The Dark….. it’s Rather Dark

I’m aware I’ve been blogging less over the last month, and it’s mainly due to the move and my schedule changing due to having more to do. But the clocks changing has made such a difference. Every year I have a shock when they change and every year I’m surprised by how much I can’t get back into sync with my daily goings on.

Guys, the dark – it’s really very dark……. I don’t know why this has shocked me this year. I guess because for the first time I have a pastime which needs me to be outside. Once I get home and it’s dark I don’t wanna go back out. Plus – it’s cold! Running in the dark is one thing but when the air’s also dry boy does it make your chest hurt. We’re currently training for a 10k – Movember is upon us and my team at work are taking part in a charity 10k for the cause. Training has been much harder since the weather and clocks changed.

So G-Man and I joined a gym. We’re so excited. Not only does the gym have all the stuff we need to train, it also has tennis and badminton courts, indoor and outdoor pools and loads of free classes that I can’t wait to try out. Now we’re joined at the gym I can really see it being possible to train for the MK Half Marathon in March as part of Milton Keynes’ Festival of Running This year’s half marathon was run in the snow so I’m hoping that next year the weather will be a bit better! But 4 visits to the gym a week and I’ll be good and ready. We will also continue to do a long run outside at the weekend so we don’t get too used to the treadmill and can acclimatise to the cold!

Other than the cold weather and the dark, I appear to being coming down with a cold myself, or at least I do every weekend. I wake up on Saturday morning with a streaming and bunged up nose (how is that possible?) and sneezes and can’t shift it until Monday morning. I must be fairly run down, but it’s really making me fed up that my down time is manky. I want to be up and buzzing around and all I want to do is sleep!

The change in weather has also meant a change in eating habits. When it gets colder outside all I want is comfort food. For me that’s anything with potato in it. I made our first roast dinner in our new house with our new oven last weekend. It was super duper yummy. I’ve got a few recipes lined up to make. Things that are quick and filling for the week and then meals I can labour over a little more for the weekend. I’m very much looking at meals that can be made in large quantities that can be used as lunches or extra meals reheated on gym nights. I made this tonight:


This is turkey and red pepper spiced rice bubbling down. Very tasty and it was enough for 4 people so it was tonight’s dinner and two lunches later in the week. Very nice.

Also, do you remember the cinnamon rolls I made a while back? Well me and a friend Hayley had a brain wave that they might be amazing with Nutella! So I tried them the other day and they came out alright. Not as good as the cinnamon ones but still tasty. I just got the same croissant pasty, slathered it with Nutella and sprinked toasted chopped hazlenuts on top. Rolled the pastry and sliced into the correct number I needed. Baked them in the oven as per the instructions on the pastry packet and they were done!


Othet than all this I do have some ideas for future blogs, so keep ’em peeled for those. But until then, I’m very much enjoying reading yours – if you follow me and want me to read your blog, feel free to link it in a comment and I’ll hop on over 🙂
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4 thoughts on “The Dark….. it’s Rather Dark

  1. That’s exciting that you’re training for a half, I really want to also… but I need to get back into being consistent with my running first. 😦 I actually like the time change because I get home with just enough time to change and run before it gets dark… which works out nicely for me. Otherwise I relax for a long time and then suddenly it’s bedtime lol. 🙂

    1. Aww it doesn’t work that way for me 😦 I leave work in the dark now so I don’t have a lot of choice. Glad I’ll be able to run still without thinking about the weather!

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