Sunday, November 20, 2011
It's proving to be a rather beautiful November here, weather wise. I notice it more in our new home. That photo above was taken about 3 this afternoon, when the light really spills into the front room and you forget that it's nearly winter outside. After lunch we sat at the table and worked until the light faded, then we watched the sun go down in a blur of grey, purple and pink. 4.55pm, it was gone.
This morning I woke to fog, and was very tempted to stay in my bed, drinking tea and playing games on my iPod (seems to be how I start every Sunday!) but I pulled on my running gear anyway (eventually), and put on my Sweaty Betty jacket which hasn't been needed since March (!) and headed out. Once the sun broke through the fog it was magical being out in the country lanes and roads. I felt immensely powerful on today's run. I don't know how to describe it really, but nothing was bothering me - nothing ached, there were no breathing problems, I didn't feel tired and like I wanted to stop. I felt like if I had fuelled a bit more I could have done 10 miles! I somehow found my rhythm really early and just glided along like a duck on the water. It felt natural, it felt freeing and, for the first time in months and months, it felt easy.
But of course it's not easy, it never really is - but it's runs like this that keep me going and reassure me that my groove is back! It is such a struggle to get out of the house sometimes but I am always so happy when I make the effort and feel so much better and stronger afterwards. Caitlin talked about this the other day - how exercise might be a habit now, for those of us who used to be a bit lazy, but it's still something we have to commit to, every day, and I completely agree. It's still something we have to choose to do. We are the sum of our choices and that's what living consciously, to me, is all about. If I want to fit into my clothes and feel fit and healthy and strong, then I need to go for a run as often as I can. It's what I have to do to get what I want. And every time I come back from a run, I'm hungry for the next time I can lace up my runners and get out there. If only I could bottle that "just come back from a run" feeling, I think I'd be a rich woman indeed!
I did a resilience course a little while ago, and it has been shown that people who are physically fit and do aerobic activity regularly are far more resilient in life and find setbacks and challenges not as hard to deal with. I think that's true - I know that when I was training for the marathon a few months back very little bothered me! While I was running today I was reminded of how strong I can be - a thought to carry me through the week for sure!
We had my parents-in-law visit for most of the week just gone, which was lovely - and my mother-in-law made us some beautiful curtains. The place is really coming together now, I feel rather proud.
We had our usual veggie box delivery on Friday, complete with a little mince pie! Christmas really is on the way now.....
I enjoyed it with a cup of mango chai!! This is really nice, and very fruity.
Over the course of the week Tom and his Dad discovered a hidden pub in one of our town's alleyways, off the beaten track, so we congregated in there with pints of local Chilterns Brewery ales and Buckinghamshire Rarebit on beer bread:
I wore my new favourite dress!
Later on Tom's mum and I went to the little antique store where Tom and I found our vintage cupboard a few weeks ago, and I found this lovely tea set for only £5. Bargain!
I also saw this cute little pyjama case (not very practical for me, but cute all the same)!
It was very sad to see them go yesterday, but also kind of nice to get things back to normal as our place is only very small. But the curtains have really lifted it and added an extra lightness to the space, Mumsch (as I call her) did a wonderful job!
After today's run, there was smoothie-ing:
And then I made a lovely Sunday lunch - it was the thought of that that got me out running to be honest!! I made the gratin from a few weeks ago, but as swede (yellow turnip/rutabaga for my American friends) was in our veggie box this week, rather than celeriac, that's what I used instead, and it was wonderful! I really recommend giving it a go!
Served with a Quorn vegetarian roast, and sauteed kale and peas:
And a delicious red wine:
Red has definitely been my pick lately, it's perfect for these sunny but chilly days, and dark frosty evenings. Tom and I sometimes go for walks in the late afternoon, just before the sun sets, and watch the light on the red bricked houses, the fields and roads, littered with decaying leaves, and the bare branches black against the sky. The heat wave we got in October has meant the sun has stuck around in November for a bit longer than usual, and I'm not complaining. I need a coat and gloves in the mornings now, but the sun does break through for a few hours each day and that's all I need to get me through the next three weeks.
How has your November been shaping up? Hope you have a lovely week xx