Running re-boot

Yesterday I bought a new pair of running shoes to get myself motivated and back out pounding the streets.  First time I’ve bought non-Asics running shoes, I picked up a pair of New Balance 680’s, and gave them a wee try out this morning.

This being the first time I’ve run this year, it wasn’t going to be anything like a long run.  My breathing was going to be an issue, so I went for alk2/run3/walk 2…. for 20 minutes.
The result is that the shoes are great to run in, but my fitness has dropped dramatically.  So I’ve a fair bit of work to put in.  Going to follow a couch to 5k type of training schedule to get me back on track, then switch to 10k, and once that’s sorted, I’ll introduce hill ressions and interval sessions.

The other thing is the trip to Vietnam isn’t that far off.  I’ve managed to get a couple of trips I want to do sorted out, and I’m waiting on word back from a third.
The trips are – the tunnels the Vietcong used during the war, a cooking class where you cycle to the local market to get the ingredients before cooking, and a free bike tour of Ho Chi Min city run by students.  That’s the one I still have to get feedback for.


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Good weekend

That was a pretty good weekend.  Managed to pack in a fair bit.

Friday after work was a leaving do for a colleague, he’s emigrating to Australia, but taking a few months to traipse round SE Asia before he gets there.  From engineering tech to superstar dj.  Bit of a career change, and good on him.

Saturday started with the usual guitar lesson, before heading to Paisley for the food festival which took place outside the beer festival in the town hall.  Later, Karen went to see a friend, and I went to see Dan Reed playing in Ivory Blacks.  Once again another great night.

Yesterday, we caught up with some friends for a late lunch and a drink, and ended up losing track of time.  Later, back at the house, we ended up vegging in front of the tv watching Filth.

All in all a pretty good weekend.

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Lately I’ve been thinking about life in general, and I’ve come to the conclusion that while my work life has got more interesting lately, I need to work on saving, as there’s more, much more to life that slogging away just to be able to pay for a couple of weeks abroad every year.

I’m determined that I’m not going to waste what’s left of my life, and I’m going to get out and do what makes me happy.  So with that in mind, the de-cluttering continues, and once I’m back from the trip to Vietnam for my 50th, the saving begins.  The more I can avoid spending on stuff that just clutters up my life, the more I’ll save to allow me to retire early.  Very early.  I’m not looking to have a vast sum, just enough to get by and not worry where the next meal is coming from.

This may sound unrealistic, but we all need a dream to aspire to, for if we don’t have that, what do we have?

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Getting things in balance

The title is a bit of a pun.  I’ve bought a balance board.
I used to skateboard (still have one), have recently got a longboard, and used to snowboard, so when this popped up on Gumtree, I thought (a) it’ll be fun, and (b) good for core conditioning.  So yeah, I bought a balance board, and so far it’s fun.  Lots of fun.



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Books of late

So I’ve been multi-tasking on the reading front (a book at home, a book on the commute, a book in work, a book by the bed etc etc etc, the result of which is I’ve managed to finish a few books all within a couple of days of each other.

So here’s the tally:-

The Tao of the Dude by Oliver Benjamin

The Lanterne Rouge (the story of the last man in the Tour de France) by Max Leonard

The Eighth Court by Mike Shevedon

Porno by Irvine Welsh

So that’s cleared up a bit of a backlog and allowed me to start on Pulp by Charles Bukowski

Next up is either going to be Dance With Dragons Pt2 or some Neil Gaiman.


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Yoga pt2

So last night was the second yoga class since I decided to give it a go again, and I’m glad to discover that yes, I actually do enjoy it now for it’s own sake, and not as a means to an end like the first time round*

So, happy days:-)


(*when I first dabbled with yoga, I wasn’t actually interested in it in itself, but rather as a means to get more flexible for karate)

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Yoga tonight

So, in half an hour’s time, I’ll be at the first yoga class I’ve been to in about 5 years.  I previously stopped when the girl that took the class left when she had a baby, and now, someone else is running an Iyengar class, so  I think it’s time to get back to it.
Appropriate timing too as I’m a tad stressed at work at the moment, so this is good timing.

Wish me luck folks, hoping I get into it again.

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Easter weekend

On Friday, we drove down to Largs with the bikes, and walked them onto the ferry to Cumbrae, for a wee cycle round the island (it’s about 9 miles).
It was a glorious day with a bit of a wind, so half the trip was into a headwind, and the other half was with a really nice tailwind.

Stopped off in Millport for a bite to eat and a drink, before heading to the ferry and back to Largs.

Nice wee day out.

The rest of the weekend had miserable weather, so we caught a couple of movies at the GFT on Sunday and Monday – Disorder and The Witch respectively – both of which were well worth seeing, but of the two, I have to say I preferred The Witch.

Some interesting films coming up next month, so plenty to see.


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A few years ago, someone in work started an early morning yoga class (7.00am).  I went along as I thought it would help get me more flexible for karate, which it did.  Unfortunately the class stopped as the girl that took it got pregnant and left.
Recently I’ve been thinking about looking for a class again, and I’d got as far as finding a local one that did Iyengar, but the other day as I was coming out the gym at work, I noticed a flyer for and Iyengar class.
Turns out it’s a Thursday at 5.00pm, so it fits right in with me finishing work at 4.45pm.  So tomorrow I’ll be going along to see how I get on.  I emailed since it’s been so long, and checked it was suitable for beginners (it’s been a long break), and it is.  Even better is that as it’s the gym that runs the class and it’s not an external club, it’s covered with my membership and I don’t have to pay.

The universe obviously meant for me to find this class.

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