The Year of the Blog……


What a day…..

I think I’ve done quite a lot in the last year -I’ll give a full run down tomorrow. But in a nutshell, despite everything that’s come my way I’ve still made it to the end of the year smiling and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed everything I’ve done. I never thought at the beginning of 2012 that by the end of the year I would be cycling daily – the Olympics has a lot to answer for. But then again I didn’t expect to be dancing on the playground trying to break a world record (Olympics again) or Running ridiculous amounts of laps of the school field (sport relief) and then there was the cricket,Jack’s rugby (Yorkshire Champion again)  oh and a little race in the Olympic Stadium – what a day. So you can have my full review tomorrow.

In the meantime I hope I haven’t bored you all too much and that you have enjoyed some of my ramblings and rants – have a great new year see you in 2013.

What a year

Here come’s 2013

Bring it on

Our Moment to Shine……………..

So, after months of waiting the day had finally arrived, The Olympic Torch was heading to Wakefield – would the day be all we hoped for……………Well, to be honest, for varying reasons, it was far more than that.

For those who don’t know, I was nominated to carry the flame as part of the Coca- Cola ‘Future Flame Campaign’ It was a real honour to be nominated and from that came the chance to run in the Olympic Stadium – so not getting selected wasn’t the massive disappointment it could have been. That’s not to say that when the torch-bearer ran past today, I didn’t feel like rugby tackling her and running off with the torch, I resisted – just – still it would have been one way to make the news!!!

If I’m honest, I do have reservations about the Olympics coming to London – mainly because funding has been pulled from grassroot sports and has been pumped into whats happening in our capital city. Great for kids in London but not for us in Yorkshire where new clubhouses can no longer be built because the fundings gone. However, on the other hand London is the one and only chance to get our kids off their PlayStation’s and X Boxes and out into fresh air, trying something new. In the last three months I’ve seen kids you’d never expect, dancing as part of the ‘Big Dance’ and an entire school running a mile. But we need to keep doing this once the Olympics is over if anything is to be gained and a generation inspired. Time will tell………………..

So who shone the most today, well the sun came out – definitely a plus. The crowds were great, the torchbearers fab but it was 200 school kids that stole the show today – for me anyway. They (Reception to year six) patiently waited the best part of two hours for the torch to come – all for a quick glimpse. They put the schools standing around us to shame and even made the local news  – briefly.

Well done Methodist J & I school – definitely gold medal winners today!

With the torch gone and work done, I finally got to do something I haven’t done for over a week – run. Granted, it was only a short one, but with my missing iron still missing and time been very limited at the moment, it’s the best I can do. It was nearly an even shorter run thanks to a German Shepherd ( a Dog  not a German Dude looking after sheep just in case you’re confused.) I’d only gone half a mile when the flaming mahoosive thing bounded towards me, I froze in terror, my life flashed before me and then the sodding thing dived in the hedge and came out with a cat, ‘don’t worry he’s as soft as owt’ the owner said. He looked soft with a cat hanging out of his gob – animals and running – bliss!

A great day

Sports Day Tomorrow

Bring it on

Big Dance………….Done

It’s days like today when I know that not only do I have the right job but I have a job I love. Working with kids is the best job in the world. It’s been a long week all in all, what with the SAT’s and all the stresses and strains that come with them.  But today was a great way to finish a tough week.

For year Six, the morning started with bacon and sausages sandwiches, celebrating the end of SAT’s, then some  of us spent playtime putting the finishing touches to the ‘Big Dance’, ready for the main event at One o Clock. Post playtime saw me in year 2 – more finishing touches. They were definately ready.

Thankfully the rain stayed away so the whole school were all able to go out onto the playground and take part, together, and take part they did. From nursery through to year Six and some bigger kids of varying ages (the staff!) they all joined in. So now, fingers crossed, we’re World Record Breakers -‘The Largest Simultaneous Dance Routine – Multi Venue’. And I’ve loved every minute of it, wonder what we can do next……………………………………

Big Dance Done

Looking for something else to now!

Bring it on

Whole School Dance

Taking the Lead

Incident Free Running……………..Maybe One Day

So another day another SAT’s test, but wahoo, the main ones are over with now, time to relax – sort of! Looking forward to tomorrow now, time for the ‘Big Dance 2012’, all our hard work will hopefully pay off. If year six do as well with it tomorrow as they did today I’ll be well chuffed – they’re ace, all of them – brought a tear to my eye, bless them!

Work done, Asda Big shop out of the way, it was time to run. Strange how the weather warmed up when we started running, it’s been bloody freezing all day. Another great run – almost!!  Tight calves (me) at the top of the two mile climb that starts the route meant lots of dodgy stretching on the roadside. Then it was a sore foot (my mate) more dodgy stretching. We avoided the low flying pheasant – it was laying low at the side of the road…………dead!!  Thumper and bugs seemed to have suffered the same fate – who needs Planet Earth Live – just run round Woolley! Finally it was the battle of the brambles (my Mate) part of a bush attached to her foot and next minute she was wrapped up in it. Once I’d stopped laughing I pulled it off her and she wiped the blood from her lacerated (slight exaggeration but a better effect!) legs before we continued on our way. A nice steady run that probably would have been faster if it had been incident free – but then what would I blog about……………….

