... he'd be telling me in his usual understated manner that, "Weeks don't get much tougher than this!" The fact that I've been getting imaginary motivational statements from Gregg should really be a warning sign that things have been far from normal.
Things have started moving apace with our other plans and so I'd been struggling to hold everything in my head at home and at school. Imagine my delight therefore, when I received a message on Wednesday that OFSTED were coming in on Thursday and Friday. Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of OFSTED has made claims about stress in teaching, or lack thereof. The challenge of being judged on the basis of a 20-30 minute long observation with one class on one day of the school year is, to put it mildly, incredibly daunting. In the event, the worry was unnecessary as I wasn't seen. Frustrated doesn't even begin to cover it.
Naturally after a momentous week with very little sleep, I ended Friday with no voice and the start of a debilitating cold that brought with it the most wondrous cough that kept me awake. Oh joy, oh rapture! By Sunday morning, I was still feeling awful, to the point that I almost withdrew from the Wokingham Half Marathon. Having trained hard for months, this was the first chance to run in an event this year and I needed proof that it had been worthwhile. So I went down to the start in the pouring rain and freezing wind to see how I felt about running.
Adrenaline being the marvel that it is, I decided to really go for it and despite hacking coughing fits around the course, I managed to set a new personal best time. It wasn't as quick as I'd hoped for a couple of weeks ago, but all things considered, still a big achievement. Unfortunately, adrenaline doesn't last forever, so last night I was back to the cough, the streaming cold and added aching joints.
Despite the general insanity of last week, it was an exciting one without a dull moment. I'm hoping that this week will be slightly calmer so that I can catch up on the things I've been neglecting. Maybe I'll have the Steady Hat finished by the weekend and I definitely must push the fundraising more.
Speaking of which, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in the UK will suffer from domestic violence at some point in their lives. I'm raising money for Refuge to help people deal with the after effects of domestic violence. Please sponsor me by clicking on the tab at the top of the page. Thank you!