Run Bracelet Giveaway Winner Announced!

Skull bracelet

At the beginningish of Juneathon, I posted a giveaway of a run bracelet. I’d completely forgotten about it until now but I’m pleased to announce the winner (chosen randomly by a random number generator) is:

Chris Bray, who blogs at What I Meant To Say and whose chosen magic power would be

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Well done Chris, I hope I can make a bracelet that’s masculine enough for you!

Juneathon Day 9 – A Magic Bracelet (and you could have one too)

A few months ago, I sensed Cassie needed some motivation to get back into running, so I made her a bracelet.

Running braceletAnd as Helen had a couple of marathons coming up, I made her a bracelet too.

Running jewellery

Then I realised that I needed some motivation as well, so I made myself a bracelet. My one embraced my inner goth.

Skull bracelet

It also matches my Fitbit (sorry for fuzzy photo – trying to take a photo one-handed with your non-dominant hand isn’t easy).

Run bracelet

And, I’ll tell you what – this bracelet is made of magic because I wore it for the first time today as I was going for a run and I ran 5 miles without stopping, WAHOO. I even did sub-12 m/m which, yes, is horrifically slow, but I don’t care. I DID 5 MILES WITHOUT STOPPING AND IT’S ALL THANKS TO MY MAGIC BRACELET.


Giveaway – Win A Magic Bracelet! 

As I came back from my run endorphined-up on a runner’s high, I’ve decided to share the magic and give away two bracelets (purely because I have two ‘run’ beads left). You have the choice of a skull one like mine (although I haven’t got many pink or purple ones left but I have green, red, blue and yellow skull beads so you can choose a combination of those), or you can have a black and red one like the one at the beginning of this post (or you can have black and pink, or pink and red, as I have pink beads). Or you can have a pot-luck one and leave me to decide what to make from my collection of beads.

Just leave a comment below telling me what magic power you would like to have and I’ll pick two at random after the closing date of Tuesday 30 June 2015.

UK entries only, sorry (unless you want to pay the postage).


Distance: 5.1 muthafucking miles, baby
Time: 1:01:28
Pace: 11:57 m/m


The end of NaBloPoMo

RingIt’s the last day of National Blog Posting Month and I’ve done, um, really crap.  Ho hum.  But I thought I’d better make an effort for the last day and blog something, but apart from having some shelves put up, which Shaun says won’t stay up for long (and he put them up so if they fall down it’s his fault), and an uneventful trip to Sainsburys where I very impressively resisted the buy one get one free Hob Nob flapjacks, I have nothing to blog about so here’s a pic of a ring I made last week.

NaBloPoMo’s completed: 20/30
Shelves that will fall down: 2
Trips to Sainsburys: 1
Rings made: 1

In the pink

Pink champagneJust over a week ago, I won the pink quiz at work and my prize was a bottle of pink champagne although strictly speaking I should share it with Google who provided all most of the answers but I don’t know if Google drinks and probably doesn’t what with it being a search engine and that and I’m not sure what happens if you pour pink champagne over search engines and then I’m offered some running shoes to try out so I choose some pink ones and then yesterday I find out that I won first prize in a jewellery competition organised by Beads Unlimited with the pink and silver heart bracelet

Pink and silver heart bracelet

that I made and I don’t even have the bracelet any more as I gave it to Emily so it’s just as well I took a photo of it what with it being a prize winning bracelet and that and I think I’m enjoying winning these pink things and I used to hate pink and now I think pink is my favourite colour.




