This is the end…

Keeva day 31/31

The end of REDJanuary & the end of an amazing week with this lot…

We were so fortunate to yet again have gorgeous weather today …unfortunately the moguls were significantly bigger and the thigh burn now hip to toe burn!

We covered pretty much every inch of the Espace Killy ski resort this week, some times in style, mostly (for me!) with a little less style 😁. Its been an incredible holiday.

The guys at Snow Chateaux have been fab & if I’d not been so hungry during dinner I might have more than just the daily afternoon cake photos!

Now, after 31 days of being active it’s time to relax…

Well for this evening at least, then I’m back on the slopes for another week 😁

The Big Finale – Seated Exercises for Seniors

Ruby’s Day 31

I Wish I could have finished REDJan with a bang. Run a half marathon, go sky diving, or some other incredibly impressive activity. But I’ve had a long week , I ran ten miles yesterday, and I’m very tired. 

I finished my REDJanuary with seated exercises for seniors. If you want to improve your posture, it is actually a pretty good video. Might have to start doing it at the office ..  

REDJanuary has been a blast. I’m going to attempt to keep trying new things but maybe cut down to one new activity a week. Otherwise I may not pass my MBA.  

Despite being tired, I’m slightly sad that REDJanuary is over. Thank you to everyone who has donated 🙂 and for all the moral support we have received over the month! Also thanks Keeva for doing this with me, there is no way I could have organised myself to do all the activities without you 🙂

Bao Buns, Booze, and Bright lights

Ruby’s Day 30/31

Social runs combine two things I enjoy; running and alcohol (not at the same time).

Let’s be honest, me drinking alone is just a bit sad. And running is definitely better with company. Thus, the Social Run was born. 

If you haven’t been before – why not? 

We go for 5km (at whatever pace you like) and finish at The Plough where we celebrate how fantastic we are for running a 5km. There is food, booze and great company. Last nights food van was some delicious Bao buns from Guerilla Kitchen. 

Make sure you are at the next one 🙂 Or if you don’t live locally start your own ….

Smells like Tignes spirit

Keeva day 30/31

What a day!!! Apparently the best of the season, this is what ski holidays are made of! Fresh powder and sun, couldn’t ask for more.

Amazing morning playing in the fresh powder!

Not all of the resort was open but we made a good job of covering the parts that were. The morning was off piste powder runs, the afternoon jumping on & off piste …with a few moguls thrown in.

Stunning scenery & fresh powder tracks

And of course, the perfect lunch stop with a view! …and a vin chaud 😉

1 Mile Happy Walk

Ruby’s Day 29/31

Day: 29 

Mood: Dejected 

I feel like I have failed REDJanuary this week. Tuesday I got home from work too late to go to Pumpfit and today I got lost trying to find HIIT class (It was 2.5 miles from my house) and subsequently missed the class. 

Whilst I have still managed to do something,( for yesterdays Flamenco) It wasn’t the exciting week I had planned. 

Not one to give up, I decided to build on the week’s theme of unusual Youtube workouts. I came across 1 Mile Happy Walk…

It was a bit odd. But it was a productive use of 15 minutes whilst I waited for the washing machine to finish.

Let it snow…

Keeva day 29/31

And snow, and snow. Day 2 of snow day, but a few more lifts and runs open this time. For a bit of variety we drive to another village that has a better range of slopes open.

Let it snow!

Excitedly we took the Funival from La Daille, stepped out at Bellevarde at the top, and half of us stepped back in! At this stage I’m happy to say I’m a fair weather skier, blizzard conditions with 50mph winds, 2 cm vision and pistes somewhere out there… not for me! Retreat!!

The view at the bottom!

So we went for the alternative up the bubble lift where we could at least see our feet! and had a great day trying out the different runs down.

One lift up, lots of ways down!

Hello Flamenco

Ruby’s Day 28/31

Colleague: Do anything good last night? 

Me: Not really, read about investment appraisal techniques for an hour then did some Flamenco dancing.  

Colleague: Sorry, what ? 

I wish I could say this was the weirdest thing I’ve done this month.. But the baby Shark Abbs workout takes some beating. 

Here is the video for those of you wishing to Flamenco your way fit. Oh, and it helps if you can speak Spanish …

What a blast!

Keeva day 28/31

It was a rude awakening at 6.30 am as the bed vibrated from the explosions above…. controlled avalanches to clear the snow that had fallen overnight.

Sleeping under the mountain 😁
A little different this morning!

By 9.30 am when the first lift was due to start we were huddled around the Tignes app waiting for updates on which lifts and slopes would be open. Looking at the snow outside and the winds gusting, we weren’t convinced any slope time would happen.

Yellow marks the spot …the only parts of the slopes open, and of course not connected to each other!

Eventually a few of the lifts started moving, generally one lift, one ski run. So only one thing for it! Pick an open slope and play in the soft fluffy powdery snow! You can get a good few hours out of a single slope in conditions like this as every run down feels different as more people have gone down and pushed the snow from side to side, creating compact areas, bumpy areas, soft snow areas, it’s constantly changing.

Eventually all good things must come to an end… to allow for more good things to start! As the weather closed in and visibility reduced to a few feet we sought refuge with crepes & vin chaud!

LRG Trumpington

Ruby’s Day 27/31

Less than half of the group got lost this evening on our steady 5km run. Not a bad statistic. 

One of the benefits of running with LRG’s Trumpington is the added fun of potentially getting lost within a 3 mile radius from where we set off.  

We frequently set off together, end up at the same place, and yet have a range of different maps on strava. The important part is no one runs alone, and no one is left behind. Even if we get muddled in the middle 🙂 

Thanks for always sticking with us ladies even when it doesn’t quite go to plan 🙂 

Grand Motte

Keeva day 27/31

If yesterday was all about the distance, today was all about the height, all 3,656 meters! Nearly 1000 meters up through the mountain in the Funiculaire Du Perce-Neige followed by another 500 meters by cable car over the Grand Motte glacier to this amazing view!

The run back down the ~1500 meters was pretty stunning too, so much so we did it again!

And when you’ve worked up an appetite it’s all about the potatoes! And a little vin chaud to warm you up!

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