At lunchtime today I managed to complete W2R3. Gosh it was hard. I was slower than my previous outings and I feel as though I have been hit hard on the stomach. However I have completed two weeks of the programme.
After a very long layoff, I have decided to reactivate this blog. “Why?” I hear you ask. Well, I have started the Couch to 5k programme in an attempt to be a bit more active. I have not run for anything for about 30 years, so this programme has come as a bit of a shock.
Details of the Couch to 5k course can be found here and it is a well thought out programme for those of us, like me, who have decided we need to do something about our fitness.
This morning, I completed the second walk/run of week 2. Gosh it was hard. I managed all three runs in week 1 and the first run of week 2 without too much effort, but right now I ache everywhere.
Why did I start this? Well, for the second year in succession, I watch our children take part in the Perkins Great Eastern Run, a half marathon starting and finishing in Peterborough city centre. I could not help thinking that if they can all run 21k, I should be able to run 5. I have undertaken to run a Parkrun on the first Saturday after my birthday, that is Saturday 25th November. Watch this space for more updates.
Today has been a total washout. There has been unrelenting rain all day until about 30 minutes ago. We have been sat indoors and ventured out for a short walk at lunchtime. It was short too; it rained on us all the time we were out.
While walking in the rain, we speculated that most of the people who have gone away for the weekend would be making an early return today (or even yesterday) and thus the traffic would not be too bad. We also speculated that the fair city of Truro (which we know reasonably well at this time of year) would be impossible with most of the holiday makers in Cornwall crowding into its attractions and making life very difficult for the locals.
Ah Well, the next Bank Holiday will see us at the wedding of our son, James to his lovely fiancee Charlotte.
The study swap progresses. I have got my stuff in the house study, but my lady appears to be struggling to get all her stuff in the den. I’m not completely clear why this is, but all my offers of help have been declined.
Two things have emerged though:-
I was asked to transfer the castors from the desk chair in my study to the chair in the Den. This I have done.
I was also informed that we have enough stationery to equip a reasonably sized school, so I am not to buy, pens, pencils, rubbers, staplers without checking the stock of such items.
Two items remain outside, they are a garden chair and a small tramoline. I need to find a home for these two.
The den is no longer mine. In a moment of altruism, I agreed to swap studies. My beloved wanted more space for her quilting – including, it turns out, a quilting frame – and I agreed to have the study inside the house while she moved her stuff into the den.
I am now settled in the study and the den and dining room both appear to be full of stuff that is making its way to the den. I have just volunteered to help move stuff. Will I regret this offer?
Well my last post was all wrong. At 07:05 on Friday 8th May 2015, it certainly appears all over. Five years of almost unconstrained Tory rule is upon us. This will be some test of David Cameron’s leadership.
I also look forward to some interesting comments from the pollsters!
The last hustings have been held, the last leaflets pushed through letterboxes and the last appeals made to voters. Now it is our turn. Tomorrow, we vote.
The opinion pollsters seem convinced that we will deliver a hung parliament. In my opinion, that is no bad thing. Any one party with a significant majority ends up as an elected dictatorship.
Like, apparently some 70% of the electorate, I am concerned at the prospect of a minority government, probably, but not necessarily Labour, being propped up by a group of Scottish Nationalist MPs whose leader seems to have a very different view of economic realities from me.
I would like the state to do less, be smaller and to concentrate on the things only the state can do. I want the UK to remain inside the EU, which I believe has brought us many benefits. We must recognise that we are very, very lucky to live in Britain and that we must balance our rights with our responsibilities.
From Friday onwards, I suspect the politicians and the media will concentrate on the who and the how, rather than the what and that the next two weeks will be the most interesting political period of our lives. Let us hope that sense prevails.
Over the next 36 hours, I wish all politicians a period of rest and recuperation. Thank you for your efforts.