Day 204 & 205 Awesome Wassailing Weekend

Hello again πŸ™‚

It was (as you may have guessed from the title) a pretty awesome weekend! I will explain wassailing for the uninitiated in due course, but without further ado on to the awesome:

Day 204 (Saturday)

Saturday started out sunny and freezing! Literally freezing… but an hour or so after that it

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was still sunny but had reached a respectable temperature pf 6ΒΊC or so, so I took myself of for a run. It was lovely! It was such a nice sunny day and I chose to run on the downs link path which is a very pretty place to run, especially in the sun πŸ˜€

 

Look how pretty it was…and how muddy my feets got!

Actually it wasn’t too bad underfoot, I didn’t get damp feet there were just a few muddy patches but that was ok really πŸ™‚

I was generally impressed with my running πŸ™‚ I went further again before walking for the first time and am definitely running for longer stretches now between walking.

IMG_2838[1]On top of that,I was having such a good time that I went further than I expected before I turned around and ended up going for 4.5km πŸ˜€

I am still slower than I used to be, mush slower than I was in November time but I know I am running much further in between walks. SO maybe because I am running for longer I am running slower. Β Maybe the colder, damper weather is making my legs move slower…I don’t know. I am happy with my progress mind you I am going to carry on increasing my over all running intervals for a while. I will carry on doing what I am doing for a while and see what happens… mind you…I think that there is a chance that Β stopping 4 times to take photos probably doesn’t help the average pace…

Still a good run, a good distance and a nice breath of fresh air on a saturday not quite morning.

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Wassail Ritual

It was all good, and prepared me for the evenings festivities, because on saturday evening Mythago were invited to join Hunters Moon Morris at their wassail! For those of you that don’t know a wassail is a ceremony to banish evil spirits from apple trees and ensure a good apple harvest for the following year. More info hereΒ (the orchard visiting type).

It was an immensely fun evening and dancing happened…which is always a good evening πŸ™‚ We danced 5 dances, which was a reasonable number for an evening dance out with 2 other sides. I danced 4 out of the 5: Star of the County Down, Our Henry, Maiden Castle, Triskelle. We also taught a dance to the other sides, we taught Fanny frail, which was amusing as we ended up dancing it for about 24 people…which was far too many…but it was fun πŸ˜€

So that was Saturday πŸ˜€

Day 205 Sunday

Sunday was of course Pilates πŸ™‚ it was as good as ever. I really enjoy it and I have to admit I enjoy it much more than I thought I would when I first decided to go to the class! I have noticed a significant improvement in my core strength (I think the other things I do help this too..) and the level of the exercises I can do.

I really noticed the improvement today when we did an exercise that I can only describe as cross between a v-sit and a leg straightening exercise…
Pilates v balance thingyFirst you sit with your legs bent in front of you (feet on the floor knees up) with a little squishy ball behind you lower back for support. Lean backwards so you are balancing on your bum (a la v-sit) with your feet off the floor, holding behind your thighs. then straighten one leg at a time. To make it harder, straighten both legs, and even harder, remove the support ball and balance using your core strength while straightening both legs. I managed it with both legs and no ball πŸ˜€ even Sarah the instructor congratulated me because it is apparently very hard. Jen, my friend who came with me accused me of having a core of steel…I am not sure if I do…I think it is just getting more practiced πŸ˜€

either way, I am pleased πŸ˜€

So that would have to mean, day 204 and 205 complete πŸ˜€

6 Comments

  1. That V is HARD! Yay Sam!! I’m hit and miss on that one, depending how many planks I’ve been doing at the time I try it. you’re right – it’s all about core strength, but I think there is a mental component in there too. So proud of you!

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