He didn't get where he is today by stealing somebody else's catchphrase.


Having just done my last run for the year, I synced with the computer and got this:

Quite a long way.

For a moment, I’m feeling chuffed.

The true figure is about 1,100KM as I’ve not included races in the total - plus there’s been the odd time where Zombies, Run! has had a funny five-minutes. Nonetheless, it’s like me running from my house in Cornwall to a small town in Scotland. Admittedly I haven’t done it all in one go, but it’s still a buggeringly long way. I’ve spent 5 of my 365 days this year running.

At the beginning of the year I would never have called myself a runner. Now I’m at the stage where I can run a half-marathon. My speed is gradually improving, my average times are getting better and I feel immeasurably better for it. I’m currently training with a friend and we’ll be entering the Plymouth Half-Marathon together in April next year, giving me an opportunity to beat my previous time. In conjunction with the passing my 2nd-Dan grading back in May, I feel like it’s been a year of achievement. Not all years are like that, but this year was a good one. To start running was the best New Year’s Resolution that I didn’t make.

I don’t know how your year has been, but I hope you have a great 2014.

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As you might have gathered, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks updating the site design. I was after something a bit more visually striking. Do you think I’ve achieved it?

If you’re interested in the technical stuff, then I’ll elaborate further. As you might have seen on my information page, I use a wonderful tool called Rapidweaver to create the site in conjunction with a design template called Boreal, courtesy of Nick Cates Design. I’ve hacked around with the template, using a selection of my own photography for the header images and some under-the-hood tweaks using a mixture of CSS and Javascript, although I’m not 100% finished yet.

The site’s responsive in nature - so regardless of whether you’re viewing this on a phone, tablet or computer, you should see it (more or less) the same.

There’s still a few bits I’d like to polish off. I want to completely remove any reliance on plugins by converting the image galleries to HTML5 (they use Flash at the moment), as well as using a local database for the search index (reliance on Google is never a good thing). As a consequence, don’t be surprised if you see a few more changes in the near future!

As always, I’m interested in your feedback - you can contact me using the links at the bottom of the page.

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I've started so...

…I’ll finish (13.1 miles).


On Sunday I managed a first, running the entire half-marathon distance without stopping:


The time wasn’t blistering (about two and a half hours), but I’m pleased with myself. I’ve now got just under four weeks to get that time down to my target of 2:15:00. As a non-runner (I still say that, despite this), I feel like it’s been an achievement to start at nothing back at the beginning of the year and get as far as this.

As always, you can continue to watch my progress here - or failing that, you can read my summary of the race when I finish it on Sunday 6th October.

Pacman (2013 Generic Retail-Park Version)

A variation on an old classic for one - four players.

Insert coins to play. One credit = £30.

13" Macbook Air 2013

Expensive door-stop, or mobile-computing dream?


As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve started a running log that details my efforts in getting fit for the Cardiff Half-Marathon. If you’re interested in following the story of a chap who most definitely wasn’t born to run, have a look here.


Just a quick post today to give you an update on my grading, which took place on Saturday.

Saturday was a good day. In the morning I attended our club’s yearly seminar, which I always thoroughly enjoy - not just because we had more time on the mat, but because our awesome Maestro Silvano Rovigatti was there to demonstrate. I don’t think there’s ever been a time when I’ve not taken away some useful tips from his tuition, which was particularly useful because he graded us in the afternoon.

Having had two pre-grading sessions during the week already, the grading itself was relatively short. Nonetheless, I think we did ourselves justice. For me, the regular running has helped my fitness no end. My recovery time is now pretty quick and I didn’t get too puffed at all.

As for the grading, well we weren’t graceful nor was our self-defence pretty, but I feel pleased with what I managed. We all took quite a beating and picked ourselves off the floor each time. Here’s an example vidcap for you - I’m the one who’s mid-air.


So I’ve come away as a second dan, which as you can imagine I’m pretty chuffed about. However, I don’t want this to be the end. If the last few months have taught me anything, they’ve made me realise that I’m pretty fit now and I could do with another challenge to keep me going. It’s likely to be at least three years before I can grade again - so in the meantime I need something to keep my fitness up and not get complacent. For that reason, I’ve submitted my entry for the Cardiff Half-Marathon in October. It’s about five months away and gives me ample time to train and work on my ability to run past 10K. If I can manage that, who knows what will come next?

Don’t be surprised if you see some sort of runner’s log popping up in the near future as it’ll be interesting (for me, at least) to chart my progress. In the meantime, I’m going to sign off and get some alcohol in me. I feel like I’ve deserved one.

What If?

Ever had one of those, “What If?”, moments?


A quick update on my running progress.

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