Monthly Archives: June 2010

Happy running

I ran a 10k race today! The Llanelli Waterside 10k to be exact. Being as I had an exam last week, I hadn’t been running properly for a good few weeks. So I wasn’t feeling too confident about it and lowered my aim to try and run it all rather than aiming for a time. I have, however, run enough to realise how much of an influence my mind has over my ability to run (or to do anything in that case!). So I decided that I would be able to do it. And do it I did! I thoroughly enjoyed it, did a bit of a sprint finish, and crossed the line with a massive smile on my face and with a celebratory ‘hands in the air’ jump! I finished in the respectable time of 1 hour and 3 minutes.  

Here I am at around the 8k mark:  

Then we had a picnic. Amazing!    


 So I’ve had a wonderful day!

Two things, requests, if you will:

1) If you ever go and watch people run a race, cheer them on. Cheer everyone on. It is such a wonderful lift and helps so much, even coming from strangers.

2) You can do so much more, push yourself so much further, than you think you can right now. Believe in yourself. Your brain can do wonderful things, try to make sure they’re positive things most of the time!

That’s all for now you wonderful people! Now go and look forward to Monday like you do to Fridays, it is another day and you can do with it whatever you wish!




Catching up

Well, it’s been a fair old while since my last post. I’ve mainly been revising for the exam last Thursday so I haven’t got much to share!

First off, was the exam, I suppose. It’s done. I won’t get the results until the middle of August, by which time I will have forgotten about having sat the exam and be really confused when I get an email telling me I’ve failed something! Not particularly confident about it. If I’ve passed it will be because I got all the calculations right and they believed most of my babbling ‘discussion’ sections! But at least it’s out of the way now.

The day after the exam I was whisked away in a ‘mini coach’ to Manchester on a friend’s stag weekend!  Lots of drinking (obviously); being shouted at and made to do fitness tests & an assault course by an ex-marine; rifle-shooting; more drinking; football-watching; football-playing; and LOTS of hangovers & bruises!

Here I am looking rather sophisticated drinking a rum & coke:


And here I am looking slightly less sophisticated drinking my pint from the top of a stack of plastic pint ‘glasses’:


There were 70 of them, which were mostly consumed during the match between 8 of us. Not bad going!

So I am currently in work, on lunch, watching New Zealand play Slovakia on the BBC website while writing this. I ache a lot and have a lot of bruises to show from the weekend. But it was great fun!