Every week when I start to set my post up, I type “blah blah” at the top as a placeholder until I know what I want the introduction to say. To be honest, this week I think “blah blah” might be all I have as the days are merging into one with little of interest to separate them. Most of the time I have no idea if something I’m thinking of happened early today, last week or last month! On the plus side, I do feel I’ve settled into a reasonable routine and am pleased to be fitting in running, strength work and yoga consistently. Here’s what I did last week:
Monday – 3.5 miles + living room workout + Hatha yoga via Zoom
Tuesday – 4.5 miles + garden workout + home yoga
Wednesday – 5.5 miles + living room workout + home yoga
Thursday – 5 miles + garden workout + home yoga
Friday – 4.5 miles + living room workout + home yoga
Saturday – 7.2 miles
Sunday – 10 miles
For this week I had another goal in mind for my running – I wanted to hit 40 miles since I’ve never had a weekly total that started with a 4 before. Given that the previous week totalled 38.8, I knew it wouldn’t take much and was really just a slight stretching – no more than half a mile at a time – of some of my runs through the week. By adding an additional mile onto my Saturday run I was already at 30 miles, leaving me with a nice 10 on Sunday to finish things off. It’s nice to see the climbing graph of my recent mileage, but now I’ve reached 40 I don’t think I’ll be looking to add any more on right now. Need to be sensible!
My other mini goal was my theme for the week – to wear all the souvenir tops I bought any time I ran the Paris marathon. Although I have run it 5 times, I somehow have 8 additional tops, mostly from the expo but some were things I ordered before/after the event as they were special edition purchases. Of course there are only 7 days in the week so the last one will be carried over to Monday.
I also took delivery of the two new pairs of trainers I ordered last week so had those to enjoy trying out as well. My favourites are definitely the ones with the colourful soles. So bouncy and fresh!
As for the rest of the week, there were some ups and downs…
Monday was tough. Microsoft Teams wasn’t playing ball, which made remote teaching even more challenging. Then to add insult to injury, there were wifi problems around the country which were definitely affecting us – including during my yoga class on Zoom. Thankfully we managed to work around and I still enjoyed the class. I was also forced inside for my workout due to a bizarre hail shower in the afternoon. I had hoped to be outside using the TRX, but instead it was the resistance band in the living room. On a happier note, I finished watching Malory Towers (which I LOVED) and we watched the last episode of Twin after dinner. I kind of feel like that might have been left open for another series.
Fortunately the weather was much better on Tuesday so I got out into the garden for my workout.
But on Wednesday we were back inside thanks to rain. Sigh. Although I did come across this on my morning run:
And back in the garden again with a tough TRX workout on Thursday.
Then inside again on Friday. What a weird week!
It was actually a pretty busy week as far as work was concerned, so not much time to do anything interesting during the day, but in the evenings Steve and I tried some new TV programmes. First we caught up with The Nest on the iPlayer since we hadn’t watched it when it was first shown, and then we stated to watch Normal People. Very different programmes but both very good.
We also had a birthday on Friday – the kitties turned TWO! And apparently it’s an exhausting age 😹
At least they’re still best pals!
As ever, the best part of the week was probably the weekend, even without the opportunity to go out and do something fun.
I began Saturday with a little reading in bed before heading out for my notparkun run. I have been running just over 10k on a Saturday, but as part of stretching out my distances, I ran 7 miles as that took me to a rolling total of 30 for the week. Steve was on a FaceTime call with his brother when I got home so I watched the stream of the Disneyland Paris fireworks which had been put out a day or so before. It made me cry Disney tears, but then that happens when I’m there as well! Also, when I got back I found that my new parkrun apricot T-shirt had arrived. I had faffed around and been indecisive about what to get printed on it, but sorted it out in the end:
Big Six refers to this local landmark which I regularly pass on my runs:
The house actually belongs to my friend’s granny and when her husband, who was an architect, originally built it he went for what was, at the time, quite a unique design. He was advised to make sure the house number was really visible so painted this giant 6 on the garage and it has been that way ever since. Steve says it looks like where they keep Thunderbird Six 😂
Once Steve’s call was done we got on with the usual Saturday post-run plan of a bacon roll and the parkrun quiz.
Bit of a poor showing this week with just 5/15 – a new personal worst for the quiz – but I was entertained by the deliberate misspelling in the title of the quiz as homage to little Mary, the youngest daughter of host Vassos, who regaled us all with a story at the end of the last quiz and took her own unique approach to spelling! I had just been listening to Vassos talking about it on the Free Weekly Timed podcast when I was out for my run so this reference made me smile.
In the afternoon I decided to try something new. I’ve never been any good at anything artistic, but was aware that there were lots of Disney drawing tutorials available which take you step-by-step through how to draw various characters. You can do this live in Disney parks (with your drawing as a fun souvenir) and on the one occasion I’ve done it I drew a decent character, so fancied giving it a go now I have little time on my hands – I even went as far as ordering a sketch book online!
I started with the contemporary rendering of The Big Cheese himself (of course!).
And heartened by it being at least recognisable (albeit a little wonky), I had a go at Olaf from Frozen.
A bit iffy in places, especially the arm and hand, but again recognisable. So I tried one more – Winnie The Pooh.
Overall I’m pretty pleased with those efforts and plan to try a few more as my time at home goes on. Having the sketchbook means I will have something concrete to show for my time spent in lockdown and will be something nice to look through later.
And our day was rounded off with a movie. We’re getting there with the Star Wars movies and this week was The Last Jedi. Just one more in the Skywalker Saga to go!
My Sunday began with a 10 mile run (slightly less than last week but I didn’t want to push it too much since I was adding a little more across the week). A highlight came early on when my attention was caught by these little guys peeking over a garden fence and I had to cross the road to have a closer look:
The run felt good and set me up to venture out for the food shopping after lunch. I also had to fill my car up as the petrol light had come on when I went out for the shopping the weekend before and I just hadn’t done anything about it. I was so shocked at how cheap the petrol was, right when I’m not really using much. Typical!
The rest of the day was relaxing with some tv, a nice dinner and my usual Sunday night bath and glass of wine.
I feel a bit torn about my experience of lockdown. I have plenty to occupy me and am definitely enjoying not having to get up so early or have a long commute. It’s nice to “go home” for lunch too. In that regard, I feel quite rested, but remote teaching is a challenge and I’m definitely missing having my pupils in front of me and being surrounded by my lovely colleagues – video meetings just aren’t the same! Oh, and going for a haircut wouldn’t go amiss right now haha!
How are you coping with lockdown measures?
Have you tried anything new recently?