Ireland
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

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  • Day35

    I am not a Marine

    April 28, 2020 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Weather still lovely and sunny today. I don't think we've ever had such a long stretch of good weather! Or maybe it just feels long because I'm so bored 🤔

    Did a tough tempo session at lunchtime today on the usual West pier. The regular walkers are probably starting to recognise me doing my reps up and down the pier!

    Thankfully Mia ate most of the lemon drizzle cake today so the damage has been limited. Which reminds me - I must get her out for a walk tomorrow as she hasn't left the house in 2 days 😬
    I'm trying to bribe her with pocket money based on how many steps she does per day but it's not working.

    Had a Pete session this evening. We did marine push ups which are awful. I'm definitely not marine material if this is something they have to do!

    Rumours are circulating that the lockdown will be extended for another 2 weeks with just a few more key workers being allowed to return to work. 😭😭😭😭 looks like rosslare will have to be put on the back burner for now.
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  • Day50

    Sports day!

    May 13, 2020 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    Mia had her school sports day today. It started with a quiz and then they had to run 2km and do some other challenges.

    I brought her up to the kilbogget track for her 2km & Mum did her 3km club time trial at the same time. Mia was determined to run a sub 10 min 2km but hasn't really been doing any exercise recently... I tried to lower her expectations but she was having none of it!

    So off we went at 5 min per km pace. Got through lap 1, she started to struggle during lap 2 & had to make an emergency pit stop! Got going again for lap 3. Another break. Lap 4. Break. Final lap, she hung on my shoulder and then gunned it down the home stretch to come through in 9.39! 😂
    She was really disappointed in herself for not being able to do it in one go...I don't know where she gets her competitive streak from! Most of her friends just did a walk/run attempt in about 15 mins!

    Speaking of cheating. We are doing these time trials and relays with crusaders and there is cheating going on left right and centre! People running the distance down a massive hill! It kinda takes some of the fun away seeing people that I should be at a similar level to absolutely leaving me in their dust! I guess they're only fooling themselves 🙄 it will be fun beating them when we're back in the real world! 😁

    Mum smashed her goal of sub 18 for the 3km today- go Mum! 🏃‍♀️
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  • Day7

    Essential visit to Lisnashee!

    March 31, 2020 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    I have started to do daily challenges with Mia as a way to make sure she doesn't spend all day on her laptop. They include a mix of exercise, housework and other fun stuff like baking and reading. She has actually been really good with getting on board with them!

    I've also started doing them for myself to try and keep my routine going, as a couple of days last week I fell off the wagon a bit. Today my challenge is -

    1. Push up challenge
    2. Tempo run
    3. Tackle work emails which have been building up
    4. Cook beef stew
    5. Virtual class
    6. Read 1 chapter of my book

    Yesterday I called out to Mum & Anna for a visit and to drop off a few bits and bobs that I cleared out of the house. Was good to see them as it's been a while! Ended up visiting again later in the evening as Mia had baked some bread and scones for home ec and wanted to drop some out to them! There are garda checkpoints set up around the place but luckily we weren't stopped - If we were I would have told them I was visiting my elderly Mum!

    Went for a run at 7pm yesterday evening down to the West pier. It was eerily quiet - no traffic on the roads and very few people out and about. It felt like 5am on a Sunday morning. There was a checkpoint set up on the main road stopping cars and a few gardai patrolling on foot. Thankfully both piers are just about within the 2km radius for me - I'll definitely be making the most of them for my runs & walks over the next few weeks!

    I feel like I'm finally settling in and getting used to the new normal. I'm enjoying having more time to cook and Mia is learning more meals which I would never have had time to show her before. The three of us are getting along really well which is good...we aren't sick of each other yet!

    We have alot to be thankful for - our jobs are safe and none of us or our families are sick. Lisa was telling me it looks like Griffith College Cork won't reopen in September so all those people will be out of work. I've also heard some sad stories of people losing family members and not even being able to say goodbye to them. I think we will come out of this experience completely shell shocked as a nation.

    I wonder how long it will be before things get back to normal.
    Will it be a sudden reopening of everything and big celebrations across the country or will it be more gradual?
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  • Day15

    Anna's lockdown birthday party!

    April 8, 2020 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Today was Anna's birthday! It also coincided with day 6 of quarter end but I snuck out at lunch and dropped over to Lisnashee with Mia to give her some presents and eat some cake. I had my excuse ready if we were stopped by the gardai on our way there - I am visiting my elderly Mum! We arrived just as Conor and Paul were finishing filling the skip - just on time for tea and cake!

    It was lovely sitting out in the patio in the sun with Mum, John, Paul, Conor, Anna , Mia and Vincent. Mum had all the chairs spread out and everything was wiped down with disinfectant, but it still felt quite normal which was nice! Unfortunately I had to rush back to work.

    This evening we had a family quiz night on Zoom. I was still working so could only half pay attention - that's my excuse for not doing very well haha! Tomorrow is the last day of quarter end - I can't wait to get back to normality....well as normal as it can be when the world is on lockdown.

    My paintclub starter pack arrived today - paints, brushes and canvases. I'm going to sign up to one of the virtual paintclubs that they're doing.

    Boris is out of intensive care today but the number of deaths in the UK seems to be spiralling - close to a thousand per day...we seem to be coping a bit better here - fingers crossed we continue to keep it under control.
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  • Day16

    Is Mia finally bored of YouTube?!

    April 9, 2020 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Anna gave Mia her old keyboard and Mia has been practicing non stop since we set it up this morning. I think she is finally bored of sitting around watching YouTube! Hopefully she keeps it up!

    She has been doing LOTS of baking which is good...but it also means I'm eating lots of baked goods which is not good! I had great plans to become really fit and toned during the lockdown but now I'm just hoping to come out of it in the same state that I went into it!

