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

  

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Wednezzzzzzday – in other words I’m done in!!!!

So the Netball went by the wayside, unfortunately the downside of working in a Primary school is that the little darlings are all too happy to share every germ, bug and lurgy going. Yet another cold is on the horizon, I’ve spent the majority of the day feeling like I’ve been whacked in the face with a frying pan and foundation stage PE just about finished me off.  Still, I decided to look on the positive side – no netball meant more study time – except after 2 hours of reading mindless waffle, the sofa chair in the study called my name, that was the end of that.

Cycle to work and back done

Uni work abandoned.

My beds calling

Bring it on!!!!!

  

The wonder of waterproofs!!

At last, a longer bike ride, granted it was a long way from the 25+ miles hubby and I used to do, but 14.2 miles is a start and this year I will not be letting Uni or work get in my way ( well that’s the plan!!!). Another plus side to today’s ride was my very dry bottom – despite the copious amounts of mud and huge puddles my shiny new mega waterproof shorts did the trick – for the first time in 9 days my backside was just as dry when I got home as when I left – its only taken 4 pairs to find some that actually work.

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My new cycling gear

14.2 miles logged
A short run tomorrow
Bring it on 😊

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
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Running in the Rain

So I had planned a bike ride today, but then I slept in!! Typical!!! I’ve been trying to have a sleep in for the last fortnight with little success, I finally manage it when I don’t want to. On the plus side the changed plans meant going for another run, a run in the rain. Ive been stuck in the gym so long I’d forgotten just how enjoyable running in the rain was. Another mile logged and the knees holding up, fingers crossed it lasts.

A mile run

Slightly faster than yesterday

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The Twists and Turns of Janathon Day 8!

netball

So after a successful physio session, I now know exactly what I can and can’t do with my ‘on the mend knee’, low impact is fine, try not to exercise every day (whoops!)  no running, no over doing the weights and no twisting round on one leg (like I’d do that at my age…..) I remembered for all of almost 24 hours. It’s the kids fault – during P.E, whilst demonstrating how to pivot in netball, I remembered I shouldn’t,so I asked the kids to not let me get carried away when we started playing the game (I tend to forget I’m meant to be ref!!). Did they remind me….Well they are only kids, I can’t really put my knee in their hands, though having seen some of the catching skills I’m not that sure I want to!!!!  Still all in all, despite the icy wind howling across the playground, it was a good lesson – my team won!!! (only joking!)

40 minutes of netball (counting it as a rest day 😉 )

swimming in the morning

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The Non-running Mum on the Run…………….

Out of order!!

Out of order!!

So I’m back, a new year new start and all that malarkey. Except this year is slightly different. Yep, 2015 is my first year as an official non-runner. Its not going to be easy, running has been a huge part of who I am for so long, but 2 knee operations in the space of 15 months has put an end to my running career. Still, I’m happy, healthy and have a fab family -it’s not the end of the world -its just going to take a bit of getting used to!!

I wasn’t going to do Janathon this year, however its my motivation to stick to my physio program and ensure I fit some exercise in in-between work, my degree and my science GCSE course -I think I’m going to busy!!!

40 lengths done

gym session tomorrow

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Alcoholic Assignments………………

images (2)So after three halves of lager and a glass of wine (its been a tough day, week , month, half-term) I’ve finally got an opening sentence for my first uni assignment. Strange really, when I’ve spent a sober 2 weeks staring at an empty piece of paper, with not a clue where to start – now I’m on a roll. Well I would be except I’m struggling to keep my eyes open! Still, at least I’ve started and I’m no longer filled with dread that I’m going to spend half-term not knowing what to write.

Yes, uni-life is now in full swing, it’s not easy. Juggling work, home, college and uni takes some doing, and my only means of survival seems to be running my life like a military operation. Everything we do is now on a list, calendar or random post-it note, so far it seems to be working, who knows with a little more organisation I might even get round to blogging a little more often – I can’t believe I haven’t blogged since August – maybe its time for a quick catch-up!!

Half-term is finally here, and what a half-term it’s been, frantic from day one to the end -but I still love my job! If the degree is going well, the science GCSE isn’t – just my luck to get a science teacher who knows less about science than I do. First there was the negative/positive confusion, then the anti-bodies that she called anti-biodies, and this week she had us looking for calium on the periodic table -only to realise it was a typo – we should have been looking for CALCIUM!! Still, this week was her last, hopefully her replacement will be better!!

