When did it Happen!?

I’m going to come out and say it. Whats so bloody special about Fathers Day and when did it get blown out of perspective. In my lifetime, Mothering Sunday has always been quite a big deal kind off up there with Birthdays and Christmas. A day (although I don’t) to celebrate and treat your mum. Fathers day has always seemed to be a cheap add on, a day dedicated to them so they don’t feel left out.

But as I scan my Facebook and Twitter Feeds, I find they are flooded with pictures of my friends dads and messages saying what a top bloke they are or were. What I fail to understand is why and how as it become a big occasion… It seems to be as big if not bigger than Mothering Sunday.

I once again have refused to spend the £2 on a card to say ‘Thanks Dad’ I have even failed to wish him a ‘Happy Fathers Day’ and because of that I have been shunned. Really! Why? Why suddenly do we have this big expectation of this non event? Why do we put so much (Money) effort and time into these pointless days and at the end of it what does a Hallmark card and a new golf ball or some gardening tools actually say. Call me cynical but it is all about money, every shop pushing adverts and promotions with gift sets and even if it’s not wrapped up in a box with “dad” packaging then supermarkets have got posters above the Scotch, Whiskey, Ale or razors informing of what a great gift they would make. Here dad, thanks for being there for me have a Bic.

Oh well rant over.

Halfway there and time for an unexpected break.

Well the title is a lie. Not a big one but it may be! I will leave you wonderful readers to decide if the title makes any sense.

I’m off to London tomorrow, to work for a several days. I’m taking my running shoes and kit to run around the parks but feel training may be put on hold. Not a good move especially with only three weeks left until I run my first half and  I’ve only reached 50% in the fundraising goal but have almost exhausted everyone who I know. I may get some more last-minute takers, or people in London who would like to sponsor me but I think I might have to conclude that the money in the kitty is the amount that will make its way to the Cancer hospital.

I’ve now run my 11 miles, and feel I could do it on the day, I would like to run another 11, just to make sure as for some reason on mile 8 or 9 I suddenly sped up my pace and I was running quite comfortable until then. The break in training that I hope will not be enforced and the weeks after London where I find myself working extremely long hours will allow the last-minute run even if its only 5K.

I’m now starting to panic that I have not done enough training and I may end up walking some, but we will see. If I can go for a nice long run on the Sunday in London – a different route may inspire me to run those extra miles and work my body a little more ready for race day on the 18th September, and who knows I may really enjoy a half and carry on entering them or I may decide my toe nails are worth keeping and jack it all in.

Oh well off to pack.

If you would like to sponsor me then you can do so by clicking this link http://www.justgiving.com/thomas-Scott1

If you would like more information on my charity then please click here.

 

Tonights Run

Well I went running with two friends. One of which I have run with before the other being his brother who is a little nipper. He also plays football. The run itself was good, but I had no water and really needed some after the first 3 miles. Also the footballer was running to fast to set a steady pace, so naturally I went at his speed, rather than my other mate or find my own pace. I still seem to be doing 7.30/mile I need to slow it down to 8 or 8.30.

Needles to say the run was too fast and I had to cut it short due to no water and tiring myself out.

I am now getting a little concerned that I may not make the 13.1 Miles, as I have not been able to do more than 10, and in recent weeks I find that 8 miles is enough. Maybe a couple of days rest will sort out my batteries as i have been doing over 6 miles four times a week as well as walking 4 miles to and from work, so hopefully on Monday I can attempt a nice long run after a long weekend of rest.

In other news a very nice man donated to my just giving page. Not sure if he saw my twitter feed or read one of my posts. But I would like to thank him for donating to a great cause. This also goes to some one else who had donated through the text system a couple of weeks ago. Over all the training is going far better than the fundraising, but hopefully I will reach my target.

http://www.justgiving.com/thomas-Scott1

Finishing it all. And one last call for sponsorship!

Well those who follow me on twitter will have noticed there has been some radio silence. That is because I have retired from tweeting. I have reached my 10,oooth tweet in just over two years and I thought it was time to hang up my status updates.

We all know that give it two weeks I will be back on as all it will take is some idiot of a shop keeper or some girls on a bus talking absolute rubbish to get my blood to boil and vent all over cyber space.

Anyway enough about this, now it’s time to get to the hard stuff. My running is going, and I am very pleased with the progress. I have now run 10 miles so only really need to get it up to 11 miles and just work on my inner strength and stamina, and I think I will be ready. However what won’t be ready is my sponsorship. It is coming along, but really slow. People who have said they will donate have so far neglected the several ways that they can choose to part with their funds. To be honest I don’t blame them but I am now wondering why some people have thousands listed on their Just Giving Page from complete strangers and I have nothing. Well that’s not true I do have funds but nowhere near enough.

So if you are reading this and wish to help the Cancer Charity that I support. There is a page dedicated to it, then please do click on the link right below.

I hope you are able to help me, and the Christies even if it’s just pound donated by the new text message system that Vodafone have set up.(full details on the link)

Oh well I will leave it to you, but I pledged I would raise £600.00 and I somehow thought I would struggle with the run, but at the moment it seems the other way around.

