I recently went for a weekend away in Berlin, carried on (a small 22 litres backpack) and took as little as possible. I still ended up not wearing my smart shirt (just in case of possible nice restaurant outing) or my long sleeved t-shirt (just in case of cold weather). The Kindle was not touched once.
In my post about the 2017 Ealing Half marathon, I explained a little about the challenges of running. Even though I had the physical side covered, the mental side got to me.
Whenever I have struggles, be it running, cycling or BMF (especially BMF) I think of the phrase –
“It doesn’t get easier, you just get faster”
The guy who was leading the Ealing Half (heading in the opposite direction) who started 30 seconds before me but finished 35 minutes ahead (he was at mile 9, and I was at mile 6) looked like he was finding it challenging. If we flip places when I was at mile 9, the runners going the other way looked to be having their own battles, but also lots of fun.
Although running and cycling are my main pastimes, my favourite team sport is Rugby.
Currently down in New Zealand the British and Irish Lions are preparing for the First Test match on Saturday against the back to back World Champions.
To the uninitiated, every 4 years a squad of rugby players are selected from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to go on a 7-8 week tour to either Australia, South Africa or New Zealand. They play a number of matches against club and regional sides and culminates in 3 Tests against the hosts. Most rugby players see being picked to be in a Lions squad and playing a test match as the pinnacle of their career. Continue reading “Living with Lions – Find your Motivation”
Over the last 2 or so years, I’ve been trying to get rid of stuff. Some of this has come about due to house moves and mainly due to two people moving into a flat together that has no storage. As someone once said to me –
“Storage. That’s what garages, basements and attics are for”
I listen to plenty of podcasts. Many are about health, fitness, business and entrepreneurship. When people on these podcasts are asked – “What’s the one thing that made a profound change in your life?” The answer is often meditation.
After hearing this answer so many times I had to see what the panacea for a successful (1), wholesome life was! I downloaded the free Headspace app and tried the Take 10 (Ten 10 minutes guided introductory sessions) pack. I liked it and following that, I became a fully paid up subscriber and have now been meditating (on and off) for around a year. (2)
With Christmas coming up you may have a bit of time on your hands whilst you digest the turkey and the TV is playing Frozen on loop. You may need something to listen to or read. You may even be in the need of a Christmas present idea for your Brother in Law/Dad/Uncle.
I have put together a list of things I have enjoyed recently or in the past. It’s a little male-centric but all the items have a little something extra that I think everyone can appreciate. Most are related to sports, but not all. I have tried to mix it up a little bit and think all have a strong message and something to learn.
I previously posted about films and podcasts here.
Focus at Will
When I am studying or writing, I like many will struggle with total silence. I also struggle with finding the correct music that suits the exercise. Not too fast, not too slow. Lyrics or no lyrics. I just end up flicking through my library. Continue reading “Christmas List – Listen and Read”