On My Travels
Hello! Today’s post might be a bit random because I haven’t posted for a week, so I have lots of thoughts running around in my head. Plus, I’ve just been baking for the cookie exchange that Tamzin has organised, so I’ve got some crazy baking endorphins in my blood – honestly, I think it’s better than a runner’s high.
I’ve been travelling the country this week. I started out in Chester on Monday, recovering from Liverpool half marathon. I then drove down to Cambridge to meet up with Peter, and on Tuesday we drove over to Wiltshire to stay in a cottage for a few days. I didn’t take as many photos as I should have done, but we were so lucky with the weather because the sun shone the whole time, and continues to shine now. We were able to go out in short sleeves, which is amazing at this time of year!
I think I’ve mentioned that as I was growing up my parents wanted me to explore as many parts of the UK as possible and learn about the country that I live in. It’s something that I continue to do, so I chose to go to the Wiltshire/Somerset area because it’s a place I’ve not really been to before. I dragged Peter to Bath and went to the Roman Baths.
I really enjoyed the museum and the audio guide, but Peter wasn’t so enamoured, which goes to show that your experience of museums is so very personal. He doesn’t like listening to audio guides and there wasn’t enough information about the engineering side of the baths. He loves to know how things work and there really wasn’t any explanation. We both enjoyed basking in the sunshine though, although I got a bit warm!
You probably know me well enough by now to know that I sought out as much tea and cake as possible.
This was a delicious slice of orange polenta cake from a local tea rooms in a walled garden.
On our way home on Friday we stopped off at the New Forest Wildlife Park. Peter took some amazing photos that might need a post for themselves! It was only a small park, but we managed to spend five hours there, at least two of which must have been looking at the lynx, because they are one of Peter’s favourite animals. Personally, I liked the otters because they were so boisterous and playful.
I took the whole week off from exercise, apart from walking around the various sights and a few short walks in the countryside. I think I needed it because I was feeling a bit beaten up by the half marathon. I felt sore for a couple of days after the half, particularly my backside and my quads, which is a bit strange because my quads never normally cause me any bother. I know that my glutes are weak though, so I’m going to search out some strengthening exercises to incorporate into my routine.
I was desperate to go on a run yesterday after six days without, especially since the weather was so good. I didn’t measure my run, but I think it was about 5.5 miles. I felt really good for the first half, and then my backside began to ache a bit, but nothing too bad. I also found that my breathing was a little bit laboured, but I think that was the warmth combined with my short break from any cardio.
What has been weird over the past week is my appetite. I would say that I usually have a very healthy appetite and I’m usually hungry for three meals and at least two snacks a day. I wasn’t very hungry after the half, which I was expecting, but my appetite never really came back. That really screwed with my mind because I wanted to eat as I normally do, and I actually ended up overeating a couple of times because I was trying to override my hunger signals. I didn’t eat that well while I was away, and had cake for lunch on at least two occasions, but I think that’s ok as long as it doesn’t turn into a habit.
After yesterday’s run, thankfully my appetite is returning back to normal. All I could think of while I was running was Greek food, so when I got back I made a salad of mixed leaves, cucumber, sweetcorn, hummus, stuffed vine leaves (shop bought) and pitta bread.
This really hit the spot … as did the Domino’s pizza I had for dinner, but it’s all about balance, right?!
On a random note, I really want to swap kitchens with Peter because the lighting is so good!
Do you like visiting historic places and museums? Which one is your favourite?
Do you find that your appetite is closely related to exercise?