Here are some of the highlights & photos from my trip home to Ireland . It was short & sweet and as always I wished I could of stayed longer!
Catching up with my family & friends, taking my dogs for a walk, an open fire, mams home cooked food, hot water bottle & daytime naps, lot’s & lot’s of Barry’s Tea, Irish TV with little to no ad breaks (commercials for any Canadians), mams fresh flowers & belated bday gifts……
Irish Sky Reflects on the Irish Sea
Flying into Dublin – My first glimpse of the Emerald Isle
My Mams Beautiful Roses & Fruit from my Aunts Garden
Ruby & Misty – Tuckered out after their long walk
Coco – The young one still full of energy, intrigued by the camera
Today September 23rd is Arthur Guinness Day, 251 years ago today Arthur Guinness signed the 9000 year lease at James Gate Dublin (The home of Guinness). To honour the Irish hero Arthur, the historic day & famous Pint parties have been set up world-wide to celebrate! Without a shadow of a doubt I know that the partying in Ireland today/tonight will not be matched in any other location.
Pubs across the country organised a Toast at 17.59 exactly followed by live music & lots & lots of Guinness. Top musical acts such as The Script, Snow Patrol & Paolo Nutini performing to mark the occasion. The icing on the cake/or the creamy head on your Guinness is that all money raised will go to the Arthur Guinness Fund. There has even been talk of trying to make Arthur Guinness Day an national holiday & you will hear no complaints from me!
The Script - Dublin
Today my facebook news feed page is awash with celebration plans from family & friends the length & breath of the country! It’s one of those days I wish I was at home. But we played our part too this side of the Atlantic…myself and my boyfriend went to our local Irish Bar (downtown Toronto) & although they hadn’t heard about Arthur Guinness day they kindly gave us a pint each on the house to Toast!
So here’s to Arthur & many more years of the Black Stuff!
Check out (here) for more details on the days events & the story of Arthur Guinness
I started running about two years ago, after years of unsuccessful attempts. Myself and my friends would meet up armed with bottles of water, The Goal to run a full lap of Punchestown racecourse (approx 5miles). Id say we would usually run for about five minutes before we had the first drop out. Then one by one we would all follow…in support of course! It was an unwritten code dont leave a girl behind. We would usually then walk the course chatting and laughing. It wasn’t the best workout but it was definitely lots of fun.
So two years ago when I moved to Toronto a friend I worked with introduced me to real running! I wont lie it took me some time to get used to it. The first few attempts I could keep up with The Pro for about my usual five minutes, then I would be trailing miles behind! After ten minutes my body usually gave up, I could be found standing on the street in downtown Toronto my entire face covered red with white blotches gasping for breath in disillusionment that she wasn’t stopping.
The early days were tough and my body would ache after. I could be seen regularly walking around the office like a John Wayne impersonator. But every run would become a little easier and every week that passed I could run a little further. I started with 1 mile twice a week and slowly ran further and further over time! Now myself & my new running buddy run about 5 to 6 miles two to three times a week.
Half way point - 3miles
The feeling of satisfaction after you finish is great and I’d be lying if I said that the weight loss and toning also didn’t help me stay motivated.
When your body is good shape you definitely feel more confident and happy.
See some of my running tips below;
- Buy a good pair of running shoes – I love Nike Plus. I sync up my iPod so I know exactly how far & how long I’ve run. How many calories I burned & Lance Armstrong congratulates me when I run my fastest mile.
- Find yourself a running buddy – you may not run side by side but you will be more likely to go if you have arranged to meet someone.
- Plan out your run on a route that is interesting – long straight roads can be boring & demotivating
- Arm yourself with some good music – design a play list. I love to listen to AC/DC
- Motivate yourself by setting reasonable targets – its better to build it up slowly than over-doing it & giving up.
- When possible run on grass – running on concrete or other hard surfaces can be tough on your shins
Want to know more or running isn’t your thing, check out Womens Health Magazine for lots more workouts & advise.
Best of luck for all you starters, you can do it!….Any experienced runners please post some of your tips.