Apologies for the photo’s being a bit dull for this weeks photo challenge, I had intended to photograph some really great street performers/buskers, but they were nowhere to be seen.
This is the new(ish) cultural quarter of the city
It’s seemed like ages since I posted here on WordPress – February to be precise, and I guess the real reason was that not much has happened in my life. I decided that to get my house in order – as it were, I would get back into doing voluntary work again.
I was lucky that a charity which I used to volunteer for; Age Concern, were looking for new volunteers for a computer club for the over 50′s and needed people with experience. I was welcomed back, and for the past two months I have been volunteering for two days a week. So far I’ve taught pretty much everything from helping to set up their laptops properly to the more advanced spreadsheet techniques. I even had a couple that booked their anniversary holiday for the very first time online.
Currently, I am looking at volunteering for another charity to help increase my chances, perhaps helping out with people with special needs, or even helping out people that have been unemployed for a long time and showing them the skills needed to do a job search; something that they are not even taught to do in a lot of areas.
What previously looked like a grim situation on the employment front, has now made me feeling positive for the future. I’ll post how I got on at a later date.
How about this for a home. It is now a museum but during the middle ages there were people that lived there, but I think only the pigeons use this as a home.
I took this photo last year whilst hiking through the New Forest, it just seemed appropriate for this weeks photo challenge.
I just recently completed the Couch to 5K running program, It took nine weeks for me to actually run a full 5K without stopping. The program is relatively easy, each week gets a bit longer, so it pretty much eases you into running 5K. The running sessions are done three times per week, so I would run Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Here is the program:
Week 1: 5 minute warm up, 60 second run, 90 second walk repeat 7 more times, 5 minute cool down
Week 2: 5 minute warm up, 90 second run, 2 minute walk repeat 5 more times, 5 minute cool down.
Week 3: 5 minute warm up, 90 second run, 90 second walk. 3 minute run, 3 minute walk, repeat once more. 5 minute cool down.
Week 4: 5 minute warm up, 3 minute run, 90 second walk. 5 minute run, 2 1/2 minute walk. Repeat once more, 5 minute cool down.
Week 5: Day 1 – 5 minute warm up, 5 minute run, 2 minute walk, repeat twice more, 5 minute cool down.
Day 2 – 5 minute warm up, 8 minute run, 5 minute walk, repeat once. 5 minute cool down.
Day 3 – 5 minute warm up, 20 minute run, 5 minute cool down.
Week 6: Day 1 – 5 minute warm up, 5 minute run, 3 minute walk, 8 minute run, 3 minute walk, 5 minute cool down.
Day 2 – 5 minute warm up, 10 minute run, 3 minute walk, repeat, 5 minute cool down.
Day 3 – 5 minute warm up, 25 minute run, 5 minute cool down.
Week 7: 5 minute warm up, 25 minute run, 5 minute cool down.
Week 8: 5 minute warm up, 28 minute run, 5 minute cool down.
Week 9: 5 minute warm up, 30 minute run, 5 minute cool down.
There is a wealth of information online about this program; stretches, running form, breathing etc. So it is worth doing some research before you start. I also find it easier to run when I have music playing, and there are some really good podcasts that specialise in this.