A funny thing happened to me on my run today………I’m still chuckling about it now to be honest.
Two weeks ago I was doing some hill repeats and ran past an old man pushing his bike up the hill. He shouted encouragement to me in French and then of course when I passed him coming back up the other way he got even more excited and shouted even more.
This morning, on the same hill, I passed him again. This time he stopped me, grabbed my hand to shake it and demanded his ‘two kisses’ on each cheek that is the usual greeting in these parts. We then proceeded to have a brief conversation in French where he asked if I lived in Hesdin to which my ‘yes’ reply garnered a big smile. He then wanted to know if I was married!! and didn’t appear to believe my yes reply to that – wanting to see my wedding ring as proof. Once he saw that he looked crestfallen – lol and I decided at this point that it may be best to continue my run. It was quite the job to extricate myself without further kisses but thankfully I managed it. Am still not sure if I met a lonely old man or the local letch but I certainly ran off all the faster!!
And in other news….nettles have been appearing of late in my daily green smoothie and I am thoroughly enjoying them. Most people consider stinging nettles to be a troublesome weed but that couldn’t be further from the truth. They are a versatile and nutrient dense ‘herb’ that have many therapeutic properties. At this time of year before they flower I enjoy them in my juices or smoothies. Once they have flowered I collect them and hang them to dry so that I can use them in tea and once the flowers turn to seed I harvest them and dry them for use over the winter sprinkled over my salads. The seeds are actually very beneficial to anyone suffering from adrennal fatigue and are also a great adaptagen – meaning that they go wherever they are needed in the body to help support any weakness.
Yeah for mother nature, she really does provide us with a natural health chest should we wish to look for it.
Short/fast 4 miler with hill repeats.
Upper body and core workout
Pre run orange, red grapefruit and banana smoothie
Post run snack – banana
Lunch – orange, mango, banana, spinach and nettle smoothie.
Afternoon snack – clementines and bananas
Tea – salad with leaves, spring onion, cucumber, red pepper, tomato and avocado