Running Diary

February 23, 2009


This post is intended to keep a record of my running.

Week beginning 9th March

  • I was somewhat unwell this week, so did not run.

2009/03/05 AM 35 Minutes (Day 6)

  • Chose a different (and more interesting) route.
  • Got (slightly) lost! Apparently, there are still places within 15 minutes of home that I don’t know very well.

2009/02/26 AM 30 Minutes (Day 5)

  • My second run this week!
  • About half way in, I really didn’t want to continue, but I kept going anyway. A victory in itself.
  • It really didn’t help that I couldn’t find my headphones, so went without music. Apparently, the music matters.

2009/02/24 AM 30 Minutes (Day 4)

  • Warmed up by walking quickly to the end of the road.
  • Walked / ran alternate lampposts. Pacing was about right.
  • I almost stopped hating the whole experience at one point. Definite progress!
  • The mornings are getting lighter, so people could actually see me. I may need to buy some proper running gear.
  • The better light meant that looming dogs are less likely to be a problem (but looming people still can be).
  • 4 more weeks to achieving GOAL 1.

2009/02/19 AM 30 Minutes (Day 3)

  • Started slowly – much better than previous effort.
  • Avoided park – no problems with dogs.
  • About 10 minutes in started walking / running between alternate lampposts. This meant that I did much more running than previous attempts.
  • Some method to measure running distance would be useful.
  • Did not loathe the experience quite as much as previously.
  • Set goal 1.


Run at least once a week for the next 5 weeks. Daily reward = chocolate. Goal reward = purchase of some running gear.


Types of Goals

June 15, 2007

I will develop these categories as my ideas develop. My intention is that they should broadly match my heirarchy for blog entry categories.

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Money Saving Success

May 15, 2007

coins-4.jpgOne of my goals at the moment is to cut my spending without significantly downgrading my lifestyle. I will try to keep this page updated with my success stories.

Annual Savings

£85 (approx) switching to a cheaper breakdown service, AutoAid (Feb 2008).

£120 (£10 / month) approx interest on current account following switch (Aug 2007).

£3412.98 as a result of a job-change (July 2007).

£93 cancelled direct debits for unused services (April 2007).

One-Off Savings

£30 cheque for keeping M:Metrics market research software on my Smartphone (Feb 2008).

£38 on a smart-casual jacket, M&S January sale (January 2008).

£27.49 on jacket, EWM January sale (January 2008).

£10 total discount on 4 turtle-neck shirts, BOGOHP in EWM January sale (January 2008).

£22 on trowsers, M&S January sale (January 2008).

£0.50 on “grommit” shortbread, by buying a broken biscuit rather than a perfect one (January 2008).

£15 postal order for installing M:Metrics market research software on my Smartphone (October 2007).

£2.75 on fuel at Tesco by using a voucher (October 2007).

£30 bank changes avoided by promptly repaying money into old current account when I accidentally overdrew (September 2007).

£50 cash for changing current accounts (September 2007).

£10 compensation from Alliance and Leicester when they failed to transfer my direct debits to my new current account (July 2007).

£4.25 refund on a meal (June 2007).

£12.40 (20%) off a Littlewoods Direct order: Using a voucher (June 2007). [Edit: the voucher was not honoured by Littlewoods]

£367.86 Endowment mis-selling compensation from Prudential (May 2007).

£162 MEAF reclaim against Abbey (May 2007).

Other Benefits

Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition worth about £200 (April 2008): Free gift at Microsoft product launch event.

Free Thorntons Easter Egg: Promotional Offer (March 2008).

Free small bag jelly beans (Yum, yum!): Promotional offer (Feb 2008)

One free banana (Yum!) : Fairtrade promotional stand (Feb 2008)

Signed up for Quidco (December 2007).

12 free pots of playdough: special offer at ToysRUs (December 2007)

A free Pentel marker : For filling in a freepost enquiry form for a service I’ll never use (July 2007)

A free Financial Review : Offered by our bank, Alliance & Leicester, when we opened a current account. There was a sales pitch, but it was low-key and easily dodged. The adverser was genuinely helpful (June 2007)

Free Braodband : Switching from BT to TalkTalk gives us free broadband for the same monthly spend (May 2007)

Free Sausage and Bean Bake (Yum, Yum!) : Voucher in local paper (May 2007)

Free Wireless ADSL Modem: Asked my Father if I could have the one he was not using. (May 2007).

Borrowed The Money Diet from the library (April 2007).

Started tracking spending in Microsoft Money (March 2007).

Set up a free WordPress blog (Feb 2007).