Thursday, 31 March 2011

Helloo Vitality

I can't say for certain what it is, but I feel fantastic the last few days. Some of the possible contributing factors:

Setting up a standing workstation (instead of sitting at work)

Doing dead hangs, deep squats and couch stretches (hip flexor) after work

Not running

Paleo diet (although I'm doing a pescetarian version with a little dairy still everyday)

My cravings seem to be melting away! The first day I was a bit hungry, especially in the afternoon, but my hunger seems much more normal now. I don't crave sugar/dessert after my dinner, I don't stuff breakfast into me if I wake up ravenous, but take time to drink some warm water, and then dabble in the fridge, and just eat to sate me. I started this month giving up refined sugar, and I got hooked- now I've taken it a step further, and I'm committing to a sugar *and* grain free diet for now- I think perhaps going grain free seems a bit radical but my tummy has been so well behaved this week, not a whisper of bloat, gas, discomfort. It's amazing really, that I can eat so much veg and not be full of gas!

Some recent meals:

Last night's dinner and today's lunch (today with grated raw carrot rather than kale)-quorn and pepper coconut curry

Treated myself to dessert to use up some grown rhubarb (stewed with some honey to take the bitterness off), whipped heavy cream

Breakfast- grapefruit, leftover whipped cream, tinned salmon (I ended up keeping the egg for later as I was already full)

Dinner- grated zucchini, sauteed in olive oil, topped with a beaten egg and chilli powder and left it set up in the oven, with my breakfast egg, some mature goat cheese and hot sauce

A bite of 90% choco to finish the day:)

I've been snacking on almonds, berries and the odd banana. My caloric ratios are about 50fat:27carb:23protein (I'd get the carb a bit lower if I ate a little less fruit but I'm rather attached to my breakfast fruit dose and daily banana).

My two most visited sites at the moment:

That's all for now folks! I'll keep you updated with my paleo/primal experiment and increasing my bodyrocking instead of running so much.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Pesky goes 'Primal'

Here is a day's sample of my newly tweaked diet following my little analysis last week:

Breakfast: spinach, two eggs cooked in a tablespoon of olive oil, topped with an ounce of mature goat cheese and some hot sauce, some raspberries (I didn't have time to finish the berries, so stuck them in my lunch bag for later)

Snack: handful of almonds, banana

Lunch wasn't pictured, but it was two grated carrots, 1/4 small red cabbage, 1/2 red pepper, some Quorn slices, another ounce of cheese, a tablespoon of olive oil. I ate half my lunch at normal lunchtime, had to leave the rest, but got peckish again at 3:30pm and finished it off.

I had a few more almonds before making dinner (soo good).

Dinner: prawn, kale, pepper stirfry with passata, garlic and lime juice.

Dessert: plain organic yogurt, leftover breakfast raspberries, two squares 90% Lindt.

Some things I noticed:
Despite all that veg, I had no bloat or gas whatsoever. And it was much more filling and satisfying than rice or pasta (so much so I couldn't finish my lunch in one sitting).
I didn't realise how little fat I was eating, and how little oil I was cooking with until I measured it- today I had almost 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 30g of almonds:)

The stats:
Just under 1600 cals, 53% from fat, 26% from carbs, 21% from protein.

What I have to hand this week to make my meals:
Kale, collards, red cabbage, garlic, ginger, onions, chillis, carrots, black olives, courgettes, lots of eggs, goat's cheese, fromage frais, quark, plain low fat yogurt, tahini, apples, lemons and limes
Olive oil, coconut oil, passata, coconut milk, hazelnuts, almonds, pecans, tinned grapefruit and pears, bananas, lots of tinned salmon, cocoa powder, dessicated coconut
Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, spinach, broccoli, quorn pieces, prawns, maca, ground coffee, hemp seeds

It seems everyone is thinking of spring cleans and resolutions! I think the spring is a far better time for it than New Year:)

Monday, 28 March 2011

Diet Analysis

When I was off last week, I took the time to put everything I was eating into NutritionData to see what came out.

The main observations:
Calorie-wise, I am eating pretty much what I thought I was (slightly less even) but:
I eat a lot more carbs than I thought
I eat less protein than I thought
I don't eat enough fat
I'm consistently way under my RDA for Vitamin E, and iron, zinc and calcium are a little lower than I'd like.

