On Sunday November 19th I ran the Brighton 10k with Rebecca Macdonald — her partner, Tristan Hoedemaker stayed home, still fighting off what we suspected was a nasty strain of flu. The following week Tristan was rushed to the Conquest Hospital, Hastings in the back of an ambulance. On Monday December 11th I received a text message from Rebecca Hoedemaker, a 23-year-old widow, and one of … Continue reading Saying goodbye
You know what I fear? Having a day off. A whole day in the company of yours truly with no work to distract me. But by God did I need it. The last few days I’ve taken the role of construction worker: lifting, mixing cement, lifting, getting unfortunate face-fulls of Dad’s builder’s bum… oh and lifting. So my body is shot right now! Still, I had the … Continue reading Your own worst enemy
I wouldn’t class myself as a runner. Not really. Sure, I’m tall and stringy and I’ll run like a man possessed from time to time. But over the weekend I came to the realisation: one does not simply run a 10k in under 40 minutes. Not without dedication, training, and an interest in distance running. For some at the Brighton10k, running was a way of … Continue reading Trying for a sub-40 10k
Booking hostels beforehand should, in theory, be a clever decision. But as anyone who’s slummed it before will know – there’s a fair amount of room for error. The hostel could be bad (that’s anything from too loud and too boring, to crawling with bed bugs), or you could go on a complete tangent and never go to the planned destination at all! We haven’t … Continue reading Affordable accommodation during a full moon party – wise or wild?
One of my favourite sayings is “The grass is always greener on the other side”. Loved the associated story as a kid, appreciate the irony of the message as an adult. It’s why we can look back at less than perfect events and see the tantalising beauty of the past. I think it’s one of the reasons why marathon runners keep coming back for more. … Continue reading Prepping for ‘nam
Finally, I’ve got the time and the inclination to write! Last time I talked about the pitfalls and must-have experiences working as a gardener. So it seems fitting my reason for beginning this at 4pm on a Monday is due to the van dying… But that’s not what I want to talk about today. With the storm clouds brewing and a throaty cough developing my … Continue reading Going back in time
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t fall into the job. There. That was an easy blog to write… After all that was my path into gardening. However, at the age of 15 I wouldn’t have called myself a gardener. I was a little on the weedy side (pardon the pun) with no coordination – largely thanks to my slightly alarming growth spurts – and … Continue reading The path to becoming a gardener
It’s inspiring discovering first hand just how far people can push their bodies and minds to achieve the unimaginable. Today Lucy and Abhinav ran 26.7 miles up and down the muddy trails of the Purbeck marathon and still managed to look photogenic on the finish line. Yesterday Roya (accountant, and hater of both exercise and dirt) braved the Tough Mudder Half, not only tackling all … Continue reading Pushing your limits
The other week I talked about turning 24, the impending (but possibly mythical) quarter life crisis, and the life goals to tick off before becoming a ‘real man’. Grrr… I’m getting there. One of Dad’s clients told me I was “getting my man face”. I never found out if that was a compliment… Just kinda said “yup”, smiled, then continued to look busy. It’s odd. … Continue reading Real Life Character Building
I turn 24 in October. It’s not too scary yet… It’s like… I dunno… Maybe the feeling of signing up for a skydive a couple of months in advance (not that that’s ever going to happen). I know with certainty the night before will be sleepless. …then at 12,000ft I’d probably have a heart attack and have to be rushed to hospital. …or maybe a … Continue reading Doing man things.