B347 – FIRST TIME IVE EVER PHOTOGRAPHED THAT!

So after the bad Thursday I decided that Friday wouldn’t be the same and that the only thing I could do was to smash it pants off the last working day of the week and book in for an afternoon sports massage, my thinking behind that was I needed to sort my back and arm out after a busy 6 weeks of work and instead of me trying to sort it out, just give my body to a professional and get them to work on it and to be honest, it was the best decision, I came away from the massage feeling like I had given my body a full workout but without burning any energy and just laying face down on a bed, from now on im going to try and book at least one massage every month just to keep everything ticking over properly. the masseuses did say i needed one every two weeks but unless I take out a loan or start selling stuff on the black market I don’t think that is going to happen, but if you are in london and want to get you body fixed up and working to full capacity again or even just give your muscles some lovin then definitely check out Ten Health and Fitness, they are magicians. (they are the guys that also helped me with my leg) they are literally the perfect one stop shop.

Heres a link to their website: https://www.ten.co.uk/

After that my plan was to get off at Liverpool street and walk home taking photos on the way which turned out to be a great idea, because just after Brick Lane it started to rain quite heavily but at the same time the sun was shining so i managed to photograph my first every rainbow, and in such a cool place. It was literally right over an old Church inbetween the spire and the roof, making for some pretty cool photos. after all that it is safe to say that Ive properly managed to turn this week around. Now im spending my saturday doing fun things like bills and some DIY, what else are Saturdays for. I have to admit its just nice to be sat on my sofa not moving.

Heres my photos, hope you like them.

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– can you see the Rainbow? how cool is that?
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– I love it when the rain comes but its still sunny –
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– these guys are magicians –

B304 – 7 MINUTE WORK OUT

Yesterday evening Amy and me watched The Truth About Getting Fit, it was this show that showed you how to get fit, what exercises todo when your injured and also how to do different workouts each day that don’t take up a lot of time or even really cost any money. They talked about a type of training called HIT (High Intensity Training) which is basically just working out hard for a short amount of time. This is something that has grabbed our attention, we don’t really have a lot of time to get down to the gym and to be honest I don’t really like them.

So after watching that show I downloaded this app called 7 minutes, what it basically does is run a timer and tell you what workouts you need todo, like push up for 30 seconds then a 10 seconds rest and the squats for 30 seconds. all this is done in 7 minutes and you come away from it feeling so much better.

That takes us to yesterday morning, we decided to get up at 6:30am and head out to this really cool spot in Victoria Park right next to the lake and by this cool oriental looking building. this was the location for our first 7 minute workout and to be honest it was a really cool spot and was the perfect way to start the morning. I forgot how good it feels to workout early in the morning, and is something I want todo more of, last year I was running pretty much every day until my injury. Now Im I still have a problem with my leg I use it as an excuse, I need to stop that. I can still work out, I just need todo it differently. Swim, cycle and daily 7 minute workouts. thats the way forward.

Sorry I didn’t do it this morning Amy, but I had to many beers last night I think. I promise Ill do it tonight.

Heres my photos from yesterday. Oh yea and Amy cooked some amazing chicken last night, I have no idea what you call it but it had all the good stuff in it! broccoli, spring onions, chilli’s and fried chicken!!! Ill try and get the recipe off her today and Ill post it at some point.

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– Yesterdays work out spot, could almost be somewhere in the countryside –
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– see that building in the background, thats we the workout took place –
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– Amys dinner, perfect for post workout food (i think) –

B200 – THIS HAS BEEN A MASSIVE DAY!!! 200 DAYS CONTINUOUSLY!!!!!!

this is my 200th blog post, 200. thats how many days Ive done this in a row without a day off, thats at least 600 edited photos (some days I post more if its been a good day) and that with an average of 350 words per day thats a total of 70,000 words!! how many words is a distinction again, I cant remember? but I think its fair to say even though Ive written roughly 70,000 words, those people with a degree are still probably smarter than me.

