When lockdown looked likely, many people made the decision to head back to stay with their family during the pandemic, even if it meant a huge lifestyle change.
Before the outbreak, Leanne Kiernan was living in London as she is a striker for West Ham United’s women’s team.
But Leanne, 21, decided to head home to her family’s pig farm in Ireland to help them out and stay safe.
She is having to balance normal life on the farm, keep her fitness levels up with a bespoke training plan and maintain regular contact with the rest of the girls and staff at West Ham United, all whilst dealing with the uncertainty of when she will be needed back in England to report for Club duty
For My Quarantine Routine, she explains how she spent Friday April 24.
I wake up at the same time every day, as I have a pretty packed schedule and a lot to fit in. I usually have something quick and easy for breakfast, like some brown bread and a cup of tea.
I leave the house straight after breakfast and go to my first job of the day, which is to check on the cows in the field by my house.
My brother and I bought the cows last week, so I’m still getting used to this new part of my routine. I feed them their breakfast and then head off to the pig farm.
As soon as I arrive at the pig farm, there’s a lot to be getting on with. Today, I feed the baby pigs, give them their water and inject a few who have been unwell.
Once they have all been fed, we have to move some of the older pigs into new pens. Altogether, this takes about two hours so it’s pretty tiring work.
By this time, I’m starving, so have a quick half an hour break and grab some tea and fruit
I go back to the piglets and continue moving them and making sure that I check each individual one for any health issues.
I stop around 1 pm to go back to the house and have lunch. Today we have spuds, meat and some veg and as soon as I finish eating, I head back out to the farm.
I now check on the older pigs. Today I go through them all and monitor for any lameness, see how they are eating and if they are getting enough food.
There are a few that aren’t eating as much as they normally do, so I move them into a smaller pen so that they can build up strength and have access to more food.
I have to stock the shelves up with medicine. After I’ve done this, I just do a general clean and tidy up, making sure I clean and refill the disinfectant box, especially important during these times.
Because today is Friday I also have to clean the canteen and make sure that’s all in order before I head back home.
I walk back to the cows and meet my brother and sister. We feed the cows together and give them some water and make sure they are settled for the evening.
We get home at around 6pm and I have a light tea, just an omelette and brown bread to keep my energy levels up.
It’s nice to have a training partner, because I miss training with the rest of the team, so I’m grateful that my mum wants to get involved and keep me motivated every so often.
After we finish the run, we head home to my gym in the house to do my strength training and I do my specific routine that’s set by my coach. My mum also does it with me today, so the hour passes really quickly.
For the final part of my training schedule, I go to the garden where I set up some cones infront of my goal. I spend about an hour focussing on and improving my ball skills, stretch and then finish training for the day.
West Ham started an initiative called Hammers at Home, which is aims to motivate young fans and keep them entertained during lockdown.
Every day a different member of staff or player sets a challenge, and today is my turn. I film myself sending a message to the fans and explain what my challenge is for them to get involved in.
I finally get a chance to unwind after a busy day. I chat to my West Ham teammates about how training is going and how they’re dealing with the lockdown.
I miss seeing them every day, so it’s nice to keep in good contact and talk to people who are in exactly the same position as me.
I get into bed and fall straight to sleep, ready to do it all again tomorrow, sadly there’s no rest for me at weekends!
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