Tub on the Run


Easter and a Special Birthday

Good Friday marked the start of the week off for Matt and I.  Our first week off since Christmas.  It coincided really well with my first marshalling weekend of the season at Silverstone.  On Friday, instead of making the mad dash up and pitching the tent in the dark, we drove up at a leisurely pace and pitched in daylight.  Once we’d got ourselves unpacked, we went for a bimble around the circuit.  Our friends, H and G (from Slimming World) drove up later on.  It was their first time at Silverstone, and they seemed to enjoy it.


After a night of being freezing cold, despite our little heater in the tent, I marshalled on my least favourite post, Copse Inside.  Nothing ever really happens on Copse Inside, and Saturday was no exception.  The saving grace was my team – they were fantastic and I spent the day with two friends I’d made a couple of years ago.  Unfortunately, after a long day’s marshalling, the evening took a real nose dive.  The ridiculous security team at Silverstone (a contracted out service) decided to unplug our electricity, plunging us into 4 degrees at an alarming speed.  I’d failed to warm up all day, and Matt flat out refused to camp without a heater.  We checked to see if there were any local hotels with rooms, but sadly other holiday makers had beaten us to it.  And so at 9pm, Matt decided enough was enough and we were going home.  We bundled out sleeping bag and blankets in to H and G’s tent for extra layers and made our way back to Devon, stopping off at the McDonald’s at Cribbs Causeway at midnight for some tea.

Sunday was mostly based around us sleeping and getting over some snots that we’d picked up.  It wasn’t a motorsport free day though, and we learnt that the race I was meant to be marshalling that day had been cancelled in the 5th hour because the weather had taken a turn for the worse.

Monday was Dad’s unbirthday.  Because of the way that half-term fell, my sister was due to go back home on the Monday afternoon, so Mum cooked a nice lunch for us all to celebrate his birthday.  We gave him his presents then too.  Mum and Gran gave him a new camera – a Panasonic DMC G5.


Yesterday was his actual birthday, so Mum had the day off, and the four of us went to the West Somerset Railway for the day.  We didn’t have the greatest weather, but it was a nice day out.  Dad is very much into his steam trains, and we have spent many many days at the West Somerset (among other places), and who doesn’t love a steam train!

West Somerset Railway

We alighted at Minehead, where the rain continued while we wandered up and down the town.  It is a shame the weather wasn’t nicer, otherwise we would have walked up to Dunster for a wander around the castle.


Tea was at the Saddler’s Arms in Lympstone on the way home.  We haven’t had food in their for years.  As a family, we used to eat there at least once a month on a Saturday.  The food was plentiful, tasty and budget friendly.  Then, I’m not sure what happened, but it bombed a bit – the prices went up and the quality went down.  I think a lot of the old customers were driven away, and the pub has struggled to get back to its heyday ever since.  A few years have passed so we thought we’d drop it.  It was okay.  Most of our meals were fine, but poor Dad’s was stone cold.  The chef was lovely though and got a replacement as quickly as he could.

So, happy birthday Papa-Tub – we hope you enjoyed taking your camera for a spin!



New Year’s Resolutions

Right now, I don’t actually mind the term “New Year’s Resolutions”.  Ultimately, I see it is something to work on in the longer term, call it a goal, an aim, a resolution.  I haven’t always felt so, but I think some goal setting would be helpful for me.  Having had the last week off work has done wonders for reducing my stress levels and clearing my mind of some of the incessant chatter and clutter.

So what and why?

  • First thing’s first, complete Janathon

I attempted Juneathon (unsurprisingly back in June) and gave up because of a foot problem (excuses, excuses).  Janathon is “the colder brother of Juneathon”.  Want to know more?  Visit the website – http://www.janathon.com/.  This also helps work towards blogging more regularly.  When I first started blogging, I was quite good at posting regularly, but things tailed off a bit.  I’m not entirely sure why, as I enjoy writing and blogging.


  • Improve my Slimming World consistency

I have hardly been consistent this year.  In fact, I have managed to start seeing my weight increase steadily since the wedding – something that I need to nip in the bud quickly.

Weight Chart 2013

Part and parcel of this is managing stress better.  I promised myself that I would be significantly slimmer by the time my birthday came around, and I must work on that now.  I’d also like to break my 10 week weight loss streak.  I’ve tried enlisting the help of others by way of challenges, but this hasn’t really worked, so I need to remember that this is my battle.

