Rants and raves #14

**Disclaimer: I’m sharing my latest random selection of rants and raves after drinking slightly too much Malibu. I’ve been told that I’m far too honest when I’ve had a couple of drinks. As always, all rants, raves and opinions represent my own views. Other (far superior) less opinionated and negative running blogs are available**

Happy Tuesday! I hope that everyone had a great Bank Holiday weekend. I can’t believe it’s almost June, whatever happened to May?

Rave: Running

As I’ve spent months complaining about my inability to run, I thought I should probably start my latest selection of rants and raves with a rave. My right heel is feeling so much better *touch wood* I can run again. Although I’m still completing the majority of my runs without my Garmin, I’m now able to run three times a week.

Following on from my last rants and raves post I had to fork out £35 to enter the Great Birmingham Run In order to get my £55 Birmingham International Marathon entry fee refunded. I’m quietly confident I’ll be able to complete the half marathon in October. If I’m injured again then at least I’ve ‘only’ wasted £35 on race entry fees and not £55…

Hopefully the local trains will be running slightly earlier on the morning of the race this year.

Rant: Trains

While on the subject of trains, anyone who follows me on twitter will be aware that I tweet about my train related woes on a regular basis. My personal train travel ‘highlights’ so far this year have included being stuck just outside Birmingham International station for two hours without any information, delays and cancellations due to unexploded bombs and overhead line damage, witnessing fights and drug dealing, phone calls lasting two hours and my least favourite; people vomiting all over the place.Train DelayJust a slightly delayed journey back to Birmingham.

At least Virgin trains have really, really effective air conditioning. It’s just a shame their trains make me feel really travel sick because they smell like a sewage treatment works on wheels.

Rave: The weather

As I’m writing this it’s a typical wet and gloomy Bank Holiday Monday morning. I’m hoping that summer 2017 hasn’t already been and gone, but how awesome was the summery weather we had last week? I’ve just checked out the weather forecast for Four Oaks and it looks like we will get to enjoy a combination of light rain and heavy thundery showers.

Bank Holiday weatherTypical Bank Holiday Monday weather!

Fortunately, the weather for the remainder of the week looks slightly more positive.

Rant: My inability to drink in moderation

On Thursday I travelled down to London to meet up with someone I hadn’t seen for ages for “a quick drink” and a bite to eat. Four hours, several pints, half a bottle of red wine an Italian meal (I can’t remember what I ate…) and a shot of Limoncello(?) later I was feeling slightly inebriated. For some reason I decided to take several photos of the local architecture, so much for drunken selfies.

Drunken photosI have zero interest in architecture so have no idea why I took these photos.

My “I’m never drinking again” vow on Friday morning clearly didn’t last very long as I spent Sunday evening working my way through the bottle of Malibu my brother bought me for my birthday. Cheers Paul!

Rave: My bargain MPG leggings

Whenever I’m in Sutton Coldfield, I always end up calling into TK Maxx to check out the Activewear. Although I tend to leave empty-handed, I got my friend to treat me to a pair of these  Mondetta tights for my birthday.

Mondetta tightsUnfortunately it was too wet to get a photo of me posing in my new running tights. 

They are easily the most comfortable pair of running tights I’ve worn.

Rant: My diet

After keeping a detailed food diary for a few weeks, it’s clear that I urgently need to improve my diet. I rarely eat enough portions of fruit and vegetables and I eat far too much junk food. I treated myself to a couple of Renee McGregor’s books last year; it’s about time I actually read them!

Rave: Nuun mixology

I was going to have a rant about the BBQ my new neighbours had on Saturday – smelling the BBQ food was torture – but I decided to include a short bonus rave. My mobile has been playing up so much recently; I’ve transferred all of the photos from my phone onto my computer. In among all the random photos I found this article on Nuun mixology.Nuun Mixology

Apologies for the rubbish quality of the article, I found more information here and here.

Once again, if you’ve reached the end of my latest random selection of rants and raves, then thank-you.

Did you have an enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend? Hopefully the weather was better than it was here in Sutton Coldfield.

Do you ever run without your GPS? Hopefully I’m not the only ‘naked’ runner out there!


7 thoughts on “Rants and raves #14

  1. AnnaTheApple says:

    I don’t envy your train journeys. My commute to work is about an hour but in the car. So there’s a level of feeling in control and being in your own space that definitely helps.
    Oooh love the leggings! And glad to hear the running is going OK… my finger’s are crossed for you!


    • Emma says:

      I’m not sure I could cope with your long commute. My last commute used to take me between 15-20 minutes on a good day and several hours on a bad day. Fortunately there weren’t many bad days. Every time I get irritated by someone on a train I’m reminded why I made sure that I passed my driving test when I was 17. Yesterday I drove a car for the first time in ages. Although my right heel didn’t like it, I hadn’t forgotten how to drive.
      TK Maxx is full of reduced leggings at the moment so if you are near one it’s probably worth having a quick look.
      As for running… I’ll see how my foot reacts to a visit to my local parkrun tomorrow!


    • Emma says:

      Thanks, I just wish that my attempts to buy ‘normal’ clothes were equally as successful. So far this week I’ve returned five items of clothing I bought online and kept one t-shirt. One pair of shorts looked awesome online, but made me look like I was going on camping trip! I think I’m going to have to call myself a bit of a binge drinker. I very rarely drink alcohol but when I do I go for it!

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      • wanderwolf says:

        Ha ha. I think you and I are kindred spirits. Seriously. I’m better at sports clothes shopping too…and nearly always end up disappointed with real people clothes, even after taking them home after trying them on at the store. And same with the drinking. If you ever make it to Berlin, let me know!!


    • Emma says:

      Thanks Maria, luckily I only have to travel down to London a couple of times a month now. At one stage I was travelling from Birmingham to London five days a week; it was exhausting. I’ve no idea how people cope on a long-term basis. TK Maxx is full of tempting running gear at the moment; so far I’ve managed to avoid breaking my ban on running new gear.


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