So, It’s been over a year since I’ve written a blog. I’d like to say that not much has happened, but it’s actually been more eventful that usual. But that’s not what I’m going to talk about today. I could spend the next ten thousand words talking about failing at dieting, loosing my gallbladder and starting to look at houses with my partner.
But I’m going to forgo that rubbish – and tell you about the stupidest thing that I have done recently.
Last year in my quest to loose some fucking weight. Yes, I used the F word. I, once again, put my name into the hat for a place in the London Marathon. Well, I never expected to get a place until that magazine landed in my letter box – gleefully telling me that I’ve been lucky enough to endure months of pain, stress and nagging from my partner “have you started running yet”, all the way up to April 24th, 2016.
So, The Virgin London Marathon 2016 – I’m in – and to prove to myself and everyone who thinks that I’m never going to make it round the grueling 26.2 miles, I’m going to do it.
I just don’t know how.
Actually, I do know how. Running – a lot. And dieting – sort of. (we all know how that’s never really worked for me)
Might as well do it for a good cause
I decided to raise money for UNICEF for 2 reasons, I actually like the work they do, it’s both here and internationally – and with all the shit that’s going on in the world, organisations like UNICEF can use all the help they can get, Also – I’m a Star Wars nut – and “Force for Change” also supports UNICEF.; so go figure. Anyway, according to a lovely guy (I assume he’s lovely) called Luke, I should start blogging about my training to drum up support. So here it is.
It’s not going very well.
I have had so many false starts, I keep finding excuses not to start training – I keep thinking “what’s my problem – I used to LOVE running” – but the truth is I’m scared. I’m scared of the pain, the disappointment and I feel that I don’t have what it takes to get through that pain barrier. But I do – I know I do.. So what’s my problem.
Laziness. Most likely.
So this is day one of my running blog. I trust that the next one will have a little more progress.
I’m in serious danger of being labelled an “Apple fanboy” with this post – so I’m going to open with a simple truth. My current phone is the HTC One (M7), I have had the phone since the day it came out (March 2013). My previous was an iPhone 4S.
My phone has a higher resolution than the iPhone 6 sporting a full 1080p display on a 4.7 inch screen. I’ve got 2gb RAM and 32gb storage. My phone has NFC and a pretty decent camera.
So, why am I going back to Apple?
Simple really – because each and every bell and whistle that comes with the HTC and other Android devices needs a third party app. I’ve had conflicting software that had led to crashing on the system and I’ve even had a bloody virus. Not that Android isn’t great. It’s got far more flexibility than iOS, you can do a lot more with it – if you can take the time to find out how; and frankly I can’t be bothered. I went to Android because I wanted a bigger screen. I was bored with iOS and wanted to be able to customise my phones look and feel, though looking at sites on how to do this game me a massive headache and when I saw a lot of the customisations, I didn’t like them.
With iOS, everything is in one place. With ApplePay, NFC technology might actually become usable. UK Businesses didn’t give a shit about NFC – In fact Transport for London is implementing an NFC phone enabled solution TOMORROW! (16.09.14) (http://www.nfcworld.com/2014/07/25/330604/london-underground-accept-nfc-payments/)- So whats was the point in having NFC if it just sits there as yet another battery drainer?
Another reason why I’m going back to Apple is that basically, everything I need is in one place. I download Google Hangouts and suddenly I’m getting text messages to both hangouts and the HTC messages app. It’s the simplicity of iOS that makes it appealing to people – and that’s just part of the reason. Frankly as I’ve written this blog I’ve actually got bored. Sorry.