8 miles in 1:18:45

Big Dance tomorrow

Bring it on

Link to the Big Dance if you want to see what we’ve had to learn

No Running, No Rugby………Arrgghh!

I’m a little bit sad

So for the first time in a long time I actually put me first, absolutely hated doing it but sometimes needs must. Today I should have been running a marathon around 16 schools in Wakefield (including mine) to help out a local Pastor – Jon Robinson- a great guy, who does loads of fundraising for local charity C.A.P. Unfortunately last months hospital visit (low Iron/hb levels) meant that in reality it was no longer an option. I did sort of remain ever hopeful that come the day I might just be able to do it and in all honesty if it wasn’t for our forth coming holiday I would probably have risked it. But the last fortnights running has been tough at times and as I knew if I started with him this morning I’d end up doing it all  I decided not to start. I’m gutted as I hate giving in but it’s probably best to stick to shorter runs than none at all. Fair to say I had a tear in my eye when he ran into the playground though – maybe next year………………

Thankfully there was plenty to keep me cheerful today – not least year two and the amazing way they’ve picked up the ‘Big Dance’, why has it taken me weeks to perfect and a group of six and seven year olds get it in no time? Kids- you’ve got to love em, I’m in the wrong  job if I don’t!

Friday night is usually ‘rugby night’ in the Earnshaw household but there’s none on due to the challenge cup games – what a shit day – no running or rugby!!!! Yep, Friday nights, rugby and a red wine fuelled hubby talking absolute drivel. Well he’s still talking absolute drivel about the………………….golf – aaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggh. Do I really care whether Tiger’s gonna miss the cut or not – no. Am I bothered that Rory (not the racing car) has already missed the cut – no again. The only thing that bothers me is that Florida (where the golf’s from) is hot and sunny – guess where I’ll be in two weeks time…..Wahoo!

No miles today

Rugby and running tomorrow

Bring it on

Swimming, Dancing, Raining, Running, Flashing

So I finally seem to have shaken off the school lurgy – having the trots all weekend was not really what I intended, another wasted weekend with no running – well not the running I wanted to do. Still sometimes it’s a case of getting on with it. So today, despite feeling a bit drained I still made it to school – can’t let the kids down, especially on my favourite day of the week – swimming day. To be fair I’m starting to get quite attached to my little group of swimmimg bricks – they really are starting to become less brick more breeze block – there’s a definate improvement and I’m chuffed with them. So chuffed that I nearly came to blows with a know it all instuctor/lifeguard who dared criticise. I haven’t had her before and she sat up on her perch rolling her eyes and tutting at everything I did. Even having a go for one of my group not getting her head in the water- it took weeks to get her in the water – I’m not pushing  it. So at the end of the lesson I explained to ‘perch woman’ why I was happy for said swimmer to not have her head in the water. Her reply ‘ I teach swimming every day of every week I know what I’m talking about’ My reply I teach these kids every day every week, I think I know them better than you’ One to me I think – she’ll be off her perch if she starts next week!!!

I felt much better after swimming , and happier, as feeling better meant more chance of me finally getting a run in. Hurrah. So it was early tea then an hours dancing – yep I finished teaching myself the Big Dance – Yay, and I’ve re- jigged it – no more skidding on my knees and rolling round like a beached whale – well be fair-  by the time I get my niggly knees back up the Olympics will be over!!! 

So finally. after three days, I was free, running  – like a real runner -in the rain enjoying every minute of it – well nearly every minute of it. Only in Wakefield, on a main road in broad daylight can you run past some fat chuffer happily flashing his jelly belly at passing traffic while swigging on his special brew – who needs the Hepworth to look at!!!

4.175 mile in 34 minutes and 14 secs

Not bad for a pretend runner!!

More of the same tomorrow

Bring it on

More Facts and Figures…………….

No run today, decided to save myself for a run back from the rugby tomorrow, plus when I got home from work I was suffering from CBA syndrome – probably caused by ‘first week of half term’ syndrome. Still I have done loads of dancing (Olympic Big Dance) so not a totally exerciseless day.

So time to add up a few totals and see what else has happened since my last review back in March.

