Monthly Archives: January 2013
I worked from home today as we had our new sofa delivered (not that we had any choice about the day it was delivered. DFS customer services in the Colchester branch are terrible. I as told Friday the sofa would be delivered Tuesday and when I asked if I could change it I was simply told No!).
Anyway the delivery guys arrived quite early and did a sterling job. They put matting through the ground floor and on the carpet in the study so as not to make a mess. They were really swift and had the sofa assembled and in place in about 20 minutes. And it looks great
Working at home means I have managed to avoid my usual commute (90 minutes each way) and am working from the comfort of the study at home.
Things have been ticking along nicely today and as usual I have gotten a lot done as I have managed to avoid the usual distractions.
I decided to capitalize on the extra time I have and went for a run during my lunch break.
It was lovely to get out during the middle of the day and in the middle of the week – such luxury is usually the preserve of the weekend.
I ran two 10 minute runs with a 3 minute walk in the middle and felt good afterwards. It was a little drizzly out but I enjoyed the run and as it was mid day, mid week there was hardly a soul around.
With the warm up and cool down walks I finished at the 4.60K mark which is usual now. I am going to increase my time out and amount of running gradually as I want to get back to where I was – but of course without causing myself any injury.
It’s drizzly and a little windy today but I had the drive and the energy to push through the solid ten minutes today and it felt really good to be back on top of things…
Fastest song of today’s run was Magic by The Sound of Arrows
After the deliberation of the past week I took the plunge and put my name into the public ballot for the Royal Parks Half which takes place at the beginning of October. If I get a place I have plenty of time to train – and I’ll need it as I was looking at their recommended raining plans and I’ll be starting in June! I have entered with friends and we have all agreed to enter without paying up front – that way if we don’t get in we won’t be out-of-pocket and we can find another half marathon to compete in.
I wish the guys at Get Running would develop an app for half marathons. I keep recommending it and mentioning it and more and more friends have downloaded and used the app to get them into running and all, like me, cannot rate the app highly enough. It’s such an intuitive and friendly coaching app – it really does get you into running, even if you are a complete novice. I am sure that it would not be too hard for them to create a half marathon version. Until they do I will have to think about plugging all the training into iSmoothRun (which could also do with such training plans).
I want to say hi to my latest stalker and running contact Mandy, turns out we both are at the same stage in our running experiences and have been running for the same great cause. Mandy is enthusiastic about her running and I wanted to say hi as I know she’s dropped by the blog
I posted my thoughts on running my first half marathon in an event I had created o Facebook, inviting my friends to run with me…
Guys and gals, following my initial enthusiasm I am not 100% sure signing up for and running a half marathon is a great idea.
I started running for general fitness and am really happy with my progress. I enjoyed the 5Ks and the 10ks but never imagined I’d sign myself to a half marathon.
My current melancholic mood may be due to the fact I’ve been unable to run for the past fortnight due to the snow in Essex.
I enjoy running. I enjoy what I have achieved and I am having fun but I really don’t know if running a half marathon is for me.
I don’t want to sound like I’m giving up or defeatist but at present I cannot find the drive to do such a thing.
Sorry just putting this out there as I don’t want us to all sign up when I have doubts about running (and I know with Enda Guinan encouragement this was kinda my idea to rope you all in).
I will hopefully get out for a run at the weekend and my perspective may change but I wanted to let you guys know that I am having doubts about signing up for the half…
I posted this as the registration is Monday and I didn’t want to let any one down. I certainly didn’t want to let myself down and I was doubting whether I can run the distance. I was thinking that I actually didn’t want to run it either.
When I posted that yesterday I was at lunch and had been dwelling on some thoughts about the run that I have had for a while. Thoughts that have manifested during a period where I have not been able to do any running due to the snow and ice around where I live.
I guess I feel a little guilty at being able to get some of my time back for not running and I am surprised that I haven’t missed the running on my second week as much as I did on the first. That said I don’t think I had reason to worry because I knew that I was being completely sensible this was the right mentality as it was simply not possible to run around here.
I’ve seen one or two people attempt to run amidst the snow and ice but it looks like hard work and they seem to have completed nothing more than short loops as pavements and roads were solid and very very slippery. I’ve seen them tetter and slide around and that’s just not ideal!
Anyway my friends were very supportive of my post and gave me lots of encouragement and ensured I shouldn’t feel guilty for not wanting to run the half and not to feel bad for not running.
I have thought about running in London in my lunch break but things are incredibly busy at the office and I am not sure I have enough time to get out at lunch. I am also not sure I feel 100% safe running in London.
A friend did offer me the chance to run with him in London in the evenings and it is something I will definitely do – especially as he was so kind to offer me the chance to join him.
I haven’t covered any longer distances this year therefore I think my doubts about the half marathon stem from there. I think I need to allow myself to do short runs during the week but get back to longer runs at the weekend – which I was doing for all the races last year.
If I am honest my current melancholic mood is created by work and this is not giving me a positive outlook and everything. The running is great for allowing me to switch off, de-stress and avoid the shit created at the office and of course if I am not doing it I am not getting that chance. It’s a vicious circle.
I am sure once I get back into it I will be fine and I have months to go before the actual race to train and prepare. By then the weather will have sorted itself out etc so it’ll be much more enjoyable.
The thaw has started here and we go from 2 degrees today to 10 tomorrow so I am hopeful that I can get back into my trainers and be more positive about the running.
Thanks to Mark, Enda, John and Em for the support and feed back.
Don’t mind if I do…
Prince is well known for hating the Internet and freely sharing music (although I believe he was behind Moonraker). So it’s a surprise that new twitter account @3rdeyegirl seems to have the full info on everything that is going on at Paisley Park. She also released news of 20pr1nc3.com and the release of new single Screwdriver.
Could Prince be mellowing in his old age? I hope so. Especially if it give us just great work as this.
I love great design. Functional design. Design with purpose and value and this small apartment has it in spades.
Watch the full video, you won't believe how much is packed into one small apartment.
Brilliant stuff and full of clever, functional ideas.