And I'm back. Normal me has arrived. This week has been such a total write-off as far as I'm concerned that it feels like it should be Tuesday rather than Friday. No matter, it's good to be back no matter what day it is.
In fact, I'm feeling so normal that I went out for a run, my first one for exactly a week. And seeing as how, for the rest of the month, I've been going out more or less every other day, not being able to go out for a week was rather unfortunate, especially as I've only got a week to go until my first ever 'proper' run.
But, I'm pleased to say, it actually looks as if the unwelcome week off from running has done some good - I decided to just do 3 miles today and even with a couple of walking intervals I was thrilled to see when I got back that I'd done it in the fastest time yet - 15:08 mins per mile. Considering that when I restarted running again this year back in February I was doing about 17 mins per mile, I'm pretty pleased with this improvement.
The run on Saturday 21 April is only 4km/2.5 miles and I'm confident that I can do that in under 40 mins, Inshallah. After that I'll start looking for another race. It'll probably be a 5k and as they're more common than 4k races, I shouldn't have much difficulty in finding one to join. I know there's one in Godalming for the Queen's Jubilee on 4 June but I checked the website and it said the ominous words 'hilly' and 'undulating'. Now I like going for a run but I'm not a masochist - you can keep your hills, so I think I'll give that one a miss. The furthest distance I have gone so far, when just out for a run on my own, is 4 miles/6.5km, so I may start looking for 7k races as well. But we'll see, I don't want to push anything and end up injured.
And while I'm here I'll give you an update on the broad bean scenario - I took the wise advice of the eminently sensible Alienne and got myself some growbags, picked them up in the middle and created two smaller, rounder bags from each one, and planted the broad bean seedlings into them. They've been there about a week now and seem to be very happy:
I've got about two dozen Sugar Snap Pea seedlings that I need to plant out as well when they're a bit bigger. They're a little wee still:
I have some quite large pots that I can put these in, or I may get more growbags.
Also, this morning I rang the local Adult Education Centre and discovered there were two spaces left on the Beginners' Drawing and Painting Class so I've enrolled! Hooray! I love taking classes and it's been absolutely far too long since I did. I need to get an A3 pad of cartridge paper (I already have one of watercolour paper but I don't think that will do), some pencils (I'll have to dig my ones out from when I did my archaeological illustration course about 10 years ago - blimey, ten years ago already....) and a 'graphite stick'. I'm not sure what that is but I think it's what they use these days instead of charcoal. No matter, Godalming has a fantastic little art supplies shop so I'll find all I need there.
Finally, we've had a series of extraordinary weathery things happening this week. Yesterday we had the most tremendous hailstorm with thunder and lightening, that left at least an inch of hailstones in about 30 seconds! It was amazing. But a couple of days before that we had a rain shower of monsoon proportions that left us with a rainbow that started in the garden of the house opposite me and a sky that looked like it was on fire: