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Taking inspiration

I’m not sure if it was last year or the year before but I posted something here about how I felt about being told how much of “an inspiration” I was for what I was achieving. Whether that was one of our earlier half marathons or maybe the twelve races in twelve months, I forget now. But it was incredible to be told that.

Then I watch what I’ve seen tonight at the World Athletics Championships. Mo Farah giving his best but never really looking like it was enough. Incidentally I think I’ve watched Farah run twice live and he’s lost both of those races. Sorry about that.

Then the relative chaos of a 4×100 relay run where the British team always looked in control but you find yourself looking for Usain Bolt at the finish because he was there or thereabouts at the start of his leg but isn’t there now, only for the TV to cut to him lying on the track in obvious pain.
And then to reflect on it all a few moments later and consider that where that British relay team were celebrating,

I was celebrating myself with my wife a couple of months ago. The relay team cleared their summit just like I cleared my two hour target in Liverpool earlier this year. Or my sub 7 mile. Or sub 24 parkrun.

I look back on my running year so far with immense pride. I’ve cleared so many mountains already. Next week might be another one with it being my first and possibly only competitive 10k of the year. And then there’s the marathon in only a few weeks time.

You can’t help sometimes but watch something like that shocking and excellent relay victory and take something from it. Or when Paula Radcliffe ran her last London Marathon, taking the hand of someone nearby and running in with them, and feel a little bit affected by it.

For so much of the time running is a solitary thing, but it’s those times when you come together with others – whether as competitors, training partners or spectators. That’s when you can step back and take in what you’ve seen or what you’ve done. That acknowledgement of “I’ve been there” or “I’ve seen that” really brings it home.

I ran down lane 3 or thereabouts of the London Olympic Stadium with my wife next to me, us both holding a Jersey flag. These are the kind of experiences we live and live for. And I look forward to many more.


On to the next (few) challenges

When walking home from work a few days ago I came across this story.

Why London Marathon will be Farah’s toughest test

and there was another London Marathon story too about tips for the race which included one from Paula Radcliffe which I’d used myself during the Silverstone Half – counting from 1 to 100 just to keep the mind ticking over.

This week has seen our first proper training week for our next challenges. For me I am mad enough to do a proper 10k race here. I’m not expecting anything beyond a personal best, although I’d like to not finish last too. The legs are definitely suffering a wee bit but maybe from doing something like 30km this week maybe they should be!

It’s all part of the challenge though, and it’s still all good.

Moving time, news and OG

It is fair to say it’s been an interesting past few weeks! I guess most readers will have already been aware we’ve moved house lately – into just a rented place and we’ll keep on looking for the dream house and hoping it really does exist. Can’t help thinking even Kirstie & Phil couldn’t help us on this one since we’ve investigated just about every 3-4 bedroom house in Jersey.

One set of estate agents made sure they aren’t on our Xmas card list for next year (message me if you want to know who to avoid!)

This house we’re in is quite lovely – too small for us to be a forever home but it makes a nice place to crash a few months. Having successfully sold our house means we can now consider some very interesting projects for the future. Going to look at one tomorrow actually.

Before heading off to return to my normal diet of racing cars of Forza Motorsport 3 I just wanted to mention last night’s “Newswipe with Charlie Brooker”. This programme should be essential viewing for anyone who’s ever watched the news. The gradual turning of news programmes into fact-based soap operas is just shameful but it seems to be here to stay – most sad! I guess “Newswipe” would be essential viewing if he CB didn’t say “f&€k” and “£u^+” quite so much really but hey stupidity in the rest of the world brings out frustration in all of us.

In fact….one more thing before I go. I have some lovely neighbours here, some nice folks we met down the pub last Saturday night… But sadly we also live near some gits. One in particular (anonymous sadly) who likes to hassle us about parking by our house despite our letting agent assuring us we’re entitled to.

Obviously our Old Git friend wasn’t interested in the fact and is utterly horrified at “young people” (eeeeek!) moving into the neighbourhood. Well my friend parking spaces are not allocated in proportion to the number of wars you have lived through, which is just as well as judging by the shaky handwriting I think OG was around for the English Civil War!

Ok I’m done now – hope you’re having a good decade so far. Bye for now!

A little moan

This minor, in fact really really petty, moan started life as this tweet “Dave wonders why BBC’s Breakfast programme is shown on their news channel when there wasn’t a shred of “news” on it from 8 until 9″ but I thought the subject matter deserved more whining than Twitter’s 140 character limit allows.

Let’s get right to the point here. I don’t actually understand the point of the programme any more. It used to be an interesting source of information but now it’s just a very long trailer for other BBC shows. Take this morning for example.

I tuned in about 8-ish just in time to see Torres’s goal from last night (3rd minute of injury time – but still a victory earned the Man U way is still worth 3 points). Then some e-mails…ooh how exciting.

An interview with Faryl Smith with a clip of her singing before a rugby match. Unfortunately for the Beeb she says in the interview that she found her performance before the FA Cup final more thrilling, but of course BBC “News” can’t be arsed springing the cash to buy any rights to show the clip from ITV – quick change of subject then.

Then we get to see how Colin and Justin, the worlds longest surviving celebrity relationship (probably), are spending New Years Eve. No useful information is provided. They must have a BBC series coming up. Finally we get a preview of BBC’s dance contest show. No news there then. It’s just not good enough for a serious tv channel really.

Reflections on some TV

I’m just settling down here for a short while getting ready to watch the start of tonight’s Nascar race (in Atlanta, should you be interested) but that’s really incidental to other thoughts I’ve had tonight whilst watching tv.

Before this I was watching this programme, The Hospital, that was originally shown a few months back I think, but tonight I think was the first time I saw the first show all the way through.  They were focusing on drink related things tonight, and whilst I wasn’t suprised by anything it is still shocking the attitudes of some people.  You know the kind – those who think they have a god given right to be treated NOW – irrespective of why they’re actually there or who else might be more sick.   I don’t hate many people in this world, but if I ever meet anyone like that I’m sure I could reserve some hate for them.

Before that I was watching 9/11 Phone Calls from The Tower.  Now this brought out various feelings in me – some of which won’t be that popular.

My first reaction was – is there anything else about 9/11 that hasn’t yet been documented and made into TV.  Don’t get me wrong here it was a dreadful dreadful event and should be remembered, but does it really have to be dissected in such detail that we hear not just someone’s final phone calls, but literally the call they were on the very moment they died.  It just feels plain wrong, and really rather exploitative – although that said everyone clearly co-operated with the filmakers (with the exception on the husband of one of the featured deceased i noticed).

It does make me rather wander (somewhat uncaringly I admit) what the heck is next.  Give it a few years and presumably we’ll have a documentary on the children of the 9/11 survivors.  Anything to prolong the tv-viewability of the tragedy.  I sound cynical I know but I’m not sure that’s my fault.

They were my initial thoughts.  Then I watched it, and kept watching.  It made good TV – hearing the undoubtedly tragic stories of so many people who got caught up in this event.  It got me thinking – if I was there who would I call, what would I say, who would I need to hear from.  Morbid really isn’t it.

Developments in motor racing

I thought I’d post a bit about whatever has been going on in Motor Racing recently.

From looking on you can’t help but think that the sport is in a lot of trouble. A driver with famous connections dies last week live on tv, an F1 driver is seriously injured but somehow at the time of the incident itself the guys at the circuit make it look all very relaxed – certainly no hint of the actual injuries.

Then just about as I’m writing this BMW are holding a press conference to announce (allegedly) that they’re leaving F1.

Aside from that the IRL keeps changing its rules to help “the show” and MotoGPs top class has an embarrassingly small regular grid.

Very little good news around really and I don’t see it getting much better. Its a shame really as has been said before because this years F1 championship should be a thriller.

I haven’t got any solutions here but its just not so good seeing a sport I enjoy so much struggling. Just have to hope things improve soon I guess.

Third times a charm

I started writing this whilst listening to the very odd Windowlicker by the Aphex Twin in my daughters schools car park. I’ve been here passing the time for the best part of half an hour – productive evening then.

I’ve actually had three stabs at writing this now – here on the bus on the way home friday evening and Thursday whilst standing in Gorey chippy. None of this is particularly useful information either in terms of background or context to any of this but such is life – you read this drivel you takes your chances really.

So what’s been going on with me lately – quite a bit really I guess. The diet has been going well…….. I’ve not lost a heck of a lot more but I’m getting fit and keeping the weight off which is great.

Last weekend I was doing my first proper karaoke night and I have to say I think it went damn well. The crowd at Bobby’s Bar were well into it and I might well be heading back there some time soon. Time will tell. And there was me thinking I would actually hate doing karaoke. It were great. I even allowed myself to get talked into joining someone singing “Fast Car” and joined a group for “Bohemian Rhapsody” – got to be done really 🙂

I enjoyed watching Glastonbury coverage on tv last week. Blur seemed outstanding even if Damon seemed a touch preoccupied with “Positivity” – not all that sure what that was about but the music was great, especially opening with Girls and Boys – brilliant!

One thing I did notice though was this absolutely huuuuge banner with “I love sausage” (technically it was a heart sign but I haven’t got one in this font!). Where do people buy this stuff – is there like a 60ft banner shop somewhere on the internet or something? We should be told. Might not bother investing in one for Jersey Live though.

Right then – bus is nearly home so I think that’s a good place to stop as any. Highlight of the weekend is lunch with work tomorrow swiftly ttp followed by hosting several or many of our kids mates at ours. My head will hurt from one or the other!