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Juneathon Working Week

The running (and other activities) may have been happening this week – but the blogging hasn’t, so I thought I’d do a round up of the whole week.

Monday – this one I did manage to blog about, but it wasn’t the longest run so far (not only for Juneathon, but of the year) at 7.07km.

Tuesday – the plan was to get a quick run in before my train down to London, but… well it didn’t happen, so nothing on Tuesday I’m afraid.

Wednesday – however, no run on Tuesday meant that I packed my kit to take it to London, so on Wednesday morning I went out from the hotel. I persuaded my colleague to come with me and being the complete gentleman that I am I used this as an excuse to race and comprehensively beat her. The fact that she didn’t know we were racing should take nothing away from my victory! So, a speedy 3.84km.

Thursday – the routine for a Thursday is to go to Pilates – it really helps to stretch me out after a week mainly hunched over a keyboard. However, it doesn’t feel like enough for Juneathon so I went for swim before hand and did 2km in the pool.

Friday – another running club session. The great news is that everyone that turned up last week was there again this week, with no drop outs. I was tired again, especially after a day that involved both cake and champagne (we decided to celebrate a successful week), but still pushed on which I was pleased about. The route changed a bit this week and was a bit longer. It turned out to be 7.7km, beating the previous record set on Monday, so not a bad end to the week.

Tomorrow will be a lake swimming day, so looking forward to that.

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Disappointing Day

I had one of those meetings yesterday.

I had thought that I would be pitching my business BoothChat to a few investors and I was excited. We only found out late on Wednesday, so Thursday was a whirl of activity getting things ready and writing a presentation. Friday morning involved an early train and lots of mumbling to myself as I practiced the presentation.

Then when the meeting finally arrived it was one bloke in a room who looked a bit distracted and didn’t seem to “get” it.

It wasn’t necessarily bad, but it certainly wasn’t good. And it got me thinking… and worrying.

This is what I do. This is what puts food on the table for my family. I’ve invested a lot of time and energy and emotion into this (and some money too). I believe in it, I really do, but when someone else appears not to then it’s hard. It kind of knocked the wind from my sails and put me in a bit of a funk for the rest of the day. I questioned what I’m doing and worried about whether it would ever be a success. To have to rely on other people in this way (whether it’s for investment, for sales or just to work with and support you in all the other ways that are important), when some of them don’t quite get it is hard.

I work hard at this, sometimes to the detriment of the time I can spend with my family, almost always to the detriment of the time I can spend on myself and the training I’d like to do and it felt that hard work was being ignored. Sometimes I’d just like the hard work to be recognised and rewarded.

Of course I know I’m not the only person going through these thoughts, but I’m normally quite a positive person (even if I can look a bit miserable at times eh Lucy!) and this is the first time for a long time that it hit me like this.

To bring it back to the swimming etc, what I love about this is that you don’t have to rely on anyone else. You define success and then you strive to achieve it through your own physical efforts. For me last year success was defined as completing the Windermere swim, this year I’ve set some time-based goals, but they’re all down to my work hard. I don’t have to “sell”, to convince others to be a success.

Not only that, but the time spent training can be a great opportunity to unwind, relax, recharge and almost meditate. This morning I got on my road bike for the time in possibly years. I didn’t go far (17km in 50 mins), but I enjoyed it, relaxed and got yesterday’s disappointing day out of my system.

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New York, New York…

… so good they named it twice.

I was lucky enough to go to New York last week with work (BoothChat was supporting an event out there) and I have to admit that I surprised myself by having a great time.

The work bit went very well, which of course is a bonus, but the real surprise was that the city bit was just as good.

I’m not really a big city person and although I lived in London for eight years I can’t say that I was disappointed to leave. So when I knew that we had an extra day in New York I won’t say I was dreading it, but I wasn’t expecting it to be as great as it was. But it was great!

The first thing we did was walk along the High Line – we were only staying a few blocks away at Yotel (an uber cool hotel – check it out here). If you’ve not heard of it the High Line is a new park in New York that has been established on an old goods train line. It’s about three storeys off the ground and the train line was originally used to move goods around without clogging up the roads. However it’s been abandoned for a few decades and about ten years ago the work to reclaim it and turn it into a park started.

A selection of images from the High Line

A selection of images from the High Line

It’s wonderful.

Firstly, it’s amazing that it exists, that an idea like this was had and a project like this came to fruition. But also it gives you a great perspective on the city and allows you to see things that you wouldn’t or couldn’t normally.

New York Hotdogs

New York Hotdogs

Once we had walked to the end it was time for a hotdog from a street vendor. It had to be done!

Then we jumped on a subway and headed to the financial district. We didn’t spend a lot of time there, but we did wander among the skyscrapers. We were actually headed for the Statten Island ferry. The ferry’s free and takes commuters and tourists on the c. 25 minute trip between Manhattan and Statten Island. For tourists the main reason to go is that it goes right past the Statue of Liberty and then provides an amazing view of downtown Manhattan. So we got on, got off at the other end and came straight back again – a great way to see the statue and also to people watch.

Getting closer...

Getting closer…

That was the day, and it doesn’t sound like much written down, but I loved it. And I also loved New York and am now very keen to return.

I can see why they named it twice!

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