First day introductions, trainer porn and an easy run

Today was my first day back at school.  I say ‘back’, but in reality I’ve only actually worked seven days at the school between the October half term and now.  I could name you a grand total of five other staff from my new school and today was my first day there in a full time position.
When my alarm went at 5:15am after two weeks of lazy mornings my head felt a bit blurry!

Wakeup call at 5:15am

It was a staff training day and as is usually the case on staff training days, effective teaching methods were demonstrated to us in the morning in order to help improve our teaching.  This meant that as part of a learning activity my first words to anyone I met from outside the Computing department were “Hi, my name is Mary.  This is my first week at school and I’m going to tell you all about the coil.”  Good job everyone in the group was comfortable talking about methods of contraception as that is what had been decided my group as students would become experts on and teach to other groups of teachers!

Another task saw us getting instructions from a partner on how to wire a plug.  This was my plug four minutes later.

Wiring a plug

Everything was where it should be but the cable was too long and we wouldn’t have been able to put the casing back on had we required to do so.  Luckily we weren’t required to do so though.  My Dad is an electrician…I’ve never had a need to be able to wire a plug!

I had a little worry late last night that I hadn’t been told what was happening with lunch.  Does anyone else like to know where their meals are coming from?!  In the first school I worked in the canteen used to open as usual for staff on training days, but the school I was in before Christmas provided nothing – I was caught out on my first day there!
Emergency porridge pot packed I was happy to see a feeding slot on the schedule for the day, but rather disappointed when it was announced as breaded fish and chips.  And the canteen had no salt!  Can’t be too choosy with free food though, although I left the majority of my chips.

Dan and I got back a little earlier than expected from work tonight.  Our journey will probably take a little longer tomorrow though once children are back at school as well.  We arrived through the door at 5:25pm to find two we-could-not-deliver notes from the Post Office, and legged it down the hill and up the other side to our local Post Office which was then about to shut.  Both Dan and I had ordered some new road shoes over the holidays (amongst other exciting things!) and I was very eager to get mine on my feet rather than have to wait until the weekend from a week of missing the postman.

I ordered a pair of Asics Nimbus 16s online after trying them on during the holidays.

Asics Nimbus 16sAren’t they beautiful?!  Yes, they’re a male shoe but I have massive wide feet so men’s shoes fit me best.  😛  More to come on these later, as Dan also bought me some new trail shoes for Christmas (although in the wrong size…doh!)  I’m waiting for these to arrive in the new size so I can do a full review of both (and take some sexy trainer pictures!)

I popped them on for an easy 4 miler tonight which Dan joined me on.  I ran in Zone 2 (heartrate) and nattered away to Dan about anything and everything.  It was one of those runs where you feel as if you could go on and on forever.  Unfortunately we couldn’t though – I’ve already brought boxes of marking home that the previous class teacher hadn’t marked (9 classes of year 9 and 10 work over a whole term to be precise!) so home, food and marking was a must.  Busy times this week!

Did you receive any fitness kit for Christmas?
Are you a fan of team-building exercises at work or do they make you feel uncomfortable?

12 thoughts on “First day introductions, trainer porn and an easy run

  1. Lovely trainers! Andy got me some running socks, that was as far as fitness presents went. I did look at the trainers in the sale, but they didn’t have the trainers that I have, and I wasn’t sure so didn’t get any.
    I hate team building games like that – one of our teachers loves them so when she plans an Inset it is packed with them. Luckily I was in charge of my little team yesterday so we were very productive.
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  2. Sounds like your training sessions are more hands on than ours. Yesterday saw lots of discussions about the new GCSEs and school policies.

    The new trainers look really nice.

    1. Yours was probably more beneficial though! We tend to include a lot of student-teaching within lessons for ICT anyway when it comes to peer feedback and testing of games.
      Waht subject do you teach?

  3. Those are some lovely trainers. Men always get the best colours – it’s always hard to avoid pink and pastel colours with women’s shoes :/ I too have wide feet, but they are also short (4/5!) so I end up with clown shoes and tonnes of room at the front, with my ankles sliding everywhere in my shoes. I have no choice though, because otherwise I’d have black little toes (the entire toe, not just the nail…)

    Those training exercises sound like my absolute worst nightmare! Your plug-wiring skills are pretty impressive to me though – I wouldn’t have had a clue where to even start.
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    1. I do agree with your ‘men getting the best colours’ comment. I’m not a fan of pink!
      I was shown how to tie my trainers at the weekend to prevent feet and ankles from slipping forward. It’s meant to be to help if you do a lot of fell/trail running and often go up/down hills. There’s a video here. >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alihJhU0wCg Might be worth giving it a go?…

  4. I’m so glad I’m not a teacher 😉 SO much marking!!!
    Wow the canteen had no salt? Is that a health thing…which would make no sense considering they served you breaded fish and chips! Weird! I hope they had ketchup. I can’t eat chips without ketchup or BBQ sauce.
    I got no fitness stuff for Christmas which is actually fine as I honestly need nothing right now. I have waaaay too much stuff as it is!!
    I think your trainers look great! Glad you’re running is going well and Dan is running too :)
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    1. Definitely so much marking. :( BOO…
      I thought it might be a health thing, but on the way out I spotted milkshake and chocolate vending machines, so possibly not! There was plenty of ketchup and mayo, but no BBQ sauce or salt!

    1. I’m loving them Phil. So bouncy and new still! Super comfy to run in and my feet feel really supported.
      I don’t own any compression socks, but it’s something that was on my Christmas list…might add it to my birthday list as well!

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