Home schooling

I finally make my escape outside today after being confined to barracks for ten days of isolation. Ten days inside can not legitimately count as a circuit break – and a mini-break would have been much more preferable – but I surprise myself by emerging back out into the sunshine in search of vitamin D,…

A segmented week

How does that saying go? Ah yes, ‘If you want to give God a laugh, just tell him your plans.’ Well, I have been making the Good Man chuckle this week, for sure. The plan – thank you for asking – was to taper towards the weekend and then head to London to run my…

Virtually there

I have some amazing running pals – thankfully they are really forgiving, tolerant and upbeat. One pal particularly deserves a shout out this weekend and I am posting early so that she gets some virtual support before her red letter day tomorrow. Despite being more than ten years younger than me – and despite being…

Covid Smile

At the risk of sounding sanctimonious and losing you in the first line of this blog, running has been a good friend to me through Corona times. It has given me a Covid smile although – probably like you – I am heartily burnt out. Before you dip out, let me acknowledge that other wellbeing…

Masking my maskne

Here I am punching the air having made it though another week of this game ‘Covid-World Challenge’ that we now play in school. I adapt to double lessons and perfect my ‘shake ‘n’ vac classroom management to incorporate ‘han san’ on arrival/exit and child labour to sterilise desks. I find time to co-ordinate my impressive…

Hunker down

I have always loved September. I have always loved the idea of getting a fresh school uniform and a brand new pencil case (#nerd) – I still do, even though I am now a teacher and no longer need to wear that school blazer. I can see my oldest friend* poised and ready to write…

Legend

I think the excitement about schools reopening and some unseasonal September weather may have weakened my resolve. Yesterday I found myself running twelve times around Bristol Downs after succumbing to Bristol Military Fit’s latest member challenge. I clearly need to work on my ability to say no and my ability to walk away without worrying…

The lady’s not for turning.

School will start back on Tuesday and I feel the need to hold myself to account for what I have ‘achieved’ during the official ‘break’.  When I start to write this list (I love a list) I realise that this task will not take me long. Pre-Covid I would have beaten myself up about my…

A pillow case

Hot flushes have been mentioned before in this blog, but I return to this hot topic so that you can stew alongside me.  Recently I have been blaming my hot flashes on the unseasonably hot weather, lock down food sweats (not baking that sour dough loaf is spiking my temperature) and maximum teacher-brow-mopping during the…

Twitcher

I have developed a nervous twitch in my right eye this week and I feel the need to point this out in case you assume I am winking at you above my mask. I fear that I may have given this  impression to the cashier at Tesco yesterday for he blew me a kiss as…