A marathon and a sprint that turned into a skate….

I’d love to say that I’d run a marathon, but alas no, my knee is just about holding up to the odd mile, no chance of a marathon ever again – not the running kind anyway. Today’s marathon was a writing one – the best part of ten hours trying to get this major study on the road, I think I just about made it to the first lamp post. It’s my own fault, I’m such a flaming perfectionist when it comes to academic writing – it takes me forever. Still on the plus side I now have some idea just how long this major study is going to take – forever. I’m going to lead such an exciting life over the next few weeks. In an attempt to clear my head Janathon was a short run, thankfully the snow had all but gone, however what was left had started to freeze and after over 18 months as a non- runner I’d forgotten just how slippy some of the paving stones get. Still I remained upright and that’s always a bonus with my track record!!!
1 mile run
1000 words written lots of reading done
Can’t believe it’s nearly Monday again
Bring it on!!!

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That Friday feeling……

You know the one, where you can’t keep your eyes open and sleep through the entire evening – yep this girl certainly knows how to rock n roll!!! Still on the plus side, it’s been a fairly good week ( shit, sick and snot aside – I love my job!!), Janathon has successfully continued and who knows I might even complete it this year!!! The classroom is all but transformed into a Greek temple and the research reading is finished – I just need to write about it now – guess what I’m doing this weekend?!? Gave the legs a rest today and did a core workout.

Cycling in the frosty sunshine tomorrow ( that’s what the weather man says)

Bring it on

  

Day 14 – Splutter, Cough, Cough Splutter

So the ‘being hit with a frying pan in the face’ syndrome continues, but on the plus side I was on a training course today so at least I didn’t spend the day with germ laden kids. No, I spent it with a room full of coughing and spluttering adults instead. Still at least they keep there snot and bogeys to themselves – well I hope they do!!! I did hope that a short run in the chilly air might clear my head – but that didn’t work either – it just brought my cough back. Cough or not, I upped my pace slightly from Tuesdays run – and that will do for me!!!!
Another mile in the bag
More of the same tomorrow
Bring it on!!!

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Olga Korbut takes on Ninja Warrior – apparently…..

So a rather deflating start to the day – there I was all packed and ready to go and then I got a flat tyre. No amount of instant fix pump up canister type things helped ( I’m really up on cycle technology!!!!) and changing inner tubes is hubby’s job. The cycle to work was abandoned. Things could only get better and actually they did. The immersive Greek temple type classroom is coming together and my column rage has abated (for now), having to drive to work meant I had my real ‘big coat’ with me so playground duty was almost bearable and the after work sports meeting was cancelled. Then came year 4 gymnastics when I discovered my inner Olga Korbut – something I never discovered as a kid as I was built like a fairy elephant. By the time the other teaching assistant and I had done our pencil, dish, teddy bear and egg rolls we couldn’t move – I think the kids enjoyed it. It seems the kids really do think I’m some kind of sporting nutter, I looked on in horror as one mum told me her child had asked if he could enter me in Ninja Warrior…….erm maybe not. Still the suggestion of me being warrior like must have struck a chord – I ran my fastest mile since knee surgery – the comebacks on.

Gymnastics and a speedy (for me) mile completed.

I’m playing Netball tomorrow (what am I doing???!?)

Bring it on. 

  
 

Brrrrrr – finally!!!!

So another Monday morning dawned ( I do wish they wouldn’t come round quite do quickly) and finally we had some almost wintry weather – well it was cold. So for once I arrived at work ‘almost’ dry. Granted I was still splattered in mud and my short- clad legs were tinged with blue but it made a pleasant change. By playtime the temperature had dropped further – cue lots of rosy cheeked kids and runny noses, and very cold teachers. By the time I’d thawed out it was time to get the shorts back on.  Still, on the plus side, I cycled home in almost daylight and even the icy puddles didn’t stop my fun – can’t beat the outdoor gym. 

Nearly 8 miles cycled

More of the same tomorrow

Bring it on!!!!  

 

Wahoo it’s Fridayzzzzz

So I should be sat here working on my assignment but I’m struggling to keep my eyes open never mind  argue a case for the effective utilisation of teaching assistants (yes – my life is really that exciting!!). Thankfully I went for a run as soon as I got home, had I have sat down first I don’t think it would have happened. It was only a short run, but much needed to clear my head after a bout of column rage – no really. Transforming a classroom Into a Greek temple is all well and good until your creative ideas don’t quite go to plan – lets just say we nearly had Greek ruins, it’s a good job I left when I did.

Another run survived

Cycling tomorrow

Bring it on!!

  

Janathon Day Six – Anyone got an Ark

Yep, you’ve got it, it’s raining again, I knew it wouldn’t last longer than a day. But whilst it was a bit soggy going to working coming home was more of a monsoon – a monsoon that started the minute I set off home. Still what’s a girl to do when there’s a Janathon to complete – granted I could have gone to the gym – but where’s the fun in that?? So yet again I arrived home completely mud splattered – so mud splattered that had I arrived home like that when I was a kid I would, to quote some of the kids I work with, have got ‘well done’. Looking at the forecast, the rains going nowhere – I may need to swap the bike for an ark – or cycle in a wetsuit – now there’s an idea!!!!

6.5 mile done

Walking tomorrow

Bring it on

  

Dry January

Day five of Janathon and ‘dry January’ took on a whole new meaning – nothing to do with giving up alcohol and more to do with finally completing some Janathon exercise without getting soaked, covered in mud or both it felt strange arriving home as dry and clean as when I’d set off!!!  I’d like to say I’d stayed clean all day – alas no!!! The  joys of turning the class room into a Greek temple saw me covered in white paint and PVA – the temples looking good – wish I could say the same for my new work dress.

6 Greek columns painted
1.1 miles run
The knees holding up
Bring it on!!!!

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Watch out there’s a swamp monster about …………maybe not!!!!

So I’d just kissed the hubby goodnight and then the alarm went off, at least that’s what it felt like – the 5:45am starts were back. Yep school term has started again, it’s like we’ve never been away. Still, all in all, it wasn’t a bad first day back, I even managed to cycle to work and back – I’d forgotten how heavy a rucksack containing a laptap, Hudl, portable memory, work clothes,  shoes, PE kit and packed lunch was!! I’d also forgotten how much the rain turned my cycle route into a mud bath – I arrived at work splattered, but on the plus side it wasn’t raining and I’d only had to detour twice due to flooding. Coming home was a different story, for one thing it was raining – heavily, secondly it was dark and my route home is unlit, thirdly the rain had turned my already muddy route into a quagmire and even with my mega bike lights I didn’t see the muddy puddles till I was knee deep in them – I arrived home looking like a swamp monster and once he’s stopped laughing hubby offered to spray me down with the hose pipe – I declined!!!
7 miles cycled -The bikes drying out
Short run in the morning
Bring it on

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An even quicker quickie!!

You’d think an inspirational speech by Rebecca Addlington would be enough to motivate me into exercise, actually it was, but a full day at a PE conference and then an evening at college means the only exercise I’ve done is walking to and from places – about a mile. Still it’s better than nothing – if only you could log talking about sport.
Back to the gym in the morning
Bring it on!!!

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