February is well and truly here and the days are getting longer and lighter.
Here’s our week in pictures…
Day 33 – Sunday 2nd February – an 11 mile marathon training run today. That concludes a week of five runs, totalling 30 miles. I really enjoy marathon training when I get up to running five times a week. My son couldn’t play football today because of shin splints, but my husband still had to go, as he is the coach. The team was at full stretch today with kids away for various reasons. It puts a lot of pressure on the other team members and the coaches. Coaching kids’ sport is a thankless task!
Day 34 – Monday 3rd February – I’ve got a bit more work this week, thank goodness. Monday evenings are always really busy for us. My daughter helps out at Beavers and she goes from Beavers to ballet to Scouts – and of course I have to take her and pick her. I’m afraid the photo is of trainers again. When training for a marathon, it’s sensible to break in two pairs of trainers at the same time, so that you end up with a pair which isn’t too new or too old in time for the big day. My second pair arrived today, so this is both of my new pairs.
Day 35 – Tuesday 4th February – We had some good news from the physio today – my son should be OK to compete in long jump, despite his shin splints, but shouldn’t play football for a while yet. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me! The mornings and evenings are getting lighter and spring is gradually returning to the garden. I don’t know what these pink flowers are, but as we don’t have snowdrops or crocuses in the garden, they are always out first.
Day 36 – Wednesday 5th February – a sunny day with a real feeling of spring in the air. After school, I took my son to find out about work experience in the NHS, as he wants to be a doctor. To get accepted onto a medical degree, kids have to have done relevant work experience to show their commitment.
Day 37 – Thursday 6th February – a six mile run before work, then a really hectic morning of work. As you can imagine, trying to train for a marathon and work isn’t always easy. It felt like spring again today. These crocuses are opposite our old house, which is just round the corner from where we live now. I still walk that way most days.
Day 38 – Friday 7th February – I’m cheating slightly this with one as my husband took it, but it was too beautiful not to share. He was away working in Brighton and went for a run along the seafront – just as we will be doing in 10 weeks’ time! (You can see another beautiful Brighton sunrise photo on my Silent Sunday post here.) I went for a seven mile run at home before a busy day of work. In the evening, my eldest, my dad and I went to a quiz at my younger son’s school. We came a respectable ninth out of 30.
Day 39 – Saturday 8th February – an early start to the day with some parkrun tourism in Worcester, followed by a regional indoor athletics championship in Birmingham for my son. He got a huge triple jump PB, and a silver medal, but it wasn’t his day for long jump.