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Christmas and New Year has come and passed

It’s been a wild few weeks with Christmas and new year celebrations. Of course it was harder sticking to my training routines than I had originally planned, but I’ve got through to now ready for the first big half marathon in four weeks time. So now really is time to pull my finger out and get cracking.

Last week’s KM: 20

Last week’s planned KM: 34


This week’s KM: 36

This week’s planned KM: 36

Total KM: 221

Down for the Count – but back!

The same day I wrote my previous post the cold and flu that I was trying so hard to avoid caught me, rather than the other way around. Having rested up for a week it’s given my body a chance to recover unhurried, and today I started running again after a week’s break. So I am slightly behind schedule now with my running but nothing that is too worrying for me.

This week’s KM: 0

This week’s planned KM: 37

Total KM: 165

Fighting off the cold

It’s been a busy week of training, school Christmas concerts and functions. On top of all this the school is suffering from a virus or something sweeping through the school – nothing too terrible mind you, but enough to make everyone cautious to go near anyone that is “infected” for too long.

Having said that, I have been fighting off a sore throat successfully up until now – but this last 24 hours I have noticed it getting worse. I’ve upped the echinacia and vitamin C that I am taking and will drink lots more water over the next day or so. To come down with the virus would be terrible for my training – it is going so well at the moment!

This is the last week of school before we break up for Christmas so it will be another busy one – not the best time to be ill either! But of course, if i do need to take time off I will. I will only fight up to a point.

This week’s planned KM: 29

This week’s total KM: 29

Total KM: 165

Preparing for Christmas 4.0

I’ve had another busy and productive week. At school we’ve started getting right into the Christmas Concert rehearsals and at home I’ve been keeping up with all my training ending with a 14km run on Saturday.

This weekend at home we have got right into the whole Christmas thing by getting a Christmas tree. I have to say it’s one of the best Christmas trees I’ve seen – and real too. I’ll take some photos and upload them onto facebook soon.

It’s difficult to believe this will be my fourth Christmas here in the UK. We’ve made plans to have a proper family Christmas this year with my adopted family joining us here – so it’s going to be first Christmas involving children in years – crazy when I think that these days in Australia I have 5 nieces and nephews that were’nt around when I was last in Australia for Christmas!

This week’s planned KM: 32

This week’s actual KM: 32

Total KM: 136

One Extremely busy week down.

I have just had one of the busiest weeks of this year, yet it has also been extremely productive. It’s funny how in looking back, I managed to get everything done, still do all my training and still find down time throughout the week to have some ‘me’ time. Despite school trips, the usual staff meetings and marking schoolwork, catching up with my weekly tv fix, and running 29km this week, I still found myself spending numerous hours throughout the week preparing for a lesson observation on Tuesday and an interview that I had on Friday morning.

The interview marks a pivotal moment in my life here in the UK. Four years down, and with four years at my current school I decided it was time to consider promotions within other schools – and with lots of hard work and help from a number of people, I managed to get shortlisted and interviewed, and indeed was successful in getting the job! So in mid February I will say goodbye to my current school after four years and begin a new era in my UK life. It’s weird thinking that almost all my time living here in the UK has been at my current school, so understandably it will be an emotional time when I leave. But that aside – I will have amazing opportunities ahead of me when I take up the role of Phase Leader of KS1 and ICT Leader. Big responsibilities and a considerable payrise too.

But for now, my focus remains on my training and this week I clocked up 29km – which included a 13km run on Saturday morning. It’s one way to clear the mind – and in fact do lots of my thinking about what is going on around me.

This week’s planned KM:  29

This week’s actual KM: 29

Total KM: 104

Front Foot First

I’ve had a taste this week of what is to come. With a very busy week been and gone, and another busier week on the way, I’ve made it a point to make my running a priority around what is already my biggest priority – my job. So in running four runs throughout the week, squeezing them into my already hectic week is becoming somewhat easier since I have a 25 week training plan that to date, I am following to the letter.

I run a short recovery run on Monday, I cross-train on Tuesday doing anything of my choice that allows the legs maybe to rest a little, but still ensure a solid cardio workout. The last two weeks have seen this be a mixture of the cardio machines at the gym. On Wednesday I have my midweek, solid run that will progressively go from what was 6km this week, to eventually something like 13km. Thursday I find myself having another shorter recovery run and then my favourite – Friday – my day of rest. That rest is short lived though because on Saturday I have my main long training run for the week. This week was my down week (generally every third or fourth week) so it was just 8km, but next Saturday it will jump back up to 13km. Sunday is my 2nd rest day for the week – which is a nice change to what is usually a hectic week of bouncing between either work and the gym, or work and home in time for a run. But with shorter, darker and now colder days ahead – more running is at the gym at the moment, except for the long Saturday run where I have time to run when it is light in the morning (not being at work). There’ll be plenty more outdoor running though come February when the ice starts to disappear again.

This week’s planned KM:  24

This week’s actual KM:  24

Total KM:  75

The pasta eating begins

Second week into my marathon training and it’s time to begin eating my food to fuel my running – and pasta it is. I’ve been out running this week, and despite having an unplanned 2 day break from training do to a fever, I’ve appropriately made up the runs in the later end of the week, although it was a little more difficult than I had expected.

The exciting news this weekend is that I have another newphew – Riley Francis. That really is exciting – 5 nephews and nieces under the age of 3. it’s looking like a busy month of christmas shopping coming up soon!

This week’s planned KM: 26

This week’s actual KM: 26

Total KM: 51

Marathon Training Begins

My training for the London Marathon on 26 April 2009 began this week. I hope to give a weekly update here about my progress as well as including any statistics I might have, that will in turn help motivate me as well. Your comments are very welcome too!

I began my training with some short 5k runs through the week and ending with a 10k run on Saturday. After not running right through the summer (except for the occasional haphazard attempt) I’m finding myself very much back to square one and will be slowly progressing my way through to longer runs. I have two half-marathons planned for Feb 3 and Mar 6 too, so there is plenty of incentive to keep training hard. I have a 25 week training plan drawn up, which will be a challenge to keep up with – but right now my motivation is high.

This week’s planned KM: 25

This week’s actual KM: 25

ITI Journal #11: Vision for 21st Century Classroom

I don’t think I have ever actually put into writing my vision for the modern classroom. I am relieved to read that it is not something that ever is completed because it will continue to evolve – that’s good because just in the last year or so I can list a number of things that have become quite commonplace in my own classroom. For example – YouTube became valuable to me in the last year as I ventured out looking for different ways to get my points across to my class. And because it was through a medium the children could relate with, the children responded quite positively to it. Another example is wikis – I set a very basic one up just merely to be used as a base for me to put resources (such as the youtube videos) so that the students could access them at their own pace. I also created a webquest which I posted on the wiki as well.

Essentially, I like to reinforce one main point to my students: You don’t need to know all the answers, you just need to know how to find them.

Considering how technology is a means to process all this wealth of information put to society these days, it is important to me that children from the earliest age are taught problem solving skills and introduced to appropriate mechanisms for finding information they need, so that they can ultimately find solutions to their own problems – problems that are relative to their own lives and situations.

This by no means is complete. I feel the need to put a bit more time and thought into something so important, however it is the basis of anything I would develop further.