Richard Perry

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  |     |   Race Reports   |   Running, Race
Race Report: Lliswerry 8 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! This picture shows me running up the only 'hill' on the entire course. The event itself was very well organised, despite the issues with the online entries (which were handled very well by the event organisers) and everything went very smoothly I think. During the race the marshalls were all very cheery and supportive and the overall atmosphere of the event was excellent. After the race, back at the stadium, there was a huge selection of cakes laid on which is always a good thing in my book. Thank you Lliswerry Runners for a great race to start off the year...

  |     |   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....

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The Minimalists - Everything That Remains Last night, Rosie and I went out, just the two of us, for an evening in Cardiff. It is the first time we have been out for a while, and we went to a book tour in a lovely, cosy little place called the Juno Lounge (can highly recommend the place for a nice evening by the way). This particular book tour was being carried out by a couple of American guys who call themselves The Minimalists. Rosie & I have been reading the essays they publish on their website for a couple of years now and thought it would be cool to meet them. Who Are The Minimalists? They are a couple of guys who spent their early 20’s climbing the corporate ladder chasing...

  |     |   Milestones, Epic Quest
30 Times Around the Sun So recently (ok a month ago, but who’s counting), I completed my thirtieth rotation around the sun and I thought I should write something to recognise the occasion. However, life got in the way and it’s now a couple of weeks down the line and I’m only just sitting down to write. It seems like a fairly appropriate time to write up an update on my Epic Quest, so here it is… Completed Quests Travel Climb the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France - 05/04/2013 (there is a blog post coming…honest) Visit the Louvre in France - 06/04/2013 Visit Notre Dame Cathedral in France - 05/04/2013 Active Do 10 one-arm push ups with each arm (May 2014) Learn how to do a frontflip & a backflip...

  |     |   Memories, Beijing, Lhasa, Chengdu, Chongqing, Yangtze, Shanghai, Guilin, Yangshuo, Hong Kong, Macau, Travel
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