I have been doing my best to keep up with my running schedule, and overall I think it has been going ok, but I am missing some key elements of my training like strength training sessions and the third run of the week…

I’m starting to think that I should stick to shorter miles during the week so it doesn’t take too much time, and focus on my speed, but it’s very difficult to push myself beyond my comfort zone when I’m tired after work.

I’ve been lucky enough to have some company on some of my runs the last few weeks and my gosh! I’m not sure when this happened (maybe during marathon training?) but I feel so much better when I am running with somebody opposed to running with myself (which wasn’t the case when I started running!).

I had a lovely 6 miler with Cata the other weekend and even though it felt like I was overheating to the max, it was SO NICE to be running with her again!

Sam joined me for his first run after the marathon last year out in Sweden. A very easy and breezy 7 miles, which made me realise just how hilly SE London is! No wonder Im struggling ;)

The biggest surprise was probably being asked by my old high-school friend Neil to come for a run! We managed 8 miles and he reminded me that the long runs can indeed be fun even if you’re not in the mood to run whatsoever.

Overall I would be lying if I said that I’m not struggling. I really want to improve my speed and my endurance – but annoyingly I know that both those things will only improve if I run more regularly…

Considering how shaky my life has been the last 6 weeks I think I’ve done ok, but I could be doing better! Now that I have started my new job, my main priority will be to get my head around my new schedule and try to create better habits and routines around that.

I suppose some good news are that I now work close to the RDC HQ, so Im excited about being back with the crew on a more regular basis. Not only does it mean I have one definite run a week, but it’s a run that I do with people I know will push me more than what Im capable of doing myself.

Annoyingly I missed my long run today due to some weird food poisoning / dodgy stomach situation but I’m still feeling rather positive about being able to complete the Hackney half in 5 weeks time.

On a separate note – my March challenge of drinking more water was going great until I went to Sweden. During and after the trip it quickly went downhill BUT I did feel much better during those two weeks so I’m going to try to start again and see how it goes, can’t let one little setback make me give up!

It is with a very heavy heart that Im having to share that this time next week will be my last day at Jazzman Records

I found about the news more or less the same day I got back from Thailand, but I haven’t really been in a position to share it on the blog, at least not mentally, until now because I wasn’t sure how to approach it and what to say.

And if I’m honest, I still don’t really know what to say because it’s very difficult to cover 4½ years of feelings and thoughts in one blog post.

But I can tell you this much:

It has been an absolute pleasure working for and with Jazzman Gerald. He is one of the most knowledgeable and honest people I know and have worked for in the music industry, and I have a huge amount of respect for the way he carries out his business.

I do not regret a single second that I have spent working for Jazzman Records – I gave my job 110% of everything I had to give and in return I learnt so much about this industry as well as myself.

Not many people in this world get the chance to work with something that they really love and feel so passionate about – so I am eternally grateful for  the fact that I have been able to wake up every morning for almost 5 years and go to a job that I have loved with all my heart.

I’m not going to lie, we’re all pretty gutted that I can’t keep my role at the company, but I suppose even the best of things come to an end sometimes…

But despite these sad news I do have a very positive outlook on the future and I am convinced that this is life’s way of forcing me to go and experience and learn new things, set myself new challenges, and generally just making sure that I continue to grow as a person.

So don’t worry, this definitely isn’t goodbye forever as I will continue to do some Jazzman related things on the side including the bi-monthly events and hopefully the radio show on NTS as well, I just won’t be there on a full-time permanent basis.

Drink-more-water

Hello my friends!

My cold is (almost) gone and even though I’m still struggling with my running, I decided to set a new challenge for myself for the month of March!

It’s nothing complicated, just to drink 2 litres of water every day throughout the entire month. And trust me when I say, it’s much harder than it might sound!

But I’m very pleased to say that so far I have managed to drink it every day (outside of other stuff I might drink).

I’m curious to see if it has any visible impact on me so I will keep you posted!