It’s been a very busy couple of weeks for us.
Here’s our fortnight in pictures…
Day 125 – Sunday 5th May – the day I’d been waiting over six months for – my marathon day! I really enjoyed it and it went every bit as well as I’d hoped, despite the bad cold. You can read all about it here. My husband and daughter travelled down with my brother-in-law and I and it was so good to have their support. My sister and mum had organised a ‘surprise party’ for us afterwards, which was lovely.
Day 126 – Monday 6th May – thank goodness it was a bank holiday! I slept badly, my legs were aching badly and I felt generally under the weather. However, I did manage to cut the grass and go out for two walks!
Day 127 – Tuesday 7th May – my legs were still aching, but gradually getting better. I have a lot of work on and went for three walks! I took this photo on my afternoon walk.
Day 128 – Wednesday 8th May – my kids really did themselves proud today. My son won three out of five events in sports day, coming second in his other two events. He picked up the boys’ athletics trophy for his year group. Then my daughter won the school talent show with a dance she’d choreographed herself!
Day 129 – Thursday 9th May – work was really busy today, which was nice. Long may it continue! This is the balloon and card my sister gave me, and the tulips and card my my mum gave me for running the marathon. As well as being impressed with me for the actual running, they were very pleased with the amount of money I’d raised for the hospice, in memory of my sister’s friend (over £650).
Day 130 – Friday 10th May – a very busy day! I had a meeting with a new client first thing, then went to work in my main client’s office for five hours. Considering I only usually work four hours a day, that’s quite a lot for me. My son had an athletics competition, and did better in triple jump than he did in long jump. In the evening, my daughter and I rushed off to her rehearsal for her dance show. Between 9.30am and 8.15pm, I was only at home for about half an hour. The only photo I took all day was my ‘morning window’ for my Instagram stories.
Day 131 – Saturday 11th May – another busy day. I volunteered as tail walker at parkrun again, which means walking at the pace of the slowest person and finishing last. Today I finished in 1 hour and 13 minutes! My daughter’s ballet school put on a rare show, which kept me busy all afternoon and into the evening. I chaperoned the first performance and watched the second performance. My daughter was in five dances and she was stunning in every one of them. I was so proud. Oh, and I danced in the show too with the adult tap class. The less said about that, the better! While my daughter was dancing, my son was at another athletics competition and smashed his long jump PB. He has jumped the second furthest this year in the county for his age group!
Day 132 – Sunday 12th May – what’s the best thing to do a week after a marathon? Run a half marathon of course! (This may not always be the best thing, but running Tewkesbury half marathon was the right thing for me.)
Day 133 – Monday 13th May – my younger son went on a residential geography field trip, I had a lot of work and the sun came out! I ate my lunch on this crappy chair in the middle of the garden. My husband decided to repaint it last year, then didn’t like the colour, so it is now half painted.
Day 134 – Tuesday 14th May – another warm, sunny day with lots of work again.
Day 135 – Wednesday 15th May – even though I’m busy with work, the lack of a school run and running means I had time to do some gardening this afternoon. For the record, I love having a garden, I absolutely hate gardening, but the weeds were out of control! My son came home from his trip in the evening.
Day 136 – Thursday 16th May – I went running this morning and will be back to regular running now, after three weeks of doing very little (apart from the marathon and the half marathon, of course!). We had my younger son’s parents’ evening and it was the longest one ever. All of his teachers were very nice about him, apart from one. He got an 8 (old A*) in most of his year 10 mocks, a 9 in two of them and two slightly lower grades, so we’re very happy with his achievements.
Day 137 – Friday 17th May – my eldest’s last day of school! Where did those 14 years go? He went to school dressed as a Colombian gang member, complete with fake tan, sharpie ‘tattoos’ and a briefcase containing suspicious-looking Belvita boxes wrapped in parcel tape. But I’ll share this photo from his very first day of school instead.
Day 138 – Saturday 18th May – my husband, younger son, daughter and I all ran parkrun. I ran it at a proper pace for the first time in three months, which was good fun. Of course I wore my Newport marathon top.