on Day 29 so due to finish tomorrow. I think I will give myself a week off & then restart my own challenges......

Monday morning - our usual swimming lesson - however Daddy Fudgey had a day off so was able to come see Miss Bug splashing about. Then it Miss Bug's usual afternoon with her grandparents. Mr Fudgey & I headed off to the shops after my chiropractor appointment & had a late lunch / early dinner at Pizza Express. It was also my Mum's birthday - Happy Birthday hope you had a lovely day.
Tuesday - In the morning I had a physio appointment at the hospital so Granny watched our little Princess. In the afternoon we got together with our antenatal group Mums & babies - its amazing seeing them all getting so big, all sitting up & starting to get on the move. Thanks Amanda for hosting. Our turn this week.
Wednesday - I had a chiropractor appointment.

Thursday - Lunch in Edinburgh with Anne Duggan. We also bumped into Lyndsey & James Esland outside the office so got to say a quick hello before heading off for coffee with Daddy. As we were back earlier than planned we dropped into the Thursday meeting of West Lothian Birth & After Birth support group - however it was a very quiet week with no one else there, but gave us a chance to catch up with Renee as we hadn't seen her in over 2 weeks.

Friday - West Lothian Birth & After Birth support group in the morning was lovely to see everyone after missing 2 weeks. Another new addition to the group too as Kat brought her gorgeous baby boy :-) We had to skip lunch to go for some shopping & then just headed home.

Saturday & Sunday - we weren't out of the house. The rain was torrential at times.

and that folks is pretty much it -busy week this week as we have something on every day & I'll be back running for definite.

Take care all

lots of love
Fudgey xxx

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

A slow news week

Hello Fudgey Friends,

Sorry we are a bit behind in last weeks blog post, but to be honest there really isn't a lot to report. It has been so hot that we haven't even made it to our usual baby groups as the wee one just gets too hot in the pram. We've mostly been hiding at home trying to keep cool & she has mostly just been wearing a nappy - saves on the laundry too!


I haven't run since the 5k a week & a half ago. The reason for this has mainly been that I've been wiped out by the heat, but I have also started seeing the chiropractor for my back issues & wanted to give that a few sessions without interfering with his work by running too.


I'm still hanging in there just. Had a fail at day 19 when I didn't hold the plank for 75 seconds only managed 70 seconds so decided that I'd just keep repeating this day till I could achieve it & then move on - however a second attempt later the same day was successful &I'm now at Day 24 & held a plank for 90 seconds yesterday - so everything is getting stronger.

Monday morning - our usual swimming lesson & Miss Bug's usual afternoon with her grandparents. We also re-enrolled for the next block of lessons. An incredibly busy afternoon for me, making beds, doing laundry, cutting grass & then my first adjustment at the chiropractor. I was really excited that my wee sis & one of my nieces were coming to stay for the night but unfortunately their flight got cancelled due to fog :-( We were all gutted. However it spurred me on to get a visit home to Benbecula organised.
Tuesday - In the morning we headed down to the post office to post my Mum's birthday package. In the afternoon we went for cake & coffee with the antenatal yummy mummies & babies

Wednesday - we went into Edinburgh & Little Miss Bug visited some of my work colleagues & had lots of smiles & giggles for them. We then met Sobia & baby Hannah for coffee - loved the air con in John Lewis.

Thursday - had my second adjustment at the chiropractor - impressed by the difference I feel already.

Friday - Daddy Fudgey had the day off, it was mega hot so we didn't do too much.

Saturday - much the same as Friday - too hot for us so a pretty quiet day

Sunday - again a quiet day. Invited Mum & Dad Smith for dinner.

and that folks is pretty much it - see nothing much to report.

Take care all

lots of love
Fudgey xxx

Thursday, 18 July 2013

The Great Edinburgh Run 5k Race Report

Hello again Fudgey Friends

As promised my race report from Sunday's 5k....

Pre Race Preparation

We had planned on taking our little princess with us but when we gave this some thought, especially given how hot & humid it has been, we decided that it was better to let her stay overnight on Saturday with her Grandparents.
After dropping her off, I got my kit ready, this was quite straight forward as I didn't need any gels or foot taping with this being a much shorter distance than I had previously been running. I made sure I had factor 50 on hand as I burn really easily & knew it was going to be hot, made sure Mr Garmin was charged & that my race number, safety pins & timing chip where all ready for Sunday morning.

On Sunday morning I was up at 6.15am, earlier than Bug who apparently slept in till 6.30am at her Grandparents! Normally on a race morning I have porridge but with this being 5k I didn't feel I needed my favourite M&S apple & cinnamon porridge, so it was tea, toast & about half a litre of water.

We left the house about 7.20am to get the bus at 7.34am - thankfully on this occasion First Bus didn't let us down.

