Monday, 29 September 2014

#CountryKids helping mummy on her #OneBigFatRun

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

This weekend I was bemoaning to Fiona at Coombe Mill about my lack of outdoor time with the children now we are all back at school/uni! Then I realised that I could combine my need for taking part in the One Big Fat Run and getting them out in the fresh air. Normally going out for a run means grabbing my kit and a drink and hitting the tarmac. However, heading out with my children adds complexity to the proceedings:

  1. help daughter extract bike from shed
  2. pump up bike tyres
  3. lace up son's running shoes
  4. try (and fail) to persuade children to take water bottles
  5. inform children as to the route we are going
  6. head off for the run trailing after the children:

From a distance observe daughter's biking skills and note to tell her to improve road positioning at junctions:

Sunday, 28 September 2014


Friday, 26 September 2014

#StrikingMums being different

Kate has set us this week’s questions to consider.

1. Are you different and, if so, how?

Not as different as I used to be! When I was at primary school I was super tall and wore glasses.. Not only that but a few times I was the new girl at school from another part of the UK. Always a bit of a tomboy too. I even played the trombone and then took up rugby. Not sure how different I am these days..

2. Do you celebrate your uniqueness or strive to fit in?

As a younger child I did my best to fit in - I picked up the local accent as soon as possible, avoided wearing my specs (thank goodness for the invention of contact lenses!) etc. As I grew older I have grown proud of my specs and my height and tell my children its cool to be different!

3. Are you ever judgemental of other mums who are different from you? Answer honestly even if only in your own head.

Its almost impossible not to be! Then again in the back of my mind I do wonder what judgements other people make of me..

4. What would you like to be different about you?

I'd like to be quieter and slimmer!!

5. Have you ever being attacked or bullied for being different? How did that affect you?

At primary school I was called names for my height such as Godzilla and called Specky Becky. As an adult I did have a few years of being deemed too posh by other school mums due to my Buckinghamshire accent. Otherwise OK!

6. If you had to write an advert for yourself as a limited edition ,what would you say to make people think you were great?

I had to ask my kids! Apparently I am cuddly and clever oh and pretty ;-)

I would like to think that I am inspirational to other mums to be positive and to other unfit folks that getting out there and running is possible for anyone!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Reasons to be Cheerful: Still Smiling! #R2BC

This weather is still just about holding on despite a smattering of rain in Cumbria. A wee bit chilly over night but otherwise its still a lovely month! Thanks for everyone who joined in last week and I do hope that I managed to visit you all... Passing back to Jo at Ojo's World for October. Now for this week's reasons to be cheerful for me:

1) Real Teaching

I finally got let loose with a small group of students for a proper guided reading session. It mostly went well and just a few tweaks to make the next one better, hopefully staying with this same group for the rest of term. Today I am teaching a half hour French lesson to another small group. A good test of my once fluent language skills..

2) Running

Using the 10 km runner app is really boosting my return to fitness. Today I built upon the previous work this month to run for over 9 km in total! 

It even felt so much better than the last few runs...

I just hope that I can get a place on the Langdale 10 km once my uni funding sorted as a boost to getting me back to the full distance!

3) More blue skies

No idea how long this will last but making the most of it:

Please join us and share your happiness and grab the badge if you would like it:

Reasons to be Cheerful 

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Running Around

My course seems to be speeding up fast now and we have essays to write and planning to do which means I am finding little time for much else! One thing I am determined to keep up though is running. I am having to invest in 2 nights of quality long runs as they are the only 2 I get, I am getting my son some new running shoes so that we can do some shorter runs at the weekends too. 

I have restarted the 10km runner programme at week 10 level as I was able to run for a max 10 minutes at a time after once again losing fitness. Last Wednesday I managed 5x 10 minutes with decreasing intervals which was the furthest I had run in one session since June! Last night I intended to do the day 2 of the programme which would have repeated the same kind of run which takes around 70 minutes.. 

Instead I had to drop my son's forgotten book bag to him at my parents' house. I knew from a previous run that it takes me just over 30 minutes to get to my parents' house if I run there. So I decided to ditch the scheduled running plan and instead do a double run to drop off the bag. I was still going to do 10 minute intervals but just using my watch and not the app.

It must have looked a stranger than normal sight as I jogged across Kendal holding a primary school book bag in one hand (I have to say its not easy to run carrying one!). That may have been part of the reason why I wasn't finding the run as fun as normal.. then part way along the canal path I was over taken by a lady of a similar age to me. She then eased off and ran alongside me and we chatted as we went. It was really nice to have company for a change as I normally run on my own but her pace was a bit faster than mine so I was relieved when she diverted at the Leisure Centre (not surprisingly the bit I ran with her broke my records for that stretch!).