May 31st, 2014

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Pirate Photos in the Park!

Our family photos from May 2014 are finally here. Another @40 challenge ticked off! Thank you as ever to our talented Photographer Claire :-) This was a lovely shoot in one of our favourite local playgrounds. The weather last weekend was perfect for playing pirates and we managed to share the boat with other kids playing and still get some nice shots!

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Click here to see all our photoshoots, from the bump that was Markus, to now.
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Running scared and stupid!

Tomorrow I am running the Winterthur Half Marathon and I am stupidly nervous. There are probably only a few thousand (or less) people running it & I have this vision of everyone running off and leaving me behind! The last few weekends i have run 10 or 10.5 miles and have felt pretty good. So actually, my only goal is to run the distance and get it under my belt. I am running with a tactic of 8 mins running, 1 min walking, trying to average 12 minute miles and get in under 2hrs 40mins. Last time I ran a half marathon it was 1999, I was a lot younger and did it in 2 hours 29mins :-)

The only person I am competing against is myself and I just need to settle in and run my own race, treat it like a training run :-) I have just made a playlist of 49 banging tracks which takes me to 2hrs 45! I need to start increasing my mileage for the New York marathon which is in November. Sounds a long time, but my 16 week schedule starts July 14th! I just need to get round the 13 miles in good shape. In September I will run another half my with my best mate Sal and then I can start to improve my time.

Wish me luck - will report back on the other side! and if I do this, it's another @40 challenge knocked off the list!