Closing in on the summer holidays! This was the last full week of term but not much sign of winding down. By this point I was digging pretty deep for the energy to keep on going and was accepting that my running would probably be fairly sluggish until I had time off. That said, I was pleased to fit in a couple of workouts this week, as that has tended to fall by the wayside of late. Here’s the breakdown:
Monday – 3.6 miles + Hatha yoga via Zoom
Tuesday – 4.5 miles + living room workout + home yoga
Wednesday – 5 miles + home yoga
Thursday – 4.5 miles + home yoga
Friday – 4 miles + living room workout + home yoga
Saturday – (not)parkrun sandwich
Sunday – 12.5 miles
On the Monday morning Steve and I set off in opposite directions to get the weekly scavenger hunt underway. There were a few items I knew we would easily find and some which would come down a bit more to chance, but it always feels good to start ticking off the finds. Monday is a great day to do as much of this as possible since it’s always a recovery run for me and the pace is entirely irrelevant. Between us we got a fair few and picked up a couple more later in the day when I arrived home from work as we took a quick walk around the area before my Zoom yoga class. Very satisfying!
Despite everything still trucking along as usual at school, we did get a bit of a treat on this day. Scotland were playing their opening match in the Euros and after initially being told we shouldn’t be streaming it in school, things changed and we were given permission to put the match on for our final period classes (kick-off time meant we could watch the first half before the end of the school day). It looked pretty good on my big Smartscreen, it’s just a shame the team didn’t play so well.
Oh well, at least I had the bonus of an ice lolly at lunchtime after one of my colleagues nipped out to the shop. Very refreshing!
On the Tuesday morning it was time for one on Tina’s Together Runs. Apart from the feeling of connecting to others whilst running alone, a highlight of these runs for me is the moment we’re asked to take a photo to share. What I like about this is that taking a photo in that moment means there’s no “perfecting” where I take it, so it really could be a picture of anything! On the occasion, I was here:
But we were also encouraged towards the end of the run to find something like a tree to reach out and touch – basically touch nature. I may still be super cautious about touching things while I’m out and about during the pandemic, but I figured a tree close to home (where I could quickly wash my hands) would be ok.
After a rather epic faculty meeting I was in need of a mental break so Steve took me through a resistance band workout (back in the living room again) before I relaxed with some yoga.
The most important thing on the Wednesday was that it marked day 450 (!!!) of my run streak. I actually can’t believe that my little Lockdown experiment from March 2020 is still going! Sadly it was a bit drizzly, but still a pleasant enough run for the occasion.
Less fun was my first experience of a “void” result when I took my lateral flow test that evening. I knew pretty quickly that it hadn’t worked (you can tell by watching for the reaction on the test strip) so rather than wait, I reported it as void and immediately took a new test. To be honest, I was fairly used to them by this point so it wasn’t quite such a big deal as it would have been early on.
After some yoga and a fairly relaxing evening of reading and tv, Steve and I took a quick walk to get some fresh air and then it was time for bed.
The Thursday – both in running and work – was pretty standard, with the real highlight being my lesson with our therapy dog in attendance. After the “novelty value” of her first time in class, she was much more settled this time and the class found it easier to keep their focus on their work rather than whether or not they would get a doggy cuddle!
I also finished up my book that day. I really enjoyed this one and if you have read/seen the author’s other book (Little Fires Everywhere) then I can recommend this one too.
Further excitement came from a little Disney delivery. I had spotted these ears and since The Haunted Mansion (Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris) is one of my favourites, I HAD to have them!
And of course Sooty was happy with the arrival of a new box…as if she doesn’t have enough already!
I was glad of my run on the Friday morning as through a bit of a quirk of my timetable and the cover requirements for the day, I spent most of my day with second year classes. Kinda exhausting for a Friday close to the end of the year! Once home I redirected my energies to another resistance band workout and a bit of calming yoga before settling in for the evening. This was Scotland’s second Euros match and the most highly anticipated since it was against England. All things considered, a 0-0 draw was a pretty good result and gave us hope that we might move to the next round.
After all the football excitement, there was more to come on the Saturday as it was our wedding anniversary. Options for celebrating remained limited so we made our own plans to mark the occasion. The day began with a cup of tea in bed whilst reading a book, then we both headed out for our Saturday morning runs. I followed my usual route but paused a moment during my cooldown to admire one of my favourite gardens. This always makes me smile:
Once home, we supplemented our usual Saturday breakfast with some Buck’s Fizz.
The afternoon was much as usual, with Steve catching up with his brother while I relaxed at home, but later in the evening we settled down with our homemade pizza (courtesy of Steve the pizza chef) to watch Luca. I really enjoyed the movie and thought the colours and scenery were beautiful.
Steve had also baked a cake for dessert. Yum!
A fairly low-key day, but still enjoyable.
I had kept my Saturday morning run to a steady pace as I had plans for something a bit longer on the Sunday. Ages ago I signed up to a June virtual race of 20k and I wanted to complete it on this Sunday. It was warm, but I didn’t want to leave it until the following week as that would be my last opportunity to complete the distance. Unlike my virtual Edinburgh half a few weeks before, I didn’t run hard and instead just enjoyed being out running on a nice day. Job done!
Later in the day we paid a visit to my parents (it was Fathers’ Day) where we were treated to a cup of tea and piece of cake. It’s still a novelty to go inside someone else’s house so it was good to catch up.
The day ended with my usual Sunday evening bath to set me up for the final days of the school year.
Have you been watching the Euros?
Is there something you like to stop and look at on any of your running routes?