"Yeah, I brought my running shoes...but..." - Couch to 5K

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"Yeah, I brought my running shoes...but..."

icklegui profile image

"Not sure if I'll manage to do a run, maybe if I get my presentation prepared in time" as I said to my boss as he also expressed a wish to go for a run, though he turned his nose up at the little park opposite our hotel, suggesting running laps of it was beneath him (he runs 10K+ regularly at lunchtimes...). I did laugh when the next day he said he'd been on the treadmill instead - no idea how that's better!

I did not get my presentation done in time and then on Thursday evening (after the presentation) we went Out For Some Beer (when in Belgium...). I even drunk a beer. I don't drink beer. I hardly slept all week and did not set an alarm for this morning.

So it was to my utter surprise that I found myself in leggings, a sports bra, top, socks and running shoes wondering how long I could run before I ought to get to breakfast and the last morning of the conference.

GingerBohemian , I did it! I went for a run in Antwerp! It was lovely. The sun hadn't risen and it was raining but it was great. I didnt even take music (there are cyclists everywhere so probably sensible). I saw bunnies. The park was nice enough for me - the paths were quite winding and there was even a bridge across a lake. I ran for 23 min and then daftly ended up on the wrong side of the park and was a bit late getting back, but never mind. Mental soundtrack - Carpenters, We've only just begun...

My boss' incredulous face when I said i'd been out this morning was worth it, but I suspect he'd have been more pleased had I finished preparing my presentation more than 2 hours before it was given.

Onwards and upwards!

12 Replies

Lovely running in Antwerp!

2 hours to spare with the presentation? Plenty :)

Well done for both :) :)

icklegui profile image
ickleguiGraduate in reply to helenwheels

I've always been the queen of last-minute but I really want to change! The running is all part of the plan :)

helenwheels profile image
helenwheels in reply to icklegui

As someone who was up at 5.30am to finish a report that was due in for 9am, I am not the person to talk to 😱

icklegui profile image
ickleguiGraduate in reply to helenwheels

Two hours to spare ... we had to upload the slides two hours in advance! I spent those two hours fretting, sweating, and forgetting everything I knew.

Oldfloss profile image

Lovely post, lovely run and lovely to get on over on the boss!!!

Go you!!! Running tourism..brilliant!!!

Very well done you!

icklegui profile image
ickleguiGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

My boss is wondering where the inactive non-morning person he originally hired is!

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to icklegui

Great to keep folk guessing!

icklegui profile image
ickleguiGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

Haha, that's a less good tactic when trying to present your work to an audience of highly knowledgable, important people...

ejvcruns profile image

Two hours is loads ;-) I had a boss who always wrote his presentations in a taxi on the way over. Brilliant speaker too. I learned a lot about embracing a laissez faire attitude from him...

Great job! You've done beer, so have some chocolate. And diamonds.

icklegui profile image
ickleguiGraduate in reply to ejvcruns

haha, that's all fine if you're an expert and embedded in the field! I was much more confident when I was working on my PhD, and I really knew my stuff. I don't seem to now!

The beer was quite nice - I suspect I thought that because it was a fruit beer and didn't taste very beery. I brought back some nice chocolate and have so far resisted eating any! As for the diamonds, the MAS museum has one of those arcade games things where you can "win a diamond". We suspect no-one wins!

Excellent! Woo hoo! Yaaaay.....another convert!

And I bet you felt fantastic all day as well!

YvetteK profile image

Well done for getting more of a work life balance

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