This week’s plan

Work has been a bit hectic this week, and whilst I got a good long run under the stars on Tuesday morning, I needed more sleep this morning, so opted for an extra 1.5 hours sleep instead of getting up to do strength training.

I thought I could do my squat strength tonight, Wednesday night, but I was at work til about 615, home by 630. And I also had tender / sore hip flexors today (after jumping run yesterday) so decided a rest day would be better than pushing it.

Sometimes life gets in the way, and I’ve learned to listen to my body and take rest when I need it.

So a wee rejig of my plan this week, 3 runs, 3 rest days and 1 strength day:

Mon: Rest (coaching session chat PM)
Tue: 9M run
Wed: Rest
Thu: 5M run
Fri: Rest
Sat: Squat Strength
Sun: 6M run

I have our team Christmas lunch out tomorrow, so will do a good 5 mile run in the morning to set myself up for the day.

Then we’re on leave on Friday and have decided to take the train for a day out in Edinburgh, so another rest day for some festive fun in Edinburgh. :-)

We’re going to try out our new gym on Saturday. And I’ll get my third run of the week in on Sunday. Sorted.

Think I might drop an elephant that day too as it would have been my aunts 68th birthday. 23 miles to go until I reach 1000 miles running this year.

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All done for this ‘happy happy teacher’

That’s me. All done. I’ll have Sunday’s back to myself for the first time in almost 14 years. I’m strangely relieved now, but I will miss the kids, parents and staff. Time to go.

I went to leave for my work today, around 40 mins before the start time, as usual. I got into my car and it wouldn’t start. Unflapped I phoned a few people who I thought could give me a lift the 2 miles to work, then my neighbour walked into the driveway after waking his dog and I asked him for a lift.

I walked in to the Leisure centre and had a chat with some of the people I work with. Then just before I was going to go into the pool to start, I met my good friend and ex swim coach Clare, as she was leaving the gym. She left this time last year. Nice to see her anyway.

I’ve met a lot of lovely people in my time as a swimming coach. I’ve taught hundreds of kids and adults to swim, and taught whole families to swim, sibling after sibling after sibling. It’s been a very rewarding thing to do. I’ve been happy doing it and happy helping people.

I’ve met some great friends, parents of kids, and have got to know so many people. Jackie and many others.

I’ve seen kids start, 4 or 5 years old, unable to put their faces in or float. I made them smile and laugh and have fun in the water. And now, a few years on, they’re swimming lengths, and they’re still smiling. And so am I. :-)

But tonight was my last set of lessons. I taught all night. I decided I might as well go in for a few lessons as I’d probably get thrown in at the end by the coaches.

So I had a bit of fun with lots of kids. The classes were quiet, probably to do with being the last week of lessons, it being cold out and close to Christmas. But I still had a good time, and they did too.

I got a wee present last week from one girl, and then tonight I was lucky enough to get a card and gift vouchers for a restaurant from a very nice parent who’s become my mechanic over the years, after I taught his two kids to swim.

My colleague Fraser popped in to say goodbye and give me a hug and a box of matchmakers. I said goodbye to a lot of people I’d already told I was leaving too.

Last but by no means least, I received a nice wee box of maltesers, and a lovely homemade card from two kids, Tess and her sister Kathryn – which maybe rounds it all off nicely:

> ‘To Lorn. You are a very very happy Teacher.’

(They know me well) ;-)

> ‘Dear Lorn. Good luck! Your the best swimming teacher ever. From Tess and Kathryn.’

A nice end to a nice night. All done. The card and envelope are definite keepers. :-) I might just frame them. ;-) and the maltesers, matchmakers and meal out will go down a treat too! Thank you x

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New books for me!

Here are some books I recently bought. The top two I have, and the other ones are being delivered by Santa.

I’ve already read this one, Small Move, Big Change, how to make small changes in your life to turn them into habits, eventually transforming your life. Worth a read.

This next one my Dad recommended after he sent me a few quotes from it, one of them being ‘many people hurt 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They put their hand on the stove, and keep it there.’ He said he was proud I took my hand off the stove a long time ago. It’s a good little book anyway, and it’s been reprinted many many times.

One about nutrition, by Mark Sisson from Mark’s Daily Apple.

This next one I’m looking forward to, Matt Fitzgerald’s new one. I recommended it to my brother, who bought and read and enjoyed it. Basically, 80% of your runs should be easy, with 20% hard or with effort.

I’ve already read an older version of this. No doubt it’ll be similar stuff rewritten with some new stuff mixed in. But the previous book was good, so I’m looking forward to getting a peak at this.

