I just don’t know what to do with myself

Happy Tuesday everyone….. Not sure if people legitimately say that, but I’m working some positivity into my day.


At the moment I’m in a weird place where I’m teetering on the edge of injury. Not to be all dramatic – it’s not that bad. It started off as a twinge in my knee, and in typical ‘I know best, I’m an amateur runner’ style, I ignored it until now when it flares up now even when walking quickly.


So. My plan is to chill out and try to rehab it. But that’s easier said than done! It’s so boring not going running. I’m foam rolling, I’m  stretching, I’m strengthening. We’re almost at the end of both Breaking Bad and Orange is the new Black, which makes all that easier (How good is Orange, and how nasty is Walter White!!). I’d like to try swimming for my cardio too.


I have a 10k trail run this weekend, and a 10k obstacle course next weekend. And I really don’t want to drop out, so until then I’m keeping off the concrete and on the couch. Actually, that doesn’t sound too bad!


Lesson: don’t think you’re too strong for injury just cos you’re good at cross training (which I think I am)! If your twinge starts to get worse, your body is warning you about something……


In other running news, the Tempest Runners met for the third time last night. This is a running group I started at my dance school. Last night we worked on pacing and consistency, and they ran 3*1k with a 2 min  break in between each one. The aim was to maintain consistency in each one, and they succeeded fabulously. Hopefully this will help with the obstacle course in a few weeks!


Gilly has her marathon on the same weekend as I have my obstacle course. I can’t believe how quickly it’s come around!! Here is some help for your taper Gilly, I bet it must be weird to reduce after working so hard for so long. You’ve done brilliantly already – I can’t wait to see what you do on the day.


In non-running news, we had a GORGEOUS weekend up here in the North East! SB and I made the most of it by going to our favourite coffee shop three times (I missed it after our week away), by going for a picnic and by going to the driving range. I feel I’m making some progress with my golf swing: I only completely missed the ball about 30% of the time. 😉



Hope you’re all having a great week!

I Have A Problem.

This morning after my run I had to face up to something I’d been denying for a while. My name is Ellie and I have IT band issues.

Damn!! I have made it this far without injury (I know, don’t hate me), but since June every time I finish running, my left IT band rears it’s ugly little head and shouts “haha” like that guy in the Simpsons. Like an idiot, I didn’t do much to fix it, but now I’m going to have to give it some TLC. I’m going to try some of these stretches, and if that doesn’t work, tear my hair out and become hostile with family, a la the diagram in Gilly’s post. Anyone got any other hints???

I know, Nelson, I know. Thanks for the sympathy.

I know, Nelson, I know. Thanks for the sympathy.

Today’s run was 6.5 miles around the river Wear. The first half was at 4.57km pace, but the second half was slower thanks to…. well nothing. Apart from my IT band. I’m getting back into my running mojo after all that pole. It was my perfect running weather – overcast, but warm.

After the run, SB and I went into Durham for coffee at my favourite place: Flat White. It has really cool mis-matched crockery, tables made from sewing machine stands, and is a hipster-magnet.


I’m one of those embarrassing customers that greets the staff like she personally knows them, and I visit at least 3 times a weekend. When I worked at Starbucks I felt sorry for these guys. But now I am one – and I don’t care. Just give me that coffee and a chance to hang out with my fellow hipsters. Who are not 8 years younger than me.

Then I went to a dress rehearsal for Spectacular Spectacular. My dance school is taking part in an all-singing, all-dancing spectacular as part of a local talent show. I am back stage mum, but today was also promoted to playing The Duke from Moulin Rouge at the end: I am particularly excited about the moustache. I don’t think it’s too much a stretch of the imagination:

Duke Ellie

 Hope you all had a good Sunday! Anyone do anything exciting?

Ellie B