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17.03.13 On TEFL, Running, Books & Travel Wishes.

17 Mar

I know, I know, I’m falling in to that trap of starting every post with ‘ah, I’m so sorry I haven’t been around for a while’, but it’s true! Life is busy busy busy at the moment but mostly enjoable.

So let’s see, whats’s been going on?

I am still working hard at my TEFL course and as mentioned the other day I smashed my second teaching practice earlier this week. I am still sort of riding off that high 😉 I have a lot of work to do though, it’s kind of swallowing up my entire weekend which is not so cool!

I have tried to start running again – couch25k is my friend…again! I thought I’d been out of the game a little too long to just start running as and when I feel like it, so have just gone for week3 (I did try the week 2 plan but it wasn’t too challenging, which can only be a good thing!).

I’ve generally been too busy to find much reading time – boooo 😦 – but when I have found a free 20minutes I’ve been reading Lonely Planet travel stories and indulging my imagination a little. I am off to Paris on a school trip – woooo! – later this week, but am desperate to book a trip somewhere! It is seriously taking all my willpower not to jump on easyjet for a few weeks!

Nearly the Easter holidays which means 3 weeks off school! Wooop! I don’t really have many plans yet other than to catch up on my work, see some friends, blog some more and read a lot of books! It’s going to be relaxing and chilled and wonderful!

So over you – are you working out at the moment? What are you reading? Any upcoming travel excitement?

I hope you’re having a great weekend 🙂


Next Goal.

16 Jul

This is my next goal for the summer months – along with re-starting the C25K programme (I’m just starting week 2!)


Bring it on – time to get rid of the cider and chocolate digestive belly!

What are your current exercise goals?


Getting A Sweat On.

2 Aug

Yesterday was a really good day.

It had been a pretty long night, with lots of drama in the boarding house, and not much sleep, so I had a nap (can you call it a nap at 8.30am?!!) after breakfast.

Then I got up and went running. It wasn’t good! I haven’t been keeping up-to-date with C25K lately because everything has been so hectic, and it showed. I thought I would go for week 5 (run 5mins, walk 3, run 5, walk 3, run 5) and it was really difficult. I wasn’t really feeling great and was lacking in energy – I must get back in to the swing of things again.

I made up for the lack of sweat in the afternoon though. I was rota-d to be teaching rounders in the afternoon, but only 3 girls signed up and I couldn’t really see how that was going to work (?!) so they went off to the fitness suite and I joined the boys for a spot of tag rugby – I have the war wounds to prove it!

Boy, it was hard! Very good fun though 🙂

I also tried my hand at laser clay shooting (like clay pigeon shooting) in the evening. Honestly, there is so much going on around here! I wasn’t great though, and my arm was shaking all eveneing because the guns were so HEAVY!! Need to work on my guns… (no pun intended).

Did you get a workout in yesterday?


30 Day Photo Challenge: Day 17!

12 Jul

As promised, here is the return of the 30 Day Photo Challenge – Apologies for the break!

A picture of something that has made a hige impact on your life recently.

If you’re a regular here, you’ll know that I’ve been following the C25K programme. The exercise is having a really positive impact on my life 😀

Has anything had a significant impact on your life lately?

I Really Want To Be A Runner.

5 Jul

I REALLY want to be a runner, but wowzer this C25K stuff is getting tough.

Week 5, Workout 1, done.

Time for a winners breakfast.

Monday Walk & C25K.

4 Jul

Quiet workout day today – only an hour long evening stroll this evening. Fun, but not exacltly blood pumping. I feel a bit bad about skipping Jazzercise but the weather was too nice to stay inside.


Chilli & Chickpea Cake burgers, with some Pepper & Broc.

Big plans to start C25K week 5 in the morning. A little bit intimidated by the fact that week 5 workout 3 is 20minutes of straight running. Scared Face.

How has your day been?


How To Get Up & Run Before Work!

4 Jul

Exercising in the morning is one of life’s biggest struggles for me – but here are my tips. I seem to finally have it down, and have stopped smacking the snooze button in the mornings however inviting it may seem!

Remember that I am not a medical specialist, or indeed an accomplished runner – this is just what works for me 🙂

Have a plan – It’s important to know how far you are going to run, how long it is going to take you and which route you are going to take.

Eat a fuelling dinner – The preparation starts the night before. Be sure to eat something that is going to fill you with energy for 12+ hours – stock up on those carbs!

Be prepared – I always lay my kit out so that absolutely everything is ready – including my ipod and sunglasses. I also try to prepare a mini-snack or have a cereal bar to hand.

Set the alarm – It sounds obvious, but don’t forget to change your normal alarm time!

Get an early night – Time to get your beauty sleep. I normally aim to be in bed by 10.30pm to get up and run at 6.30am, but everyone’s routine is different. It also helps to have a quiet pep talk with yourself the night before (and possibly warn the other half of your plans!)

Get up and do it – You have a plan, so now stick to it! It is so satisfying to get a moring workout in and get your day off to a good start.

Good Luck! 😀