Tag: wellbeing

14th February

Intention: 6 miles at half marathon pace Reality: 6 miles at half marathon dream-land pace What have I learned? I have no idea what my half marathon pace feels like; lunchtime runners are not so friendly as morning runners; I am faster and stronger…

No one is making you

I just read a social media post from one of my athletes, “Sadly, I can’t go to xxx because I have a 12 mile run to do.” Just reminding everyone that very few of us have to run 12 miles; if there’s something you’d…

I’m not built to run

Two people have said this to me recently. What did they mean, I wonder? If you run, you’re a runner, whatever your shape.

Bogged down in the details

Losing sight of the bigger picture is really easy, as we micromanage our lives, trying to get the best out of every moment. I’m trying really hard to leave free time in my diary – saying no to appointments and social gatherings and giving…

Just do it

I’m a great procrastinator and so a phenomenal planner. I have to be, or a new shiny thing will distract me. Today, I thought that other people/things were going to get in the way of training, that I’d find other things to do. Then…

Consequences everywhere…

“My diet starts tomorrow and I’ve just seen an advert for a cheeseburger!” A friend posted this as their Facebook status earlier this week. I couldn’t help but feel that they were just writing down their seemingly endless predicament: misery in being unfit and…

What’s my role in this?

This is one of the hardest and most excellent questions I know. When things aren’t quite going to plan, or I’m feeling frustrated, this one usually sorts me out. It helps me to recognise what I can and could do to resolve things. Sometimes,…

I don’t want to be resilient

I want teaching to be less stressful. I want teachers to feel that working their contracted hours is more than enough to be a good-enough teacher. I want Ofsted to disband. I want league tables to be consigned to the dust-bin of bad ideas…

Just being myself

Frankly, it’s all any of us can be. Some will like us; some won’t. Either way, that’s ok!

It’s always a choice

Anyone who ever speaks with me about anything will know that this is one of my catchphrases. As I sit here, with a gale blowing outside and rain on the way, I’m thinking about today’s training session. If I don’t do it: what will…

Take some time

Fresh from the Southampton Education School Health and Wellbeing Conference, I’m ready for a rest. It was a fantastic day with some switched-on and enthusiastic trainees. Experienced teachers need to model saying ‘No’ and taking control of workload and unreasonable demands, or we will…

Time for something completely different

Well, sort of. I’m heading to the University of Southampton, for their annual Health and Wellbeing conference for teachers and trainee teachers. I teach all the time, be it runners, children or education professionals, but this just feels a bit different. It will be…