Today I’m hanging out with Snuggles a lot.
It is an incredibly rare duvet day for me. I wish I could say it was planned but sadly it is enforced by illness. I felt pretty rough on Saturday, couldn’t stop crying yesterday and then this morning, I just felt utterly horrendous – fever, streaming nose, headache, sickness. The full works basically!
I dragged myself down for a work meeting this morning and stuck around until it finished at 1pm, then was ordered home and to bed by my colleagues. So here I am!
As it is Monday, let’s get on to the marvellous that was the weekend thanks to Katie at Healthy Diva Eats.
I felt a bit rubbish when we woke up but pulled on my running gear for Parkrun. We were running with a couple of friends, Joe and David, so there was no way I was missing out on the fun!
All was going well until the start. Joe sprinted off (he’s super fast), James was quick after him and David stuck with me as we’re pretty well matched for pace. I began to struggle big time, just to keep up with him and felt a bit dizzy and sick. I couldn’t work it out until I realised the strange noise I’d been irritated by was in fact my breathing.
Then I had an asthma attack.
I tried to stay calm and shouted to James that I’d have to stop. He came running over as I tried to breathe and take my inhaler. I eventually began to see clearly and told him to go on, which he did when I was able to take more air in.
I contemplated turning back but knew I wanted to cover the 5k, even if I walked, and tried a steady, slow jog. It worked for a while, then I had to walk again, then I felt brilliant and ran like the wind, blasting through the last two miles at around 7 minutes each.
I felt fantastic as I ran to the finish line, a complete reversal from 20 minutes earlier. When I reached the end, quite a few people came up to me and asked how I was feeling and congratulated me on running – they’d seen me bent over gasping for breath on the track.
I was completely expecting a PW but my finish time was 27:05, not a PW at all! I have a suspicion I would have achieved a PB without the asthma attack, there’s always next week though!
Breakfast was gorgeous – frozen berries, thick coyo and fresh figs, enjoyed with the papers and a coffee.
A little later on, I tucked into an apple and nut butter. I still felt shaky but had plans to shop in town and thought it would help, which it did. Town was fun but really busy and with empty bags, I walked to meet James from his band practise.
There was cake waiting when we reached home, very appreciated! I went for another walk to the shops to buy a few bits for dinner, which I started cooking as soon as I returned.
Cajun spiced chicken, avocado, salad and the teeniest sweet potato mash – I cooked two sweet potatoes of normal size and couldn’t believe how little mash I got out of them! It was very smooth and delicious though.
After dinner it was time for treats for us and Mo!
These are Mo’s “feed me pecans” eyes.. Well, what could I do?!
Such a little chubster!
I woke up and did 50 minutes of Pilates, which felt sooo good. I then went for a walk to grab the papers and we enjoyed a lovely lazy morning munching through breakfast and the news.
We went back into town and this time I splashed out on some new sports bras, nightwear and books..
We walked from town to Yume for a yummy sushi lunch.
My favourite seaweed salad..
… and vegetarian rolls. So tasty!
We did a food shop before heading home for a few hours to play with my freebie from when I covered Berlin IFA.
The Sony QX10, which attaches to your smartphone to give professional quality picture quality. The lens is actually a camera in its own right, so you can place it anywhere within 10m and use your phone to take pictures.
We tried above our heads…
…And even from the other side of the room!
After snapping away, we headed down to the cinema and watched the new Woody Allen film, Blue Jasmine. It was brilliant, though not overly feel-good!
Hope you had a fantastic one!
* How often do you take duvet days?
* Have you watched any good films recently?
I’m always on the lookout for a recommendation!