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Rob Gainey  🇬🇧British guy living in the Netherlands🇳🇱 Running, food, weight loss, Jesus & general life! 5km - 21:52 10km - 47:47 Half Marathon - 1:55:37

Yes! I did it! Incredibly pleased to have finally got my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. It only took eight years since I started it (largely losing touch with leaders/my laziness caused that long delay)… but better late than never though, eh?
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#dukeofedinburghaward #dofe #gold #dofegold #golddofe #goldaward #ididit #camping #expedition #hiking #residential #skill #sport #volunteering

What did I do to start off my 25th birthday? I ran my very own half marathon!

Shout out to the wasp that decided to fly into my mouth and sting my lip at around the 5km mark, that was really appreciated.
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#happybirthday #gefeliciteerd #happybirthdaytome #birthday #verjaardag #25 #imfeeling25 #running #rennen #hardlopen #runkeeper #halfmarathon #21km #13miles #sub2hours #healthy #gezond #barneveld #gelderland #netherlands #nederland #runningman #cardio #instarun #instarunner #longestrun #personalbest #pb #hotweather

As it’s my birthday on Wednesday, I just spent the past four(!) hours baking: two cakes for work (Victoria Sponge and Chocolate Fudge Cake) and one for the family (Bakewell Tart). With cake tins that leaked the mix out the bottoms, timings not going to plan and realising I didn’t have enough of one of my ingredients (thanks @jeroencage for fetching it), it really felt like a GBBO challenge. Exhausted but great fun - and I made my own jam for the sponge and tart!
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#birthday #verjaardag #homebaking #thuisbakken #baker #bakker #bakewelltart #victoriasponge #chocolatefudgecake #gbbo

To celebrate our 37 months together (yes we’re that kind of couple, don’t judge us, you’re just jealous), we took a trip down to the beach in Zeewolde to enjoy this beautiful weather and then enjoyed homemade pizzas on the balcony. That’s the life!
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#37months #together #samen #couple #paar #beach #strand #shirtlessselfie #sundayfunday #pizza #homemadepizza

Went out in ~25C weather for a run this morning. Ended up doing a quarter marathon (is that a thing? meh, it is to me). Really chuffed that I ran the farthest I *ever* have and beat my 10k personal record by 40 seconds to bring it to a neat 47:47. Considering the heat and how exhausted I’ve been this week, I’m extra proud of myself. Always encouraging to see progress!
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#run #running #jog #jogging #rennen #hardlopen #runningman #exercise #bewegen #fitness #fitheid #cardio #weightloss #gewichtsverlies #health #gezondheid #healthy #gezond #bodytransformation #healthyliving #instarun #instarunner #10k #6miles #longestrun #personalbest #pb #hotweather #runkeeper #quartermarathon

This morning, I woke up early purely to go for a run (who have I become?!). When I turned the alarm off, I would’ve preferred to just go back to sleep but it went really well. Although I’d planned on doing a 5k, I ended up doing an extra 2km. What I’m most chuffed about is how rather consistent my speed was - and at a pretty good time at that (4:35/km). I ended up completing the 5k part within 22 minutes 59 seconds, and then maintained that pace for the following two kilometres (all without music to keep me going!). Nice to see progress and nice to see that my body’s getting more and more used to it.
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#exercise #bewegen #fitness #fitheid #cardio #weightloss #gewichtsverlies #health #gezondheid #healthy #gezond #bodytransformation #healthyliving #fatgonefit #run #running #jog #jogging #rennen #hardlopen #healthybmi #5k #actually7k #7k #4miles

Today was a sad but in many ways lovely day. Two years of teaching English at Plantijn primary school in Barneveld has come to an end. One of the best things about teaching children is their enthusiasm and their curiosity, making the teaching process fun (though sometimes quite exhausting). This role confirmed my desire to develop my skills as an English teacher and to explore the variety of ways I could teach EFL, which has (ironically, I suppose) led me to focussing fully on teaching adults. I’ll really miss the students and staff and have been overwhelmed by their kind words, generous gifts and beautiful artwork (look at that huge paper cupcake in the bottom left corner) - this really made me feel both appreciated and missed already. It was also lovely to end on a high and hand out Group 8’s certificates displaying the fantastic results of their hard work. Very grateful to the school, staff and students for all of the personal growth and insight they’ve given me. And now to see what the future holds!
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#lastday #laatstedag #teacher #docent #leerkracht #english #engels #esl #efl #farewell #afscheid #primaryschool #basisschool #barneveld #gelderland #thenetherlands #nederland

Tomorrow is my last day ever at the Plantijn primary school - quite the end of an era for me! To celebrate Group 8’s fantastic test results, we’re having a high tea which naturally needs scones. Clotted cream is lacking but I have whipped up and sweetened some cream (I’m not making my own as that needs 12 hours in the oven and I’ve not got time/patience/money to power an over for so long for that) - better than squirty cream. Now to prematurely get into the English mood by “testing” one out and watching the England-Colombia match.
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#baking #bakken #baker #bakker #homemade #zelfgemaakt #homebaked #thuisgebakken #scones #notclottedcream #butalmost #english #engels #teacher #docent #school #engcol

Well that’s it! My lessons for Eurotaal teaching my lovely seniors is now all over (last week in Barneveld and tonight in Ede). As with last week, I’m really grateful for their generous gifts: a lovely card, a book voucher, and a cow tin filled with liquorice and mints (quite frankly, considering I’m not too keen on the former and am allergic to the latter, I wonder whether they actually just really hated the lessons…). Hoping they continue their language journey, keep their English up, and remain passionate and enthusiastic with their learning. Onwards and upwards we all go!
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#gift #geschenk #present #cadeau #generous #genereus #liquorice #drop #mint #munt #lastday #laatsteday #esl #eslforadults #english #engels #englishteacher #docentengels

COME ON ENGLAND!!! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿
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#england #engeland #worldcup2018 #wk2018 #engpan #threelions #englandflag #engelsevlag #beer #bier #alitreofbeer #eenliterbier #almosttwopints

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