Five things Thursday including more new shoes

Because it always falls on a Thursday that I have five things to say, rather than the more traditional ‘Five things Friday’.

OK, so as I’ve already given a spoiler…
#1.  My new trail shoes have arrived!
I’m now sporting some super cool red Asics Nimbus 16s for road running and from tomorrow I’ll be spotted wearing my funky-colour-laced Gel Fuji-Trabuco 3 GTX when I’m out and about on the trails.  Dan bought me them for Christmas but they were half a size too small so he sent them back.  The replacement arrived this evening.  Hopefully I’ll have a chance to break these in ready for my next trail marathon at the start of February.

Asics collection! Nimbus 16s and Gel Fuji-Trabuco 3 GTXs

Leading into…
#2.  Today I entered my second trail marathon.
After running the EnduranceLife Gower marathon back in November with 20 other members of our club, I, along with several others were determined to book another EnduranceLife event up sooner rather than later.  The Gower marathon was superbly organised, with well stocked checkpoints and challenging terrain, making for a great, friendly race and amazing weekend away with friends.  The next race we were drawn to was the Devon marathon – taking place at the start of February.  We began with numbers of 7 or 8 runners, but this has slowly dwindled down to three – me and two of the guys that also ran the last CTS (Coastal Trail Series) race.  Today, accommodation was booked for the weekend so all that was left to do was enter and pay for my place.

Devon marathonJob done!
I have no intention of running it hard, but enjoying every second and having a laugh on a weekend away whilst ticking off another marathon.  My main goal for the first half of the year will still be my road marathon…hopefully the marathon in South Devon will toughen my legs up a bit in the build up to that, but with plenty of time still left to recover before the second marathon of the year.  Marathon #7, here I come!

#3.  I’ve convinced someone else to pick up a Vivofit.
The Science teacher at my previous school started the Couch to 5k last year and was after a fitness tracker.  After lots of questions last term about my Vivofit she got one over the holidays and we’ve since been sending photos of our progress at the end of each day.

Vivofit with Frances

#4.  I have kind of made it an informal target to hit my goal number of steps on the Vivofit each day this month.
Daily Vivofit steps

(I still have time to meet my Thursday goal!)
For anyone who isn’t familiar with the Vivofit, it sets you a goal number of steps to achieve each day based on your activity levels from previous days.  The current goal set for me is round about the 10,000 mark, but has been ever increasing since I’ve been completing my goal streak (from Jan 1st).  In my new school I am much more active in the classroom than in the previous one.  Teaching 34 students in each class is physically much more demanding as well as mentally!  I usually manage to rack up between 4,000-5,000 steps by the time the final bell goes, which is a couple of thousand more than when I was only teaching a handful of children at my previous school.

#5. For the first time in a long while I feel incredibly organised.
My new school has all the schemes of work planned out with Powerpoints and resources already made.  Marking is made easy, and despite there being lots of it (teaching almost 1000 students each week at the school!) easy tick box marksheets have all been created ready for use.  I have time to devise aids to help individual students as I’m not constantly planning and panicking over what I’m going to teach and I even got a Teacher’s Planner with my name on.

School planner

I’m still getting used to always being called Mrs P.  Maybe by the time we hit our tenth wedding anniversary?!  I’m called my new name all day long at school as well.  I can’t imagine how difficult the change must be for newly married ladies not working in a job where they are called by their surname!

If you are married, did it take long to adjust to your new name?
Do you ever set mini challenges for yourself?


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12 thoughts on “Five things Thursday including more new shoes

  1. Oh my goodness – it’s taken me AGES to adjust to a different name. It still feels a bit strange now although it feels as though the other name belonged to another girl now.

    Yep. Mini challenges are definitely the way forward. It’s the only way I get through every training session and trying to beat myself – and everyone else (that doesn’t happen!) keeps me motivated! :)
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    1. I think my friend is seriously considering this at the moment for the same reason. Did you have many problems getting Dave’s name changed at all?

  2. I hope you enjoy your trip to South Devon! It is beautiful, though it will be quite exposed so bring plenty of warm things!

    It took me a little while to get used to my new name. Luckily my initials didn’t change, but because I have to write my name quite a bit for work. I do still need to change some things over to my married name.
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    1. Thanks Steph! Warm things are definitely going to be packed for that weekend! :)
      My initials changed from MM to MP, so I’m still in roughly the same position for things when it comes to alphabetical order but when I hear it out loud, every so often I have to remind myself of my new name!

  3. Love the trail shoes!
    I love having the vivofit but I wish it would notice patterns more- for example at the weekends I tend to reach my goal, so it gets increased, but on Monday I am at a computer all day, and although we have a walk after work it’s a rest day for me so I don’t tend to reach it, but then on Tues I am back in the classroom, plus I run, so I go massively over because the goal is lower because I didn’t meet the Mon goal if that makes sense. I prefer the reminder on it though as I think it helps me move about a bit more generally.
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    1. I’ve tested them out this weekend and love them. Much more grip and a lot lighter than my old pair.
      I know exactly what you mean about getting frustrated over the goal not working for rest days. My rest day tends to be a Monday as well, and my goal always shoots up because I do my long run on a Sunday, getting loads of steps the day before.

  4. I had no issue with my new name as I really loved the upgrade from my more boring name. But to this day people *still* call me Anna James. Booking restaurants in my name is a nightmare. I get Anna Smith, Anna James, Anna Smith-Jones. ARGH!
    Glad the Vivofit trend is going well! I love mine still. It makes me walk around in circles at the end of the day 😉
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    1. I would have thought your name would be quite easy to get right!
      I usually run around the living room a few times or make up some extra jobs to do that get me to walk around a bit in the evening to hit my target. Dan does look at me weirdly when he’s tucked up in bed and I’m there walking my last 30 steps around the bedroom!

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