Miss Scarlett’s guide to life in Suffolk
Miss Scarlett (aka Sandy Ruddock) is a mother, step-mother, godmother, aunt, daughter, sibling, daughter-in-law, friend, boss and entrepreneur
My sole purpose in life at the moment seems to be getting fit enough to endure, enjoy and complete an amazing 375 mile bike ride through the battlefields of northern France in aid of Help for Heroes and in memory of my dear husband, Julian.
To help get fitter more quickly, I decided to start running – well, jogging is probably more accurate at this stage. I have not run properly since being forced round the track at school. I can walk very fast, yes, but not run, particularly because my children always laugh at me if I try. Well, readers, I’m hooked! With thanks to the incredible This Girl Can’organisation (www. suffolksport/tgcsuffolk) for their support, I’m now training along with two other women from the county for three races.
The first race is this month, a mere five kilometres, building up to the last of the three races, which will be the Great East Run, a half marathon, in September. That’s something I never imagined I’d do. I still can’t believe that I’ve just written that. Now I’ll have to do it!
As part of my fitness regime I’ve been detox juicing and really concentrating on healthy eating in preparation for my ride and races.
When busy chopping, mixing and juicing it also occurred to me that this is great stress busting fodder for all the busy youth preparing for GCSES, A-levels and finals across the county. So this month I’ve given you a few ideas to help ensure those facing midsummer nights of exam stress are as well prepared as possible.
Mrs Beeton called breakfast a ‘comfortable meal’ and lists the many options she felt were appropriate to start the day such as: “broiled fish such as mackerel, whiting, herrings, dried haddocks, mutton chops and rump steaks, broiled sheep’s kidneys, sausages, plain rashers of bacon and poached eggs, ham and poached eggs, omelettes, plain boiled eggs, poached eggs on toast, muffins, toast, marmalade, butter etc’. I’m not going to advocate many of these dishes as ideal for a healthy breakfast but she was on the right track! It is important to set yourself up for the day, whatever you have ahead of you.