Bottles of pink champagne won: 1
Jewellery competitions won with pink bracelets: 1
Pairs of pink running shoes: 1

The gloves are on

Running in the evening never seems like a good idea when I get in from work and the reality’s not usually much cop either but I get changed before I change my mind and make vegetarian beef style teriyaki instead and stay in and make some more rings like these

and I get outside and FUCK IT’S COLD and I go back indoors and put my gloves on and I think to myself I need some new running kit, I haven’t got enough winter stuff and I set off on my five mile route and it’s not as easy as I found it last week and it’s cold and it’s windy and there’s loads of people and cars in my way and my iPod’s not throwing up great tunes  and I think I’m going to cut my run short and just do three miles and then I think no I can’t do that as no exercise = no low fat brownies as in this month’s Runner’s World magazine which I made yesterday and which are very nice indeed and apparently an ideal post-run snack after training on dark Winter evenings although I decided they were the ideal pre-run fuel too as a finely tuned athlete can’t live on spinach soup alone and I keep going and I think I promised myself I was going for a run on Wednesday evening too although if I go out tomorrow night I don’t think that’s going to happen and I think am I ever going to manage three runs in a week? and I decide I probably won’t and I eventually do 5 miles and I’ve done under 11 minute miles for the first time in about five months, hurrah.

Distance: 5.06 miles
Time: 55:35
Pace: 10:59
Calories: 458
Low fat brownies: 1 (so far today)
Rollins Band
Soft Cell
Temple Cooper Clause
Faith No More
Polyphonic Spree

Shameless self-promotion

This post is to do with nothing about running, but it’s my blog, so it’s allowed. I think. This is an act of shameless self-promotion.

Not only can you come and visit me and buy my jewellery at the Christmas Without Cruelty Fayre (hate that spelling!) but if you order online with the code SS07, you can get 20% off. I even made a pretty flyer to advertise this fact.

Normal service will resume tomorrow.

Acts of shameless self-promotion: 1
Flyers: 1


It occurred to me that half marathons don’t unfortunately run themselves and so I spent the week trying to get inspired to get back out running again and after reading various blogs and looking at races coming up I got inspired and so this morning after waking to the smell of freshly baked bread and wondering if it really was a good idea to go out and get that second bottle of wine last night I go out to do my six mile route round the marshes and I get outside and oh my god it’s cold and I’m thinking I should have put my long sleeve top on instead of showing off in my half marathon top that I didn’t run in anyway and I get over the bridge and past the horses and my first photo opportunity comes in the form of this squirrel.

And then I see a duck waiting for the floating buffet.

And Hackney Marshes must be the place for finely tuned athletes, as they even have a bar for press-ups

and a balance beam

and I just think why?

And I look at my Garmin and it says I’ve just done 5k in 38 minutes and I think oh that’s shit, I should stop taking photos and do more running and so I get into finely tuned athlete mode and put my camera away and I get back to the stables and my Garmin says I’ve gone 4 miles and I think shit I thought this was the six mile route, I’m only a mile away from home and I get to the park and there’s a white pigeon and I don’t think I’ve seen a white pigeon before.

And as I get round the park there’s a bunch of hoodies by one of the exits and I think oh shit I don’t like the look of them and I decide to run behind the couple that just passed me in a safety in numbers kind of way and I think oh shit I hope they stay in the park and don’t go up to the sports field as I don’t want to go to the sports field and I think oh shit, what if they’ve just started out on a 20 mile run, I can’t follow them all day and they do go up to the sports field but the hoodies have moved away from the exit and I leave the park just as the mobile park patrol drives in and it goes past the hoodies and they throw stones at it and I’m glad I left the park when I did and I go home and attempt to thaw out by drinking hot chocolate and eating toasted freshly baked bread with real butter, none of your healthy low fat spread nonsense and I think I need to buy some more spider charms so I can make another spider spiral bracelet like this one.

Today’s route

Distance: 5.89 miles
Time: 1:12:24
Pace: 12:17
Calories: 520
Squirrels: 1
Ducks waiting for chips: 1
Press-up benches: 1
Balance beams: 2
Hoodies: 5
Spider spiral bracelets: 1

Ben Folds Five
The Dude
Faith No More
Citizen Fish
The Horrors
The Gossip
Stereo Total
Maximo Park
Mr & Mrs Smith
Sex Pistols
The Kooks
White Stripes
Death House Chaplin
New Model Army
Junior Senior

Tagged! Again.