The cycling continues and we haven’t been lost for weeks, always a good sign. I wish I could say I’m back running but I’m not and not really sure if I ever will be -surgery looms and I’m hoping for a miracle!!

Quickest catch-up ever

but there’s uni work to be done

Bring it on!!

A Super Weekend and another Shock!!!!

Would you like a dessert!

Would you like a dessert!

So we’re back from our annual pilgrimage to London to watch the Challenge Cup final, it was like a home from home, an all  Yorkshire final. It was hard to decide who we wanted to win, both teams are huge rivals of our own team, Wakefield Trinity. In the end we opted for Castleford, it was the wrong choice – the Rhinos won. Still it was a great weekend, we saw some great sights and some not so great. Never have I seen so many over stretched rugby shirts in one place. Lets just say one team must only sell a one-size-fits-all-shirt and leave it at that.

To be fair the rugby fans weren’t the only ones poured into their clothing, the waitress in our hotel seemed to be suffering from the same fate, maybe that’s why she had the strangest of smiles plastered over her face, she was a dead ringer for Peter Kay’s ‘Geraldine’ and unfortunately, much to the amusement of Jack and I, she took a real shine to my hubby!! He got one of her ‘best’ smiles every time she passed and when she crouched (squatted) down at the side of him and scared him half to death to ask “would you like a dessert?” I failed at keeping a straight face. Needless to say we spent the rest of the weekend avoiding ‘Geraldine!’

Having finally come back down to earth after my maths results last week, today brought even more good news. You may remember me mentioning spending the best part of a week trying to write a personal statement  (more like four days gawping at a blank piece of paper and one day writing -but you get the idea!) Anyway, the whole point of the statement was to try to justify me being accepted onto a part-time degree course without any prior  higher-level education, it worked. I’m back in shock -again!! University, at my age!! Still,why not? I’ve spent years putting everything and everyone before me and my family. Now its time for me to do what’s right for us -I can’t wait!!

A great weekend

great news

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The Blogs Back -Part One

Le Grand Depart – Yorkshire

It was definitely a weekend of firsts, we’d never been camping before, I’d certainly never stood on a road side for what seemed like forever waiting to watch a cycle race and typically it was the first time in ages Wakefield had beaten the Rhinos and we missed it!!

So to the camping, after a week of glorious sunshine, come Friday it started to rain. Come the time we needed to put the tent up it was wanging it down -joy!! We were only an hour from home, wouldn’t it have been easier to get up ridiculously early the following morning and drive over… To be honest, when we arrived we did kind of wonder what we were letting ourselves in for, there were some rather strange characters around. My Facebook postings for the next 12 hours went something like this;

We’re here, the tents up, the inflatable pillows will be fab for dwarves, the self inflating mats haven’t inflated,it’s pissing it down, the locals running the camp have all got huge teeth, the girl next door thinks she’s come to Glastonbury ( short dress, fat arse, white legs n wellies) the rozzers keep walking up and down, a man keeps checking our blue bands to make sure we’ve paid, I have a lager in my hand, the rugby’s on the radio, Phil Bentham’s just disallowed a Wakey try (knob!). I quite like camping!!!

So after dancing in a field and drinking lots of beer (well lots for me!) I slept like a log. The rain poured down,next doors dog howled all bleeding night, and just how many planes fly into Leeds Bradford, I did sleep honest!! Thankfully the country bumpkins didn’t wake me to ask to look at my blue band. We’ve just had brekkie, the suns trying to get out, not long to wait now!!

All in all, everything went to plan, we got the tent up in double-quick time due to the rain, the live band was great and the actual race day was amazing, so good we did it all again the following day -minus the tent. We cycled there and then along some of the route, great to get cheered for pedalling ten times slower than the actual cyclist!!

It was a great weekend, and strange how those on the route varied from one day to the next. Saturday we were surrounded by lycra clad cyclists (SOME REALLY SHOULDN’T) with light weght bikes, heart rate monitors and more gadgets than an apple shop. Sunday was the mountain bike brigade, baggy shorts, baggy tops, muddy bikes and off road maps. Did it make me want to buy a road bike…. No thanks -have you seen the size of those saddles!!

A great weekend. So glad we went to watch.

The tent dried out eventually.

Bring it on!

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