Paul Clarke's Blog (Pauly's Soapbox)

Run stats 20/9/19 - 6'56/K

🚢 16035 steps ❀️ 57 bpm 12% fat πŸ§— 53 floors

Best ever daily steps: 38155 on Saturday my 13000 daily target your daily target 38155 Saturday 14508 Sunday 17281 Monday 14230 Tuesday 15482 Wednesday 13985 Thursday 16035 (so far) Friday 12% fat 57 bpm ❀︎ 10k - 20k - 30k -

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The Walking Dead series one done

Had a mini-marathon of The Walking Dead last night after swimming, and after the boys had gone to bed. Yes we can still play DVDs via Clare's laptop, though had some updates to do on that. HDMI output was a little dodgy on the old laptop but I made it work. Quite liked Walking Dead, not sure if I should watch any more. Will it really get better?

I let thing one take the Nintendo Switch to swimming and made a mobile hotspot on my phone so he could play Fortnite, probably a mistake in terms of my data usage. We have relented recently to let him play it on his own. We got him to play it with us a few times and it seems relatively harmless. We turned off all the options for chat and things, so now he's just killing anonymous strangers. I'm sure it's fine. It's actually a good game, I've played a couple of times.

Worked from home all day today, pairing remotely with a colleague in Wales which made a change. Did an 8k run at lunch and two school runs so I am fully exercised for the day, but about to wrap up work for the day and might go out with the boys. Thing one was keen, and now his computer time is up. Thing two not keen, he is quite lazy. They have done PE today though and both did a mile run apparently. Good practice for junior parkrun on Sunday. I might get them to do a practice run tomorrow, see if they can cover that distance, see if it's worth showing up

Also need to go to town tomorrow, thing one possibly needs new trainers, and wants a new school hoodie. Will see about both of those, this morning he said the trainers were too small but by the end of the day they were ok. The hoodie is just because we have one school zip up hoodie and he wants that style instead of the pullover.

Enjoying the You're Dead To Me podcast from the BBC, a new history show with added comedy.

Spoke to Clare, the wedding is lovely.

UPDATE: we did walk to Sandgate and back, to buy sweets. So another fully stepped day.

Fri Sep 20 2019...

Run stats 19/9/19

🚢 13985 steps ❀️ 55 bpm 11.1% fat πŸ§— 41 floors

78 treadmill uses at Β£4.23 per go, or Β£36.67 /month.

Best ever daily steps: 38155 on Saturday my 13000 daily target your daily target 30622 Friday 38155 Saturday 14508 Sunday 17281 Monday 14230 Tuesday 15482 Wednesday 13985 Thursday 11.1% fat 55 bpm ❀︎ 10k - 20k - 30k -

Boys weekend

Clare has headed off to Ireland for her cousin's wedding. She's accompanying her Dad, we would not normally have been invited to this I think. So boys weekend! Bad food and too much TV for the next three days!

Actually there is a lot to do and a lot of disruption. I'd normally be working from home today, though I've taken them to school and then headed in to try and pick up some more of the Sainsbury trading cards from someone. Then heading home mid afternoon to do a late lunch double pickup, as one has swimming with the school and one does not. Then tea, no idea what they'll today, then back to swimming with the other one, though of course both have to come with me. Tomorrow I'll work from home too, though normal pickups at the same time, so I do get a normal lunch. Then one of them has to miss gymnastics, as Jim normally does the early one, then we all have to go to later gymnastics when I finish work. No Inn Doors today, it's still closed for holidays, but no replacement pub action anyway.

Saturday also disrupted, no parkrun for me though we will all go out for some fun somewhere. The boys are both registered for parkrun now so we will try and get them on the next one.

I do have my new Sonos soundbar installed, and all the old surround system removed. Clare has not quite noticed it is different yet, though she will next time she tries to play a DVD... I have managed to remove a load of boxes and cabling from the lounge, but it was mostly hidden away anyway. Thoughts on it so far:

Not sure how I'm going to even get my steps in today, definitely no time for a run. I think I will have to go on the treadmill much later. I still can't let this step count go.

Thu Sep 19 2019...

Ah I see now

This is the run I should really have signed up for. Still, it's done now.

Still time to sponsor me!

Wed Sep 18 2019...

Good 8k run at lunch

My GPS is still a bit off though so it looks like I was running a few metres to the side of the road. This results in me not hitting the Strava "segments" that my friends I ran with did, gah. And I really went for it on one of them and would have beat their times.

This jacket looks pretty awesome, it has lots of the pockets and then a built in travel pillow too. Is it better than a coat plus a travel pillow though?

My Sonos beam soundbar is turning up today, very exciting. Will I be able to sneak it in and set it up without Clare spotting? I think so as she is out at pump class again tonight, then off to Ireland tomorrow.

Wed Sep 18 2019...

Run stats 18/9/19 - 4'52/K

🚢 15482 steps ❀️ 54 bpm 10.6% fat πŸ§— 58 floors

Best ever daily steps: 38155 on Saturday my 13000 daily target your daily target 13497 Thursday 30622 Friday 38155 Saturday 14508 Sunday 17281 Monday 14230 Tuesday 15482 Wednesday 10.6% fat 54 bpm ❀︎ 10k - 20k - 30k -

Nearly there with the new Sainsbury Disney cards

There is a new series of trading cards from Sainsbury and this time it's Disney heroes, so covering traditional Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, and Pixar. We're nearly done with two books, and only about five cards to go. The boys are HOPELESS at trading at school, though to be fair they're not allowed to take the actual cards in. I'm doing the hard work for them at work. Everyone is joking about "um, yeah, it's for the kids"...

Going to try and do another lunch run today, checking my bluetooth before I go.

Clare is off to Ireland for a wedding tomorrow so is going to be a disrupted few days! Going to sign the boys up for junior parkrun and see how we get on, though it means I can't run this week.

Wed Sep 18 2019...

Stupid phone not talking to stupid watch

Or is it the stupid watch not talking to the stupid phone? Either way I just did a 5k run at lunch, and it counts for NOTHING! I even did a weird route to make sure I ran past some Strava segments a couple of times to try and appear on the leader board.

OK I did technically get the exercise, but if I can't compare it with other people on the internets then what is the point?

Tue Sep 17 2019...

Run stats 17/9/19 - 5'4/K

🚢 14230 steps ❀️ 54 bpm 10.4% fat πŸ§— 39 floors

76 treadmill uses at Β£4.34 per go, or Β£36.67 /month.

Best ever daily steps: 38155 on Saturday my 13000 daily target your daily target 13568 Wednesday 13497 Thursday 30622 Friday 38155 Saturday 14508 Sunday 17281 Monday 14230 Tuesday 10.4% fat 54 bpm ❀︎ 10k - 20k - 30k -
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Paul Clarke's weblog - I live and work in Hythe in Kent. Married to Clare and dad to two, I am a full stack software engineerelopr, and I do js / nodejs, some ruby, python, php etc. I like pubbing, parkrun, eating, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, family tree stuff, TV, squirrels, pirates, lego, and TIME TRAVEL.