  • I have run 454 miles so far this year.
  • According to my amazing Nike+ sports watch (never works) I have run 430 miles.
  • I have already run 68% of the mileage I did last year
  • I have run on 90 occasions, cycled 10 times and walked 5+ miles seven times, a total of 490 miles.
  • I think its more likely that I will achieve 2012 km in 2012 than 2012 miles (1223km to go!!!)
  • I am now in my second pair ofNike+ running shoes.
  • I’ve worn out 2 more pairs of socks
  • I’ve taken to googling historic monuments, signs, bridges, breeds of sheep!! Anything I pass on a run.
  • I now know keeping a key in your running shorts is great till you fall and land on it – Yale tattoo anybody….
  • I’m still getting rained, hailed and snowed on.
  • I’m still getting lost when I try a new route.
  • I’m still getting chased by various animals.
  • I’m still getting new PB’s
  • I’ve managed to blog everyday.
  • I’m still addicted to running.
  • And best of all – Ive now run in the Olympic Stadium.


More running tomorow

Bring it on

A Dance, A Run, A Camouflage Duck and Vibration White Finger……………..

So another day another deluge of rain. Not what you want when you work in a school, kids with cabin fever are no fun, kids with cabin fever on a P.E day – aarrggghh! But credit to year six, this afternoon they excelled themselves. To be honest, I expected some strops when we had to do indoor P.E – well DANCE!! But no, they loved it, girls and boys. Even better they seem to be picking it up a whole lot quicker than me. But then again they had a huge hall to leap about in, I’ve had my kitchen. All we need is some leg warmers and it will be like ‘Kids from Fame’ all over again- well 30 kids n one old bird – maybe I could be Lydia Grant –  dance teacher in Fame for those too young to remember. (You’ve got big dreams? You want fame? Well, fame costs. And right here is where you start paying in sweat- still remember it now!!)  Anyway, if they keep this up – come the ‘Big Dance’ on the 18th May they’ll be awesome – choreographer dude Winston or is it Wayne, he’ll be well chuffed – ya!

Work over, the sun came out – nearly- and the rain stopped, typical. Still it meant we could run without getting soaked. I didn’t feel like I had the best of runs to be honest, maybe it’s ‘first week back’ syndrome or I over did the dancing. I felt ok for the first 3 miles, then the energy levels dropped, still we managed another 3+ miles and surprisingly we ran exactly the same time as Tuesday, maybe I just expect too much sometimes. Can’t believe I was scared by a duck either – obviously not my night – flaming thing was camouflaged by the leaves, never saw it till it quacked…………….

So run done, quick chat and time to head home. By this time my vibration white finger had kicked in- anyone else get this after running? It used to be just one finger, now it’s spreading. Must be coming out in sympathy with my running mate, she gets it too.  I did look for a funny image for vibration white finger – you won’t believe the pictures that came up…………….

6.8 miles done

leg warmers out tomorrow

Bring it on

Big Roll, Big Hole, Big Dance

No running pre work today, but a workout session, weights bands and my new mega Hula -Hoop – best thing I’ve ever bought. I can definately feel it working. Ten minutes, every day rolling it round your stomach and five days later the results are showing – I think. I  seem to be  getting more of a pot than six pack shape but I’m sure it will level out (I hope) if I keep going.

A lousy weather day today, non-stop rain. Great- just what you want when you need to dig a hole in the garden. Yep today we buried Fluffy( family Guinea Pig) well I did- no one else was daft enough to go out and get p*** wet through. What should have been a sombre occasion turned inot hysterical laughter. Primak Ugg boots are obviously not the best thing to wear when digging a hole,one minute the spade was in the hole the next I slipped and it was inches from my head – whoops!!

As it was a rest day today, tonight saw me learning some more of the ‘Big Dance’ that not so easy contempary number we’re doing at school as part of the Olympic celebrations. Three minutes of it I can do now-only two to go. Unfortunately the last two minutes are the roll around the floor minutes – now I might get down but the chance of me getting back up anytime before the Olympics start………………………

Nearly a rest day

Running in the rain tomorrow

Bring it on

Run out of time………..Ja!

For various reasons, I knew there was no chance of running this morning. Too much beer, take away pizza and lack of sleep due to a raging thirst caused by beer n pizza was one reason. On top of that, due to being out nearly all weekend,parts of the house looked like a bomb had dropped and I had to have a tidy up before work or it would have stressed me out all day. Never mind I thought I’ll run later this evening……………

Quite how it got to 7:45 and I still hadn’t made it to the door I’ll never know. Yes I was pottering about doing this and that and there was homework to be done (Quelle surprise !) but one minute I’d bags of time, the next, well I didn’t! So I’ve put the run back till tomorrow and decided to have another go at learning the Olympic ‘Big Dance’ Routine. Chuffing hell – I hope the kids pick it up quicker than me.

I think I’ve mentioned the ‘Big Dance’ before. That easy little contemporary number thats  er…….. not easy. Don’t get me wrong the choreographer dude who I was convinced was called Winston – it’s Wayne, is amazing. But if he says ‘Ja’ once more I’m going to scream, he’s not even German! Still I’m sure it will be alright on the night – well day…………..

No dancing tomorrow, just running and cycling – Ja!

Cycle to work tomorrow?

Bring it on



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