21-25th Dec – Christmas!!!!


A relatively easy morning on the ergs – nice long warm up and then 3km at 2km pace….. All followed by coffee with the girls ūüôā and pot luck dinner in the evening – great way to start the week


It was pouring with rain, but nice flat water in the lagoon, so the lovely Nina and I headed out with me in a single and her with her trouser legs rolled up holding onto me…….

You can row the length of the lagoon in about 5 strokes, so the holding on to the end thing was to practice the rowing stroke without endlessly having to turn around! That and I got some coaching at the same time

Best advice for being in a single – if it all feels like it’s going horribly wrong, put your hands together. Putting your hands together means the boat will find its balance and you shouldn’t tip into the water……

We were out for about an hour, did do some rowing up and down the lagoon, and it wasn’t too scary and I didn’t fall in (but to be honest I was so wet from the rain it wouldn’t have made a difference!!!)

Felt really good to be out in a boat, not too terrified, so fingers crossed I can stay rowing even when the others are out in the 8.


Ohhhh, it was a traumatic row this morning. While the other Novices went out in the 8, I went in an 8 with the Masters.

We have a boat called the City of Wellington, COW for short and this morning it lived up to its nickname. I was happy in my traditional spot of 4 seat.

The row was a rocky one with balance being a major issue, but what I soon realised was that my left calf was getting cut into by the slide – the bit the seat moves backwards and forwards on. It had no cover on the end so was just bare metal, stabbing my leg every stroke, before long it was bleeding and then it was all I could do to stop thinking about the metal jamming into my leg – felt pretty queasy…..

On the up side we went to see Star Wars in the evening at the Lighthouse in Petone – all thoughts of manky leg forgotten

Thursday – Christmas Eve

No evening rowing session tonight, so instead I went to Masters lunchtime ergs – there was 3 of us, so not exactly packed!!! Did manage to rescue 2 birds trapped in the shed, didn’t want them being stuck in there over Christmas.

There was a rumour we could leave work at lunch time, was untrue, but the boss left around 2pm, so we followed soon after….. Home for food shopping, present wrapping and¬†Muppets Christmas Carol

Friday – Christmas!!!!!

Had a crazy long lie-in until 8am!!! Then we were up and cooking lasagna and cannelloni for dinner.

Was rescued from too much cooking by a Skype call to Nikki and her family – they have fab Christmas Eves so was lovely to see them all, champagne in hand!!

Although Friday is normally a rest day, today we had to exercise as tomorrow was a travel/rest day….. our coach had requested a gift of a photo of our chosen form of exercise. We went on a really great bike ride round the coast to York Bay – wanted to make it all the way to Eastbourne, but lunch was calling……

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On the cycle back I got waved at by a police man – I’d been a good girl and looked over my shoulder before pulling out, spotted him behind me and so waited for him to pass (in his car). The then turned around (I was a bit worried) and waved!

Home in time for a speedy shower and a drive into town – such a beautiful day, the water looked amazing.

Off for our now traditional (2 years in a row) Christmas lunch at Dragons – Yum Cha – so yummy, totally justified the eating after our cycle!! We went for a walk afterwards along the¬†waterfront and then spotted that Te Papa was open. Rhys hadn’t been to see the Gallipoli exhibition, so seemed like a perfect time to go. He enjoyed it as much as I did the first time I went. It was quieter (fewer people) and somehow became more moving than the first time. We both left in a slightly less than Christmassy mood, but back out in the sunshine thoughts turned to the afternoon ahead and the arrival of 2 excited children.

Was a great afternoon with the girls, they loved their present, we walked the dogs on the beach, watched the original¬†Miracle on 34th Street, had yummy pasta, I started watching the end of¬†Hotel Transylvania 2 but headed for bed at 9pm…….

Could be why I was then wide awake at 4am…. decided to Skype my parents and was happy to see Christmas jumper action in full swing.

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From 3 years ago!




Monday – first day at work

I got up to make my first NZ magic pancake, Rachel was in the kitchen and I had to start in 30mins! The pancake turned out to be pretty scrambled – will have to work on it!!

Got ready and went to reception to find out what my job was going to entail. As it turns out, working on reception, answering phone, stripping and making beds, putting laundry on and on a Monday cleaning out the fridges! Just like being back in the lab!!

The morning shift is 8.30-11 and afternoon 3-7. The morning flew by I made up 1 bed and savaged the fridges!

Also discovered I get 2 washes a week and 500MB wi-fi!

After my shift I made myself some real coffee, brought all the way from Laos, and settled down to watch Elf (I missed watching it at Christmas) and was soon joined by other hostelmates, it’s such a great film.

