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In Uncategorized on January 31, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Today has been our first day without a run for some time, so it seemed strange this morning to just get ready for work. Saying that, the muscles (and feet) are certainly thankful!


I’ve decided to continue my blog in to February, as I enjoyed this aspect of janathon and will try to develop it using a blend of my work and life balance over the coming weeks (let me know what you like and don’t like).

My plan is to continue exercising, but balancing the mix between runs during the week (2-3 miles every couple of days) and bike rides at the weekend (if you have a schedule you’ve used before, please feel free to send it through). Hopefully preparing me for the London to Brighton bike ride in May.

Some of my regular features from janathon, lyricathon and jokeathon, will be dropped for your sanity, as much as mine. By the way, yesterday’s final lyricathon was of course Queen and “we are the champions”.

After a challenging couple of days at work, I’m off to a CIO roundtable event this evening in Mayfair. The topic being “Reducing the cost of enterprise data” (hardly exciting for those non IT folk out there).

I’m sure my Monday and Tuesday at work has comparisons with Kenny Jackett’s role at Millwall. One step forward and two back after another set back last night at home to his former club!

To finish, my quote for the day. A bonus point for getting the person. Yesterday’s was the words of Pierre De Coubertin.
“Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.”



In Uncategorized on January 30, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Day 31. We’ve done it (double yippee)! This morning we completed 3.5 miles to complete our janathon and total up 50 miles.


If you had asked me a week ago if our total was possible, I would have been very doubtful. At 6.40 this morning, I was even more doubtful, but willpower is a marvellous thing.

Total #janathon mileage after day 31 is 50.19 miles.


Well I head to work now wondering what challenge I take on in February with the London to Brighton bike ride only 12+ weeks away, but one thing you can be sure of is that my blog will continue in to February. Thanks for reading so far, as it has certainly spurred me on. A special mention also to Grainne, who has stuck with it during January and could easily have given it up.

Today’s song choices did not include this band, but I thought it appropriate for my #lyricathon today. Yesterday’s answer was Elvis Costello and “watching the detectives”.

“I’ve paid my dues
Time after time
I’ve done my sentence
But committed no crime
And bad mistakes
I’ve made a few
I’ve had my share of sand kicked in my face
But I’ve come through”

And now my daily #jokeathon

One man’s hobby was running, he spent all his weekends on the park trails, paying no attention to weather.

One Sunday, early in the morning, he went to the park as usual. It was still dark, cold and raining, so he decided to return back to his house.

He came in, went to his bedroom, undressed and laid near his wife. “What terrible weather today honey,” he said to her. “Yes,” she replied “but my idiot husband still went running!”

And my quote for the day. A bonus point for getting the person. Yesterday’s was the words of Winston Churchill.
“The important thing in life is not to triumph but to compete”.

How appropriate for all those folk competing in janathon.


In Uncategorized on January 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Day 30. Just a day to go (yippee)! We saved our run for this evening, as the muscles are now aching after two long runs for us at the weekend!

I must admit that I did not think I had a mile in me, so pleasantly surprised we did another 3 miles taking us to within 4 miles of 50 for the month. Tomorrow we shall try and hit this target.

As Sital asked me last week, I should point out that we have not see Mrs Old for about a week now. Will keep you informed.

Total #janathon mileage after day 30 is 46.49 miles.


Well it was back to work today after a very relaxing weekend. The day started with a SThree conference call hosted by Russell Clements to discuss our financial year end results and apart from another meeting with Mike Bonsor to discuss projects, I got the opportunity to catch up on staffing matters, as well as purchasing and expense approvals.

Today’s song choices included Elvis Costello, who is again featured in my #lyricathon. Yesterday’s answer was Michael Buble and “haven’t met you yet”.

“Nice girls not one with a defect,
cellophane shrink-wrapped, so correct
Red dogs under illegal legs
She looks so good that he gets down and begs”.

And now my daily #jokeathon

Q. Did you hear about the red ship and the blue ship that collided? The survivors were marooned.

And my quote for the day. A bonus point for getting the person. Yesterday’s was the words of Mother Teresa.
“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life”.


In Uncategorized on January 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Day 29. 2 days to go. Wow. How this has been challenging. This afternoons run was just over 5 miles and I found it tough, as the muscles felt a bit tight.

Our run was pretty much the same as yesterday with a mix of road and park running, albeit a lot chillier and a bit longer. I suspect tomorrow’s run will be cold, as snow creeping in from the west (hmm. I sound like Michael Fish).

Total #janathon mileage after day 29 is 43.28 miles. I would love to complete 50, but not sure our legs have 7 miles left in them without a break!


Today has been a relaxing day after yesterday’s brilliant Dynamic Dance show in Fulham. All the girls were brilliant. Well done Georgina.

Thanks to all our family for coming along and supporting her (Linda, Tracey, Dad, Keeley, Will, Karen and James). None of whom are on twitter!

We Decided to watch the Australian Open tennis final and what a spectacle it turned out to be (6 hours later. It made our run seem tiny).