I know, I know, I know, I’ve been slacking on the running front and on the whole exercise in general front too but I have been very busy carving out my new career as a famous jewellery designer, the pinnacle of which so far has undoubtedly got to be the three and a half hours I spent sat freezing my arse off in a church hall in Chingford on Saturday, having my lovingly handcrafted jewellery blatantly ignored by grannies who passed by my stall without giving it a second glance. Bah. But my luck changed later that evening when I got my first “proper” (i.e. not from anyone I know) online order. Woo hoo.

But it was back down to earth today and time to leave being a famous jewellery designer to the side while I got back to my day job as a legal secretary and I went to the gym and went on the treadmill for 15 minutes, so there you go, I’m back in action. Sort of.

And while I’m on the treadmill, because the evil warriorwoman has tagged me again and try as I might, I can’t ignore it, I’m trying to think of five random facts about me which may be vaguely interesting and I’m not coming up with much; not anything I want to share with the whole world anyway. But here we are, five random facts about me:

1.  I was the Essex under-5s chess champion, winning a trophy made out of tin foil, which I won by beating my opponent with a sneaky 3-move checkmate that I’d got out of a book in the library.

2.  I have two birth certificates, an English one and an American one. This has resulted in a marriage proposal from a friend wanting to go to America to live. I declined.

3.  I used to be a goth. And have the photos to prove it.

4.  I’m crap at chess now.

5.  I’m not a goth anymore.

See, I told you I couldn’t think of five interesting things.  And now, hurrah, I get to tag five other people.  And today’s nominations go to:

Emily – because it’s about time we had the views of a non-runner type.

Kate – to get in touch with my inner American

Rae – see above

Joggerblogger – because I think he wimped out last time after Londonjogger tagged him

The Red Bucket – because anyone who likes peanut butter and salad sandwiches must have some randomness to share

And lastly, the rules:

  • link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog
  • share 5 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird
  • tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs
  • let them know they are TAGGED by leaving a comment on their blog.

Treadmill: 15 minutes / 8.5kph
Rowing machine: 10 minutes
Tags: 1

A miraculous recovery

Yesterday when I got up my leg was hurting so bad that I couldn’t put any weight on it and I was limping and I thought oh no, I’m injured again, just when I thought it was safe to send off my half-marathon entry but this morning when I got up I was miraculously recovered and there wasn’t even a twinge so I thought to myself I can go for a run tonight but then I thought maybe I should take my gym stuff to work just in case my leg starts hurting and I can’t run and I can go to the gym instead but then I thought that that would just give me the excuse to wimp out of a run and go to the gym instead and I thought no wimping out, I probably won’t get to go for a run for the rest of the week and not much chance of it next week either and I go to work and people are pissing me off and I think I must stop getting pissed off, I’ve been chilled out for the last couple of weeks and I try to think of excuses why not to run tonight and I wonder if I poke my leg with a pencil or something it will start hurting again and then I’ll have an excuse and I leave work without poking my leg with a pencil and I get on the train and two girls sit next to me and squish me and they start chatting and I think fucking hell, now I can’t read my book and I think to myself well people are allowed to talk and then I think I haven’t got time to run, I need to get a travelcard and cat  litter on the way home and I need to do my washing and I need to wash my hair and I think they’re crap excuses and I get home and there’s a form for the tabletop sale that I can sell my jewellery at in two weeks but I don’t understand it as the commas and full stops are in the wrong place and it’s been typed on a typewriter and photocopied about a billion times and is a bit blurry and I wonder if I should offer to type it for them or will they just think I’m interfering and then I remember that the tabletop sale’s the day after I’ve been to see the best band in the world ever and that it’s not very likely I’m going to get up early to set up a table, although in the letter it says I can set up my stall from 0am on the day so maybe I’ll just stagger down there pissed at  midnight after the gig and do it but then I think it’s probably a typo and I wonder what time I do have to be there and I think I’ll have to ring them again and go through the Little  Britain scenario that I went through on Saturday and I go upstairs to get changed but I can’t resist a peek at Facebook to see if anyone’s thrown a sheep at me today but there’s no sheep but I have been yacked on, whatever that means, and also there’s a message from Emily to say that she’s added my link to her blog and her jewellery website and she’s written a blog post about my jewellery so I think the least I can do is return the favour and tell everyone to go and visit Emily’s Beads and buy all her jewellery and I look at my schedule which doesn’t make much sense due to it being written backwards and I think it says to do 3 miles which is just as well as that’s all I was going to do anyway and I get changed and leave the house and head off on my 2.7 mile route and wonder if I go down the market will it be 3 miles and the streets are busy busy busy and I’m dodging around people and I go round a man at the bus stop only to run straight into TWO CYCLISTS ON THE FUCKING PAVEMENT, and then a group of lads sprint past me on both sides and one of them scratches my arm so I stop to investigate but it’s not bleeding but just stinging and I think you little wanker and I go down the market and I remember that I want to get some info from the council about getting a market stall but only on a Saturday and I think I can pretend I’m in Eastenders and I wonder who I can be and I think I’ll be Carly, she’s pretty, but then I think that it would help if I was blonde and pretty and 15 years younger and I think well I certainly don’t want to be Stacey as that would involve snogging a ginger bloke and I think yes, I’ll be Carly, plus it would be pretty cool to have Phil Daniels as your dad and I get to the end of the market and I go home and I have done three miles, hurrah.