See you all soon.

http://www.justgiving.com/thomas-Scott1

Fancy a Run

Well I have just got in from the most boring unbelievable day at work. Being that I work in Theatre, then summer is often the time when we go “dark” by that I mean we don’t put any shows on. Within this time and it varies from theatre to theatre with the allotted time you have the staff use this free time not to go on holiday or to have a party but to clean and sort stuff out. Now in a big theatre with lots of equipment which throughout the season has been housed in incorrect cuppy holes and the list of electrical items that need to be PAT tested the management of these  establishment only really allow a couple of weeks. The smaller theatres have a lot longer. I am at the moment working in the middle bracket and am working by myself. So armed only with Twitter and Facebook and listening to XFM at full volume in the dock off I set carrying out by business of tidying up and labelling and coiling cables and placing equipment back in the right homes.

Now if this all sounds interesting to you, then I know you are lying as it is the most tedious of all jobs. But the point of this blog was not to inform you of the wonderful day I had at work, only to be repeated on a much duller scale tomorrow, oh no, it was in fact to say that when I arrived home, after walking the 6K round trip to work, which turns out to burn more calories than cycling I sat down on my bed and thought I fancy a run.

Now I am in training for a half, so should be beating the pavement every night one might say, however I don’t think I have truly recovered from my foot injury and being that I went for a run yesterday I feel that maybe I should leave it for another day before I put me trainers on and run a brisk 5k round the block. I know that after I hit ‘Post’ on my screen with my old mouse that I will be quickly changing into my running gear, and limbering up. I think what has done it is the sheer lack of effort and exercise I have carried out today. Coiling cables and sorting out colour gel has not really burnt that much energy and I have drunken a lot of tea. At least twelve cups to-day. I also rather pigged out at lunch time when I was not really that hungry.

Oh well, even as I type this, I am stretching out my calves and gearing my mind up for a little sprint. my true wish is that the weather turns and it starts to rain as that would make my mind up. For those of you who are wondering, then if the heavens did open I would be out like a shot having a little run. Oh well time to limber up as they say.

On more of a serious note I am running the Great North Run on behalf of The Christie a Cancer research hospital that treats patients and families as well as researching cures and medicines. You can find more information on my Page about The Christie Here, or visit there Website. As part of the run I have pledged to raise £600.00 if you feel you would like to contribute then you can do so by clicking on my Just Giving Page or texting LDEX73 with £5/10 in the subject box to 70070. Myself and The Christie thanks you for your support.

Donating by Text

Well donating as just got easier. As you know I am rasing money for Christies and the campaign is not going to well. It is still in the early days yet, and I now have £5 in the pot.

The fiver arrived through the new Just Giving method. Vodafone free of charge are allowing people to text their donations. So if you would like to donate quickly and can’t be bothered creating a Just Giving account then all you need to do is select an amount from £1 to £10 and send it in a message to 70070 along with LDEX73 in the subject.

e.g

To:70070

Message: LDEX73  £10

What could be easier. You will then receive a text saying your donation as been succesful with a link to gift aid your donation. It would be great for those who do donate, to also gift aid, as we raise more money that way.

Hopefully soon I will start y training as i feel my foot my be finally on the mend, but for safety am giving it another week of no running to make completely sure.

Update, and Other News

Well, it’s been four days since my Just Giving page went live, and with several posts to Twitter and Facebook I am waiting for the donations to come rolling in. One of my friends said that I would have raised more money on the Manchester 10K if I had not posted my running maps and results showing or even proving that I had the ability to complete a distance of 10K. In his words ‘If you had just asked for money and told people you were running 10K people would have gone, What Fatty run 10K he’s never run anywhere, I loved to see that here’s a fiver’ My point here is am i finding it hard, as it’s only been a couple of weeks since I last asked, and are people thinking that ‘he can do it’ ‘It’ll be easy for him’ so there not showing support by donating.

However 13.1 Miles is not a 10K and is a lot harder, hopefully the donations will come in nearer he time, but I have £600 that I have to pledge to the charity and I feel it is a worth while one. Maybe I need to do other events and get sponsorship that way as well, do a cake sale to raise funds, not moan for a week or stand in Market Street with bucket and some stickers. Any ideas would be most helpful, as would any spare change people have. While I have not started to train yet, as I am still waiting for my foot to heal, I’m hoping that when I do, I will have the 13 miles down to a cool run in the park, but with only July and August to do my training in, I’m getting quite worried that I do not have enough time.

In other news, There isn’t really any. I was going to write a blog about confidence but there isn’t really enough material for it, plus I disagree with my mates comment about it. I did have a nice little sleep this afternoon that was nice.

In conclusion please do let me know if you have any fundraising ideas, and if you your self would like to donate, then please click the link in the side bar, marked my Please Sponsor me for Great North Run. Or if you would like to give in the old way then drop me a line.

Thank you.

Half Way There!!!!!!!