Do I think this has anything to do with my current health niggles?
My skin is really dry and I've had amenorrhea for over a year (two periods since I stopped taking the pill in December 2009) despite being within the normal weight range for my height. I quite like not having to deal with periods but for a woman of my age I should be at the peak of my fertility and if I'm not capable of getting pregnant at all (also kinda like this bit), then that's not a great indicator of my overall health, I'd say.

So, what's the plan?
I'd really rather not take a supplement, but I haven't ruled this out. Any opinions?
What I am going to do, is try eating 'primal'. I have been reading a lot about this, and when I stuck a sample Eimearified 'primal' eating day into nutrition data, it corrected my nutrient deficiencies. Fat was making up about half of my calories, and a quarter each of protein and carbs. It means three meals made up of generous quantities of leafy greens and colourful veg plus a protein source usually eggs, fish or quorn, cooking with more oil than I have been, snacking on nuts, seeds (especially those high in Vitamin E, i.e. almonds and sunflower seeds) and the odd bit of low sugar fruit (berries, citrus, and a banana post workout). For now I intend to keep eating some fermented/cultured dairy (yogurt, quark, goat cheese) even though it's not terribly 'primal' and the odd bit of legume in the form of socca and unsweetened soya milk. I've already spent this month cutting processed sugar out of my diet and now it's time to try moving grains out for more vegetables and nuts.

Sample meals:
Kale and bell pepper omelette, berries on the side, or
Fruit smoothie with hemp seeds or whey protein, or
Quorn and salad

Almonds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, nut butter, pumpkin seeds, tahini, apple, pear, grapefruit, dried fruit, cocoa powder in yogurt

Post (intense) workout
Dried fruit, banana, piece of socca, glass of unsweetened soya milk, yogurt

Big heap of veggies, salmon/quorn/homemade nut burger

Really dark chocolate, full fat yogurt, coconut, avocado pudding, glass of red wine

Tonight's dinner:

Collards, red pepper, garlic, two eggs, couple of slices of Quorn 'ham', hot sauce

And two treats...

Yes, my Gymboss timer arrived today!! So excited. Also, some quark, cocoa and berries.

In the spirit of self-analysis, I'm still super stressed. While exercise seems to help, training for this 10k is just feeding my stress, I get so fixated on the target. So when it's over, I'm going to switch to the fun of Bodyrock, weights, and a weekly sprint session and a weekly long SLOW run.
I'm also going to give up my pool membership in a bid to simplify my routine (and save a little bit of money for pampering treats like a nice bathbomb or a manicure).
Another stress reliever I want to bring back in my life is doing yoga for 15 minutes first thing, followed by my walk to work through the park. I'm hoping this will be an approach to exercise that brings me the stress relief I need- rather than increase my stress levels. I enjoy running, but I just can't train for a specific goal without pushing myself way too hard. I also need to get more sleep, so without further ado, I'm away to bed!

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Medicine Soup and Sunshine

When I got home from work and then my run on friday, I needed some relief from my cold symptoms, and MrPeskyRunner had also been smitten. I brewed up some gingery, chilli, garlicky broth with shredded collards. Spices+green=medicine.

I then had curry socca and a bean burger topped with homemade mango chutney (chopped up mango simmered for ages with curry powder) and cottage cheese for dinner- was pretty hungry by this stage.

I repeated last weekend's banana pancakes, but used oat flour this time rather than wheat flour (2 bananas, 2 eggs, 1 cup of oats, ground, 1/2 cup unsweetened soya milk, 1/2 tsp baking powder, cooked on the skillet with coconut oil and eaten with yogurt). They were tastier but softer and a little trickier to flip.

I have been doing plenty of Bodyrock- the Hot Mess Workout on thursday and again today and the 300 Rep Workout yesterday. I had already run four times this week so did none over the weekend. Tomorrow's supposed to be a break, unless I feel super energetic (probably not).

Today was so nice, I did my bodyrock workout outside, I really was a hot mess at the end with the lovely spring sun beating down on me.

