Since my last blog I’ve finally done something I’ve wanted to do for ages – run a 50km ultramarathon! If you’re not familiar with the term, an “ultra” race is anything longer than a marathon, so any event longer than 26.2 miles (50km is just over 31 miles). Some of you might remember the first time I attempted to do this, a couple of years back. It didn’t go very well; I only run off-road, so only enter trail races, never road races, which means the terrain is often quite rough, and I managed to fall in a wood just four miles in. I hurt myself rather badly, but ran on for 20 miles, when I was “persuaded” to stop by medics because I was bleeding so much from deep cuts to my hand and leg, and had to head off to A&E.
I was planning to try again last March but of course that was cancelled due to the first lockdown. But now – I’ve done it, and I didn’t fall over! I did get some bad leg cramps at the 28-mile point but otherwise it was OK (yes, pretty hard at points, but largely enjoyable!) and I’m so chuffed to have finally got my hands on that medal. If you follow me on Instagram (@officialjackiekabler) you’ll have seen this little account I wrote after the race, but I know lots of you aren’t on social media so I’ve reproduced it here. This is how it went:
13.1 miles/21km: half marathon point – feeling good!
20 miles/32km: legs a teeny bit tired now.
26.2 miles/42km: I’ve run a marathon. I’ve run a marathon and now I have to KEEP RUNNING? WHOSE STUPID IDEA WAS IT TO DO THIS? Oh. Mine.
28 miles/45km: I hate this. I’m hating every minute of this. In fact, I hate running. I AM NEVER RUNNING AGAIN AFTER TODAY.
30 miles/48km: Hmmmm. I might actually be able to do this…
31 miles/50km: YESSSSSSS! I DID IT! Well, that wasn’t so bad, was it? When’s the next one?
I’ve vowed to stick to shorter distances for the rest of this year, but we will see…!
Meanwhile at home we’ve been working on the garden for the past two and a bit years since we moved in to our new house. It’s definitely taking shape beautifully now but the old patio is rather tired, so that’s next on the list ahead of the good weather (fingers crossed…come on, sunshine!). One way to really give your outside space a facelift is to use accessories, a bit like you would indoors, but I’ve never tried an outdoor rug before. There’s a Kelly Hoppen indoor/outdoor reversible rug Today’s Special Value offer coming up on Wednesday 26th May so I took one home to try out, and I like it! It makes the outdoor space feel quite cosy, even on a dull day. It comes in three colours – Charcoal Neutral, Dark Grey and this one, Beige Cream, and three sizes. And it’s wipe clean, so no worries about spillages, whether it’s in your garden or living room.
Just a couple of other QVC-related things to tell you before I finish. If you love jewellery, and don’t already follow the lovely Kathryn Goldsmith on social media (@KathrynGoldsmit on Twitter and @kathryn_goldsmith on Instagram), you really should as she’s now officially QVC’s Jewellery Insider, bringing you all the latest jewellery news and giveaways too. Of course, she’ll be revealing all on her blogs here too so don’t worry if you’re not on social media. (It’s only just occurred to me how very appropriate her surname is – how funny!)
And finally, a great new section on the QVC website. If you’ve missed a Today’s Special Value or Big Deal offer, do check out this page. On it you’ll find previous offers brought back at special prices, so you may well find that thing you thought you’d missed! Great idea.
That’s it for this week. Thanks for reading!
Love Jackie x