After our run, I was then eager, as was Thomas to find out who Millwall had in the FA cup after a late goal yesterday kept us in the competition. Bolton at home if we can somehow pull off a shock away win at Southampton.

Today’s song choices included Michael Buble who is featured in my #lyricathon. Have I mentioned how much we love the bubble – this one is dedicated to Georgina for her performance last night. Yesterday’s answer was Coldplay and “Paradise”.

“I might have to wait
I’ll never give up
I guess it’s half timing
And the other half’s luck
Wherever you are
Whenever it’s right
You’ll come out of nowhere
And into my life”

And now my daily #jokeathon

Q. Did you hear about the man who was tap dancing? He broke his ankle when he fell into the sink.

And my quote for the day. A bonus point for getting the person. Yesterday’s was the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty”


In Uncategorized on January 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Day 28. This afternoons run was just over 4 miles and was really pleasant, as in daylight and the weather,albeit chilly, was very mild.

It was great to run through Nonsuch Park and see small families out with their children and dogs. We even came across a family of ducks.


I know. They are not real. These live in our garden!

Total #janathon mileage after day 28 is 37.73 miles.


As I write my blog I am eagerly looking at the score line from the New Den and hoping that Millwall can continue their good form of late. How I’d love us to get through and have Chelsea at home in the next round.

Tonight we off to support Georgina in her Dynamic Dance show. We are really proud of the effort she has put in once again and wish her and all the other girls all the best. A special thanks also to Emily for her effort and patience for getting the girls to this stage.

Today’s song choices included Coldplay, who are featured in my #lyricathon. Yesterday’s answer was Squeeze and “another nail for my heart”.

“When she was just a girl
She expected the world
But it flew away from her reach
And the bullets catch in her teeth

Life goes on, gets so heavy,
The wheel breaks the butterfly
Every tear a waterfall
In the night, the stormy night
She close her eyes,
In the night, the stormy night
Away she flied”

And now my daily #jokeathon

Q. What happens when frogs park illegally?
A. They get toad.

And my quote for the day. A bonus point for getting the person. Yesterday’s was the words of Plato.
“At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love”


In Uncategorized on January 27, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Day 27. Today’s run was in the evening (but still dark) due to an early morning project meeting at Bank to discuss our impending move to the square mile.

How pleasant it was to walk over London Bridge this morning in the early morning daylight, albeit with slightly aching calf’s after several weeks of running and last night’s football.


After a mere skip across to Dexter House in Tower Hill for a meeting with our Facilities Director, it was a dash off to Guildford for a meeting with Avaya to see their new Flare collaboration product , which is pretty impressive (honestly no royalties).

Today’s run was just over a mile and involved a stop at the station to oyster out (I won’t bother boring you with the detail) and a run down the broadway past the chip shop, Kebab shop and various restaurants, hence tonight it looks like my favourite pies, mash and liqueur home delivery.

It had to be quick, as Grainne is out with the girls in Worcester Park (men better say in – hmm. maybe an early morning run is in order tomorrow to clear her head).

Total #janathon mileage after day 27 is 33.62 miles.


Today’s song choices included Squeeze who are featured in my #lyricathon. Yesterday’s answer was UB40 and “Don’t slow down”.

“The case was pulled
From under the bed
She made a call
To a sympathetic friend; and made arrangements

The door was closed
There was a note
I couldn’t be bothered
Maybe I’ll chuck the whole engagement”

And now my daily #jokeathon

Q. How do you make a hot dog stand?
A. Steal its chair.

And my quote for the day. A bonus point for getting the person. Yesterday’s was the words of Mahatma Gandhi.
“The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles”


In Uncategorized on January 26, 2012 at 12:04 am

Day 26. Todays blog is very late due to a number of factors, which include work, football and the pub!

Today’s run was a mile and half and it seemed even grimmer than yesterday. Today there were some really big puddles, which the cars were desperately trying to hit to splash us.

Today was football day after work. I’ve been really looking forward to this, as missed last week due to a supplier event. After my hat trick two weeks ago, I was expecting great things, but we had some ringers who did not know how to do the simple things. So in the words of Mohammed Ali, we took a real beating today. Saying that, I scored another goal!

I certainly think the running is making a difference, as I certainly covered a lot of ground tonight (unfortunately not with the ball)!

Total #janathon mileage after day 26 is 32.47 miles. My cousin Phil reckons we should target 50. Although I agree, I dare not share that with Grainne!


Today’s song choices included UB40.

At this point, I need to explain how much I love UB40 and how close they are to my roots. One of my best friends, Lew, introduced me to them in my early teens (as you know, I am in my 30’s now) and for me they are legends.

Lew’s dad, who originated from the West Indies, died just before Xmas and UB40 are featured in my #lyricathon, as my mark of respect to Alvin! Yesterday’s answer was Bruce Springsteen and “Born to Run”.

“No time to stop, don`t go to sleep,
Prepare to pay the cost.
The hours and minutes are passing by,
Another day is lost.
Impatience is a virtue,
Catch me if you can.
The seconds have been ticking by
Since your life began”

And now my daily #jokeathon

Q. What to you call a deer with no eyes?
A. No eye deer

And my quote for the day. A bonus point for getting the person. Yesterday’s was the words of Frances Wright.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever”


In Uncategorized on January 24, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Day 25.Today’s run was just over a mile, although I thought it would be longer (got my distance wrong).

