Richard Perry

Just another blog about nothing

  |     |   Time Management, Thoughts
Time Management I recently read an article on the Guardian website (thanks Graham :smile:) about time management that really got me thinking. In a nutshell, I feel that the Guardian article has got the right idea, time management, at least the way it is pushed today, is flawed and not actually helpful to anyone. Over the years, I’ve been on a number of different management courses, including specific time management courses, through work. After each course, I diligently try to implement the practices and ideas given and within a couple of weeks, I’m more stressed than I was before! I always put this down to the fact that my workload had increased and I was just getting overwhelmed. Most of us have experienced this creeping sense of...

  |     |   Circus, Handbalancing
I joined the circus Back in July last year, we went to see a performance called “Block” at Raglan Castle. The performance was a joint venture between NoFit State Circus and Motionhouse and was absolutely brilliant. It was at this point that I decided I was going to run away and join the circus…well not quite. NoFit State run a number of community classes that anyone can join, and they just so happened to have a Handbalancing class on a Monday night. This sounded like a great idea so after looking into it, I decided that it could be good fun but not until after Cardiff Half Marathon (I didn’t want it to affect my training). On 03 September, NoFit State held an open day at their facilities at...

  |     |   George, Milestones
George’s Fifth Year George is 5 today, 5!! He has been around for 5 years already! Where does the time go?!? It seems like no time at all since I wrote the last milestone update for George, but that was 3 years ago :open_mouth:! Seems I have some catching up to do! I think this may be a long post so if you just want to read about his fifth year, then click here. Third Year At the start of the year, George wasn’t talking and he was referred to speech therapy by the Health Visitor. However, once he got started there was no stopping him. By the end of the year it was all we could do to stop him talking long enough to get him to...

  |     |   Race Reports   |   Running, Race
Race Report: Lliswerry 8 © 2017 Lliswerry Runners Race Details   Event Lliswerry 8 Date & Time 29 January 2017 11:30:00 Distance 8 Miles Type Road Race Time (PB) 56:36.45 (53:49.95) This past Sunday, I ran the Lliswerry 8 Road Race for the second time. It is a fantastic race organised by Lliswerry Runners and it is absolutely flat! The picture above shows me running up the only ‘hill’ on the entire course. I arrived at registration at about 10:30, picked up my race number and timing chip and was ready to go in less than 5 minutes. I met up with a load of the guys from club, but we didn’t start heading over to the start too early due to the weather conditions. The forecast was predicting...

  |     |   Goals, Epic Quest
Goals for this Year Ok, so it’s been a little while since I actually wrote anything (almost 2 years!). I thought it was about time I got back into it. Given we’ve just started a new year, I thought I would set out my plans/goals for the coming year (and maybe reflect a little on last year). A lot of people seem to feel that last year was a bad year. I admit there were a large number of well liked personalities that didn’t make it to the end of the year, but I’m not willing to write the year off completely on that basis. In 2016 the following good things happened to our family: George started reading; George started school properly; George’s eczema has improved exponentially since he...

  |     |   Languages, Mandarin, Challenges
Mandarin Language Challenge Take 2 So things kind of stalled on my Mandarin Language Challenge after I finished in 2012 (actually, it stalled before the end, but that’s another story :wink:). Since then, I’ve dipped in and out a bit here and there, but I haven’t really done anything concrete, and I haven’t kept it going for any length of time. Now it is time to actually do something about it. Since the start of the year I have been very busy with my marathon training, but now I have a lot more time and I feel it’s time for another challenge to try to kickstart my learning again. This time, I am looking at a much more concrete end goal with some mini goals in between. I will be...

  |     |   Challenges, Running, Marathon, Epic Quest
Greater Manchester Marathon 2015 On Sunday 19 April 2015, after 16 weeks of training, I completed my first marathon!! I woke up early on Sunday morning to find the sky clouded over and the temperature in single digits. Perfect weather for running a marathon! I got everything sorted out and, after a mild panic over some missing Vaseline, I got a lift to the race start (thanks Mark :smile:). Before the race I caught up with a few of the guys from the Club and we agreed a meeting point for after the race. It was then time to line up at the start line. My plan for this race was to stick with the 3:30 pace runner for as long as I could, but I couldn’t see him...

  |     |   Challenges, Running, Epic Quest
Marathon Training As mentioned previously, I am planning to run my first marathon this year. I will be running the Greater Manchester Marathon on 19 April (all being well) and as such I have been training hard to make sure I can actually cover the distance. Since the last week in December I have: run a total of 394.2 miles as part of my training (Last year it took me almost 10 months to cover that distance!); taken 40 seconds of my parkrun PB; taken 9 minutes 25 seconds off my half marathon PB; and really enjoyed the volume of running :smile:. Despite all of this, I was still a little apprehensive about actually running 26.2 miles in one go. That is until yesterday when I completed...

  |     |   Challenges, Running, Languages
Happy New Year all! I really cannot be bothered with the whole year in review thing that I did last year, so instead I’m going to write about my new challenges for the year. If you’re not interested, please feel free to leave this site now, I won’t get upset :wink:. Running My first challenge for this came about almost by accident. At the end of the summer last year, my Running Club started the ballot for who would get the 2 London Marathon places that the club were entitled to. I figured there was no harm putting my name into the ballot as I probably wouldn’t get it anyway. As it happens I was right, but my brain seemed to think that this marathon...

  |     |   Challenges
On the first of October, or more specifically 2 weeks before, I decided to do a 30 day Paleo Challenge. This is a diet based challenge, but obviously the purpose was not to lose weight. I don’t weigh a lot as it is! I read a lot of different blogs on a wide range of subjects and one of the ones I read a lot is called Nerd Fitness and they think the paleo diet is brilliant so after checking to make sure it wouldn’t do be any harm, I decided to give it a shot. This is my story. The 30 Day Paleo Challenge The rules of this challenge are fairly simple, follow the Paleo Diet strictly for 30 days to understand the benefits....