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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! 😀

Something Seriously Cool Just Happenned!

28 Jun

Someone just told me they were really inspired, and felt really guilty that it wasn’t them, when they saw me out running.

Someone has noticed me running. And they’re IMPRESSED!

Coolest moment ever.

This is a normal breakfast, right?!

28 Jun

I hate breakfasting stereotypes. Seriously, why can’t I just eat what I want to eat when I want to?!

Post run brekkie. Massive win.

Evening Stroll.

21 Jun

Is anybody else finding life a little stressful lately?! I have so much going on, but no real structure and not a lot of free time.

I was planning on starting C25K week 5 today (or a hybrid week 4/5 mix) today but just really didn’t have the energy. Instead I grabbed my friend Romin and we went for a stroll around the lake.

I think this worked out for the best really because I got my exercise fix in, as well as getting to talk things over.

I’ve done 16,500+ steps today – Woohoo!

How has your day been? Did you get a workout in?


ps – Big shout out to my friend Olly who passed his Pilot exams today, so can finally learn to fly! Woohoo!