As normal for a Wednesday, today was about negotiating bins, bin men and puddles (big deep one not avoided)!

Today was another black (soon to be grey) gloomy London day with a constant drizzle in the air. Roll on summer! I do wonder how I will motivate myself once #janathon is out the way, but I guess thinking about cycling to Brighton (London to Brighton bike ride) during the early hours of the morning in May with thomas might help, as clearly still need to improve my fitness!

Total #janathon mileage after day 25 is 31 miles. Grainne thinks I have a target (and guess what – she is correct), but I’m not sharing it yet!


There are now only 3 days to the big dance event in our life (another plug for Georgina’s show this week. Dynamic Dance). Over the next day or two she will get nervous (as always), but I will go over the moves with her (gets all her talent from me) and she will be fine (joking)!

Today was another busy day at work and exciting, as we are now only days away from two key product launches (so no pressure). Hope to close out my staff annual objectives this week, as mine are now clear.

Today’s song choices included Bruce Springsteen who is featured in my #lyricathon. Yesterday’s answer was Spandau Ballet and “Through the Barricades”.

“In the day we sweat it out in the streets of a runaway American dream
At night we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines
Sprung from cages out on Highway 9
Chrome wheeled, fuel injected and stepping out over the line
Baby, this town rips the bones from your back
It’s a death trap, it’s a suicide rap
We got to get out while we’re young”

And now my daily #jokeathon

Q. What do you get if you cross a chicken with a cement mixer?
A. A brick layer!

And my quote for the day. A bonus point for getting the person. Yesterday’s was the words of David Allan Coe.
“Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it”


In Uncategorized on January 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Day 24. Today’s run was another short miler. Partly because the skies were about to cry their eyes out and partly because #janathon is taking its toll on our weary legs. I also suspect motivation may be playing a part because of the dark mornings!

It has certainly been a challenge and with now only 7 runs to go, I am now thinking about the challenge for February, as it’s now only just over 3 months to our overnight bike challenge to Brighton. London to Brighton bike ride

Although it was hard work getting out today, it was made better by the fact that we spotted Mrs Old. As I write this, I can sense everyone being relieved to hear this (only if it stops me bleating on about her). No quicker than she was spotted, she disappeared (mainly because she is clearly so much fitter than us)!

Total #janathon mileage after day 24 is 29.76 miles.


There is now only 4 more days to the big dance event in our life (another plug for Georgina’s show this week. Dynamic Dance, as they still need to shift the tickets!

To close out my twittering’s for today, I thought I should mention Thomas, our son (only because I’m hoping he will retweet this and get me more followers and he happened to mention the fact last night that he has not been mentioned)!

He also needs to get fit, as he joining me on the bike ride!

Today’s song choices included Spandau Ballet, who are featured in my #lyricathon. Yesterday’s answer was Deacon Blue and Queen of the New Year.

“Mother doesn’t know where love has gone
She says it must be youth
That keeps us feeeling strong
See it in her face, that’s turned to ice
And when she smiles she shows
The lines of sacrifice
And now I know what they’re saying
When the sun begins to fade
And we made our love on wasteland

And now my daily #jokeathon

Q. What do you get when you cross a stream and a brook?
A. Wet feet

And my thought for the day. A bonus point for getting the person. Yesterday’s was the words of Eric Hoffer.
“All men are created equal, it is only men themselves who place themselves above equality”


In Uncategorized on January 22, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Day 23. Today’s run was a short mile run, as we are both a bit tired after our runs at the weekend.

My photo has nothing to do with the run. It just took my fancy to take a picture of Stoneleigh Broadway during the rush hour. I love living here. 30 minutes from London, but nice and quiet.


Although today’s run was short, it has pushed us closer to 30 miles in January. After the run we went to the local police station to report the disappearance of Mrs Old (don’t worry – I’m only joking. We plan to do it later).

This weeks schedule at work looks a little less manic, I’ve got staff objectives to close out, as well as a number of priorities around projects that are being delivered over the coming weeks.

Our social lives start to become extremely busy over the coming weeks starting with Georgina’s show this week. Dynamic Dance

Today’s song choices included Deacon Blue, who are featured in my #lyricathon.

Total #janathon mileage after day 23 is 28.68 miles.


And now my daily #jokeathon

Q. What did the necktie say to the hat?
A. You go on ahead. I’ll hang around for a while.

And to my daily #lyricathon. What song and artist? Answer tomorrow.Yesterday’s answer was Elvis Costello and of course “Everyday I write the book”.

“Oh you’re so young
And you know so much
My mind’s not made up
About the way forward
And now my heart
You know these things
My name fot you
Is ….”

And my thought for the day. A bonus point for getting the person. Yesterday’s was the words of Steve Jobs.
“The fear of becoming a ‘has-been’
keeps some people from becoming anything.”

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