Tara’s given us a beauty of a theme this time, My Weekend. Quiet relaxation? Uninterrupted peace and calm? Not quite.
SAT 0340 – Get up, go to St Magnus Church in Lerwick, take part in their Bible Reading Marathon. Realise I had my times wrong and didn’t need to get up for another half an hour. Arse. 12 chapters of Deuteronomy in 30 minutes (this is fast, apparently, as they’re a little behind at this point), 10 Commandments, Moses making stuff up as he goes along.
SAT 0440 – Run home, last training run before the Simmer Dim Half Marathon on Sunday.
SAT 0900 – Go shopping, discover cook book with recipe for dinner is in the back of my car whilst ingredients for dinner are now at home.
SAT 1045 – Send wife and number 1 son across to village hall to meet for their coasteering.
SAT 1100 – Discover said coasteering started at 10. Fall on my sword.
SAT 1145 – Head into town, back to St Magnus Church with Thing 1 for another half-hour of the bible. 2 Samuel. King David’s a right arse and there are some truly historical names in there.
SAT The Rest – play with kids, assist in finishing dinner, mentally prepare for Sunday, watch Agatha Christie (how is there one I’ve not seen before?) and much comedy on TV.
SAT – 2100-2330 – Stage 1 of Blueberry Gingermead. Racking on to secondary fermenter next Sunday.
SAT 2330 – Wife heads off to do her stint of reading.
SUN 0100 – Wife returns, sleep follows.
SUN 0530 – Up and away for final stint of reading. Proverbs. Interesting stuff, Proverbs, and a very easy read compared to 2 Samuel. Don’t rush, we’re ahead of ourselves now. Decide we’re going to go for a Hobbit/Lord of the Rings reading marathon as a fund raiser next year. Might get a better audience!
SUN 0800 – Small breakfast. Pre-run nerves building up now.
SUN 1030 – I head down to Cunningsburgh for the half-marathon, Wife and kids off to church.
SUN 1100 – 1302:47 – Running half-marathon. Personal best time in the hottest, stillest weather Shetland’s seen all year.
SUN 1305 – 1400 – Recovery swim. Get really, really cold and feel generally crap.
SUN 1430 – Down to Cunningsburgh, collect car, then to Quarff to eat sweets and drink tea, generally warm up at an excellent Sunday Hall Tea
SUN – Remainder – Assist in cooking dinner (Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals fish tagine, 4.5/5), kids to bed, warm bath and cold wine. Bed sometime late.
Bloody hell, what a weekend. Only got to get a cat from Wales to Shetland next weekend, piece of cake!