This week began with a much-needed Monday holiday. The area I work in takes the first Monday in June (Victoria Day) as a holiday and for me it’s always the last “mile marker” before the final sprint to the summer holidays. I definitely feel much more tired than usual this year thanks to all the additional stresses of pandemic teaching and ensuring senior pupils achieved the qualifications they deserved. I’m sad that I won’t be able to do anything particularly exciting this summer (I would SO love to go away somewhere, but it’s not on the cards right now) but I very much need the rest. My running definitely feels slower and it’s tough to fit in evening workouts just now. Once school finishes I will be able to hit reset on that and get things back to how I like them. In the meantime, here’s how my week looked:
Monday – 3.5 miles + Hatha yoga via Zoom
Tuesday – 4.5 miles + home yoga
Wednesday – 4.5 miles + home yoga
Thursday – 4.5 miles + home yoga
Friday – 4 miles + living room workout + home yoga
Saturday – (not)parkrun sandwich
Sunday – 10 miles
The Monday holiday was EXACTLY what I needed for a bit of an energy top-up to see me through the last weeks of the school year. I made sure to take full advantage of the opportunity by sleeping a little later than on a work day, reading in bed with a cup of tea then heading out for my run (with new scavenger hunt list in tow, of course!). It felt so good to have a leisurely start to my day and I’m more than ready for this to be my life for a bit!
Post-run I got showered and changed then set off to walk into town. I last did this on the early May bank holiday when I was off work, but since the shops had not long opened I found it a bit busy. This time, I was off for a holiday not taken in the area where I live so I anticipated things being much quieter and I had a few things I wanted to get (plus I fancied having a quick look in a few shops while they were fairly empty). I was able to get everything I needed, then used my Vitality reward to pick up a free coffee for my walk back up the road again.
I was pretty hungry by this point so I got my lunch organised and headed out to enjoy it al fresco since it was another lovely day.
Since it was so nice, I spent the afternoon reading my book in the garden, and Steve brought me out a little treat of an ice cream cone. Yummy!
It was such a relaxing day, rounded off beautifully with my Hatha yoga class on Zoom.
But of course it was back to the usual routine on Tuesday. My run took in a loop around the bridges over the river and I was listening to the latest “together run” podcast from Tina Muir. Once again there was a point where we were encouraged to take a picture and once again I wasn’t in quite the position I would have liked, but took the picture anyway:
After work Steve and I took a walk to get some fresh air then I made sure to do some yoga while our dinner was in the oven. Being back in work after a day off is always a wrench, especially at this point in the school year, so I must make sure to take care of myself through the rest of the month.
The next couple of days felt quite hard as I’m just so tired now and found it difficult to get out of bed. I even had to shorten my Wednesday run a little so I wouldn’t be late for work! I had toyed with adding the distance back onto Thursday’s run (basically swapping around the distances) but I couldn’t get up any earlier then either. Oh well, rest is more important than miles right now.
By the Friday (a shorter run anyway) I was more than ready for my weekend. I began with a living room workout (how have we only managed to get ONE garden workout so far?) then a little yoga before relaxing in front of the tv. We began to watch the Jimmy McGovern drama Time starring Sean Bean and it was very good.
Unfortunately I did get word that evening that the SUP yoga session planned for the Saturday would need to be postponed because of the wind. It had been super windy all day and was only going to be worse, so for safety reasons we just couldn’t go ahead. Disappointing but safety has to come first.
That did, however, mean that I was under no pressure to get myself up and out on Saturday morning. That meant time to read in bed before heading out into the wind for my (not)parkrun. The wind was actually quite refreshing as it was clearly going to be an otherwise lovely day. So much so, that I spent the afternoon in the garden again finishing up my book.
This one was really good. Two authors who had experienced a short but intense relationship in their teens are brought together again for an equally intense few days exploring their past, their flaws, and the impact of history on their lives. It read as very “current” and was well worth reading as my June choice in my “reading the year” challenge.
Saturday was also World Gin Day so we made sure to mark the occasion with a little tipple in the evening.
It was still windy for my longer run on the Sunday, but as it turned out I was quite grateful for it since it was once again pretty warm. I made sure to have some sunscreen on since it’s so easy to forget how strong the sun is when it’s windy. It was actually a really nice run and I couldn’t help noticing the difference between my weekday and weekend runs right now. That end of year tiredness has me pretty sluggish through the week but much fresher at the weekend when I can head out a little later (and better rested). Roll on the holidays!
After our Sunday errands we spent the afternoon in the garden again. We treated ourselves to another ice cream cone then later on a refreshing hard seltzer we had come across while we were food shopping. The perfect “warm day in the garden” drink!
I finished my day with a nice bath so I could relax and watch the first episode of Loki. It looks like it’s going to be another enjoyable Marvel series. When I emerged, the kitties were clearly in the middle of an important meeting 😹
And that was it. At this point, just under two weeks to go until those much-anticipated school holidays.
How are you feeling just now?
Do you have a favourite drink/treat on warm days?