Does anyone have any concept of time left? I’m confident I know the year, but beyond that I’m really beginning to lose track now. Thank goodness for running to help keep me grounded and sane!
Last week was the second week of the school holidays and I used the time to tick off a few things on my “Lockdown List” as well as spend some time reading, catching up on some TV and watching a some films. I also kept up my run streak and regular yoga, but I’m very conscious that I’m not making the time for my strength work. I mean, it’s not like I have a packed schedule, but the motivation for a living room workout just isn’t there and that’s something I’m going to have to change. Here’s how the week looked:
Monday – 3.5 miles + home PT session + Hatha yoga via Zoom
Tuesday – 4 miles + home yoga
Wednesday – 3.8 miles + home yoga
Thursday – 4 miles + home yoga
Friday – 4 miles + home yoga
Saturday – 10k
Sunday – 11 miles
I’m definitely noticing the difference in my body now. My legs don’t feel fatigued – even on Monday morning when my run is basically a recovery run from a longer distance the day before – and so far there are no niggles or anything untoward. It really fascinates me as I have always shied away from run streak challenges as I saw them as a one-way ticket to injury, yet here I am 4 weeks into a run streak and it’s so far, so good. Keeping my fingers crossed that continues as I’m loving my morning runs.
Having enjoyed the rainbow running challenge so much the week before, I decided to try and keep my own mini-challenges going by theming my running tops for the week. For this week, I focused on my happy places so all my running tops had to be Disney or Paris.
And at the end of the week I noted that I had completed my highest weekly mileage of the year so far, but was surprised to find it’s not actually my highest EVER as I need about another mile in my total for that. I think that’s a target I could try to meet…
So what were some of the other highlights in my strange, at-home existence?
Monday was actually a really quiet day. I did fit in more by way of training what with a run, PT session AND yoga, but most of the rest of the day was spent reading or generally faffing about.
On Tuesday I tidied up the box where I had stored all my race finisher tops – the tech ones that I could actually wear to run. My collection now spans a decade, but the way I had put my tops in the box was annoying me as it wasn’t easy to find ones that I like without rummaging around. There are some in there I would never wear as the “one size fits nobody” style would make them better suited to constructing a tent, but I like to keep them as souvenirs and going back through them did stir up lots of fun memories. Even better, I now have the ones I’m most likely to want to wear close at hand so I can grab one any time I like.
I also had a quick stop by my parents’ house as mum had picked her first batch of rhubarb of the season and had some for me. It definitely cheered me up after having to nip to a supermarket for a couple of bits we haven’t been able to get – it was a quite stressful experience and I really can’t see me choosing to go into a large supermarket again any time soon!
On Wednesday I did a bit more tidying, made a batch of chocolate fudge and Steve made rhubarb crumble. It really felt like quite a productive day.
Thursday was quiet again, but I treated myself to an afternoon movie. Since I’m basically Elsa right now (living in isolation, wearing gloves whenever I go out in public) I chose Frozen and followed it up with the two Frozen shorts for good measure. Totally loving having Disney+!
I did see a bit more about clapping for the NHS this week, but wasn’t sure what would happen in our street since last week was quiet. However as soon as 8pm came around I could hear the clapping and cheering so we went out for a couple of minutes too.
Friday was good fun as well, although it got off to a very early start when Smokey was up and about at dawn looking for some food. Having just watched Frozen it made me think of this scene:
But when I went looking for the picture online I found this. I don’t know who did this, but that cat looks EXACTLY like Smokey so it made me laugh!
After a quiet morning of reading and watching some vlogs, I watched another movie on Disney+. This time I chose Mulan since I was reading the Twisted Tales book based on it and I needed a refresher.
I was joined by Sooty again and she stayed like this for the entire movie!
We had Friday fajitas for dinner again, then rather than a movie I wanted to watch the stream of The Phantom of the Opera on YouTube. I didn’t watch the previous streamed musicals (Joseph and Superstar) since I have those versions on DVD, but Phantom is one of my favourites – I once spent AGES queuing outside the theatre in London to get standby tickets since that was the only way to see the show. It’s also the only show I’ve actually seen on Broadway.
I loved this version of it, especially at the end when they brought out some of the previous cast. Of course I had the songs in my head for the next day or two!
On Saturday I slept a little later thanks to my early wake-up call on Friday. I had my usual notparkrun run, then settled down with tea and a bacon roll for the latest parkrun quiz. I’m pleased to report that we set a new quiz PB with 12/15. Yippee! Then I spent the afternoon watching the Disney on Broadway 25th anniversary concert which had been streamed on Friday night.
The rest of the day was very much as normal – I had a bath, we had Steve’s homemade pizza and, since we had watched Phantom on Friday, we made Saturday our movie night with Revenge of the Sith. That’s us now watched the original Star Wars Trilogy and the prequels. Now it’s time to watch the sequels which I DEFINITELY haven’t seen before.
Our Sunday routine is fairly established and currently doesn’t deviate much from the norm: run, food shopping, relaxing afternoon. I had planned on 10 miles for my run but didn’t want to include a lap of the park like I did last week (this is my usual 10 mile route) as there were definitely more people there than anywhere else. I had a rough plan in my head of what I would do instead but didn’t bother to map it out as I didn’t think it would add too much, if anything, to the distance. In the end I realised I was going to finish on 10.8 miles so added a little extra bit on my way home to bring it to 11 miles. Along the way I came across this, which I thought was a lovely way communities to support each other:
The rest of the day was spent watching the latest episode of The Imagineering Story on Disney+, catching up on some TV while we ate dinner then having my bath and watching some vlogs. A little bit of escapism to help pass the time.
And that brought me to the end of the weirdest school holidays I have ever known. In the week ahead I will be returning to remote teaching and no doubt getting frustrated that I can’t just have my classes in front of me so that I can explain what to do and help them with anything they find hard. The struggle is real!
How has your day-to-day routine changed lately?
What have you been doing/watching during lockdown?