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School: working hard as usual, or most of the time trying my hardest to work hard but mostly getting side tracked with online games and videos of Glee routines on youtube. We submit out project choices tomorrow, a very nerve wrecking time for all. I have no idea if anyone else is going for my first choice, two of my flatmates are going for the partner project to mine and I would love to work with either of them (and they have cars which will make my life of so much easier) but I haven’t heard anything about people wanting to do mine. Also weighing up the pros and cons of future career choices or PhD subjects in relation to these choices adds a bit more strength to the panic.

Been striving to get some work done on my fisheries essay but it just won’t come, I will try my damnedest this weekend, but then again working this hard to start an essay more than two weeks before it’s due is a pretty good development. Of course haven’t done jack all for the EIA.

York: Had a really nice weekend in York with C and A. A’s job is going wonderfully and I’m really looking forward to going to visit her at some point. The panto was wonderful though I will admit I didn’t find it as funny as previous years, I think I preferred the old lead boy. Spent too much money but had a lovely time, especially as I won’t be seeing my friends for some time now.

Knitting: Haven’t really done much, the whole school thing always makes it so I don’t do much. I’m still working on the Selbu Modern with Owls languishing in my knitting bag waiting for me to be done with the fingering weight hat. I will strive to finish the Selbu soon. I did manage to take pictures of the mystery socks and to post about both them and my mother christmas shawl so that’s a good thing. Hopefully I will be done soon and have more to talk about. No spinning has been done since November, should do a little of that as well, I probably only have about a week’s worth before plying.

Running: I ran on Jan 1st because it was nice and warm and lovely. Unfortunately the rest of that week was cold and horrible and then I got back to Wales and was jet laggy and depressed. I finally forced myself to go on Tuesday and went for another tonight. When I force myself to go it’s great and I’ve can run 5 minutes straight now with no problems but it does take a bit of effort to force myself to go, I almost didn’t tonight. I’m hoping to keep it up, I think I’m going to move on to week 5 in my next run.

Archery: I sheared the tip off my pressure button before Christmas for the second time so I had to purchase a new one. Last night I moved my nocking point down as it was looking out of alignment with my rest and I’m also changing my draw slightly so with all that my shooting has been a little erratic. Though that said, the changes to my technique my coach is making is actually working and I shot a lot better last night than I had been shooting before Christmas. It doesn’t look like we’ll be able to get together a team for BUTC which sucks as I would really like to go but oh well, that’s life and the problem of going to a club that only has three recurves. At least there will be BUCS.

So I’ve been busy busy thanks to life as a postgrad. The last week and a half has been tied up with stats for the report due on the 1st which we’re all stressed like crazy about. We have been told that simple, clear and concise is the name of the game so I’m trying to keep from going to crazy. I have to print out my Primer stuff and run a few things through spss and I’ll be done and can begin figuring out what it all means and how I want to present my story.

The aborted boat trip was rescheduled for two weeks ago and we got so far as getting on the boat and filling out the emergency contact forms when we found out that due to the conditions we weren’t going to be able to go out. We did get to do a few grabs off the side of the boat just at the dock so now at least I can say I’ve done them and know how they work. We’re on for this weekend for a different trip and fingers crossed it will go as planned as we seem to be cursed and the weather isn’t looking that great.

I finished the arch socks and sent them off so I hope the recipient likes them, I do very much even though I should have finished them ages ago. The mystery socks are coming along. I’m a clue behind am just finishing up the leg now, I only have one more repeat of the tiny trowels to go before I can start the heel. I also have received a commission from one of my house mates to knit her sister who is doing a year abroad in Minnesota a pair of mittens. We settled on a pattern and I suggested some yarn so we’ll talk colours and price and then I can get on those.

Since I started running again two weeks ago I’ve stuck to it and am progressing nicely. I’ve decided to run week 4 again to fully feel comfortable with 5 minutes. I think I can push myself to do it. I also bought a running vest as I wanted something to cut the wind a bit but not be too heavy. It’s great and I really like it.

I went for a nice short hike up Mt Battie on Sunday with my parents. It was a great hike, I would have happily done it again on Monday except that it rained and the rock faces would have been quick slippery. I logged on to dailymile today to put it in and it’s so depressing to see that I haven’t run for the last four weeks. I really need to get back out and do it, I’ve fallen so behind in C25K. My ankle isn’t bothering me anymore but I’m having a hard time motivating myself. I hope that I’m going swimming today so at least that will be some exercise and I’ll try for a run tomorrow evening.

It has turned out to be a beautiful day out, unlike what they were forecasting so I managed to get out for a run this morning. I’m on day 2 of week 5, the 8 minute runs. Didn’t happen this morning, but I’ll just keep working at it and I’ll get them eventually, hey I can do the five minutes now which took a while.

