I burnt the duck!

What a great week I have had, Friday was a training free day so I managed get through quite a few tasks that had been gathering dust on my TO-DO list.

I had been looking forward to the weekend as I actually had both Saturday and Sunday night off, That was until work phoned and asked if I could work the Saturday night 😦 The extra money helps but when you get so close to the days off it was still a bit disappointing.

I had my weekend pretty much planned, Saturday I was finally going to get my car fixed – the catalytic converter was at the end of it’s useful life and I had bought the new parts a few weeks beforehand, Well that had to be moved to Sunday.

Sunday my wife and I had planned to go to a tent and camping equipment exhibition. We had never been to one of these before but it looked really interesting, Of course we had to cancel this to get the car done 😦

So Sunday morning I finished work, Shot home for a couple of hours sleep before heading off to my dads house to get my car done. I actually really enjoyed myself, Under my Dads expert supervision we both got the part replaced and my car works lovely now, Next on the list is to fix the electric windows but that can wait for another week (yes I have the parts already).

Only problem was with the lack of sleep and the hot weather by the time I got home I was so knackered that I did not have the energy to cook, I bought everyone pizza which I also ate with a chilled can of beer, Yep no long run Sunday for me!!

Tuesdays run was great, 30 Minute steady run. I got less than 5 minutes down the road when my running app started telling me I had completed my first mile??? I wish, a mile in 4 minute 44 – That would definably be a record – Try 8 minutes. This did make me laugh as I ran, I always wear my Garmin watch which is what I go by.

Miles: 3.83 – Duration: 30:03 – Average Pace: 7:51

Wednesday I had a 8 mile recovery run so I took Tigger with me, He actually ran all the way which surprised me as he usually gets outside the house and refuses to move, After the first 3 miles I took him to the park so I could let him off his lead, 3 laps round the park and he stayed by my side the whole time, Well done to Tigger 🙂

Well back to the title, I did burn the duck. My wife had bought a half piece of aromatic duck for herself and my last remaining meat eating daughter to share. I had made a large batch of Chilli-con-carne with rice for myself which was put in tubs and froze. The box said to cook the duck for 30 to 35 minutes, I timed it perfect with my dinner, the timer went off at 30 minutes so it left a couple of minutes to get the sauce and extras ready. When I opened the oven door I was gobsmacked – the duck was not just burned it was black! If it was any other meat I think it would of been binned but being duck and the fact my wife and daughter was starving they still wanted it! To my surprise only the skin was black, the meat underneath was cooked lovely, I tasted a bit and it was really nice. What’s the saying – don’t judge a book by its cover? Does the same apply to food? lol

Well I have to get back to work now so have a good night all 🙂

5 Mile easy run with Tigger

Thursday 17th January 2019 I did not get to update my blog on Tuesday or Wednesday as I just ran out of time so my apologies if todays is a bit long. Tuesday I had gained 1 lb and Wednesday no change but this today I had dropped 2.2 lbs which is much better. Tuesday was strength exercise day. I did the same as Friday but slightly heavier weights, My daughter also done the workout with me which made it fun. I think increasing the weight slightly was the answer – I felt really good when I finished. Wednesday was my 40 Minute tempo run – made up of 4 minutes warm-up, 15 minute steady run, 3 minute easy run, 15 minute steady run and finishing with a 3 minute easy run. 5.05 mi 7:56 /mi 40m 3s Thursday afternoon was really busy, I had my usual oats, strawberries and banana breakfast was lovely.

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I spent the next 2 hours catching up on housework and getting everything ready so that I can start cooking dinner as soon as I get back from my run. This afternoon I had a 5 mile easy run to do so I thought I would bring my lovely dog Tigger with me. I have mentioned this before but Tigger does not like men taking him for walks. When we got Tigger he was pup and he has always been this way. Tigger would get very exited but when he gets 10 feet or so from the front door he then refuses to budge and sits down. If I try to give him a gentle tug then he would lay down, If I try again he would lay on his back with his feet in the air. This can be embarrassing and frustrating when you want to go for a run. Most of the time I leave it to the girls to walk him as it’s easier. Well today was a good day as he did actually let me take him for a run, Tigger tried to sit down once but changed his mind. We are half a mile from a park so we ran there, in the park I was able to take the lead off Tigger and he ran by my side the whole time. It was a fantastic run although my pace was a little faster than I intended. Total: 5.40 miles in 48:25 8:58 min/mi Today I cooked my very first vegan meal, a veggie-con-carne as Jamie Oliver put it, I am not vegan and have no plans to ever be but when I saw Jamie Oliver cook it I thought wow, this looks great. I don’t think it hurts to leave meat off the plate every now and then either (I know vegan is more than just giving up meat). The meal was really delicious but I put too much cayenne pepper in it, I loved the spice but my wife and daughter was not so impressed, my wife even got a can of drink out off the fridge and stuck her tongue onto it to cool her down lol. As usual I made extra so I can put in tubs, freeze and eat at work for lunch. Well I ran out of time to do a strength workout at home so I bought my camping mat (perfect size, cheap and comfy) and done my workout on my break at work, I have a 20 minute break just after 9 so down goes the mat, off comes my shoes and I do a fantastic bodyweight workout. It takes just under 10 minutes and leaves me with enough time to pack the everything up afterwards 🙂 Well I am off to sleep now, Night all