We arrived in Edinburgh about 8.15 & walked up to the Royal mile & down Canongate. We had to wait for Starbucks opening at 8.30am. It was very strange as on previous occasions that I have started a race at Holyrood Park it has been really busy but on Sunday morning it was actually very quiet.
Quick coffee at Starbucks & use of their facilities & then down to Holyrood Park. Again very quiet, though did see some of the celebrities who were running the 10k later. Very pleasantly surprised not to have to queue for the portaloos. Then it was over to the start area.....

I have to say I was really unimpressed by the warm up, in my opinion it was too long for a 5k & though the music got me motivated I can't say the same for the warm up leader.

The Race

I can't begin to describe what it felt like to go over that start line after 15 months of pretty much no running - I wish someone could have captured the big smile on my face.

I had looked at the course & the elevation profile & knew it was hilly.

I always aim not to go off too fast at the start but it is inevitable when you get carried along by the runners around you & the crowd. There was very good support in Holyrood Park & the race announcers were very energetic & enthusiastic - in fact they should have done the warm up.

The first km was fantastic & as we got to the top of St Mary Street I knew I had the downhill of Canongate to look forward too, 2nd km was slightly faster & I actually held myself back a little as I knew that there was the climb up Abbey hill & regent road to come but it would have been so easy just to free 'wheel' down that hill. 3rd km was where it hit me hard, combination of the hill & the heat, I tried to tuck in under the trees on Regent Road to try & get some shade from the sun. Apparently at the start in the park at 9.30am it was already 22c.

At about 3.5km there was a 'shower' which was a very welcome relief. I can't believe some runners chose not to run through it. I liked it so much that I was very tempted to cross back over the road through the tape & use it again on the way back to the finish! The only downside of the shower was that between the fine mist of water & sweating my sun cream started to run & made my eyes sting, a small price to pay though.

The last km unsurprisingly was my fastest, it was downhill & I knew the finish was in sight. Was running really well at the 400m to go, held off at 200m to go but when I turned into the finishing straight & saw the line with maybe about 100m to go I let the legs just go......sprint finish :-)
Think I surprised some other runners as I overtook them!

I had the Fudgey gritted determined face on - I was finishing strong & I loved it.

In training I had only 'run' 5k twice, completing this in 38 minutes 40 seconds on my first attempt 3 weeks before the race & 36 minutes 27 seconds 2 weeks later 1 week before the race.

Looking at the conditions & the course I had told myself I'd be OK with a time between 37 & 40 minutes & I'd be happy with a time between 35 minutes & 37 minutes. So I was absolutely delighted to have an official time of 34 minutes 56 seconds. Yes this is about 5 minutes slower than my PB but when I consider everything that has happened since 2012 I am super proud of myself. It would have been so easy to say 'oh I've had a baby - I can't run anymore' & for some people that is the right decision for them but not for me.

Post Race

One of the things I love about Great Run events & the main reason I keep coming back is the organisation. They are so well organised throughout & as usual the volunteers in the finish area were great.

The race bag this year was probably not one of the best I've had in terms of volume of items & I think the medal wasn't as good quality as previous years but it was still a really lovely treat at the end. I would actually rather pay less for my race entry & just get a medal, a bottle of water & banana, yes I am cheap date than a bag full of things.

One criticism I do have is that the medal was in the bag, one of the things I love at the finish area is having my medal hung round my neck - again this is a personal preference.

Some observations about the event in general & some feedback to Great Run.....

Why was the date changed from October to July? I think a poor choice was made of the date clashing with T in the Park weekend & the start of the school holidays. I know several running friends who chose T in the Park over the run as TITP is once a year, there are loads of running events & I also know a number of people who took the first 2 weeks of July as holidays.

In general there was the usual great atmosphere & organisation that Great Run have always provided but it seemed numbers were down on previous years? Maybe due to the change in date?

I think runners are cherry picking the races they take part in now due to the cost & in general people watching what they spend. I don't think many people can afford to take part in several races anymore.

So post race we watched the start of the 10k & said hello to some of my running friends & wished them Good Luck & then headed home & to pick up our little Bug.

Coach Bug quickly claimed all the credit for my performance & the medal!

I have to say Thank you very very much to Granny & Grandpa for watching her for us.

BUT last & most certainly not least I have to say the biggest Thank you ever to my ever patient, super supportive, amazing, lovely Mr Fudgey. I couldn't have to got to where I am 6 months after having our girl without his love & support. It hasn't been an easy 6 months with me being seriously ill & us adapting to our new responsibilities as parents, & I haven't always been the easiest to live with. Those who know me well are probably reading this & smiling - yes I'm stubborn, determined, sheer bloody minded & a control freak who would also cry at the opening of an envelope - add into that all my post pregnancy hormones whizzing round - poor Mr Fudgey. Thank you for everything babe - love you lots xxxxx

Take Care all
Fudgey x x x x