Hope you all had a nice weekend:)

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Pizza fuelled pacing run

Phew, I am tired today. I was back at work after two days off this week, and two last, so lots of catching up and we're short staffed. Not only that, when I got home I was determined to pace myself over 5k. I looped the park around the corner from me twice, exactly 5k and did it in 22:10min, 7:20min/mile pace and it was hard going- I stopped for a bit after the first loop just to let my heart rate drop a wee bit. Into the last kilometer I really struggled to keep the pace up, and I know I started too fast. Next time I pace, I'm going to start much slower! I used a poster tube as a substitute for a foam roller after my run as my calves felt really leaden, and they're fine now. No running tomorrow though, just some light strength training.

I did start my day well though, with a take on Ashley's choc cherry smoothie- mine was a small banana, 1/2 cup frozen cherries, 1 cup unsweetened soya milk, 1T cocoa powder and 1T oat bran.
In MrPeskyRunner's Grand National glass.

I snacked on an apple and a small slice of seeded toast with PB, and lunch was a repeat of yesterday but I hadn't as much rice left. I snacked on a PB stuffed banana in the afternoon, and tonight was a lazy Quorn fillet and a hummus topped baked potato. Oh, and half a jam doughnut...yeh, there was sugar in there. It was a treat from my boyfriend so I didn't want to be rude.

Oh, I forgot to say, we had socca pizza last night- socca baked (lots of oregano in the batter), then flipped onto a baking tray, topped with tomato passta with garlic, Quorn pieces, green pepper and cheddar cheese. Sooo goood. Even nicer with arugula and goat's cheese though.

Well, I am off to my bed!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011


Good afternoon!
We have been enjoying our day off. We've spent the time tidying the house and taking advantage of the time to make lots of nutritious food. We have been doing a little experimenting with our diets and we're tracking our intake (by putting everything into NutritionData at the end of the day) for a couple of days to check for any obvious deficiencies/excesses and then tweak accordingly. I'll post about the results, but so far my Vitamin E seems to come out rather low, and we're both eating more carbs than we though, even though we're trying to eat more protein.
Today's run was to determine MrPeskyRunner's pace for the 10k we're doing in April. We ran exactly 10k in 59:50 so he is hoping to maintain this and keep his time around an hour for the race on April 10. I am still aiming for sub-45; going on last year's results, this will probably mean I'll finish in the top 20 women! I only have two proper week's of training left, the week of the race I'm just going to do a bit of aquajogging. I'll probably run another 3 times this week and 3 times next week, with plenty of pacing work and two long slows.

Today's munches:

Breakfast- banana stuffed with PB, set yogurt with oat bran and cinnamon. + coffee, obvs.

Lunch- leftover brown rice with Quorn, spinach, pepper and a few olives, a spoonful of yogurt. I mixed it all up to eat. Mr PeskyRunner had extra rice, some mango chutney and a slice of bread with sunflower spread.

Afternoon snack: low fat plain yogurt, 1/2 cup raspberries, 1 T cocoa powder. So yummy! I love cocoa powder:D I only really started eating with without sweetener this month. I'm quite happy with sugar free eating and don't think it should be too hard to keep it quite occasional in my diet. I'm going to treat myself to a bucket of ice-cream if I finish in the top 20 women on April 10 though!

I'm away to do the last of the tidying, maybe some Bodyrock (although I don't know if I can be bothered with a second shower) and then fix dinner. I'm thinking socca pizza...

Monday, 21 March 2011

Woohoo, dip station! I can't wait to use it for a Bodyrock workout...

And pull up bar and rings

Lunch today was salmon salad on a seeded bagel with an apple. I made the salmon salad with 1 tin salmon, 1 tsp tahini, 1T yogurt, some chilli, cup of chopped spinach and 1/3 big yellow pepper.

Dinner was an old favourite- coconut curry- this time with Quorn, collards and red pepper. With full fat coconut milk and a cup of brown rice, this beast comes in at about 850 calories! Needless to say, there was no need for dessert tonight;)

MrPeskyRunner decided to join me in the salmon eating at lunch time, AND he had scrambled eggs for breakfast (as well as his usual cup of muesli). He used to think eggs were really unhealthy and never really liked fish. He's trying to put some weight on so I have been helping him with suggestions for plenty of protein. Today he got to over 3300 calories (128g protein), although when we're at home this is much easier. We also did an upper body workout with the new dip station and pull up bar:)

