The final week of term at last! Normally I don’t feel too bad at the end of the first term as it tends to be the lightest (comparatively speaking) in terms of stressful pinch points, but this year everything just feels so much harder than the norm. I know lots of teachers in other schools and in various parts of the world feel the same. My main aim was to sustain the pattern I had developed and tie up a few loose ends at work before finishing up for a much-needed break.
Monday – 3.5 miles + Hatha yoga via Zoom
Tuesday – 4.5 miles + living room workout
Wednesday – 5 miles + home yoga
Thursday – 4.5 miles
Friday – 4 miles + garden/living room workout + home yoga
Saturday – 6.2 miles
Sunday – 8 miles
Although I stuck to an easy pace on Monday morning, I definitely noticed that I was feeling fresher after keeping the mileage lower the previous week. I’m glad I was feeling good as I had to dash home at the end of the day for a remote meeting then had about half an hour to myself to relax ahead of my yoga class. The focus this week was on spinal movement which felt good.
Steve had ordered some new running shoes and he brought them through to show me. He set the box down and it was immediately claimed. I’m not sure quite what they think they are achieving, but at least they are always entertaining!
Another nice thing to happen was that a lovely S2 pupil hung back at the end of our lesson to give me this. I asked what prompted her to do this and she told me that it was the end of term and teachers have been going through a lot. A very perceptive and thoughtful young lady! (It’s ok, I took care to sanitise the packaging and make sure I washed my hands after picking it up).
Tuesday was one of those runs where it was fine when I went out but a bit damp towards the end. I feel like this is going to be an autumn pattern so I should maybe get used to it! I worked a little later so had time for a workout in the living room when I got home but then had a little admin and tidying away to do before dinner so I ran out of time for yoga.
Wednesday was an odd day. It began with Facebook reminding me that on this day in 2019 I was in Disneyland Paris for a day as part of the French trip (DEFINITELY would rather be there than at work!) and quite a few pupils were commenting on it too. At least we have good memories to look back on. This was also the day when a key announcement was made about the plans for the exams in Scotland this session, so I found it hard to concentrate on the marking I was trying to do. In the end I decided to drive home and do some yoga instead as I needed something to settle my mind. Sooty made sure to supervise from one of her favourite vantage points.
We did watch some tv together in the evening, but I also read over some of the qualification-related information which had been published alongside the announcement as I expected questions from pupils the following day.
More excitingly, I had given Steve the task of sorting out tickets for the Gary Barlow tour next year and he was successful. If I’m honest, I don’t truly expect to be at the SSE Hydro watching Gary in June of 2021, but the concert HAS to happen eventually so I wanted to make sure I have a ticket for when it does (these things are not always easy to come by, as anyone who has ever attempted to get a ticket for a Take That concert will attest to!).
Being my busiest teaching day Thursday was, of course, a bit of a whirlwind. I began the day with a run as usual and noticed that my hands were pretty chilly by the end – I think it was getting colder as I was out there!
I had one or two errands on the way home and in order to get everything I needed I had to venture into one of the larger supermarkets – I haven’t done that since March! It was really quiet and I think I got a bit over-excited as I wandered up and down the aisles looking at things (but not touching). One of the things on my list was to pick up our “Bake Off cake” as there had been no time for anything homemade this week. I was quite pleased with my find.
And finally, the last day of term. It was nice to get out for my run to enjoy a bit of quiet time as I knew there was a lot I wanted to get done that day (I was pretty successful with my mammoth to-do list). This run was day 200 (!!) of my run streak and it seemed quite nice that the occasion fell on the last day of term. When I arrived at my desk I found that our curriculum leader had been leaving gifts for us all and this seemed fitting on a day when I had something I thought was worth celebrating.
I arrived home with enough time for a workout which began in the garden (TRX) but since it was a bit chilly we ended up going inside to do some ab work in the living room. I then went off to do some yoga while Steve made the dinner. We went on with the next in the Marvel MCU timeline by watching The Avengers. Again, one we had previously seen, but now that we’ve watched more of the franchise, I think we got more from it.
Meanwhile in kitty world, the shoe box continued to be popular 😹
Being on holiday must have agreed with me as I began my Saturday by running a (not)parkrun PB! Still about a minute away from my parkrun PB, but it was so good to feel like I had some kind of achievement I could log.
Unfortunately the positive vibes didn’t continue into the parkrun quiz as we equaled our worst score with just 5/15 (the focus was Junior parkrun and I know VERY little about that). I actually did do a little work in the afternoon as I knew I would be glad of it when the new term began, but when bath time rolled around that seemed like the ideal moment to crack open the fizz I got the day before.
We finished up the day by plugging the gap in our MCU project by watching The Incredible Hulk. I had read that this one didn’t really add much to the overall timeline, but if we’re going to do this then I want to do it properly!
Then Sunday began in my favourite way – reading in bed with kitty company – and I was looking forward to more of this as the holidays unfolded.
It was a really nice autumnal day – not too cold and the sun was shining – so I really enjoyed my run. We had all our usual chores in the afternoon and then spent the rest of the day relaxing. Most excitingly, I went to bed without having to set an early alarm (although Smokey will always make sure to make a noise when he thinks it’s breakfast time!). Time for a bit of me-time!
Have you been keeping up with (not)parkun?
Anything concrete you are looking forward to in 2021?