Friday, 5 May 2017
Half Marathon Training and Nests Galore
There's been a fair amount of Marathon Talk going on in our house this week.
I'm two weeks into eight week Half marathon training and it's going well. Steady increase in distances at a slower pace and so far, so good. Running four times a week with three rest days. Yoga every day. Core stability work that's improved my balance which is useful when you're running over lumpy, bumpy, hilly woods and fields. Belly breathing - all good stuff. I feel focused and determined and (as important) I'm loving doing it.
One unexpected benefit of the training is I've gone off fatty, sugary foods. It's fruit and vegetables all the way here. I feel well on it and my energy levels are coping with the extra miles so it's obviously doing me some good. There must be a chemical change connected with running longer distances. I've wanted to back off sugar for years and now, suddenly, it's easy. I guess your system tells you what type of fuel it needs.
Outside in the garden, there are nests full of baby great tits, blue tits, goldfinches, robins, sparrows, starlings, stock doves, pigeons, woodpeckers, nuthatches, coal tits, chaffinches and tree creepers. I know where about half of them are. The coconut halves filled with suet last barely half a day. There are tree bees nesting in a hole in the wall of the house and we've more orange tip fellas flying about than you could shake a stick at. Haven't seen any ladies yet though, which is a worry. More bees are nesting in the chimney pot, the one next to the one the Jackdaws claim each year as their own, and our pipistrelle bat gentlemen continue to do well in the hole under the roof.
The weather has followed a pattern all week- chilly morning, warm afternoon. I'm after putting my sweet peas, honeywort and nigella seedlings out this weekend. Poppy will be disappointed as she uses the empty sweet pea pot to stand in and peer over the fence at the neighbours.
Anyway, that's it from here for now. Hope you're all well?