So after graduating on Wednesday, I haven't been able to go out for a run. My cold has started to come back, and at about 8.30 this morning I was so delirious I sounded drunk! Fortunately, a drive home, a shower and Lemsip later, I feel a bit more human and can talk about my experiences this weekend.
Because I'm a mug, I got roped into participating in D of E (Duke of Edinburgh) again. What is this, I hear you cry? It is the 'World's leading youth achievement award'. It enhances skills like teamwork and navigation. But usually just involves me and several other staff members from school driving around in a car, meeting the kids at checkpoints, camping in a huge tent, and laughing at them for their failures (i.e. when one kid got chased by a sheep).
THIS time however, I actually had to do some walking! This was the very first expedition that the kids did, so me and three other teachers from school were responsible for about 38 kids as they walked through the Essex countryside. I walked about 13k yesterday with my group of lovely students - many of them current or former students of mine. It was not too demanding, although with a lack of proper walking boots I had to use my running shoes, which meant I had sore feet by the end of it! Luckily though my group arrived back second (the first group had cheated by cutting out a huge part of their trek due to their hilarious lack of navigation skills), beating the D of E coordinator's group, who arrived back third out of four. I smugly called him a loser And as if by some karmic measure in the universe, today I have woken up with my cold at full, brutal force again.
With my 5k next Saturday, I'm going to rest up as much as I can, meaning that I may not actually be able to go out for a run this week if I want to be in good shape on Easter Saturday. I'm disappointed, of course - but my aching muscles, sore throat, cough and pounding head are tethering me to the house for the foreseeable future.
I also have a bit of a technical question for those of you who are so inclined. I didn't want to use my trusty Runkeeper to track my walk yesterday as I didn't want it to swallow up my data allowance, but I'm curious about how many calories I burned, etc. Is there any way of figuring this out which won't involve lots of mental arithmetic? There are many reasons why I am not a maths teacher, after all