I hope everyone is in good form. Ireland is in the middle of major financial issues involving all kinds of parties which to be honest is really sad and depressing for Irish people but this is not a blog about the economic status of the country so I will avoid all talk relating to letters such as IMF, EU or ECB.
There has been lots going in the past while. Last week was a tough training week but it was good. I got through it well. Ailis is officially finished work so I'm super excited that we will be able to do all our running sessions together. Apart from her speediness, it's just good craic to be training with Ailis. We are trying to organise our training camps pre indoors at the moment. It's a good distraction from the cold and wind in Dublin. We are hoping to do a week in December and 3 weeks in January.
Yesterday I did a random thing. I got to turn on the christmas lights on Grafton Street in Dublin. I was asked to do this a few weeks ago and said yes for two reasons firstly it's Christmas and turning on the lights is a cool thing to be asked to do and secondly I got to donate money to a charity of my choice. I was assisted by Santa who had very kindly taken time out of his busy schedule to pop into Dublin city centre. There was a wonderful choir from Ballyphehane school in Cork (the girls won the all Ireland choir competition recently) on hand to sing and the whole thing was very festive and lovely.
In other random news there was a drama in my house this morning. Last night I left a chicken carcass on the counter top to cool so that I could make some chicken stock today. The counter is fairly high and I thought out of reach of the dog. This morning the carcass was on the kitchen floor mangled and there was a very guilty looking dog by the name of Berlino. During the night the dog had decided to have a chicken feast. The problem is that it is impossible to know whether she ate any bones so I had to ring the vet and get advice. The vet said because the chicken was cooked she was probably fine but to keep an eye on her and make sure she wasn't just lying in her bed depressed. I don't know about you but it's kinda hard to judge whether a dog is depressed or not! I was so paranoid that I brought her to the gym today so that I would be able to keep an eye on her. Thankfully she seems fine in fact she seems to be having the time of her life. She was loving saying hi to everyone in sportsmed (she did get put in the car for the session!) plus the vet said to feed her so she is getting loads of treats and on top of all that she has a belly full of chicken. From Berlino's point of view this was a great plan. Note to self do not leave food on counter tops.
I made the yummiest chocolate brownies last night. Alas I can't really devour them and try to jump over the hurdles at speed (chocolate brownies=chunky monster) so the brownies got left in the gym today for everyone there. I love cooking and wanted to try this recipe so even though I wasn't able to eat them at least I got to make them.
I'm off to have a little sleep. Part of my session today was 4 sets of 10 squats which makes Derval a tired girl.