Posted: 24/04/2015 at 09:40
Shades, yes it's Torbay Half. I don't really mind the route, as I like looking at the sea That lady who has the championship time works at Paignton Lidl. I've just tried to look her up, but I can't see a way of checking numbers yet on the race website.
SK, great to get a pic with Paula. Am I right in remembering you got one with Mo recently too? Good luck with the carb loading and of course the race itself!
I stayed over at a friend's in Falmouth on Wednesday night, so went for a nice run along the coast there on Thursday AM. It was only 5.5 miles and I have done the route before, but it was a good run. I'm hoping to get along to a parkrun tomorrow for the first time since 17th Jan. I can't believe it's been that long really.
Similarly, I had a shock 2 weeks ago as I have a mate who I occasionally go out for beers with on a Friday after work - he pointed out that we hadn't caught up since before Xmas. I was convinced he was incorrect, but I checked my calendar and he was right! I guess so much has happened these last few months and the days/weeks have kind of rolled into a big blur in some ways. Often I have pretty much no idea what day it is, but looking back I have been very busy too. Maybe too busy? Don't know really, but I have just done what I have felt is right at that time and tried not to overthink things too much (I do tend to overthink things generally, which sometimes isn't a good thing!).
So, on that note, I'm going back to work on 1st May. Yes, that's a Friday of a BH weekend, so that means I'm back at work for one day and then off for 3 days immediately afterwards - good planning However, it's just the way the sick notes have worked out, honest! ;) For me, I feel I need to get back to the structure of work as opposed to needing the work itself, if that makes sense? It basically has me attempting half days for May, and then building up to full time in June. That will be relatively light duties with not a lot of responsibility, and then looking to up the responsibility to more normal levels in July. The OHT was very good as the report he's produced (which will go to my managers, after I've signed it off) stresses the need for flexibility, so none of the above is set in stone at the moment. Thinking about June/July all seems like a long way away, so we'll see what happens, but I suppose I'm cautiously optimistic.
I also asked for me to still be permitted to attend those WAY lunches (one a month on Fridays which will mean me leaving work at about 11am those days), plus my counselling sessions (roughly one a month) and he's written that into the report too. I also said I was a runner, and he said that if I felt like going for a run at say 10:30am in the morning, just do it, and make up the hours later. He didn't write that into the plan, but I will keep that in mind. He was very much of the mindset that work is just a part of my overall "new normal" and that if I get this wrong a) my return to work could fail and b) failing at work could set me back overall, which isn't what I want! Generally speaking, I think I'm doing well and I don't want to jeopardise that.
I have to say, my work (I work for BT) have been absolutely brilliant so far. They really couldn't have been any more supportive, and I just hope that continues when I do get back (I've no reason to think it won't). I suppose I'm nervous about going back, but at least part of that is because I don't love my job - I haven't for a few years. Going back to something I don't like is worrying me a bit, but I need to get back to something approaching "normality"