Other news, maths support wasn’t much help but I’ve managed to figure things out myself and am just going ahead with the non parametric tests. I caught an error in one of my calculations yesterday, I had accidentally misplaced Mytilus edulis with Carcinus maenus in my non grazing mollusc group which mean all my shannon weaver calculations were also wrong. So fixed the group calculation and redid all 85 shannon calculations. I’m in the process of redoing my stats which I have the syntax for so it’s fine but I need to go through them all and figure out what they mean. Will go spend another day crunching numbers in the lab. I really need to get the analysis done so I can start writing.

As it’s Easter, I’m meeting up with some friends for lunch and then going to a movie just to give us a little bit of a mind break and it’s nice to spend some time with friends.

Meeting with maths support tomorrow so I can hopefully finalise what I’m doing with my analysis, make a decision and just go for it. I wish that had been done days ago but what can you do. I managed to sort of normalise some data today by doing a log log transformation but that was without the zeros, which are always going to skew my data. I also did total species counts today which might be an interesting analysis and low and behold that data is actually normal, and across all sites as well, combined with my shannon index which is almost normal I might be able to do at least one ANOVA in my paper.

I took my personal statement to the careers people and they said that it was good, ticked all the boxes for what a statement should and was very readable. The only problem it would seem is that its a little bit long, being just a touch over two pages. I need to try to cut it down to two pages and then it should be great. Just condensing a few sentences here and there. So email for references do that and I’m good to go.

Other news, it looks like it might be sunny tomorrow so I’m going to try to get out for a run, first week 5 in c25k, bit worried about the five minutes but I CAN do it, I just need to go and just do it. Like the nike commercial.

Also finished the budding lace on my Swallowtail. Feels good to get a fairly large portion of it done. I only did 14 repeats, mainly because I don’t like huge shawls but also that what the pattern I have asks for and I’m worried that if I do more the next pattern might be harder to follow. I’m a bit worried about doing the nupps but hey just go for it. I’ll keep you posted about what happens with that.

Finally got those pictures taken. There’s really nice light at the moment even for taking pictures inside which is what I’m sort of forced to do at the moment. It’s nice to finally have pictures on my Ravelry project page rather than just the balls of yarn, pretty as they are. In other knitting news, my swallowtail is coming along though I messed up half a row in the budding lace repeat because I misread the pattern and did the wrong set up stitches, at least I know what I did and it hopefully shouldn’t show too much. Fingers crossed on that.

Annika has commissioned me do a hat for her, lucky for she has supplied the yarn and it’s The Icing Swirl Hat  from Whimsical Little Knits so I have the pattern too. I ordered needles the other day and they came today so I will start on that soon. From what I hear it’s a pretty quick knit so maybe a week or so, knitting at half speed that I usually do.

Other news, went running this morning. I’m on week 4 of c25k which is 3 minutes, walk for 90 sec then run for 5 minutes. I’m on the second day repeating the week because I was having trouble getting up to the full five minutes. I almost did it today, I only took one walking break and only 10-20 seconds at that in each five minute interval. I think I can push myself next time and do the whole five minutes. It’s nice to see myself make this sort of progress and know that if I keep at it I’ll be able to run longer and longer times. And then I can start trying for things like distance and pace. I’ve joined dailymile.com and have been keeping track not just of my running but also my daily walking and other exercise. It’s a really nice way to look at your fitness in general. Also it’s amazing that I walk about 2-5 miles just in an average day between walking back and forth between town.

I should probably go now and go into town and do some work on the dissertation. I’m not working as hard as I could, especially as I’m not of in a muddle at the moment about what to do about my Manorbier data. It’s all the totals for the stations when what I really need is the actually quadrat data. It just means that my sample size is really small and if I try to expand it by splitting up the totals it is just homogenizing a very heterogeneous environment and it won’t give me results that represent reality. I might go and ask Will on Monday, I hear tears work well.

Also need to do some revision of the personal statement and take it in for Monday, and email about references. Gosh, so much to do. I can do it, never fear.

After two weeks, mainly to give my legs a break as it was feeling like shin splints coming on, but also some bad weather, being away and general stress I finally went for a run. It was a bit of a struggle to just convince myself to go. I decided that the only reason I didn’t want to was because I believed that I couldn’t do it and I can so I needed to just go do it and then even if I couldn’t do I would actually know and it wouldn’t be for lack of trying. Anyhow, long story short, I went and did my third week 3 run and it was great. It was challenging but in a good way and I was able to run the interval with a minimum of discomfort. I’m going to just go for it and start week 4 which I think will be a bit of a stretch as the time moves up to 5 minutes but I’m willing to give it a shot. I really want this thing to work and be able to run for longer distances and times. I’m already eyeing up 5K races for late summer when I’m at home. Ever the competitor it will give me a goal and a reason, other than fitness for why I’m doing this, plus the fact that you usually get t-shirts with these things and it looks impressive to have them, or at least I think so.

In terms of pushing myself to do things, I’m struggling to get myself to start my personal statement at the moment (not to mention the dissertation). I know I am not comfortable writing, especially about myself but I need to just start and get stuff down and then I can go back and polish it. But the sooner I start, the sooner I can take it in to the Careers Service and they can look at it, and the sooner I can get these applications out. So I need to forget that I’m not comfortable writing about me and just do it.