Saturday, 17 October 2015

Great West Run Exeter 2015

Tomorrow is 18th October and it would have been my grandmother's birthday. She died nine years ago after suffering with Parkinson's Disease and Osteoporosis.

In her memory, I will be taking part in the Exeter Great West Run half marathon and raising funds for Parkinson's UK.

Parkinson's UK Race Pack

Parkinson's UK supports those affected by Parkinson's and funds research to find a cure for the condition. Around one in every 500 people in the UK has Parkinson's. It is a progressive neurological condition that affects sufferer's movements.

I've not trained for the event as much as I would have liked. Having four young children, including a six month old who likes to feed a lot, has put paid to my ambitions on that front. But I'm still pretty confident I'll get round the course.

I was hoping to do the 13.1 miles in under two hours. But I'm now going for sub 2 hours 15 minutes.

A couple of weeks ago I ran more than 11 miles (although the MayMyRun app says 13.8 miles) in just under two hours and I was pretty comfortable at the end.

If you'd like to sponsor me, you can donate via my JustGiving page.

And if you're in Exeter tomorrow morning, look out for race number 2381 and give me a cheer. I think I'll need all the support I can get!

Exeter Great West Run 2015 Race Number

Friday, 16 October 2015

Siblings October 2015

Every month, the dear beautiful blog runs a challenge to capture a photograph of your children together to celebrate how growing up with siblings completely shapes your life.

The linky runs on the 15th of every month. So I'm a day late!

This photograph was taken during filming for a breastfeeding advert. I'll blog in more detail about the ad in future. So watch this space...

I love the way this image captures the personalities and interactions between my four.
Big brother E is very protective of baby O and loves to take responsibility to pick him up and hold him. My daughter B would love to be big enough to hold him, so she's taking ownership by holding his arm. She is always keen to help him out and she is directing his hand towards the toy. Meanwhile, middle boy W is heavily involved, holding the toy so everyone can participate in the activity.

dear beautiful

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Labour music playlist

Music is very important to me. I love the way it can often set the mood and help me achieve my goals. Whether I'm working, running and even when I'm giving birth.

It's been six months since I gave birth and I'm currently training for a half marathon. But some of the tracks I listen to when I'm pounding the roads are the same as the ones I listened to when I was in labour. But I suppose I'm tapping into the same area of my brain: working my body, getting my muscles to work and breaking through the pain barrier to achieve a goal.

Often, I hear a piece of music and it brings me right back to that magical moment. Lying in the bath in the zone as I prepared to meet my precious baby.

I compiled my labour playlist using Spotify. Here it is.

I hope there are some inspiring tracks here to help you bring your child into the world.

What music helped you give birth?

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Life's irritations: Centre or Center?

As I grow older, I realise that I am becoming increasingly irritated by minor inconveniences. 

So, to save my family from putting up with my daily rants, I have decided to blog about them instead. 

Today I am annoyed about the way American spellings seem to be creeping into everyday UK life. While I like the diversity of the English language as it has evolved around the world, I prefer a little consistency on the domestic front. 

So when I realised that one of the 'compulsory' apps (in that you can't seem to delete it) on my iPhone is Game Center (not Game Centre), I felt the familiar unreasonable rage at a minor annoyance.

And don't even get me started on Center Parks!

What's made you unreasonably angry this week?