Get up and run!

I woke up today and wanted to get on top of a hill … I know running does crazy things to you.

Fortunately for me a hill is just around the corner. I didn’t even wait for sunrise and just headed to the beach.


Today wasn’t a double sock day, but the wind was making a bit of a wave. Nothing like the gale force stuff I had got used to over the winter so happy times! You can see the hill and the obelisk on top. Getting there does involve  a bit of climbing.


Now if the hike didn’t kill your breath the views will – sun is optional!


You can see Dublin waking up in the distance.


Check out the beach below where I started. Looks like the tide is still out so more playtime!


And that’s what I did, inventing some sort of new  slow running reverse hill training. While I couldn’t discipline myself enough to hike up steep hilly parts at a low heartrate I kept it down while running. I was surprised how much of it I could actually run and what joy it was! Checkout the pics … only a runner can understand how those surfaces bring happiness to feet!

I ended up climbing up another hill and snag a pic while the heartrate cooled down.


All in all a perfect experience that ended with me falling into a bowl of baba ganoush I had from yesterday.


… and then something amazing happened

Today I had this moment of doubt … this tiny voice trying to convince me to drink another coffee before heading out for a run … but we all know how this would have ended. So I did the best to ignore that voice by putting on my running layers and it worked. Somehow I found myself out the door and as I spotted the rays of light breaking through I couldn’t wait to hit the beach. After warmup and taking in the sunrise I started my run.

And then something amazing happened!

My app had lost the connection to my heartrate monitor!!!

All I can say to my defense is that I had the most amazing time ‘flying down the beach’ and if there is no proof it didn’t happen right?

Now let’s quickly distract ourselves with some more photos:


Can you spot our friend spreading it’s wings?




Hummus and Vegetables

Yes I’m in love – Hummus and Vegetables

The hummus did taste like magic today! I was excited to see leeks again after weeks in my weekly box and must say that tomato/hummus and leeks is a heavenly combination. I am now fully convince that me an hummus are a pair!

So for future reference, if I need a quick protein boost and don’t want my frozen chilli, hummus is the answer!

Now what did I put in? Garlic, cherry tomatoes, precooked chickpeas, tahin, lemon juice, sea salt and chilli.

Also … do you see the ginormous amounts I eat for lunch and don’t feel stuffed or brainfogged? Gotta love plants!!!

Here’s a treat!

I was being treated again with a beautiful sunrise. Temperatures around -3 couldn’t stop the birds spreading their wings and bathing in the sun, nor me doing a slow 30 minutes. The double/double sock strategy is working a treat and I get away with 10 minutes warmup walking  and no heartrate spikes.

This is a perfect week: the tide is perfect, no rain or wind and my heartrate is getting used to staying in or below the 140s.

Life is good, it’s just a matter of wearing the right amount of layers!

Also, someone seems to have called backup: