First run at Forty!

More training to log!



Oyster’s, Bacon or both?

I have never ever been tempted to eat an Oyster. In fact it is widely known amongst my family and friends that I am not a real Seafood fan. Yes, I know I am crazy and seeing as though I love to live near the ocean you would think I would appreciate the local fresh fish choices during the season.

Friday morning I woke up and was eager to get my running shoes on and explore this place they call St Joe’s Beach. I think this is why I love to run, as long as I have my trainers with me I can see so many new places and exercise at the same time.

Heather kindly drew me a map of her run, I wish I had kept it as I am sure you would of appreciated the Pre-school level instructions as much as I did. After relaying the information to me it was pretty simple….

“Head out the front at the end of the driveway turn right. Keep going to the dead-end, past the nice house on the right, turn right follow round to the lighthouse, not really a lighthouse just a metal construction with a light on the top, go right into the park, across the deck… down to the street and on to the beach and run all the way back. When you see the house with the blue roof  head off the beach to the deck, past the Look Out Lounge and back up the street to home.”

Now you know why we are good friends, we are both quite mad though she has a PHD to hide the fact that she is a little bit crazy 🙂

I was so excited on my 1st trip to the beach to see this …

I did not have my camera so continued my run very quickly back to the house. After chugging my Arbonne Protein Shake I headed out with the boys and kids to fish. I headed back up the beach to find it and with my Handy Dandy Iphone snapped him for you all to see!

There was alot of fuss at the fishing poles as I headed back to inform them I had found the odd spiky thing I had seen during my run. Son# 1 had caught his 1st fish ever, and it was the start of our dinner feast.

Unfortunately that was our only catch and Pompano was not on the dinner menu that night. Our little sand crab catcher did an excellent job though.

After heading back from the beach everyone was getting a bit peckish, so it was decided we would go and visit Regan’s Pub and Oyster Bar. Kevin is the Bar manager of this fine establishment, hubby has been there many a time and was obliged to go and say “Hi”

We arrived to see Regan wearing a Coventry City Football shirt, this made my son smile!  What a wonderful friendly place this was.

Menus came out and they all started ordering “Oyster’s”… bugger, the menu was either burgers or seafood. NOT what I wanted at all.

The healthiest option for me was baked shrimp and they were fabulous… though they were all raving about their Oyster’s.

Seems they are the best, from the Apalachicola. So if you ever find yourself in St Joe’s Beach Florida, please stop in and say ” Hello” to Kevin and Reagan, tell them I sent you and order a dozen!

Of course those seafood lovers were asking the kids to try them, so I had to be brave when it was my turn. I was amazed at how nice they were baked and topped with Cheese and Jalapeños! I find everything topped with Bacon bloody lovely so I am thinking there was some Bacon too.

I even tried this Bacon flavoured Chocolate and it weren’t half bad!

What strange Bacon Flavoured things have you seen and tried?

Keep on running and eating… even with a cold!


Did I tell you that I have registered to run the Atlantic City 7k?

Did I tell you they promise I will achieve my PB? LOL 🙂

As my friend and running buddy Barb noted… this will be the 1st 7 k we have ran, so of course it will be a personal best!

Since I registered I got hit with this nasty virus thing… pretty much put a halt on any training. I do not need too much as I have ran 4 miles before so what’s an additional .35? Probably terrible!

Last Saturday I ran 3 miles with Sue, a few walk breaks to catch my breath as it was tough. I was coughing alot and the snot expelling from my nostrils was just disgusting. I am a week into these antibiotics and I am not sure they are doing me any good but, as instructed on the bottle I have to complete the 10 day course.

I was suffering from cabin fever today… so after work it was still nice out (got to love day time savings) and I headed out with my Ipod, Nike+ and just did it!

I did 2.07 today with my snotty nose and cough. I was pleased with that though the cough took at least an hour to stop. Tomorrow I am heading back out to my familiar 5k route.

I don’t know about you but any kind of exercise always makes me hungry!

I was so pleased to hear that my hubby was going to cook tonight, he makes a mean (Delightfully Tasty) Toad in the hole. The kids have been requesting this every night since Friday, so its about time we delivered.

What the heck is a Toad in the Hole? I hear my american friends ask… its an english dish that looks like this…

Photo By Youngest Child!


It is Irish Sausages, which I purchase from my local Wholefoods baked in a BIG Yorkshire Pudding. It’s a classic and my families favourite.

Big thanks to Hubby for cooking, and Eldest Child for loading the dish washer… Oh I was spoilt tonight 🙂

What’s your Family Favourite Meal ?