It’s been a quiet week, with my son away, very little work, a lot of running and a lot of rain.
Here’s our week in pictures…
Day 90 – Sunday 31st March – my son set off on the return leg of his German exchange in the middle of the night, having had no sleep. I had rather a disturbed night myself, but still had to get up at 6am (new time!) for my 16 mile marathon training run. My husband, daughter and I went on a little trip to Bristol for Mother’s Day, then my mum and dad came round to us for dinner. All of the kids got me small presents and the younger two made me cards. You can see my cards on Instagram.
Day 91 – Monday 1st April – I was pleased to get a text from my son first thing (he’s not good at texting when he’s away), but not so pleased that it was because he’d left his coat on the bus. Sadly this is rather typical of my son. With no school run for me (the other two kids get the bus), it almost felt like the Easter holidays today, especially as ballet classes have broken up for Easter already.
This is how far I ran in March – 168 miles in a month and 364 miles for the year so far. To put that into perspective, last month was the first time I’d ever run more than 100 miles in a month, I really smashed it in March.
Day 92 – Tuesday 2nd April – it’s got to the point with work now where I literally expect to have no work, and today was no exception. I had a few little chores I wanted to do around the house, but I did those last week and yesterday, and now there’s very little left to do. I really need to get some more work soon! In the meantime, I had yet another training run in the rain. Today I did something I’ve literally never done in five years of working at home – I just sat and watched TV for hours. It’s not like me at all, but it actually felt good to relax and unwind, knowing there was no pressure to be doing anything else.
The good news is that my son got his coat back this morning, although the weather in Germany is a lot better than the weather here!
Day 93 – Wednesday 3rd April – my eldest decided not to go into school today. He has study periods all day on a Wednesday and says he works better at home. I was actually very impressed by the amount of revision he did. His good mocks results seem to have really spurred him on. In the evening I went to see an author at our local Waterstones. I haven’t yet read her book, but it sounds right up my street. I forgot to take a photo while I was actually there!
Day 94- Thursday 4th April – winter is back. I ran eight miles in torrential rain (and a bit of sleet) and temperatures just above freezing. My trainers were literally sloshing with water and all of my freezing cold, wet clothes were stuck to me. It wasn’t fun! If this level of dedication is worth a couple of pounds of your hard-earned cash for a local hospice, I would be very grateful for any donations, thank you!
Day 95 – Friday 5th April – I’ll be honest, I’ve found this week really hard. I’ve missed my son a lot and I struggle with not having much work. Every week I seem to have less work than the previous week. Today was the last day of term and my daughter finished school early, which was nice. But my husband was away for the night and my eldest went out straight from school and didn’t get home until after I’d gone to bed, so it was a lonelier day than ever. The guinea pigs were cute though!
Day 96 – Saturday 6th April – I ran 18 miles, with a parkrun in the middle. Just a 22 mile run to do next week, then I’m onto tapering. And my race number arrived this morning. It’s getting very real!