  • Get my 5k PB down to 35 minutes, and my 10k time down to 75 minutes

I am pleased with my efforts so far this year, but I would like to get my times down.  I have no idea how achievable any of that is for me, and the numbers are plucked out of thin air.



(Thank you photo-fit.net for letting me use the photo)

  • Complete Silverstone Half Marathon

I don’t think I have yet mentioned this on the blog, and I’ve hardly mentioned it to anyone outside of the blog, but I have signed up for the Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon.  I want to see if I can do it.  I don’t know if I can, but I am going to try.  It seemed a good half for me to try, as I know Silverstone very well, so I know what to expect (strong, cold winds, some hills that don’t look that steep, but can be).  I’ve started the Hal Higdon Half Marathon Novice 1 plan, and I need to get better at sticking to the plan.

Half Mara Logo

  • Keep up regular yoga practice

Yoga keeps my mind from whizzing around at a rate of knots, and I always feel better for having spent even just 15 minutes doing some stretching in the quiet.

  • Declutter!

Declutter is for lots of things.  Whether that is the flat, some unhealthy relationships, work, whatever – it needs decluttering.

  • Celebrate progress!

Whatever progress looks like, whether it is a running win, a weight loss success, work-related or just something else.  I spend a lot of time in 2013 feeding the demons and not looking for the silver linings, so in 2014, I will be trying to turn the tables on this.

Well that’s me set for 2014, what are you looking for this year?


Away… to Silverstone!

This is the last post I will probably be able to get in before Monday/Tuesday next week, because I’m nothing if not a social butterfly… Ok.  That’s a lie.  I’m just not near a laptop/computer for a few days, as M and I are off to Silverstone this weekend for the World Endurance Championship (woo!  GT cars… and prototypes… but mainly GT cars!).

Source - fiawec.com

Source – fiawec.com

So my quick recap of the last couple of days is:

  • Spinning

Oh my life that was hard work yesterday.  I go red very quickly, but don’t often drip sweat.  Last night I dripped.  Twice!  Delightful.  I upped my average watts though, and managed to burn more calories than normal (according to the possibly inaccurate spin bike).  Safe to say that I worked and I worked hard.  Maybe too hard.  My ankles are a bit sore around my Achilles tendon today, but it’s not bad enough to stop doing anything.

  • A busy evening

Following my spin session, we had a load of things to get done in preparation for our trip this weekend.  Cue washing, packing, cleaning, cooking and car loading, all the while, trying not to allow the big cat (Tank) eat Timo’s (the little cat’s) food.  The sneaky ex-alley cat is ninja-like in his quest for food.  I wouldn’t mind if he wasn’t about twice the size of Timo.  Obese feline aside, jobs accomplished, the car is packed, ready for the best ever getaway planned tonight.

  • Foodie Penpal

I’m all sorted now for my Foodie Penpal, and will be sending my package out next week.  I’ve successfully got the local produce from a local business in, so I’m pretty pleased with myself.  My penpal doesn’t have a blog, so I will make sure I include what I sent on my post when I get to do the write up.  I can’t wait to get my parcel from the lovely (and incredibly brilliant baker and recipe poster) What-a-Peach.

  • Food

I have been horrendous on the food front again.  My sweet tooth is playing up as it always does at a certain time of the calendar.  I seem unable to resist it, which is going to be interesting this weekend, as I am not planning to take any sweet stuff or any money to buy food with.  Poor M…


My weekend plans?  Well, in preparation for the weekend, the car is loaded.  We’ve never managed to be so organised before.  We still have a couple of things left to gather when we get home, but overall, we’ll looking for a speedy getaway.  We’re camping (our usual mode during the summer months, not that it’s summer…), and now have electricity for the tent, courtesy of a hook up.  Does electricity mean that we are now “glamping”?  I’m just hoping that we have access to an electric point and that they’re not all taken, otherwise we won’t be able to survive very well.  My mum is very  kindly looking after the cats for us, and the cats are being deployed into guard cat mode and protecting our house.

 I’ve just done a route plan for Silverstone, for my planned run on Saturday evening, and conveniently the outer perimeter is measuring just over 5km.  I feel a time trial coming on.  I have all of my running gear packed, ready to go, and I’m just praying for a dry day.

 I hope you all have a fabulous weekend too!  See you on Monday or Tuesday!