Toe-woe and dicky hip, I’m falling apart at 37.

Janathon has slowed right down for me, if anyone has been reading over the last few weeks my fractured toe has been an increasing source of discomfort. To add insult to injury after a couple of hours of gardening on Sunday, (Sunday’s Janathon effort), I developed such bad pain in my right hip I could hardly walk let alone run. My hips and lower back have been a, (mainly), background problem ever since I was pregnant with Barbary Boy eight years ago. I had a ‘front’n’centre’ style of bump, which whilst looking very neat put huge pressure on my pelvis and lower back. For the most part it wears itself off as indeed it has done by this evening, but when it strikes – yowsers! It hurts SO much and feels as if someone needs to get hold of my leg and yank it back into position. In terms of fitness it’s a reminder that I need to be swimming more, nothing else loosens me up in quite the same way. I will get back into running though – someone with dicky hips and a family history of muscular-skeletal problems needs to build up bone density and strength now I think. As for the toe, alas, I’m told it will never have the flex it used to and to try some anti-inflammatory gel. Still, at least it didn’t need breaking again.

To happier things, here is the quilt I made for my parents Christmas presents. Another big thank you to my lovely Dad for photographing it for me, (I am missing my camera so much). It’s made from an Arcadia Layer Cake and the pattern comes from the Moda Bake shop here. The colours fit perfectly with their new sofas, always a relief when you’re matching colour by memory. I would love to make them a slightly more ornate quilt in time, but this is a good start and perfect for winter snuggling!

 

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My Scrappy trip along has also slightly paused for the moment, as I emerge from a slightly crazed ‘slice, dice, SEW!’ frame of mind to consider I didn’t really want to make another quilt at the moment. I can see these turning into large floor cushions for the monkeys. Our bean bag is both ancient and sad and could do with a well-earned rest. Image

Thanks for reading,

Helenx

 

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#Janathon days, erm where are we now?

Janathon has slowed right down this week, suspiciously in line with plummeting temperatures. After Monday’s run I was busy and I realise active every day. I walk to and from work, about three miles a time, I never take the bus or car if it’s under two miles and I physically do a fair bit. The interesting thing is I thought I needed to do Janathon because I needed to do more formal sport but now I analyse what I’m doing I realise I’m pretty active as it is. However, that’s not to say that a bit more formal sport wouldn’t come in handy. I’ve always said that I have no problem with my weight – but I would like a bit more muscle tone and some more strength and frankly formal sport is the only way that’s going to happen.

So – it is off to the doctor tomorrow for a bit of toe analysis (it’s hurt progressively as I’ve tried to run these last two weeks) also for a niggly hip, which has bugged me for years. Daft as it sounds I tend to just note the niggles and work round them rather than getting anything checked out – the lovely Kiwi gets very cross with me.

This weekend’s Janathon offering has been spent hacking and clearing in the garden. It may not seem much, but it definitely feels as if some serious exercise has happened.

Hopefully I’ll be more active next week, perhaps a return to the swimming pool is in order…

 

Thanks for reading,

Helenx

#Janathon day 7. Cool Runnings

We’ll draw a veil over yesterday’s lack of Janathon effort. Unless you count scrappy children separating or linen folding in which case I excelled myself. Today is the beginning of week two of the running programme, run 3 minutes, walk 3 minutes repeat 4 times. Admittedly it was a slightly longer route than it should have been, due to forgetting the monkeys PE kit bags this morning. Thus after a hasty scuttle to school to drop them off I set off, straight up a nasty little hill. Really the distance between running for 2 minutes and 3 minutes when you’re beginning to run feels enormous. I know it will settle down in time but I was so glad of the walking breaks today. Still, I got there in the end, 3 miles including the school diversion, pleasantly breathless, proper Pantone magenta of face.

I thought I should start to show you my Christmas makes, there’s a teeny problem with pictures at the moment, in that I’ve left my camera in the Midlands with my parents. My Dad however is kindly leaping into breach and taking pics of the things I made that are up there. Here’s a big, fat, squishy cushion for my little nieceling, Milly. Regular readers may remember her quilt from last year. Here as requested is a hand quilted cushion to match. It’s a great block to use if you’re having a New Year scrap use up, as so many of us seem to be this year. The tute is here if you fancy a go.

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Hopefully I’ll have figured out how to get pictures off my phone before February – or this could get very dull, very quickly!

Thanks for reading,

Helen

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#Janathon day 5; Running is not all about your legs…

I ran, ran, ran! It was SO much easier than New Year’s Day too, it just goes to show a vat of brie and a pint of merlot is not great pre-exercise fuel, (nothing but quality tips here folks). It was just another 2.5 mile run/walk but I felt less hellish on the running part. Next week I will start the programme proper! Embarrassingly I caught sight of myself in a window as I was running. I don’t know if other people analyse their running style, but I seem to keep my arms clamped tightly to my sides. I look as if I’m engaged in some sort of Run for Riverdance event. Mincing little steps – rigid upper body. The difference it made when I freed my arms to power up a couple of little hills was enormous! Arms are good – duly noted 🙂

The Christmas Tree is down and once again the living room looks strangely naked. Barbary Boy is rather relieved I think, he needs a return to the usual routine, but Miss Marmoset is absolutely disconsolate. I’m with her, hate this grey time of year.

