Oh It’s a Jolly Holiday with Mary

I’m on holiday this week and have really packed it in over the last few days – and it’s only Tuesday! Let’s start with Friday, which was Valentine’s Day.

I was surprised at work with a rose and card on my desk from my secret best-friend admirer. It was beautiful! We also went out for lunch to Chiquitos with the team. It was lovely and relaxing and the food was yummy! My gym session that evening was weight training and I continued working on my quad strength with single leg presses. I really think it’s helping prevent my knee pain.

val daySaturday was long run day, which didn’t really go to plan (see my last blog post!) followed by normal chores. That evening I headed to Jen’s for Steak Night. Basically an evening where we eat steak 😀 It was super yummy, but feeling a little crummy I left early-ish and crawled into my bed.

Sunday we had a spot of shopping to do and then we headed to London where we had an afternoon and evening of fun stuff planned. I’m on the search for a decent pair of jogging bottoms that aren’t jack-ups but at the same time aren’t so long I trip (like Jack Wills). I feel like all jogging bottoms are made for midgets or people who are happy with saggy crotches and showing their bum cracks when they sit at the lat pull down. I’m not one of these people. My search so far has been unsuccessful. Anyone have any suggestions?

For dinner we visited a place recommended to us by a friend called Red Dog Saloon in Hoxton. An American BBQ restaurant with an amazing looking menu, I was excited to try some new things. I had a watermelon martini to drink and their Blue Plate for dinner. This was three pieces of chicken, mashed potato and gravy with collard greens. This was the first time I had tried collard greens and they were amazing, but a tad too spicy for me. Gary happily finished them off while I ate the rest of his amazing coleslaw! For pudding I had key lime pie which was very filling but amazing – and not green (the sign of a proper key lime pie, I hear!).


The meal was precursor to the main event. The BFI Southbank are currently holding an Al Pacino season so we bought tickets to see Dog Day Afternoon. It’s an amazing movie and if you haven’t seen it I urge you to. We really enjoyed the movie and it was great to watch it in that environment and as it was projected from one of the original reels it had all those lovely splodges and audio crackles any film fan loves. We’re going back again at the start of March to watch Scent of a Woman.

Having got back at gone midnight we were both rather tired on Monday morning. I decided that I needed to try to get a run in so woke up and dragged myself out of bed and into my running gear. They say the hardest thing about running is taking the step out of the door, but I think it’s getting out of your lovely warm bed! I managed a 3.65 mile run around my neighbourhood before I knew I had to stop or else be late for my lunch date. I really think the interval training I’ve been doing on the treadmill lately has helped because I ran my fastest 5k and knocked a whole minute off my average pace during the run. Overall I came out at with an average pace of 10:04 mm which was great considering I have a dirty great hill to run up on each lap around.


I managed to get all my chores done just in time for my Sister in Law and her kids to arrive and pick me up for lunch. Us girls went for lunch at Giraffe and had a lovely time chatting, though I was feeling rather tired from my run. Once home I was shattered and spent the rest of the afternoon/evening almost comatose on the sofa!

Despite eating out so much the last few days I’m trying to compensate by eating healthily the rest of the time. I decided for one of my lunches to mash up an avocado and mix it with some seasoning and lemon juice then spread it into some brown toast. It was so yummy, I’ll definitely be doing that again!


I also decided to give another pinterest recipe a try and was really impressed. The recipe was for Better Than Takeaway Chicken Fried Rice and it really was. So easy and quick and tasted amazing. I’m trying to find ways to add egg into our diet, since Gary doesn’t like it and egg white makes me sick, but they’re so good for you. As the egg is scrambled into the rice it’s small enough for you not to really notice it’s there. We both loved it and I can see this being a regular post-gym meal.


So that brings us to today and another fun packed day, but I’ll write about that next time. Luckily the rest of my week is just organised pottering around my house, since I haven’t been able to do that since we moved in – I’m really rather looking forward to it!

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