    She made a delicious banana bread today - she has been following Chef Shane Smith on Facebook who is posting daily baking videos! It's great how many free online resources there are these days.

    Today I accidentally ordered my second take away in a row - I've been so busy with work that I haven't been able to think about food - I don't have time to cook, I barely have time to go downstairs to get food! For lunch today I just had a few packets of crisps from Paul's bedside drawer! When things quieten down in work I need to get back on track or they won't recognise me when I get back to the office!
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  • Day14

    Crusaders quiz night

    April 7, 2020 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Apparently it was a lovely day today - I didn't get to see it because I was working non stop. I feel a bit guilty that Mia has had to fend for herself for the past few days while I've been busy with work - I haven't had time to cook lunch or dinner for her. I know it's annoying her as she keeps giving out about me working after 6pm. At least it will get less busy in a few days & I have a long weekend to look forward to!

    We had a virtual quiz night with Crusaders this evening, organised by Susan. It was good fun and good to see all the old reliables! Apparently Mum and Lisa stayed on chatting with Susan for about an hour afterwards - she seems to be finding the lockdown tough & really missing human interaction!
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  • Day13

    Virtual Pete & an attempted Oti dance!

    April 6, 2020 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    We organised a virtual Pete session for 1pm today. Just myself, Mum, Lisa, Garrett and Lisa B. Lisa only has a 1kg weight so she had to use a giant rock as her weight - it was so funny - Pete went mad when she tried to lift it over her head! The Pete sessions are great - I'm going to try and do this one plus the 8am Friday session each week - just to keep myself ticking over!

    There were issues with logging into the Diva group reporting system in work - Elaine and Peter both suggested we try to get clearance to go into the office to get access - I was worried I'd have to refuse since it's completely against the current regulations (Closing month end isn't exactly an essential task!) but luckily HR stepped in and told them that under no circumstances can they ask employees to go into the office. I was surprised that they even suggested it but at least someone stepped in.

    One of my colleagues, Austin, was coughed at and spat in the face by someone while out on his morning walk today. He has a condition which puts him in the high risk category so he was very shook up afterwards and took the day off after reporting it at the local Garda station. I have heard of a few stories like this - people coughing at shop assistants and things like that. The gardai are coming down strongly on them - I even heard of one person being jailed for a year!

    I decided I was finally going to learn an Oti Mabuse dance today! She is doing virtual dance classes on facebook and Lisa has done a few of them. I picked the Greatest Showman but realised half way through that I was learning a kids dance (She has adult and kids lessons!) so I gave up! I'll pick out an adult one and do it properly when I have more time!
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  • Day12

    Venturing beyond my 2km radius...

    April 5, 2020 in Ireland ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    It was a rainy start to the day as I headed out for my long run. The paths were empty so I decided to keep going towards Dalkey, beyond my 2km radius. I think the restrictions were put in place mostly to stop crowds of people going to Glendalough and places like that - me running on empty paths won't do any damage...hopefully no ones sees my Strava and judges me!

    Lisa went out for a run at the same time as me so that we could have the chats. It would be better if she was here in person but it still makes the time fly by having her on the phone! She seems to be getting on well down in Cork and is definitely making the best of the lockdown - doing all sorts of virtual classes!

    I spent most of this weekend making two planters. It was actually such an awful ordeal! I kept making them wrong and had to remake one of them 4 times!! I don't care what they look like - we are keeping them no matter what! It got quite cold and windy while I was making them...I ended up with cuts all over my hands & absolutely freezing to the bone!
    It felt like a big waste of a weekend but sure what else would I be doing!
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  • Day10

    Friday morning workout!

    April 3, 2020 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Had a virtual group Pete session for the first time this morning. €10 per class - worth every penny! Mum and Lisa also joined. I hauled all my weights down to the kitchen for it but he ended up just doing body weight exercises...so had to haul them all back up after!

    A few new places have opened up for online orders/delivery since the lockdown began. Today we tried out Strudel delivery - got some lovely freshly baked bread and pastries! & dropped some out to Mum and Anna also. I must try a few other places - That's Amore and Lobstar are both delivering now too so it would be a good opportunity to try them.

    Did a session on the pier today - 15 reps up and down! I've been doing all my sessions on the West pier and hill reps on York road. Its the perfect set up - a flat wide pier so I can keep my distance from people. But it does get a bit boring at times...I'm looking forward to getting back to the real track!
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  • Day8

    Compost!

    April 1, 2020 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    9 bags of compost arrived from Windy Ridges today! The delivery guy said they had to shut down their online delivery system shortly after I ordered because they got completely overwhelmed with orders! I have planters being delivered this week so will soon be able to do a bit of gardening. Hopefully the weather keeps up!

    Zoe-trope from Raheny Shamrocks is doing online workouts on Instagram. I tried a 10 min glute exercise today - it was great - nice and short too! Going to try and do a few of her classes each week.

    I also did a tempo run this evening - I've started following Emmet Dunleavy's training plans which he is posting on MyRun Community - a new Facebook page which was set up in response to the lockdown - for runners to share different resources. I'm going to try and follow the plan as far as possible. Rang Lisa for the chats on my cool down jog - feel like we've lots of chats to catch up on so going to try and coordinate our runs as much as possible!

    I've been dragging Mia our for a walk around the estate every day - it's the only exercise she gets some days! We've also been playing lots of games- mostly Uno, but today we played Minions top trumps for a change!

    Mia spends lots of time chatting with her friends - Ashley, Talah and Jenny - on zoom. I don't know how they have so much to chat about! Sometimes they play roadblox together or Nintendo switch, but mostly they just chat!
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