Today I ran for the first time since last Wednesday, and despite the hacking cough, I banged out a paced run (I'm aiming for at least 7:20 min/mile for the 10k in three weeks)- today's pace over 3.8 miles was 6:49min/mile. So proud! I've been looking finishing times for last year, I would need to get 40 minutes to be in the top 10 women, don't think it's going to happen, although with 43-44ish minutes, I will probably finish in top 20, which is pretty good for my first real 10k.
Pretty good day!!
And I'm off again tomorrow. We are running around the race course in the morning to get a feel for it and to try and work out MrPeskyRunner's target time.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Banana Bread Pancakes

I had two really black bananas that needed used up and pancakes on the brain! Really ripe bananas are so sweet that all blended up I would say you can do with no other added sweetener.

The recipe:
2 very ripe bananas, smooshed with a stick blender
2 eggs
1 cup flour of your choice (not tightly packed)- I used organic self raising
1/4 tsp baking powder, maybe 1/2 tsp if you use flour without raising agent
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsweetened soya (or other) milk

Blend it up, either with a stick blender or in the food processor. I think I fused my food processor after making a banana berry smoothie yesterday:( Need to get that fixed.

Spoon the batter onto a hot skillet/frying pan, using the oil of your choice. I used a total of a tablespoon of coconut oil for the batch.

The stats:
This made 6 good sized pancakes- a very generous breakfast for two (comes out at 450 calories before toppings for half the batch) but it would happily stretch to serve 3.

I had mine with a spoonful of set plain yogurt, sugar free raspberry jam and cinnamon.

This would be a far more ideal breakfast after some sweaty cardio but I haven't done any since thursday as this cold is pretty bad. I've just done a few sets of strength training stuff here and there. Still, you've got to treat yourself when you're sick! I would like to make a slightly healthier version next time- use a combo of oat flour and protein powder instead of the self raising flour and eat 1/3 of the recipe (as it would be much more filling with those modifications). They would be nice with brown rice flour, buckwheat, almond, whatever you fancy:)

I have been sneaking chilli in where I can to drive the cold out of me, as well as munching away of protein.
Yesterday's lunch:

Multiseed bagel topped with Quorn slices, pineapple cottage cheese, very hot hot sauce and two carrots chopped up (went to grate them but the food processor isn't working). I had two clementines to start for some vit C :)

On the training front, I had been thinking of topping up my swimming package at the gym so I could use the weight room, but we are probably going to invest in a barbell/dumbell set and a bench to use at home so we can both weight train and not have to stand around waiting for free space. We are both really loving doing as much as we can with what we have at the moment; for me it will be a great way to build strength and muscle to support my running, for MrPeskyRunner, he wants to regain some lost muscle. Although he used to run marathons, running isn't great for him as he just loses mass- he has, like, no body fat. He loves his carbs but he is coming round to the idea of shooting for a higher protein (vegetarian) diet. I will keep you updated with our first steps into weight training!

Thursday, 17 March 2011

First Snuffles of the Winter

I thought I'd got through all this winter without a cold! But a sore throat started on monday, hung out in my chest and now I'm a bit bunged up. I have a really chesty cough which sounds dreadful, but I haven't been feeling too awful- I've been going about my normal routine. I did find my HIIT session today a bit tougher than normal though. I haven't taken anything for it other than hot lemon water first thing in the morning, and upped my daily water intake by an extra 500ml.

After my HIIT aquajogging (15 min at my 'running effort', 15 mins of alternating 30 sec high intensity, 30 sec recovery, then another 15 min 'running effort'), I had a quick brekkie of pear, yogurt and some muesli. I then spent the morning tidying up and trying to get my wireless router sorted! I didn't actually manage to get it sorted until this evening. After my toings and froings I stepped out into the lovely day to meet up with my friend. We had lunch her parents then spent the afternoon hanging out at a coffee shop. The only thing was, by the time we were leaving, the streets were teeming with gangs of drunken people! It was actually a little scary...but I got home ok!

I had some veggie sausages and stirfry for dinner, before I broke out the sweet potato 'brownies'. They are very moist, so much so that I don't think they'll keep very long. Not going to be a problem, since I've already eaten half the batch:D

With some pear and set yogurt tonight.

