Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Bupa run... My first half marathon done! And I got a T-shirt :)

So it was a very implosive race entry... I walked pass the ad for Bupa Great Birmingham run way too many times and though "Oh why da hell not!"...
But when I got the number through the post and all the bits and bobs I thought "Oh what have I done! Silly silly Daria"
But actually it was not that bad after all.
I did talk to the organizers, elite athletes and other crazy people who are running for fun. That's actually a perk working in hospitality industry...

We all were very concerned about the weather... When I got up at 6am to have breakkie it was peeing it down. I though that I needed a wet suit to run in. But the sky cleared and the sun was shining... we were actually boiling. Well I was... also that dude who run in the Iron Man outfit. Yes, full on Iron Man... yes, that dude in red and yellow...

The organisation was amazing, lots and lots of support, signs, water stations, even a shower, power station (jelly babies and vaseline) and a long long run...

Lots and lots of runners... it was 20000 of us, crazy people who love to run. I was the last wave, pink wave. My wave was with 1st time half marathon runners, none runners, people who thought they would not be very fast. Including lady who was pushing her mate in the wheel chair in support of the troops. They kept on over-taking me. Amazing!
Also I saw a dailek running, caught a glimpse of Christmas tree, Robin and Batman, also an angel and a batgirl. 
Unfortunately hubby couldn't make it to see me across the finish line so I only have few pics... 

I did keep the pace, I was very good till about 9th mile. Then my ankles started to hurt. Had to stop and stretch out. I also foolishly thought that we go tall the hills behind us... Oh silly thought that was. Last few miles between mile 10 and 12.5 was mostly up hill or just hilly. It was hard! But supporters really kept me going... They were so cool and inspiring!
There were bunches of kiddies hi-fiving the runners, they were super excited to see Santa running! 
Loud ladies' whistles for the heroic firemen doing it in their full firefighter gear... Waving nuns... happy people and dancing students with anthems blasting throw their house windows. Also mums and daughters with improvised water stations full of sugary squash drinks.
The organizers got the word out for local bands to provide the entertainment... It was one amazing race. 

When we were heading towards Broad Street, you know you must not give up now and keep on going... and then I saw this...

I never run that far! Never ever... I was super proud of my self.
Guys at work said that they saw me on telly! How cool!
When I saw organizers back in the hotel and been asked the question if I'do it again next year and nodded and kept on chewing my snickers bar.
I felt terrible in the evening. My ankles, knees and hip joints were killing... Three days later I was back to my normal self!

And I also have a t-shirt with my half marathon thing. So happy that I did not give up and am a finisher of Bupa Great Birmingham run 2013

Monday, 21 October 2013


When I was younger the only thing improving my summers away from the city to Belarus and Ukraine was the Black sea and sandy beaches... I always forgot that I had all the kids to look after and they were all girls... It was a night mare!

So I actually have not seen any of that side of the family in years... as long as this dude been around!

Last time I saw him he was not born yet he was just a huge belly on his mama!
It was one very long trip from Birmingham to London then from London to Moscow and then after 3 hours wait and talking to a really annoying dude, to Odessa. 

But then there were delays and mother was really not happy with me:) But hey we got to drink sparking wine in my room and bitching about stuff. Also Ukrainian tv is funny, coz you know it's in Ukrainian. 
But I truly love Ukraine.. Always has. 
We went for lunch at my aunt's I met the groom, he is charming and super tall. Guess hubby is not the tallest in the clan anymore:)

They will have the cutest kiddies ever!!
We went to Odessa. Loved it. The food.... not sure how I feel about the fusion with amazing Chinese food, but dear got that pig's fat.... and tons of fresh garlic. Yes I know it's like super weird but I love it!!
And next day was the whole crazy thing called Russian-Ukrainian wedding...
The groom has to pass series of tests to get to the bride. It was actually really fun to watch!

but since it is a wedding the bride and mothers and fathers were so nervous and on edge...  I remembered our faux wedding when nothing when according to plan and it was driving me nuts and how relaxed and happy our actual wedding was, when we and few friends and family went to the registry office and then to the pub for dinner. No fuss no stress. 

But anywho... Later we all were packed into buses and driven to Odessa to have the reception. 
It was delish and fun! 
I really boned with bridesmaids

I m so happy for Katya she has such amazing friends. 
and now she also has amazing husband and whole new family.
Lots of love to you both

It was a lovely few days in Ukraine but they were so good that I could have use another holiday after it.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Best end of holidays ever (or Survival of the Fittest Cardiff)

Remember last year I went to see my friend Nora to climb the wall? Well I was so inspired by these awesome people that I have singed up myself.

The event was the next day after our holidays.... Now I can say it was the best end of holidays ever, but a day before I was terrified. ... It was so much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I also had a most amazing team of people supporting me and being my paparazzi. Once again big big thank you goes to Owen, Sarah and Mel.

 But my dear hubby had to go home since he was working that day. Sad face. But I believe guys kept him updated.

The race was divided into waves and I was in sensible wave 5 which started at 11am.... I did not think how high everything will be and how very short I actually am. That was until I say these stacks of hay. Oh dear me, it was hard, but I managed without a boost or anything.

We climb over, jumped over and climbed under, slid on our bellies and went into the river... I felt amazing. 

But I did find it difficult to get down from the wall.... Scary and awesome wall. 

It was so awesome and actually dangerous that my friend Nora who was running with me and with whom we were staring at cute sailors, she broke her ankle. Poor thing have to wear a cast for 4 weeks at least...

Now I have another amazing medal in my collection and plans for next year to get a team together and kick this assault course's butt with some girl power and maybe some boy power:)) Join me I say!!!

Sarah was actually that excited that she tried to haul her self over with one arm in the sling;)

So yeah, I think we all need an awesome challenge like Survival of the Fittest to complete at least once. Join me! And lets climb that wall together!!

Big big thank you goes to these lovely chaps who gave a helping hand and push and pulled me over!
And to my amazing supporters:)) 
Lots of love... Now I have a half marathon to survive:)

Trip to V&A

I had a London trip again last week this time to get visa for little one to go to Russia. So I thought must combine the business and pleas...