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parkrun - 31st july 2021 - thurrock - 23:28

They started parkrun 4 minutes early, so we were getting out of the car as they were starting the countdown. A little sad as my watch said 22:55, but I did have to dump my bag and then get over to the start line. Think it could have been a much better time though!

Had some good running with other people today though. Paced myself against a couple of other guys, and beat one but lost to the other. Good fun!

tags: parkrun, running

permalink | posted by nathan on Saturday, the 31th of July, 2021, in an early evening lull


parkrun - 24th july 2021 - thurrock - 24:02

Parkrun is back!!!!

I thought it could be fun to keep a log of Parkruns as well. We missed the Wednesday 5k this month (v sad) but as the move is over I'm hoping to get more into it whilst we're living at Beth's parents'.

It was pretty humid and hot. It was raining just before we left and I wore my trail shoes, which probably wasn't the best idea as the ground was still really solid.

My time was 24:02, which was fine? Given how fit I feel at the moment anyway. It's kind of reassuring that I'm as fast as I was before I really started running. I haven't regressed past that, which is nice! And I know it comes back quite quickly. Anyway, onwards and upwards! Looking forward to more parkruns!

tags: running, parkrun

permalink | posted by nathan on Saturday, the 24th of July, 2021, when he should have been getting ready for bed


moving out part 2

We're done! I didn't end up taking too many pictures because it was much harder work than we thought. Still, we boxed everything up, got it all in the van, and unpacked at Beth's parents' house.

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Driving a big old van through London was an experience as well. I'm glad I can still drive a manual car as well (it's been a while!). There was definitely a lot of revving involved though.

Lots of unpacking to do now. We've started but it seems like a pretty daunting task... One piece at a time, I guess!

tags: life

permalink | posted by nathan on Friday, the 23th of July, 2021, during the most productive hours of the day


how to build a car - adrian newey

Reminder to self: add a picture when it's out of the box!

I think I may have got this book as a present. Or maybe I bought it for someone else and then also wanted it for myself. Either way, I got it a few years ago and tried to read it once. I don't know why I stopped; I was enjoying it then, and I enjoyed it properly this time around.

I'm pretty damn jealous of Adrian Newey! He seems to have had an incredible life of doing what he loves all over the globe with some incredible people. His is also obviously very good at what he does, and has shown his worth at the top level of a very competitive sport.

I've always loved the idea of being part of a small, scrappy team doing something competitive. I think I might value my personal time too much for it though. Although I guess if part of it was for me, I wouldn't mind working on it so much.

The book has some really great tales of triumph and solving complex technical problems. I'd like to do more of that.

tags: books

permalink | posted by nathan on Friday, the 23th of July, 2021, during the most productive hours of the day


moving out part 1

The flat is a huge tip, boxes are being packed, sofa cushions are being washed, and it's sweltering hot. Moving weekend has started!

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tags: life

permalink | posted by nathan on Saturday, the 17th of July, 2021, while on his lunch break