Last night I made Gena's lovely foolproof tofu burgers for dinner- I love coating them in oats. I also add a good handful into the mix. This version was simply a block of tofu, leftover grated carrot and pepper, curry powder and oats. I didn't bother with tahini, nooch or soy sauce this time, and they were lovely just as they were:) I ate mine with crispy socca and a heap of spinach.

I am really enjoying eating less sugar. I prefer my own simple treats:) I intend to keep this diet 'challenge' going after March (although that was always the long term intention) and introduce a few more little tweaks next month. This will mostly centre around coordinating my workouts and meals to get into really good shape (I want to decrease BF and increase my lean mass).
Back to work tomorrow, but only for a day, then I'm off again until next wednesday! Just what I need to get well again.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

(Socca) Pizza and (Sweet Potato) Brownies for lunch!

If I told my friends or work colleagues that I regularly ate pizza and cake, they wouldn't believe me. "But I thought you were really into healthy food" would be the reply. Well, if it wasn't for all the great blogs I read, I wouldn't have been able to imagine healthy versions of all my favourite treats either! Today's lunch is just such a meal:Leftover oaty socca topped with passata, goat cheese and chilli spice mix, baked for 10 mins or so. Served with traffic light salad (rocket, carrot, red pepper, mustardy dressing- just mustard, EVOO and ACV). I love twice baked socca!! (Thanks Twins)

Dessert was two little orangey sweet potato cocoa muffins (thanks Alex and Heather), sitting comfortably on a bed of organic plain yogurt.
A delicious plant based meal full of veggies, protein, healthy fat, fibre, calcium, iron and vitamins galore. It's all very minimally processed as well as refined carb, gluten and sugar free.
As well as being healthy, that sort of food is so satisfying. I know many women who eat nothing but cup a soup and cardboard rye crackers, maybe a banana, for lunch, while chatting about their latest diet or last week's disappointing Weightwatcher's weigh in. An hour later I see them buying a candy bar from the vending machine. Unfortunately so many of these women sabotage their own health plans by eating as low calorie as possible at meals, but end up ravenous and totally powerless before the vending machine/biscuit tin/wine rack (and depressed, possibly due to the lack of important vitamins and minerals more than disappointed at failed attempts at dieting). I guess I'm lucky to have found such a wealth of information and ideas from other bloggers to make healthy AND delicious food:) What I've learnt over the last year and a bit is that to maintain good health, if you eat nutrient dense and minimally processed foods in reasonable sized portions, you don't need to worry about calories or percentages or anything like that, and you won't feel deprived either.

Do you enjoy healthy treats? Do you find they help you stick to a healthy lifestyle? What's your favourite treat, and do you enjoy it as is, or do you either avoid or always make healthy versions?

I'd say I usually go with a healthy version but I think occasional indulgence is just as important as part of a healthy lifestyle (as opposed to "diet") if that's what it takes to stick with it- that said these days I actually prefer the healthy version, because I get no 'junk food hangover' that way:)

Healthy Baking and Craving Busters

Although I am doing a sugar free month, straight up sugar has no appeal to me, so sweets/candies aren't something I've tried to find a healthy solution for, I normally go for fruit or dried fruit when I need a 'kick'.
What I do love, though, is cake. Mmm, mm! Especially warm. The thing is, cake is basically sugar, other refined carbs and (usually saturated, or worse, trans) fat. The fat+refined carb combo is impossible to resist for a lot of people, and I am one of them! So when I want a treat, I want cake, but I want it healthy.

Here's what I've found:

  • You won't miss sugar if there's plenty of flavour going on; think vanilla extract, citrus juices/zests, peppermint or other extracts, coffee, coconut, fruit, COCOA!
  • You can add bulk and sweetness with fruit- notably apple and banana, but also coconut (as flour, or you can mill shredded stuff a bit finer, half way to homemade coconut butter), squash and sweet potato.
  • Nuts are a good sub for flour too- ground almonds or even other nuts. It's usually easier to chop the nuts up a bit first, then add to the food processor, unless you've got a Vitamix.
  • Plenty of fibre will replace the satiety you would have got from the fat- oats, oat bran, nuts again, coconut, and any of the carby fruits or vegetables mentioned above (banana, sweet potato).
  • Cocoa powder in baked goods is so rich and flavourful, I find when baked there's no real need for chocolate chips.
  • Eggs and protein powder are another great way to add satiety and body to sugar free/refined carb free desserts.

