The life of a runner, mother, radiopharmacist and vicar's wife – that's me!
We went on an ‘expotition’ to play pooh sticks. It wasn’t far but on the way there we still managed to miss the turning – twice. I blame the map reader. Unfortunately I was reading the map.
All was ready for the competition. Positioning is everything and you have to take into account the flow of the river, obstacles in the way as well as the choice of stick. It isn’t child’s play you know.
‘Ready-steady-go’ and we launched our sticks before hurrying over to the other side of the bridge to see them emerge. The suspense as we stood peering over the edge of the bridge then the excitement as the first stick appeared. It was mine! I won! I won! (Not that I’m ultra competitive or anything).
After we’d all thrown all our sticks, Daniel went off into the woods to search for more while Dominic took the less conventional approach of going down to the river to fish out ones that had previously been thrown.
Less fun was had on my early morning run. In the end I only ran 2.6 mile (8min 2 sec per mile). The first bit, when my hamstrings were tight (I really ought to have stretched before leaving home) was downhill but I couldn’t really run too fast due to the aforementioned hamstrings. Then, once I’d warmed up a bit it was all uphill. The nice section through the woods was marred by having to pass too many dogs and it was difficult to predict whether they would chase me or ignore me. I simply couldn’t bring myself to go round the same loop a second time for another doggy encounter so I went home.
I had decided that it would be a good idea to combine my early morning run with learning Chinese but it was a particularly tedious lesson about workers rights in factories. The only thing I remember is the word for factory! There was another lesson but I can’t even remember what it was about so I’m not entirely sure that it will be possible to successfully combine these two activities. Perhaps I just need a lesson saying “Jia you” or, in English “come on” to inspire me.