First 5k run done (and sex…)

I’ve just done my first 5k run!

I’ve been doing the C25K system (couch to 5km) and I’m actually on week 7 – week 8 ends with the 5k.

The only flaw with the app is it’s based on time (which increases over the weeks), not distance. So at the speed I’ve been running, my last run was about 4.2km.

But stopping at 4.2km felt wrong. I could easily go on. Why stop?

It felt like stopping during sex just before climax for no good reason (actually, now I write that I imagine there’s a fair few woman who can sympathise with the analogy…)

Anyway, where was I?

Oh yes, so stopping at 4.2km just seemed silly. And running another week just to get to the 5k… why?

I’ve been using my elliptical when I’ve not been running, so I feel fit enough.

So tonight I decided to up my pace and use Runkeeper and do the full 5k.

I managed to keep each 1km split below 5 min, and ended up with 24:48. Quite happy with that for my first 5k and especially considering I’m now 44 and 8 weeks ago couldn’t run to save my life. And plenty to aim for to improve my time.

Now I need to try to get to sleep. I’ve been home about an hour and still buzzing… Night x

44 Things I’ve learned about love from popular culture by age 44 – in no particular order

I was 44 yesterday. How? I don’t know.

But if you’re younger – especially if you’re only 18 or so – and you think you’ll never be 44, trust me, it’ll happen soon enough… God, that really is such an old man thing to say 😉

Anyway, here’s a list of 44 things I’ve learnt about love from popular culture… I’ve just knocked this out, it’s not definitive…

  1. “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn, Is just to love and be loved in return”, Eden Ahbez, Nature Boy (used in Moulin Rouge).
  2. “People call those imperfections, but no, that’s the good stuff.”, Sean Maguire (Robin Williams), Good Will Hunting
  3. “Man, I’d swear, I’d give the whole thing up for you”, Lou Reed, Coney Island Baby
  4. “You better take a chance on love. You got to let your guard down” Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Love to Burn
  5. “Why should it take the tears of a woman to see how men are”, Roddy Frame, How Men Are
  6. The entire lyrics to Thunder Road.
  7. No one reads more than seven items in a list no matter what the subject.

Nothing much to say… but I’ll say it anyway

I’ve not written for a few weeks. I’ve just been really busy, and not too well.

So, a bit of a catch up.

In the already narcissistic world of personal blogs, I’m afraid this is pretty much as bad as it gets. I’ll try to make it a one-off!

Nothing much of interest to say – just what I’ve been up to.

Eva, our General Manager, came to the end of her two-month notice on Friday and stopped working with us. It’s been a pleasure working with her for the last 3 years or so. We’ve appointed a new General Manager and I’m really looking forward to working with him.

I’m also working on a new warehouse system which has to be tested and in place before Christmas. Last year was very hard work for everyone – orders go crazy at Christmas – and the new system should make life much easier for everyone. Really enjoying the programming.

But I’m still sleeping badly. I finally went to the doctors, got the all clear on my blood tests and chest x-rays (nice to be given a clean bill of health), so it’s probably sleep apnea. I’ve got a hospital appointment with the sleep clinic in October. Fingers crossed I can get it fixed.

Actually, on a much more serious note an old friend added me on Facebook a couple of weeks ago. Lovely woman. I’ve not spoken to her for years but she sent me a wonderful card about my Dad when he died 6 years ago or so.

Anyway, it was great to hear from her – apart from the news she has terminal lung cancer. She’s only a few years older than me. It goes back to what I was saying recently. Life’s short, and sometimes shorter than expected… Thankfully, she has a great attitude about it, but obviously it’s still shit news.

Part of my tests included a chest x-ray and I heard about my friend’s cancer a day or two before getting my results. I felt bad telling her about it but she was obviously happy I had the all clear.

Cancer fucking sucks.

Bugger. I’d briefly forgotten about that when I started writing this and now anything else just seems to pale into insignificance but I guess I should finish…

I bought a FitBit Charge HR which not only monitors my running, but also my sleep (and it shows me just how bad it is – like I really needed to know!)

I’m running a few times a week. Following the C25K regime. I’m on week 7 now and over-achieving slightly. My last run was 4.2k, slightly more than it should have been. I could have carried on to the 5k easily I think.

Not sure whether to complete the full training or just go for it? I feel like I’m being held back from the 5k goal but… I’m not sure…

Yesterday I bought a second-hand crosstrainer. It was only 40 euro and is surprisingly well made considering the cost. About the same cost as a few pairs of running socks so couldn’t really go wrong even if it was rubbish.

I set it up today and had my first workout. 30 minutes. Very enjoyable with some good music on. Worked up a good sweat. I think it’ll be a good complement to the running.

Oh, and I’m bored to death with dating sites. Same old faces. Or new ones that aren’t remotely interesting (If I see one more ‘Carpe Diem’ I might just seize them by the throat – never mind seize the day… No, obviously, I wouldn’t ever seize anyone by the throat… well, maybe if they said Carpe Diem AND had a photo of themselves with a silly hat on or something….)

I’m half-tempted to come off them but realistically it’s still the most likely place to meet someone. And despite some lovely nights out recently with friends, I do want to – and am ready – to meet someone.

I did get a nice email from the woman I mentioned a couple of posts back – thanking me for the post and telling me it put a new smile on her face, which was lovely – but still no date… 🙁

So, that’s about it. As I said, sorry it’s just a ‘what I did on my holiday’ type post, but I’ve just been really busy and too tired to write anything vaguely interesting 😉

Although, I am glad to see Corbyn elected and the Labour Party back as a real opposition to the tories. But there’s enough people writing good in-depth articles about that. Will I rejoin the party? I’m not sure. But at least the UK now has an opposition with opposite views to the government – the first time that can be said for many years.

Hope you’re all well x