Finally, this book, along with 80/20 was recommended in this months Runnersworld, top 5 books to buy. (I ordered it before I read the magazine). We’ll see what it has to say for itself. :-)

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Wk49 into Wk50

Last week I did 2 runs, plus one tomorrow = 3, 2 strength sessions and 2 rest days. Here’s what I did:

Mon: 4.4M wi Fit Girl
Tue: Squat Strength + 3M walk
Wed: Rest (sore!)
Thu: 9.25M run wi Gill
Fri: Rest (icy)
Sat: Deadlift Strength
Sun: 6M run

After Sunday’s (14th) run I’ll have just 26 miles to go til I’ve run 1,000 miles in 2014. I wonder how many I’ll end up doing? (I know I like round numbers, but with just over two weeks to go, I think I’ll be running more than just 26 miles. 1010 might be a good number to win for? ;-)

Sunday is going to be a bit of an odd day. After over 13 years, I’m hanging up my whistle, or whatever you want to call it. (got to be careful what here I write apparently so apologies if it’s s bit loose). 8-O


Anyway, it’s fun week tomorrow, and I’m going to have fun. I’m going to wear my costume and go in as I have a feeling I’ll get thrown in at the end anyway, so I might as well choose to get soaking wet and have fun first. ;-)

It’ll be nice / strange to have full Sunday’s back to myself after 13 years. Who knows what I’ll do with my time. ;-)

Last week I got the above present off a kid (who’s not there tomorrow), very nice of her. :-) Roll on 8pm Sunday. I got my last payslip today – and that’s the end of that. End of an era – the end of a part of me.

I’ve no idea how I’ll feel after my shift tomorrow, relieved I’m thinking, but perhaps a little sad too. Hey ho. Maybe if I miss it next year, I’ll see if anywhere else might want me. ;-)

Back to training, and this week I called off a run with Eileen from work on Friday as it was too icy. Happy with that as it’s just too dangerous to risk taking over and injuring yourself.

Next week looks a bit warmer, and wetter perhaps too. So it should be fine for running.

Here’s the plan:

Mon: AM Swim, PM 4M wi Fit Girl
Tue: 5M run wi Gill
Wed: Squat Strength
Thu: 9M run wi Gill
Fri: Rest
Sat: Deadlift Strength
Sun: 7M run

Then it’s the run up to Christmas and our new gym will be open. Looking forward to trying it out. :-D

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New Gym membership

Lucky us, on Thursday 18th December a new 24 hour ‘The Gym’ is opening up on our doorstep in Glasgow Springfield Quay.

It’s 2 minutes run away, and I just signed up today for £10.99 a month (no joining fee and at that price until it’s opening on Thursday). :-)

Located on the third floor above the Alea casino, it’s a massive space with lots of machines and an impressive amount of weights too. And a good row of spin bikes I’ll use too.

A third of the price of Glasgow Club and much closer, looks like I’ll be getting rid of my Glasgow Club membership in favour of this (Fit Girl is too).

My here’s more about it here:

The 24 hour opening works in that you get a member code to access the gym, then you can use it any time of the day. I’d probably use it early in the mornings, or early weekend mornings with Fit Girl, and hopefully it won’t be too busy at those times.

:-) It might get busy in January / February, and then after that I’m sure it’ll ease off. Better cancel / suspend my Glasgow Club membership now!

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Black Ice Friday

Damn Jack Frost! I’d arranged a run wi Eileen from work today, then this happened:

The weather said it’d be 2’C, 8mph winds with risk of ice. Yesterday was 3’C, 18mph and hailstones, and it was ok to run in, so I was hoping today would be too.

A look outside at iced over cars, and streets and finally a check of Facebook, and I ended up texting Eileen and standing her up. :-(

See the posts from Facebook (how helpful is Facebook sometimes?)

Sandra (above) is in Edinburgh, is an amazing runner, and runs early most days. If Sandra ain’t running there’s something up (like bad ice or injury), so I thought I could take her word for it, but she lives in Edinburgh, so maybe it’d be ok in the ‘warmer west’.

No such luck, Leanne is just around the corner:

Then Helen had already been out but needed tracking / micro spikes.

3 words: not worth it. We could maybe run at lunchtime, but sometimes there’s no time in the day and you’re better off just doing it another day.

I’ll have a rest day and go out for dinner tonight, then train Saturday Sunday.

Mon: 4.4M run
Tue: Squat Strength & Walk
Wed: Rest
Thu: 9.25M run
Fri: Rest
Sat: Deadlift Strength
Sun: 4-6M Run

Ps: it’s Christmas jumper Friday, will you be wearing yours? ;-)

Pps: Thanks for the updates girls.

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Do you really want to drink that?

I was recently reading about aspartame and why it’s so bad. I’ve written about aspartame and diet coke before after reading ‘Skinny Bitch’… See here:

In the latest book I’ve been reading Cut the Crap by Deborah Morgan (more about that later), she suggests we cut back or eliminate a lot from out diet. But diet fizzy drinks or aspartame is the only thing she suggests we MUST cut out.

Chemical, nasty, disastrous effects on the body. And real coke isn’t great either. Sure it’s got the real stuff in it, but each can has 40g of sugar. If you have 4 a day, 7 days a week, that’s over a kilo of liquid sugar or around 4000 calories a week. Never mind the acid and what ever other ingredients they use to make it up.

So what’s better than coke, diet coke or fizzy drinks? The obvious answer is water. I carry a bottle with me and drink and refill it throughout the day. Our bodies are made up of around 2 thirds water, many of our organs rely on water.

But what if you don’t like water?

My advice would be to maybe flavour it with cucumber, lemon, Apple or strawberries. Use real fruit to infuse the water. And make sure you drink it chilled (rotate bottles in a fridge). Easy.

Then there’s diluting juice…

No added sugar… woop dee do .. Have you seen what’s in it??!

Acidity regulator
Vitamin c

I’m not going to spell out the long chemical names, but look at them!!! And warning… It contains ‘sulphur dioxide’. Is this a chemical mixture / cleaning product, or something we’re meant to drink?

Be safe, stick to drinking water. Your body will thank you.

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