Well I believe I’ve already mentioned in one of my posts that I’ve been accepted as part of Team Christies to run the Great North Run, and once again this blog has a point, rather than being a slate to dribble the random jottings of a mad man.

I after careful thought decided to accept the place, now all I have to do is raise the £600.00, and being that everyone who I have spoken to have said, ‘You can raise that! I’ll pop in a tenner” then I’m hoping when my new Just Giving page goes live I’ll reach my target in no time, and who knows if you hold back, I might have to pull the sob story out of the bag to guilt trip you all into placing your hands into your pockets and down the back of the sofa.

My first port of call is to rest my foot, and hope it gets better, It feels fine, but whenever I start to run it starts again. Then it’s on to fundraising heaven, £600.00 should be quite easier to raise, even if it was just my friends on Facebook putting in £2.00. In fact if my Facebook, Twitter, and Phone book contacts all placed a £1.00 into the pot, then I would raise over £700.00, that does not include people who I work with, and don’t have contact details for them.

Oh well, time to get my training schedule in order, and put that foot up again.

Be back here, after I have run again.

Noah and The Whale

I love these. And love their new song. It is a teenage spring song. There are loads of them that i can recall like Dodgy, Blink-182, Greenday etc, but in the crisp March Sunny Manchester Mornings, having Noah and The Whale with L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N blaring out of the stereo is fantastic, and it is helping a lot with the running. I have now done 5k in under 25 minutes and am now running 7k comfortably and soon I will be running 8k.

As I said before there are lots of these summer spring songs. Songs that make you get up, and feel good about yourself in the spring mornings.Maybe they will make you feel good enough to donate to my charity. Hint Hint.

Anyway time to go, as I have instructed a new life after my Welsh holiday, involving going to bed before ten and getting up at 7. So far I am feeling good.

But I will leave you with the three tracks of Noah and The Whale that make me smile. 2 of their new album and one of the older one.

My Progress, and some one eyeing up my dinner

Well, I have achieved it. I have gone to gym, or ran everyday this week. And I feel good. My tyres are still sitting around my waist however depending on the day they feel like there deflating.

I write this as I went on a 5.5 K run around my block with hills, and steps and completed it in 30 minutes. Five minutes slower than on the treadmill but I put this down to the fact that the treadmill is flat and even. Even so if I keep this up then completing the 10k in 1 hour 10 minutes is well in sight.

However this post is not just about my conquests at the gym, it is about the walk back via Tesco’s to buy some fruit and juice for the morning. As I ambled around the aisles I saw soup. I like soup I thought, I will have some soup as a treat and so I picked up a can of soup, and saw some nice Ciabatta. I’ll have some of that, and before I had counted the calories in my head my arm had reached out and my hand was snatching the fresh loaf and placing it in the basket.

The Self checkout was closed, so it was to the good old serviced checkout. I ended up with an old man serving me. As he slowly passed the items over the scanner he paused as his wrinkly hand got to the bread. He looked up and questioned the item in his hand “What’s this?” It’s Ciabatta I replied shocked that he didn’t know what it was. Then I thought maybe he comes from a background where they think Hovis and Warbartons are a type of bread and not a brand.  This has happened to me before when some one questioned the item of veg they had in there hand and astonished that Sainsbury had not informed there check out staff what am aubergine looked like.

The man who we will call Terry, as I think he looked like a Terry. He looked like he was a simple man, and had come from an engineering background and married to Dorris. Terry was probably doing this job to top up his pension amount so he could take his grandkids out a little more ever since their mother had got involved with the smack, the two kids Dennis and Lucy had never been the same. It all started when Kevin walked out on Sarah after Lucy was born claiming she wasn’t his and in a desperate hope Sarah turned to Mic who started to pimp her out, from there it went all day hill and now Sarah’s Dad was working in Tesco’s to try to pay the debt that his daughter created.

Anyway Terry carried on placing the items into the bag “Ciabatta, That looks nice and crusty. Mmm with soup that looks a nice meal and some fruit for afterwards” I thought it was strange that he was speaking my thoughts of why I had chosen my shopping basket items but carried on unphased on our peculiar this was narrating the thoughts of the customers journey though the aisles, amplifying there thoughts on how they made there shopping decisions. Or maybe he was just licking his lips as all he had to look forward to was Dorris’s Cheese and Ham on Hovis as all there earning had been spent paying Glen the dealer off.

After that I went home, ate and promptly fell asleep.

I like exercise as it’s good for. It’s allowing me to let of a lot of steam, and is giving me energy as well as creating a paradox of making me tired and therefore allowing me to fall to sleep when my head it’s the pillow instead of tossing and turning for half the night. I am also waking up at 8am with no artificial alarm, just the good old body clock.

What is also good about exercise is that people can help donate to your charity. Like Christies, and sponsor you for running 10k. So once again me being subtle as every then if you click HERE you can donate at my just giving page If every one who reads this post gave a pound it would treble the total amount raised to date.

 

Thank You

 

Terry is not a real man and has been made up for comic effect, all bit a dark and rather sick one, non the less I hoped Terry and his family made you smile. I often create biographies of people who I meet it entertains me.