Week Three: Cutting back

This is part of a series of posts reflecting on my experiences in the run up to the Yorkshire Marathon in October. I’m currently on week three of a twelve week training programme. The idea is to write a post every week charting my progress and reflecting on my training.


Cutting back?

What? On week three?

Sounds like giving up, right? Well, not at all. After the niggles of week two I thought I would listen to what my body is telling me and not fall into that common trap of marathon training – trying to do too much too soon. Continue reading

Week Two: Keeping with the programme

This is part of a series of posts reflecting on my experiences in the run up to the Yorkshire Marathon in October. I’m currently on week two of a twelve week training programme. The idea is to write a post every week charting my progress and reflecting on my training.


Running is easy when the weather’s nice and you’re feeling good.

It’s not so easy when you don’t feel your best and the downpours make you consider buying a canoe. That pretty much sums up this week. However, as the spoiler in the title attests, this has largely been a week of “keeping with the programme.” Continue reading

Week One: Learn to regulate

This is part of a series of posts reflecting on my experiences in the run up to the Yorkshire Marathon in October. I’m currently at the start of a twelve week training programme. The idea is to write a post every week charting my progress and reflecting on my training.


It’s funny what pops into your head when you’re running.

“He knows how to regulate.”

Recognise the quote?

For those of you not familiar with AMC’s The Walking Dead series, it’s a quote from series four about the governor, played by the brilliant David Morrissey. Being able ‘to regulate’ refers to his ability to keep a cool head in stressful situations (in this case, a zombie apocalypse – fairly stressful). Continue reading

Lost in the virtual reality labyrinth

Recently, like for many of you I’m sure, I’ve been reflecting on what to do about Christmas this year. Namely, what presents to buy …

A random email promoting the sales on Black Friday sparked my interest in a virtual reality headset for the PlayStation. I’m not particularly a big video gamer – I have a PlayStation, but I mainly watch Netflix through it. What games I have are mainly played by my young nephew when he comes round. It’s a bit of a hunch, but I’m fairly sure he would be happy to explore virtual reality gaming though. Virtual reality is also a bit of a hot topic at work with more people trying out virtual reality in an educational context. Continue reading

An inspiring week at the #studentideas design sprint

Sometimes my job genuinely makes me want to cry.

I’ve been working in Birmingham all week with students going through a design sprint to launch potential new tech products. It’s been both tiring and rewarding as we’ve covered so much over such a short time. What has really been inspiring has been to see their ideas evolve and take shape. Continue reading