That last blog I wrote was more successful than I thought it would be, second only to my sporting background in Dunoon one which can be found here
Anyway, with me not really being a fan of New Year’s Eve and having run 10 miles today (more of that later in the week), I thought I would sit in and set myself 19 targets for the upcoming year. So, here they are:
- Give more to charity – yeah, I am going to commit myself to doing this. Trying to raise money for charity myself has given me an insight into how difficult it actually is. So, every month I am going to donate the equivalent to my slowest parkrun of the previous month. So, that will motivate me to go as fast as I can! If my slowest time is 14 minutes 31 seconds then it’s £14.31 – easy.
- Raise as much as possible for RNIB – this is a really important one for me. I have always wanted to run the London Marathon and the RNIB have given me the opportunity to do this. Loads of people apply for these charity places and they put their faith in me to raise them a bit of cash so I will be trying my best to do this! Any fundraising ideas let me know! The old JustGiving page is open here but I am open to other ways as well.
- Spread the word of RNIB – Linked to the point above, as well as raising money I would like to raise awareness of the work of the RNIB. My work are giving me the opportunity to speak about this and I am going to try and spread the word in other ways as well, such as this YouTube clip here:
- Get to under 14 stone – this will hopefully happen as a result of my training! Nothing tastes as good as slim feels and all that! Must get that Christmas weight shifted.
- Stand on the rocks at The Gantocks lighthouse – I have had this as a target before but didn’t get round to it. It’s been all painted now so I am not so sure about writing my name on it anymore…
- Run 42 km a week – I reserve the right to edit or amend this target if it is proving too difficult! 42 km is the length of a marathon so it’s as suitable a number as any other I suppose.
- Use time at the start of the day more productively – instead of lying in bed looking at my phone for an hour at the start of every day I am going to try and use that period of time more wisely. Mornings are great once you get up and do something. I used to love the mornings in Dunoon after finishing nightshift, we had the town to ourselves until the first ferry came in, the putting green at the Queen’s Hall was all ours!
- Defend the staff golf championship – this was my finest day of the year. I played the best golf I have ever played and won my first gold trophy ever, the best I had ever done before was 2nd in the Bart Meechan Trophy (beaten by Jim Ferguson in the final).
- Complete the London Marathon in time to make my flight home – I had to mention this here. I have a target in mind for a time but I think the first marathon is all about making it round! Having said that, my flight home is at 2130 from London Heathrow so my target should just be making that.
- Gain my 50 parkrun tee-shirt – I bang on about parkrun a lot, this year I want to get my 50 parkrun tee-shirt, I am on about 25 just now so I’m halfway there. It’s pretty cool that you get a free tee-shirt when you make it to that landmark.
- Volunteer 6 times at parkrun – I think the suggestion is that you should volunteer for every 10 parkruns you do. So, I will set myself a target for 6 volunteering sessions this year.
- 3 litres of water a day – this is fairly easy when I am at work but the challenge will be at the weekends and in holidays, I am going to go for it though!
- Takeaway once a month – sorry to the fast food outlets of Motherwell but I am going to limit myself to one takeaway a month – cancel that holiday in July Mr Singh.
- Try and do one kind thing a day – not sure how this will work out but one good deed a day shouldn’t be too much to ask. Please pull me up for this one and make sure I am doing it!
- Keep a tidy classroom and car – as mentioned in my previous blog, I learned that decluttering and being tidy make me feel a lot better.
- Do more work in the house – this is a suggestion from Kirsty! I need to help out more with the housework and be better at it as well! Also, learning some DIY skills would be good.
- Climb Ben Nevis again – this has been a target before but this year I really want to do it. Kirsty is enjoying her hill walking and I quite like it on a nice day, plenty of them at Ben Nevis…
- Spend less time with my phone in my hand – another self-explanatory one. It’s quite frightening when you see how long you are looking at your phone for, need to break that habit.
- Crowd surf at a heavy metal gig – I was at an Iron Maiden concert and thought the crowd surfing looked great fun. Part of me really wants to try this although I will freely admit that this is one that I am unlikely to do – maybe that should make me try for it even more!
There we go then, hope everyone has a great new year and a happy, calm and stress free 2019.