When I first started this blog post challenge I was always thinking what I would do when I got to the 200 post mark, and for ages I thought I would have a cake and launch some fire works out of it or something, I definitely didn’t think I would be working in America and writing this post in Florida, I only really remembered that it was the 200 mark, yesterday when I saw it was B199.

Now this is a bit of a double celebration, because since I injured my leg 164 days ago, running a half marathon where completely screwed the tendon that connects my quad to my hip and basically had to learn how to use that leg again, I’ve been on a diet of burgers, pizza and beer. Well today was the end to that era and because I got up early and ran 5 miles before work. My time 45:13, which is an OK time but as Amy says its not about the timings at the moment, its just about getting back to how I was but Im pretty happy with the time and comparing it to my fastest 5 miles, Ive only got to shave like 2 minutes per mile off my time, which is completely do able.

The way I celebrated my success at reaching 200 post and running 5 miles was by doing the best thing anyone can ever do after running in 23 degree heat and thats by jumping in a cold pool straight after, our hotel has a pool and well, theres nothing like that feeling, made better by the fact I ran in some old trainers where my toe pokes out the end. so taking them off by the pool was probably the highlight, my feet where dead, but in a good way, they deserved every second of pool time.

Im now eager to get back out running but know that I need to take it slow, but I think if I set myself a goal of running 10 miles a week for the next month or so and then see how I feel after that, plus a few physo sessions in between, I should be OK.

Anyway heres some photos from my run today! todays been a good day, because it feels like I have completed two massive personal goals Ive had for a long time! and in a pretty cool part of the world!

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– Left: my person best – right: my time today, ok for a first proper distance run since my injury –
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– this photo was taken from inside the pool because I can and it felt right, those £45 trainers have done me well and still have a few miles left in them –
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– nothing beats the early morning sun –
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– run past this, seeing old classic american cars in this state always makes me want to buy one and restore it – 

B036 – I FUCKED IT.

** These pictures are just to explain my situation**

A quick bit of info, Im currently training for an Ultra Marathon in Switzerland across the alpes, its 70km long and I was hopefully going to be completing it in under 8 hours. Now fast forward to yesterday I was out on a 13.1 mile run, nothing I haven’t done before. When I hit the 12 mile mark but with a good speed of 7:45 per mile, my right leg went all floppy, but mumma did rest no quiter, so I pushed on for the last 1.1 miles and thats when I realised I had done some serious damage to my leg, I basically could walk or even lift the leg. When I got home I decided to dig into a packet of oreo’s and a can coke, to my surprise this didnt help, thats when I took the decision to head to hospital. where they then told me the bad news, I have ripped apart the tendons that connect my quad muscle to my pelvis. basically its put me out of walking and definitely no running for the next 6 weeks, and with the ultra marathon in 5 weeks, basically meaning I will not be running that race… its just the sofa with a tub of ben and jerrys phis food for me.

Please send me netflix series to watch.

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– this is just before they told me –
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– me getting used to crutch life –
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– the moment it all sunk in and pizza couldn’t even help –

B029 – Hackney Half Marathon

working at the hackney half yesterday was a good old summer event, I had alot of fun see some old chums and watching the runners pass that finish line. it was abit of an early start and meant I had to wake up at 4 in the morning on bank holiday sunday, but lucky anders left his bike at mine so I meant i got to ride there at stupid o clock in the morning.

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– so close but still so far –
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– thats a fast time –
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– this is from my cycle around 5 in the morning, it was weird victoria park being this empty –

B009 – Today is Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, heres some snaps from my Monday. Yesterday I had a shoot at the London Free Hospital, with a really really smart man. London Free Hospital, is where you go if you catch ebola or any other tropical diseases. so basically I was the closest to ebola I’ve ever been.

 

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 – This is a camera – 
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The view from the office I was filming in
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– who’s that? –