The afternoon was quieter, but we kept busy, folding the dry laundry – I now know how to beautifully fold fitted sheets! I re typed out the cleaners jobs, laundry instructions and the cinema listings. Printed off new WiFi vouchers, put cards through the credit card machine and was brave enough to answer the phones!!

The evening flew by. I had yesterdays pasta and pesto for dinner, the others put a film on but I started reading the 2nd hunger games book and went to bed not long after 9pm, I was shattered.

Word Cloud

Brilliant website (borrowed from http://shazruns.wordpress.com/) called Tagxedo

http://www.tagxedo.com/ enter your webaddress and it makes you a word cloud – can edit it to remove words you don’t want, loads of different shapes for your cloud – fab!

And another one!
And another one!
My word cloud!
My word cloud!

Has to be my favorite - pink and a dinosaur!
Has to be my favorite – pink and a dinosaur!

less than 16 weeks to go and back to work in 2013


The only good reason for being back in work is that wordpress works far better here than on my iPad, which much as I love it, is not my friend when it comes to blogging!

No real excitement missed, runs in the rain, trips to the gym to counteract the ridiculous amount of food (and alcohol) consumed over the festive period.

Spent a really lovely New Years Eve day in the spa at St Pancras Hotel – worth a visit, we got a 241 deal so was great! May have popped to the champagne bar at St Pancras station first for a small champagne breakfast – that’s how Nikki and I like to roll…….. Sauna, steam room, relaxation pool, jacuzzi and bubble beds and a good play in the gym – they had 2 power plates, I’d never used them before so we had fun trying out all the exercises they had on a poster. Have to say I’m not sure I did any actual exercise on them, but they did make my voice go funny and made the room a blurry mess – my kind of fun in the gym!

NYE evening was spent at home with my boyfriend having a belated Christmas and a yummy Jamie Oliver meal. 

NYE marked 16 weeks to the London Marathon 2013 and also my last night of drinking (that’s the plan anyway, may just mark the start of cutting down, we shall see)

So, first day back to work today, but also first day of training in the new year and the countdown to London has begun……. had a Chi-running session this morning and it was great. Started with a warm up in the gym before donning a heart rate monitor and heading out for a warm up run – which I have discovered, for me, should be as slow as almost walking pace – so easy it’s less than no effort even though we were going up a hill. We then did I’d guess about 3 miles at what Grey describes zone 2 or effort level 11-12. This is where you’re comfortably going along still being able to hold a conversation. We headed out along the Parkland Walk, part of London’s Capital Ring – it’s a disused railway line so nice and flat (actually a v tiny uphill as you head out!) but also muddy – I was informed that my jumping over the muddy puddles was wasting energy and so I should just go through them…… so like a good girl I did. As we turned around and headed for home was passed what I’ve always called the Green Man and Grey had never seen before – I think he runs with his eyes shut!

As we got close to the gym Grey told me that my ‘cadence was good and my pace’ – my pace was what? I’ve still not found out!!

Maybe I will next week…….. until then it’s a trip to the gym this evening for some core exercises

Christmas Eve, gym and shopping

It’s Christmas Eve!!!!! Dad and I headed to the gym again this morning. Saw our next door neighbour in the gym, I smiled he had no idea who I was….. So carried on quietly! There was a man on the rowing machine, so no catching fish for me, I ran instead while watching the TV screens that they have, no idea what was on, I was busy with my pumping tunes! Nothing exciting to report, although also managed to throw a man off the weights machine by accident, thought he’d finished, but apparently not! Then a fun afternoon Christmas shopping with the family. Am eating so much food here it’s got to stop, there’s pudding and we never have that at home, the temptation is too much. Keeping my fingers crossed for a dry at tomorrow and I can fit a run in in the morning Happy Christmas everyone x

Santa PT in the park

Last PT in the park of the year with Jel – sad times – but it was a Christmassy one!

After a warm up of lots of side stepping, high knees, kicking our bottoms and pointing our toes someone, mentioning no names (but Nikki) agreed that doing ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ would be fun. Back when we both used to do BMF we did a¬†Twelve Days of Christmas with a lovely guy called Laurence that nearly killed us all, so why we agreed this time I’m not sure……

So¬†Twelve Days of Christmas involves…. on the first day of Chrsitmas my PT instructor gave to meeeeeee 1 deep squat getting your bottom below the kneesssssss, on the second day of Christmas my PT instructor gave to me 2 sets of alternate lunges and a deep squat etc. Passing through 10 knees to chest, some sit ups, tuck jumps, squat jumps, press ups, and not forgetting five burrrpeeeeeees. Got about half way and the gloves were off followed by the Santa hat – it was just too hot!

Was a lovely fun session that ended with an offer of mulled wine, but 8.15am did seem a little early, so we had mince pies instead!

Am now feeling tired, but it’s the last day of work so I’ll battle through!!!!!!!!