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Manchester Blogger Meet Up

August 31, 2011

Hello! Sorry I’ve been AWOL for a couple of days … I’ve been poorly with a nasty stomach bug Sad smile I know I must have been really ill because I didn’t feel like eating and didn’t feel like blogging or commenting … I’ve got lots of catching up to do on all three areas now that I’m feeling a bit better! So, no What I Ate Wednesday today unfortunately. I started taking photos on Monday morning, but then got ill and haven’t eaten much since, so it would be a very boring post.

When I last left you on Sunday I was recovering from my first 10 mile run. I’m happy to say that my muscles have recovered really well and I haven’t had any pain or niggles and I don’t feel too tight. Having said that, I haven’t been running since then, so I don’t know if my legs would have felt heavier or tighter than usual. I managed to run 24 miles in total last week (see my running page for more details), which I’m really pleased with. I was planning to do a step-back week this week, and I had a target of 16 miles in my head. I’m going to take it easier than that because I’ve been ill and no longer have a target in mind. I might get my running shoes out later in the week if I feel up to it, but I don’t think it matters if I take a complete rest week – my body will thank me for it.

I was determined to make it to the blogger meet up in Manchester yesterday, even though I still felt poorly. I’m so glad I did because it was amazing to meet so many of my favourite bloggers in the flesh. It was quite nerve-racking meeting them all for the the first time, but the ice was broken quite quickly and then it was like we’d known each other for a long time … which I guess we have really. I interact with most of these girls several times a week and I feel like I know them through their blogs. They were just as lovely in real-life.

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l-r: Laura, Ffion, Laura, Sarah, Emily, Ali, Jemma, Leigh, Jess

It took a little while for everyone to get to Manchester, especially as a few of us had nightmare train journeys, so we spent quite a long time loitering around Picadilly station looking highly suspicious. Luckily, we didn’t get moved on by the police and once everyone had arrived we walked to the 8th Day Co-operative, which is a really cool health food shop with a vegetarian cafe downstairs. We headed straight for the food!

I had the aubergine and chickpea curry, which tasted really delicious, but unfortunately I could manage less than half!

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I was also very disappointed not to be able to manage a slice of cake, because they all looked scrumptious. There was a carrot cake there that would have been calling my name under normal circumstances. I feel that I return visit will be in order at some point soon to make up for it.

We then mooched around the shop on the ground floor, which was really well stocked with health food goodies. I just couldn’t look at the food though, which was yet another sign that I was ill. On our food blogger odyssey, we headed for the food hall in Harvey Nichols. I could just about afford to buy a bottle of water, but I enjoyed looking at all the unusual things. The dried insects looked interesting, but I’m not sure that I’ll ever be brave enough to try them.

Our final stop was a cocktail bar (as you can see from the group shot above!). I didn’t partake in an alcoholic beverage this time, again, I think I return trip is required to make up for that! We had a really good natter and it was time to go home before we knew it.

It was truly fabulous to meet everyone and I hope that we can do it again really soon! I’m off to Northumbria for a few days this morning, so you won’t hear from me until Saturday. I have an awesome guest post lined up for tomorrow though, so make sure you check it out!

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. August 31, 2011 7:15 am

    It was so great to meet everyone, I’m sorry you were feeling so ill though. We’ll definitely have to do it again and hopefully the trains will play for us this time! Have a lovely relaxing time in Northumbria and hope you feel better soon.

  2. August 31, 2011 8:39 am

    I’m going to be in Newcastle today so if you see me again don’t worry 😉 Coming across me twice in two days is enough to shock anyone…

    I’m so distracted by my chipmunk cheeks in that shot that now I remember why I hid from the camera for six years 😛

    But it was absolutely delightful to meet you and I really hope the tummy bug is on the way out 🙂

    xxx

  3. August 31, 2011 9:21 am

    Love that photo- everyone looks so relaxed. I bet it was nerve wracking but at least everyone was in the same boat. Hope you are still getting better

  4. August 31, 2011 9:25 am

    It was so lovely to meet you, glad that you enjoyed your green smoothie this morning! Hope your journey up to Newcastle goes well today, looking forward to the next time! 🙂

  5. August 31, 2011 10:30 am

    It was great meeting you. I has such a great time. I cannot wait to do it again sometime soon. 🙂

  6. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance permalink
    August 31, 2011 10:46 am

    I’m sorry you were sick, Sarah– but glad you’re feeling better!

  7. August 31, 2011 10:48 am

    It was such a great day, can’t wait for another meet! I loved meeting everyone 🙂 hope you’re starting to feel a bit better, what a shame you were ill.. I love your cocktail bar pic, a lot of mine have come out a bit blurry… my camera only really works well in natural light sadly!

  8. Errign permalink
    August 31, 2011 1:26 pm

    I’m glad you still got to go, even though you were feeling ill…and now you have so many reasons to go back for another meet up 🙂

  9. August 31, 2011 2:36 pm

    It was lovely to see you, we’ll all have to meet up again in the future! I hope your illness passes quickly and you can get back to usual soon.

  10. September 1, 2011 3:11 am

    Yay for blogger meetups! Sorry you weren’t feeling well. I’m sick right now, too- ugh!

  11. September 1, 2011 8:16 pm

    I feel for you – sounds like you had the bug I had and it is mean. Hope you are fully recovered and enjoying Northumbria!

  12. September 2, 2011 2:27 pm

    So glad you’re feeling better! Being sick is the worst..

  13. September 4, 2011 6:32 pm

    It was so nice to meet you, I’m sorry you’ve been feeling unwell! We’ll have to do it al again soon I think!

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