Last week I learned:
- that I hate running in snow. On Monday I attempted my long run, and there was a lot of fresh snow about. Where it was icy I had to slow down and tread carefully so as not to slip, and where it was deep snow, my feet got soaked, and it was totally exhausting. At one point I just wanted to sit down and cry, it was so hard! I managed 5 miles before giving up.
- how to get a bead out of a child's nose. Yes, Emma did that most cliched act of a small child and stuck a bead up her nose. While facing a 2-hour wait in A & E, a nurse told us that blowing into the child's mouth hard can help dislodge the 'foreign body'. I tried this several times (to Emma's horror) until eventually it slid out, covered in slime, before we'd so much as spotted a doctor. The sheer relief and joy I felt at the moment of the bead coming out of her nose was greater than any I can remember feeling before!
- about a new parent at school. After 5 1/2 months of attending his school down here, Robbie finally had a classmate round to play. It's not that he hasn't made friends, but rather that I haven't got to know any of the parents in the playground. They are an unchatty lot, no-one seems to talk to each other, which I find odd after the village school in Scotland where I knew every Mum of every child in Robbie's year (only about 20 kids!). Anyway, a new girl started, I spoke to her Mum, and they came round for a play last week. We had a great time.
- that I might just be capable of running this half marathon on 4th March. On Saturday, I finally succeeded in a real long run - 11 miles! Woo-hoo! It didn't kill me either. Although my legs are still recovering, I felt fairly strong after the run, and delighted to have got it done.
- that I ran my biggest weekly mileage since August 2010. Into the 20s at last, I totalled 22.45 miles, (plus an 8 mile icy bike ride). Pleased with that!