The week has been a different week to usual – we have taken a bit of a break from the usual routines – and it’s been much needed. It’s given me a bit of headspace to plan the next projects for the children as well as give them a bit of downtime too – something that I think is much needed at times.
What I have read
This week I’ve continued reading American Wife and am really enjoying the twists and turns in it. I’m still listening to my audiobook, Somewhere Beyond the Sea and it’s an easy listen. I like books like this that don’t require too much energy from me to think about and ones that are easy to pick up as and when I get a chance.
I also accidentally made the news this week with a cheap train ticket – when I posted about it I assumed that most of my friends knew about it, turns out they didn’t and it got picked up by the Manchester Evening News and the syndicated to other papers as well as getting picked up on sites like Hot UK Deals, Huffington Post etc. I weirdly found myself turning down interview requests!
Total books read this month: 0
Total audiobooks this month: 1
Total books read this year: 5
Audiobooks listened to: 4
Where we have been
This week we have had some lovely outings. On Tuesday we went to Manchester on the train. We went to the Art Gallery, stopped at Krispy Kreme for a treat then met Damian at lunch before heading home. On Wednesday we went to a friends house for a few hours to play and on Friday the older two shared their work at a Literature Fair.
Saturday was the most exciting day – we attended a ‘Roora’ – a traditional Shona custom that brings together two families and gives the blessings for marriage. My brother is getting married later this year and it was a fascinating ceremony to be involved in and a great way to meet more of his bride to be’s family. The children did really well in what must have been a very strange and daunting environment for them. Once the Roora process was completed it was time for a celebration and the children soon came out of their shells!
Sunday was a much quieter day, with the children and I attending a family film day which gave me the opportunity to get some planning done!
This week has been a bit mixed – I’ve not had the time to run in the evenings due to one thing and another but I have got a few miles under my belt. Today I got to try out some (gifted) trail shoes from Salomon. It was nice to hit the hills and get up and off the roads and I do enjoy this sort of running more. I’m really going to knuckle down and push myself to follow a half marathon training plan. There aren’t any shortcuts and simply getting out and doing the miles will help get me into a place where it is a realistic prospect.
I’ve got a couple of routes planned out for the week ahead with an early morning trail run planned for Good Friday (as Damian will be off work) to really give these shoes a good work out.
I’m confident of hitting my 50-mile target this month and hopefully surpassing it. I’m going to sign up for Race at your Pace again in May but might challenge myself to 75 miles – we will see.
Miles Completed this week: 7.5
Miles completed this month: 19.06