Posts Tagged ‘New Job



I have had a bit of a blogging sabbatical. Not a running sabbatical you understand – no, no, no. If anything, I have been running a little more than usual. I started a new job at the end of October which not only is very enjoyable but also gives me a little more free time so I can usually squeeze in a mid-week after work run.

In addition to this, I am also able to work from some of our other offices so I am not commuting into London 5 days a week any more. At least once a week, I work from an office which is cycling distance from home so I get to enjoy a bicycle commute which usually consists of a straight-forward cycle to work but the return journey is where I really get to have some fun. For the return trip, instead of taking the road route home, I head for the bridle path which takes me the “scenic route” back to my house. It is about 2 miles longer but is infinitely more enjoyable. I leave work, jump onto the bike, turn on my high powered front light and head off into the mud and the darkness. It is exhilarating to hurtle through pitch dark with only a pool of light for about 4 metres in front of you – everything to the sides is just inky blackness. I will often arrive home with a huge muddy stripe up my front and a massive grin on my face. I now look forward to my bike commute, it is without a doubt one of the highlights of my working week.

And it is having a mostly positive effect on my running – I have been finding that my overall fitness and stamina have both improved. My 12k Sunday runs are now usually 16km+ and occasionally as much as 25km. Don’t get me wrong, anything over about 15km is still a puch but my recovery times are much improved and I do not suffer afterwards – I jump in the shower and am as good as new. The more active I am, the more active I am able to continue to be.

So, that was just a quickie to bring things up to date. Normal service will be resumed now that I have acclimatised to my new job – I just need it to rain a bit less now!

So all that remains is to wish you all a belated Happy New Year.


Working… Like a dog

People often comment that they feel a little lost after completing a big race. There is a gap in their life as they are no longer training for a specific event and the event they had been working towards has passed. I think I may have experienced this a tiny bit but before I had time to recognise it, I started a new job and that has filled the time that would have been spent training and thinking about the upcoming race. It has filled it with work. Lots and lots of work. And commuting.

Commuting was something that I hadn’t done in a long while: my previous position was mostly home based and when I did need to travel, it was mostly on my own terms and outside of rush hour. So to be hurled back into an hour each way motorcycle commute was a bit of a shock. Now, don’t get me wrong, a motorcycle commute is one of the finest ways to get to work (weather permitting) but I’d forgotten how much I take my life in my hands each time I put the crash helmet on and set off on the bike. Cars pulling out in front of you, drivers opening their doors as you whizz alongside them, abuse from van drivers as you nip past whilst they are stuck in traffic.

Even with my wonderful motorcycle commute, it means I am out of the house for usually 12 hours every day leaving not much time left for being a Dad, a husband, oh, and a runner.

So I have managed to squeeze in about 2 runs a week since starting the new job, one by the light of a headtorch after work one evening and then usually another longer run (17-18kms) at the weekend. What is disheartening is that I can slowly feel the fitness that I had attained whilst training for Berlin ebbing away as 18km runs feel like they’re getting tougher. Although, there might be a small light at the end of a tunnel as today I struck up a conversation with a colleague at work who was about to do a running commute 7kms back home. I asked if she ever went out for a run after work rather than just running home. She doesn’t, currently, but did seem interested when I mentioned that I might try and start getting in a few laps of Regents Park some evenings after work.

So currently not much to report on the running front although I hope that I can strike a better work/life balance that means I don’t spend my entire day working or commuting. Although, on a brighter note, Hauling My Carcass and I are working on a fiendish plan for next years European Running Adventure… watch this space.




Remember Me? – The Comforting Arms Of Regular Employment – Europa Again

Oh dear… It has been an awfully long time since I blogged. Perhaps the longest since I started. But it’s not because I haven’t been running… Oh no!! In fact I’ve done a few runs. And some free weights. And a bit of cycling. And I’ve secured myself a new job. So I have been very busy. Busy enough to not have the time to tell the world about it…

The runs have been slowly increasing in distance since a little sabbatical after the Royal Parks Half. But with a 6 mile, a 7.02 and an 8 and a half in the last 10 days, I feel like I am getting back into the rhythm of things. Chuck in a couple of hours picking weights up and down repeatedly and some more hours cycling around the streets of London on a pushbike and I can safely say that I am no longer slacking.

And this is my favourite time of year to run. When it is dry and cold, cold enough for you to want to keep moving and to not overheat if you do. And the evenings are dark too. There is nothing quite like an evening run in the dark -the 7.02 miler was carried out under these conditions and it was glorious.

So, I have a new job too, which has strangely also lifted my mood. As enjoyable as freelancing is, it has a sense of the unknown about it. How long will it continue? Will I actually get paid? And subsequently, you feel compelled to agree to everything and are constantly on the lookout for the next job. Having a “proper” job again takes away some of that uncertainty. And, from what I’ve been told about the position, it sounds pretty varied so will hopefully hold my attention and give me something to get involved in. There also seems to be a fair bit of travel around the country which should mean that I’m not just travelling to and from an office everyday.

And I’ve booked my first race of 2010… The Lisbon Half Marathon. After Hauling My Carcass and I did the Prague Half Marathon last year, we were on the lookout for another overseas adventure, perhaps with a nice climate and less cobbles than Prague. There are some fantastic pictures of 35,000 runners crossing the Ponte 25 De Abril suspension bridge and on 21st March 2010, I’ll be one of them.

Soundtrack to this post: Happy Birthday – Altered Images

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