UK Crime Dramas And New Training Plans

So, I’ve continued my UK Crime Drama spree by following up Safe on Netflix with The Five on Netflix and then I started Shetland on Netflix and now I’m dreaming in British and Scottish accents and not flinching when people are driving in my lane on a road. (Seriously. Took me several beats to recognize someone took a turn too wide and ended up in my lane.)

I haven’t binge-watched TV in awhile. I binged on The Magicians when Mom was in the hospital but since then, not really much of any TV watching until the invasion of the British and Scottish crime dramas.

I contain multitudes.

I started a training plan this week. There is an 8-mile trail race on my birthday in Huntsville (7/14) and I decided to try to spend the next 7 weeks prepping for it. I haven’t registered yet, there’s a 4-mile option the same day and I wanted to see how this first week of the training program went before I committed to the 8-mile option. I was very nervous because other than a few 50-yard stretches when Eliah and I go on walks, I haven’t run in MONTHS.

Little did I know that all of the walking I’ve been doing has kept me in good cardio shape! I was supposed to run for 20 minutes on day 01. The running time was important so if I need ed to stop and take breaks I was supposed to stop the timer. But guess what? I didn’t need to stop the timer! I ran the whole time! The whole 20 minutes! I actually ended up running longer so I could end on an even 2-mile. I was so proud of myself! Yesterday I walked a total of 7 miles with a 20-minutes of hill-repeats thrown in before bed. Now, I’m sore from the hills, but other than that I feel great.

DO NOT SCOFF AT WALKING. I’ve been walking probably 12-18 miles a week for the last several months and it turns out that has kept my base fitness level pretty high. I thought I would need a “Couch-to-X” program but at a friend’s suggestion I started at a 5K training level, like someone who could walk/jog a 5K, and I’m working to the 8-mile distance which is the race distance.


And as usual, I eat better when I run because A) I’m concerned about my digestive system rebelling if I don’t and B) I’m concerned about undoing the hard work from the walk/jog. I had kinda jumped back into the French Fries as Road Trip food habit which passes the time when you’re alone in a car but tends to not make you feel very good about yourself when you’ve reached your destination with 4 empty fry containers in your car. I still need a solution for the 200-mile drive boredom, but maybe one with less cholesterol.

That’s where I am with the chaos. At least one, sometimes two, 400-mile round trips back/forth to Tennessee every week. Lots of cops with accents solving crimes. Lots of walking and reconnecting with old friends. Lots of days packed with family time since I only see them 3-4 days a week now. And now a little bit of training thrown into the mix. This is our lives at least until October when Mom is allowed to drive again, and I think adding running is going to help manage my mental health amidst the chaos.

Running and Scottish detectives, that is.

5 thoughts on “UK Crime Dramas And New Training Plans”

  1. Have you tried audio books for your drive? If you want Scottish I recommend the Ian Rankin books. Detective Rebus is awesome. Also have you “read” the Robert Galbraith books. JK Rowling’s private investigator. Great stories

  2. Dude. DUDE. Wait until you start accidentally lapsing into a British accent. My husband had to point out that I said “tin of toMAHtoes” instead of “can of toMAYtoes.” 😮

    Other awesome series you should check out: Broadchurch, River, Happy Valley, Luther, The Fall (except you should probably stop after season 2).

  3. Would you be able to link to the training plan? I’ve restarted Couch to 5k 80 times and it doesn’t do it for me. Awesome job!

  4. Going to second the audiobook suggestion. I listen at 1.5-2x speed otherwise I will get bored, but the library’s overdrive has so many options. Huntsville-Madison County is doing it RIGHT when it comes to this.

  5. Lol love this post. Glad to hear you are running again, baby steps my love. Sounds like you know more about Brit crime shows than I do, I hear Peaky Blinders is good. I recall reading you enjoy Crime Podcasts, I can recommend “They Walk Amongst Us”, for British True Crime.

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