Seven weeks! I don’t know about you, but I may be starting to forget what “normal” life is like. This was a funny week for me as a few things I had been looking forward to should have taken place, but I did my best to create my own fun and distract myself from what might have been. I also continued the run streak and remained really consistent with workouts and yoga. I think it’s safe to say that routine is now firmly established.
Monday – 3.5 miles + mini workout in living room + Hatha yoga via Zoom
Tuesday – 4.5 miles + garden workout + home yoga
Wednesday – 6 miles + garden workout + home yoga
Thursday – 5 miles + garden workout + home yoga
Friday – 4 miles + garden workout + home yoga
Saturday – 7 miles
Sunday – 10 miles
This week’s running theme fell into two parts. On Monday, I wore the last of my Paris marathon souvenir tops to complete the set from last week.
Then Tuesday-Friday it was the turn of my Run Disney Magic Run Weekend finisher tops. Before all of this madness I was supposed to be on a flight to Paris on the Friday for the inaugural Princess Run Weekend (all cancelled of course) and I was REALLY needing a bit of Disney in my days to make me feel a bit better about it. Keeping my fingers firmly crossed that this one is in the plans for the future because I was really looking forward to it.
It was also a shorter work week with Friday being the start of the “holiday” weekend so only four days of remote teaching to contend with before the long weekend. We celebrated with a bonus Thursday night beer!
This was actually quite a good week (as lockdown weeks go). Here are some highlights:
During my Monday night Zoom yoga class (that’s yoga via Zoom, not some exciting new form of yoga. Mind you, I wonder what “Zoom Yoga” would entail…) this daft boy decided that the best place to be was right beside me. He was there at the start of the class, wandered off to find his sister, then returned to his post and remained there for the rest of the class, perfectly content with the odd ear rub or nose bump as I moved. He’s such a mummy’s boy 😹.
Then on Tuesday I arrived home from my run to find two exciting things waiting for me – my April virtual run medal and my new rainbow T-shirt. Those really cheered me up, as did the sun staying out for my garden workout in the afternoon.
On Wednesday I thought I would have a go at a bit more Disney drawing. First I followed the tutorial for “pie-eyed” Mickey:
And then loaded up the step by step images in the WDW app to draw this one:
Not perfect, but I’m happy with them given my limited abilities with this kind of thing!
And it was still sunny!
Thursday was the last working day of the week, so when I was finished with all my tasks for the day I headed out into the garden for a workout:
Then enjoyed a quiet evening of tv. I even watched The Disney Family Singalong on Disney+ which was great fun but did bring “Disney tears” to my eyes.
I made sure to make Friday feel different to a work (at home) Friday so that I would notice it being a holiday. I read in bed for a bit so I was a little later going for my run and carried out a few household tasks in the morning, but in the afternoon I tried to make things a bit more fun. I watched The Little Mermaid Live on Disney+ whilst having a go at some Disney crafts (more on that later) before heading into the garden for my workout.
And after our usual (for lockdown) Friday fajitas, we finished off watching The Skywalker Saga by loading up The Rise of Skywalker on Disney+. I really enjoyed this one.
But it was Saturday that was by far my favourite day of the week.
Since the Princess Run Weekend was cancelled (😢) a Facebook group I’m in put together some virtual events instead. It was all free so no medals or anything (although we were challenged to make our own!), simply to dress in our Run Disney costumes and run our chosen distance. We were also sent race bibs we could wear. Even though I had organised my running costumes for the weekend, I decided to keep them under wraps for now in the hope of debuting them at a future Run Disney event, so instead opted for my Anna costume from the Disneyland Paris 10k last September (minus the pink cape – that seemed a little too much for running the streets of home!). I wanted to do what I could to recreate a Run Disney event day experience so started with my flat lay:
And while there were no character stops en route, I took inspiration from the parkrun road signs challenge and took photos with road signs to spell out Run Disney (yes, I did spend my running time during the week working out what they would be!).
It was actually quite a humid morning so the stops were quite welcome!
When I arrived home I gathered up all my props (including my craft efforts from the previous afternoon) and corralled poor Steve into being my Photopass photographer for some post-run pictures.
I awarded myself a homemade medal (craft project number one):
Took my picture in front of the (very far away?) castle (craft project number two):
And enjoyed some character meets. It was good of Minnie Mouse to embrace the princess theme and wear her Belle-inspired gold ballgown 😂
Olaf was an odd choice for a princess-themed event, but since he paired nicely with my costume choice I was pleased to see him!
And of course The Big Cheese himself was there to meet me in his sports gear:
Yes it was a bit mad and certainly not the run I had originally planned to be having that day, but actually pulling all that together was fun and I really enjoyed creating my own event. It gave me something to focus on and cheered me up since my trip was cancelled.
When I was satisfied that I had got as much from my homemade Run Disney event as I could, I got changed and we got on with the weekly parkrun quiz. I felt like we were guessing quite a lot so was pleased to equal our PB with 12/15. That really kept my good mood going!
I continued with my Disney theming in the afternoon by heading off to my spare room to watch Tangled while starting to sort out my medal displays. I also liberally sprayed this room spray to make me feel like I was in a Disney resort!
I had ordered some new hanging brackets for my medals as there wasn’t enough space for them all, but needed to clear the existing ones to make them easier to install. As it turned out, we didn’t have the right size of screws to finish putting the new ones up, but I did manage to get my new Run Disney-inspired one on the wall and happily created a display.
My Sunday run was another 10 miles to bring me to 40 miles for the week once again. I wanted to give a little nod to the fact that this was another day when I should have been in Disneyland Paris, so opted for this top because by running both of the races I would have completed the Cinderella Challenge. See? There is method in my madness haha!
I also enjoyed coming across this fun display while I was out:
Then in the afternoon (after the food shopping and a socially-distanced driveway chat with my parents) we watched the first episode of The Mandalorian. I’m looking forward to the rest now to see how the story develops (plus that Baby Yoda is so darned cute!).
And so week 7 of lockdown came to an end. While some parts of the country will be a little less restricted in the coming days, here in Scotland the only thing to have changed is that we can go out for exercise more than once (but still have to be close to home). Looks like I will be continuing to embrace this new normal for a while yet!
Have you recreated any running or other events/trips whilst in lockdown?
How has your running/training changed as a result of lockdown/quarantine measures?