It’s been a while since the first post in this series (things I’m loving lately #1), so today’s blog is definitely a little overdue. This past week has had its ups and downs but there have been loads of positives so hopefully I won’t fall short of ‘good’ things to write about. Let’s begin.
The World Champs may have come to an end (*sad face*) but there are a few positives. Firstly, a number of the elite appear to be staying in London for the Diamond league, and it’s generally pleasing to see them out in England and going places where we have all been before. I’m also very jealous of the runners of the Mini Marathon camp who saw loads of professionals (including Mo Farah) whilst staying at St Mary’s.
As mentioned above, the Birmingham Diamond League takes place today which means that there’ll be something to watch during the afternoon again. In ‘me time’ it’s actually Saturday evening and I’m getting ready to go to a friends camp out, so a sleepy afternoon on the sofa with the TV on will be much appreciated.
And after reading these two paragraphs back I realise that I sound very stalker-ish so I apologise for that.
Professional people looking after me
I admit that this is a bit of an unexpected one, but I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have some of the best experts in the country looking after me and getting me through this injury. On Thursday my grandad kindly took me up to London to see Dr Noel Pollock (British Athletics’ chief medical officer) and although I was given the bad news that the foot needs another 6 weeks to heal, it was incredible to be in such knowledgable hands. Along with this, as I mentioned in my last post I’m already working with Jess Coulson and have plans to be checked out by a top sports gynaecologist, so things are looking up. Mixed emotions really.
General Sixth Form Things
Okay I know this is school related, but I’m still kinda loving it. On Monday my mum kindly took me shopping to buy a couple of suits for sixth form. The rules are quite strict but so far I’ve managed to find a black jacket, trousers and skirt, and the three tops to rotate. We have also seen another patterned jacket that we will hopefully add to the collection at some point over the next year.
And then there’s the stationary. This is possibly the only thing I prefer buying over running gear. We’re going to pick up folders and new pens on Monday, which I’m very much looking forward to (sad but true).
Over the next two years I’ll hopefully be studying maths, further maths, physics and economics B, providing I get the correct GCSE grades which will finally be revealed on Thursday (so nervousness levels are verrrry high).
Readers commenting and sending me messages
This is just a quick note to say a huge thank you to all those who have reached out to me and sent positive vibes about my injury. I really appreciate it :))))
Amelia Boone’s Latest Post
This blog is definitely worth a mention because first of all it’s really well written and secondly, at least half of the points relate to mistakes I have previously made.
Banana bread with no recipe
Over recent years I have developed a newfound dislike of baking for a number of reasons: it’s messy, always ends in disaster, products taste better from the shop, and it’s incredibly boring. However the local Tesco does not sell banana bread and the other day I really fancied some which prompted me to chuck a number of things in a bowl and then into the oven. Weirdly it actually came out tasting like banana bread (except for the slightly burnt outside but we’ll ignore that).
I still won’t be baking again any time soon though because I can’t always rely on flukey successes like this.
The slight improvements with my foot are now allowing me to complete ‘proper’ swim sets which I absolutely love. It’s much more interesting than swimming continuously and it really raises the heart rate. Furthermore, I’m also going to be heading back to the gym for some leg work. This involves weighted step ups, squats, lunges and calf raises, all of which I’m really looking forward to.
Despite the very disappointing news that the bone in my foot is taking much longer to heal than usual (and I need to be very careful with it from now on), it has generally been an okay couple of weeks. All the focus is now on getting back those GCSE results and then finishing the pre-sixth form work that we have been set. I hope all those competing this weekend (think it’s the Southerns) run well, and that those who are taking their break before cross country season have a relaxing couple of weeks off 🙂
PS. I have just started uploading a few printable workouts to my ‘workout‘ page, I hope you enjoy trying out a few of these if you ever get the time. You can print my latest workout (shown below) here.