Hi! My name is Kat McVicar. I’m a 28yr old swimming teacher and I like to run marathons for fun.... thing is I have effectively got a disability which is supposed to land me in a wheelchair by the time I’m 35. I have what is known as ‘extreme hyper mobility’ which affects just about every joint in my body. It’s extremely painful 24/7 and causing my limbs/joints to be very lax. This doesn’t however show physically but also internally with my connective tissues. I have got a hernia and also regularly having IBS like symptoms. My right hip also is very shallow so the ball of my hip doesn’t like to sit in place and often dislocates for no reason.
This got really bad once I hit puberty. Until this point I was extremely active getting to Kent level swimming and just being an all round Tom-boy. I ran/swam/cycled/played football/netball/rounders - just constantly on the move (bit like I am now). I had to very quickly give everything up and so by the age of 18 I was in agony just walking the 250m from my house to the bus stop at the end of the road. I was told at this point I’d be likely in a wheelchair by my 35th.
To cut a very long story short I 1 day woke up and decided if that would be the outcome then why should I just stop everything with no life experiences and so I started a bucket list. On this list I had ‘run a parkrun’... at the very bottom I had ‘Run London marathon’... I’d never known anyone to get in in less than 5 tries to I thought I’d get the ball rolling... Little did I know I’d get in 1st time around - London 2015. I was then told in the Jan that I’d need an ‘emergency knee op’ (still not had it to this day!!)
I’ve also managed to drop 5.5st during this time. Going from over 16st to just over 10.5st
2015 - 2
2016 - 44 (+1)
2017 - 125
As of 10/4/18 I have done 210 (+1) to date.
These also include 5 full ironmans (2.4mi Swim/112mi bike/26.2mi run) and a month ago I did my first 100miler
UK - fastest any 100 marathons (230 days) -
also should be a WR
UK - most amount for a female in a calendar year (125)
UK - most amount for a female in a rolling 365 days (141/142)
Next planned records:
youngest to achieve 250
youngest to get on the World Rankings list (300+)
most sets of 10in10s in a year (6 planned)
run more than 165 in a year - to beat the current Guinness World Record which is held by a suspected cheater.
Also whilst all of this is going on my father who was diagnosed in with Early onset Alzheimer’s at 58yrs old. He is now 63yrs old and in the very final stages of the disease. He is my main source of mental strength.
During Shakespeare week we watched the film Gnomeo and Juliet, which is loosely based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. We then wrote a film review to share our opinions on the film.
Ladybirds thoroughly immersed ourselves in Science week this week. First we weighed food to help us decide which foods would be better suited for a polar expedition (we also had to think of shelf life).
On Tuesday the pop-up experiment had has thinking about what was making the butterfly’s wings move. Reece said that it was because I was moving it up and down, Joshua suggested that it was the wind and George said that it was the gravity. Then we had to think of other ways to make the wings move. Joshua said that we should blow on the wings.
Then we planted cress seeds and observed the growth over a week. We recorded our observations in our cress seed diaries. Unfortunately it is a bit cold, and after four days our cress seeds still hadn’t cracked and sprouted! We will carry this experiment over to next week.
Next we made bug hotels. We check our bug hotels every day and recorded our observations of the bugs that visited it during the week.
On Wednesday we had fun experimenting and talking about the pop-up experiment. This time it was about magnets and magnetic materials. We were surprised to find that one of the rocks were magnetic.
In the afternoon we experimented with changing the sounds that instruments produce. We found that we could make them louder or softer and higher or lower.
On Thursday we looked at the pop-up display which was about the human body. We had fun looking at, naming and talking about the different (plastic) parts of the body. We also recapped on how we stay healthy – food, exercise, relaxation, bathing, brushing our teeth and going to the pharmacy or GP when we are unwell.
In the afternoon we designed astro-nappies. First we spoke about what we would need – absorbent materials. Then we spoke about how we would test the materials to decide whether it would be effective or not. We also spoke about fair testing – using same amount of water on each material and giving the same amount of time for the water to be absorbed. After conducting our test we came to the conclusion that sponge would be the best material for the job as it 1. Absorbed all of the water 2. Held all of the water and 3. Was the most comfortable.
In Year One we celebrated book week by inviting parents to come and read to use. We really enjoyed reading in small groups while relaxing on gym mats.
We also read the Princess and the Frog. Then we designed our own frog hand puppets and wrote instructions on how to make a frog hand puppet.
This week was Internet Safety Week. Ladybirds spoke about SID’s four top tips when using the internet, which were:
We then made our own Internet Safety posters to put up in class.