Running, Camping and Other Disasters


Turns out I still quite like running :D I’m not sure I’m any good at it mind you. Doc said start at 20 mins per day and work up, but I’ve only managed to crack 10 minutes in my 2 runs so far this week (#3 tonight all being well). I don’t know whether it’s my lack of fitness since having the kids/buying a car/not walking 1.5miles to work daily etc but I just feel like I should be doing better?

That said, where I live is basically hills in every direction, and while the down is not so bad, the coming back up is a bitch. The route I’ve decided to run basically goes from about 400ft to nearly 500ft IIRC in terms of altitude so that’s a fairly steep incline to come back up. I can’t avoid it either: running another street would just bring me to another bloody hill.

Oh, and my pelvic pain from pregnancy is back. Not sure what that’s about.

We are camping this weekend at Natural Mamas Big Camp (please don’t attempt to burgle my house, my house sitters would probably not appreciate it) & having done a test camp in Karl’s mum’s garden a couple of weeks ago I have prepared the ultimate family camping checklist in anticipation:

  1. Vodka
  2. Sleeping pills

And that’s just for the kids.

Seriously though… on the test camp we took out the big tent to discover a missing pole, and then we remembered that the pole broke when we camped when I was about 38 weeks pregnant with Izz back in 2009 (which I kinda assumed I’d blogged about but looking back, I hadn’t? Must have been due to the move at the time). Karl’s mum had replaced the pole but we couldn’t find it so we ended up using a cramped pop-up tent.

Other Disasters
At the end of the test camp while waiting for my mum to come and jump start Karl’s car battery (don’t ask) we found the pole, so thought aha.. all’s well that ends well. In what I assumed was a fit of paranoia this afternoon, Karl took the poles out of the tent bag to go through everything and we discovered that actually, the replacement pole was also knackered because after 3 years in the roof of the garage, the mice had eaten through the elastic that holds it all together (in several places).

Of course, being the day before a fairly major festival in the UK events calendar, most indepedent retailers etc are running low on stocks of tents, so we had to do a dash to chain store Halfords for their cheapy hope-it-doesn’t-rain-too-much tent pack + sleeping bags etc for £80 or thereabouts. And we also bought a fold up camping kettle because it seemed like a good idea at the time.

I’ve just realised I forgot to buy a bottle of wine to numb the pain of sleeping on airbeds. Shit.

Oh well, if nothing else at least we have Tattooed Mummy’s camping list to make sure we don’t forget anything else. Much.

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7 comments so far

  1. Aisling said:
    On August 15, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Worse than the pain of sleeping on airbeds: sleeping on the floor. This is a thing I learned on Monday night. I quickly remedied this (and punished my sassy self that said I could /definitely/ manage to sleep on the floor for 4 days) and it is BLISS.

    But yeah, I’m still excited for my proper bed to be delivered tomorrow.

    Have fun camping! I love camping. I haven’t been since last year and I am sad. :(

  2. Mumblies said:
    On August 16, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I wish you had said before that you didn’t have a kettle…Not only do I have a full sized magnetic burner for cooking on but I also have a kettle that pugs into the car battery. Hope you have a great time despite all the problems so far.

  3. marjo said:
    On August 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    The pelvic pain is probably due to the raining. It came back when I picked up running again after doing nothing for 3 years since my pregnancy.

    In the end I had to realize running just wasn’t good for my body anymore and I switch to other forms of exercise.

    So keep an eye on it. You don’t wanna ruin your pelvic forever by just pushing further even though there is pain.

    • Jem said:
      On August 22, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      I was worried about the pelvic pain sticking around but it’s been fine this week – I guess I’m just awakening parts of my body that haven’t been used in a while!

  4. marjo said:
    On August 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    oops, raining should be running in that first sentence


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