Distance: 3.17 miles
Time: 35:38
Pace: 11:13
Calories: 251
Badly typed forms: 1
Cyclists on the pavement: 2
Scratched arms: 1
The Twang
The Cure

Saturday shuffle

My half-marathon training schedule was adhered to last week in a not adhered to at all kind of way due to lying on Facebook about going out for a run on Monday (but I think it’s ok to lie on Facebook, it’s only if you lie on your blog you’re in trouble) and choosing to stay in and make jewellery instead; Tuesday I had to go to the agency after work to be spoon fed lines to say at Wednesday’s interview but I did go to the gym at lunchtime; Wednesday’s interview after work didn’t happen because of the HR woman being off sick but because I hadn’t planned to run, I didn’t; Thursday night I was out watching  bands in Camden at the Dublin Castle; and Friday I went to the gym at lunchtime.

So here we are again on Saturday and I wake up knackered but remember that I can’t fit into the patchwork cords I bought in Camden on Thursday and think I won’t ever fit into them if I lie in bed all day and I wonder if I can lose enough weight to fit into them in two weeks and I think probably not but I get up anyway and go downstairs and the bread machine bleeps to signal it’s finished doing its breadmaking thing and I think I won’t piss about this morning, I’ll just reload my iPod and get out straight away but by the time my iPod’s reloaded and I’ve got changed it’s 8:45 and I think it’s almost as late as it was last Saturday when I went out and I go round the marshes and I’m going so very very very slowly and every step is an effort and I do 5k in a pathetic 36 minutes and I get to the station and my Garmin says I’ve done 3.75 miles and I think hang on a minute, last week when I got here my Garmin said I’d done 4 miles, where’s the .25 miles gone? and I think oh no, it won’t be 5 miles when I get back and I wonder if I can do a lap of the park when I get back and I think no way, I’m knackered and I get to the park and I’ve only done 4.6 miles and I think ok, I’ll do a lap of a park and I go into the park and there’s footballers in there and there’s almost as many footballs as there are footballers and they’re making me nervous and I don’t want a football to come over and trip me up and I think I can’t do a lap of the park, I’m too scared of falling over a football, I’ll have to do a figure of 8 and cut it short and I loop round and I leave the park and I’ve only done 4.8 miles and I think well that will have to be enough and I get home and my Garmin says I’ve done 4.93 miles and I think well that’s near enough 5 miles but next week I have do to 6 miles, eek and I promise to myself that next week I will run 3 times, yeah, right.

Distance: 4.93 miles
Time: 57:52
Pace: 11:43
Calories: 411
Training schedules adhered to: 0
Job interviews: 0
The Cure
The Shins
Baby Teeth

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