Still there are New Year’s resolutions to be considered – have you made any this year? I try not to make ‘negative’ resolutions of the ‘I will lose weight/not drink/not smoke/shave my shins more often’ variety. I really don’t think starting the year saying you don’t like who you currently are is very motivating. I usually just try adding some good stuff, in the hope it will make me want to do more good stuff. I actually have quite a good track record at keeping resolutions with this in mind, so here we go for this year:

  • This year I will play more with the monkeys, screen time is a horribly easy habit for all of us to slip into, particularly as the weather has been so bad this year.
  • I will move more this year – running, swimming, cycling, walking all that – and if I don’t enjoy them, I’ll find something else I enjoy doing more 🙂
  • I will stop only making things for other people and try and develop my crafty skills for myself. It’s not that I dislike making things for friends and family you understand I love it, it’s just that I don’t seem to get much time to work on my own ideas – or develop skills. As an addendum to this I’ll also work on giving a polite but firm ‘no’ to some of the ‘could you just run up..’ requests that come from school.
  • I will ask for help more often. I forget to do this all the time, take on more, get overwhelmed, then grumpy, it’s easily done. 

So those are my resolutions – would love to hear yours!

Thanks for reading,

Helen

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#Janathon day 4

Today’s Janathon effort involved running like a loon round the park with the smalls. We’ve raced over the assault course, done a lot of upper body strength building as I lift Miss Marmoset on and off the zip-wire, and played crocodile and pirates. Which is essentially me being the crocodile chasing the ‘pirates’ when they’re foolish enough to venture off their ‘ship’. It was lots of fun but yes, I have to acknowledge the foot is not happy – I’ve made an appointment to see the doctor next week. I’m hoping it’ll be a physio thing and it won’t have to be re-broken, but at the moment compared to the other foot I have about 20% movement in my big toe. Clearly it’s a bit of a problem when running.

 

In happier non-toe related news, the scrappy trip along is up to two whole blocks! I’m unconvinced that it doesn’t just look like a fabric train smash at the moment, perhaps when I see a few more blocks together it’ll suddenly leap to life!

 

Thanks for reading,

Helen

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Welcome to alwaysfindahappyplace!

Thank you if you’ve made the jump over from Posterous! I have moved the blog over here as unfortunately Posterous was getting harder and harder to use. Ever since it changed ownership in the summer it kept crashing, losing posts, not publishing pictures etc etc. So I decided that some changes had to be made. I’m a bit nervous about WordPress and I’ve had to slightly change the blog name, but I’m told by the technical support desk (the lovely Kiwi) that I won’t regret this. Let us hope so!

Day 3 of Janathon was nothing more demanding than another brisk trot to work and back. Another approx 2.5 miles at a fair clip. Normally I would be hoping for a run tomorrow, however there’s a bit of a cloud on the horizon. The big toe I fractured way back in August is still hurting, moreover it won’t bend at all. A trip to the doctors is clearly in order again, if only to stop the prognostications of everyone around me. Let’s hope I can see Janathon out OK.

On the stitchy front, all presents were made, in the nick of time and happily received by their recipients. Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos of them at all, so have had to commission my Dad to take some in daylight for me. Assuming that is, that we ever get daylight again. It’s been gloomy for so long. I’ll show you as soon as I can. In the meantime, giddy with the joy of having nothing to finish for anyone else, I’ve joined a quilt a long. Have you seen the gorgeous Scrappy Trips Around the World quilts? Come and join in, it’s really satisfying!

Sorry this is a picture-free last few posts – when I’ve figured out how to insert photos, I will!

Thanks for reading,

Helen

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Janathon day 2

Janathoon 2012 Participant Logo

Today’s Janathon contribution doesn’t amount to anything more than a brisk trot to work and back, probably no more than 2.5 miles but taken at a bit of a canter as I was sooooo far from a work frame of mind this morning.

Tomorrow’s job is another run. Hope day 2 has gone well for you!

Thanks for reading,

Helen

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First run of the year done!

Whoop! Although running after an evening of excessive brie eating and wine guzzling clearly isn’t ideal. Still I managed the first run of my programme taken from here http://www.amazon.co.uk/Complete-Book-Running-Women/dp/0671017039/ref=sr_1_1?…

I feel good for my run, why don’t other runners smile? In fact it seems to me, the fancier the kit the less cheery the runner, can tight ham strings pull the lower half of your face down?

And the sun shone, meant to be 😉

 

Thanks for reading,

Helen

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