Of course, if you have no time to bake, look no further than the humble banana when you are desperate for a fix:

Stuffed with PB, this simple combo constantly amazes me with its tastiness and craving quashing superpowers.

Banana softserve for ice-cream cravings (pink variety pictured, but I know other people have found it good with nut butter, coconut and cocoa)

What if you don't like banana?

A really lovely apple with PB or just straight up is a good way to hold off cravings.

If it has to be warm, a small bowl of oat bran or oatmeal is a great way to snack if you are peckish before bedtime, right Heather?

Not to everyone's tastes, but I find strained yogurt or cottage cheese a very filling and satisfying treat. Especially with a teaspoon of cocoa powder and/or a sliced banana.

And of course, last but not least, you can't beat a smoothie. Try adding guar and xanthan gums for a creamier drink.

Recipes to try:

I doubled the recipe as I had a whole sweet potato and two eggs to use, I add a teaspoon of orange extract.
Look at the lovely silky batter:

Before going into the oven:


One little cake:

I am off today, woohoo! And again tomorrow for St Patrick's Day. I'm waiting for my dip station to be delivered then it's out into the lovely clear sunny day for a run.

I made 'nutella' for my oatbran this morning (1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts, 1 T coconut oil, 1/4 cup cocoa, splash of hazelnut liquer). Much better than the original, although it could have done with more coconut or hazelnut oil as it's a bit thick. But it has a wonderful intense flavour. Actually it was a bit rich for me, even at 9:30 in the morning. My boyfriend loved it on toast though:)

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Today I learned...

...that hand whisking socca batter after Bodyrock and then another 40 min of weights is not very easy! I gave up and got out the stick blender, haha.

I threw a handful of oats into the socca batter to give it a bit more body and a little sweetness.
Topped with a heap of spinach, chopped wheaty sausages and very spicey passata, yum!

I did the You Push Me workout, with the beginner variation for the reptile push up and I did knee raises holding the couch and the radiator while I wait for my dip station to arrive, excited! Yes, I ordered a pull up bar, dip station and Gymboss! When I was doing this workout, the clock I had propped up on the mantelpiece fell over and broke...can't wait for my Gymboss to make Bodyrockin' easier and I can't wait to use it for HIIT running and aquajogging (in a waterproof case of course). The workout was great, tough but not impossible with the variations. My left arm is a lot weaker than my right so I find full push ups impossible. I am doing more reps on the left arm when I lift to try and equalise things. After a 5 minute cool down, I did stability ball chest flies, LOADS of sit ups, stability ball push ups, bicep curls and lunges and squats with the dumbells, as well as mixing it up with high knees and sumo squats, about 40 mins of that. Swwwweatee!

The no sugar challenge is going well, banana stuffed with PB is my saviour snack when I'm craving something sweet!

Other sugar free desserts:

Toast topped with cocoa powder blended with PB:

Fage yogurt, banana and cocoa powder:

I am loving cocoa powder right now:)

I had this yummy breakfast at the weekend:

Sugar free cereal soaked in OJ, a clementine, a banana and a heap of set yogurt. *Love* banana+orange.

I will be a better blogger with week because I'm off tomorrow and thursday. I intend to bake grain free bitter chocolate cake with a sweet potato I baked on sunday night and also the Twins Lemon Coconut bar.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011


...or that's what my boyfriend called tonight's 'impromptu pizza' i.e. sexed up cheese on toast. I had another horrendous day at work, so I had no energy left to cook tonight. I topped some bread with passata, pesto, olives and cheese and we had our 'pizza' along with some soup. I can't believe it, but I ate 6 slices of bread today, two at every meal!! Banana and PB on toast for breakfast, fake ham, lettuce and tahini sandwich at lunch. Usually I go days, a week or more even, without eating bread. It really told a tale- that I had no time for interesting eats today. Oh well.

Later on, while hooked to The Killing, I had plain yogurt with apple sweetened raspberry jam...and salted peanuts and cashews. Weird, but good.

Needless to say, I was too zonked to run tonight. Although running in the pitch black, in pouring rain and heavy winds, was unlikely to happen whatever my energy levels!