Date: 9th September 2016
Significant Experience: I competed in the 2016 Bolton Community Half Marathon
What Happened?: I trained well for, and completed the Bolton Community Half Marathon – achieving a new personal best on a very challenging course
So What?: Although this is not strictly a professional development, it does bear an important message. For this race, I prepared properly. I undertook many hours of training – some of it with friends, but many of it – included a full half marathon practice run and 2 pre-6am 10 mile runs on my own. I also lost 10kg in weight since my last race on 21st June 2016. All this effort and preperation enabled me to achieve great results and this lesson of preperation helping enable (but not guarenteeing) success is something I should preach in my professional day to day activites more. I am often playing catch-up with myself for numerous reasons, but lack of preperation is high on the list. This isn’t going to change the world. I fell very early in the race and could have had to stop. This will happen sometimes. But by being more prepared I shall enable myself to have a better chance of succeeding than leaving everything to the last minute.
A) Now What?: I shall continue to implement my Bullet Journal technique and give myself time at the start of each week so I can map out my activities and the neccasary preperations. This will clear up time later on and allow me to work more effectively and efficently. I shall also continue to implement the activities as laid out in my assertiveness action plan to ensure I am not wasting my energy on other peoples work.
B) Now What? In 2017 I shall run a marathon.
When & Where?: Bolton, 4th September 2016
Last year at this time of year, I did a blog post focusing on approximately 20 resolutions for the New Year, both professional and personal. I achieved about 7 of them, though many were very vague and unachievable as they were un-measurable. SMART they were not! So with that in mind, and with new techniques learned in 2011, I have 1 (albeit elongated) WFO or ‘Well Formed Outcome’ for 2012:
“By December 31st 2012 I shall be a Chartered, Master(ful), Skinnier, Soberer Librarian”
I don’t see why, on the whole dance music corners the market of ‘gym music’ be it the awful background music, the work-out mixes or even in spinning classes. It doesn’t help that its the dull repetive dance music. Basically it is the slave ship drum beat (as often seen in Asterix cartoons) with a 21st century tilt. Guitar music can also be uplifting, fast paced and driven.
With this in mind i have taken it upon myself (with no scientific evidence) to develop the ultimate ‘Indie’ workout mix, using my limited knowledge of mainstream music. It’s going to be approximately an hour-long, with a 3-5 minute cooldown (or 1 slow song at the end). There will be a sprinkling of a #shinemarathon in here most probably but I will try to keep it as current as possible as not just to be my favourite fast paced tunes!
- Arcade Fire – Ready to Start
- The Walkmen – Angela Surf City
- No Future Part III – Titus Andronicus
- Power – Kanye West
- Grounds for Divorce – Elbow
- Worm Tamer – Grinderman
- King of the Beach – Wavves
- I’m not Living in the Real World
- A Pot in Which to Piss – Titus Andronicus
- Round & Round – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
- Paper Planes – MIA
- Night – Zola Jesus
- I Can Change – LCD Soundsystem
- The Golden Path – The Chemical Brothers
If this doesn’t get you running, nothing will! This will be my soundtrack to the treadmill until I bother with another one.
(Alternatively – Just listen to the entire Titus Andronicus: The Monitor Album)
Let me know what you think!
*Edit* – Should be called ‘Treadmill Tracks’. Stupid slow brain.