May 3rd, 2015


Countdown to next Marathon :-)

So, I am signed up for the first ever Bristol-Bath Marathon on October 25th 2015. This is my neck of the woods, so thought it would be a fun race. However, after signing up, i checked out the route profile :-)

I should have known it would be hilly - I do know the area. Just hoping i will get good family and friend support to get me up those hills :-)

Since i only have 174 days to go, I have sorted out my goals and trainings plans.

1. Finish in good spirits and no injuries
2. Goal - under 6 hours
3. On a good day Goal - under 5:45
4. On a very good day with a following wind - under 5:30

To this end, I am using the ASICs website which takes your age, gender, goal, how hard you want to train (moderate) and how often (3 times a week) and gives a you a plan and goals (for me 5:33!)
When you log your runs, it tells you how many runs you have completed out of the total, and how many kilometres out of the total. At this stage, this should a slightly depressing dashboard, but I find it oddly reassuring and motivating :-)
I need to remember to feel comfortable with being uncomfortable - as my work colleague would say "Es passiert dir nichts..."

Running helped me last year to find time for myself, hold myself accountable to a goal, get functionally fit and have an outlet for my work stress. Hoping for similar positives this year :-)
And if this marathon goes well, would love to run Zurich marathon in 2016 (but it has a 5:30 cut off!)

Leaving my job after nearly 9 years.....(but not the company!)

I joined my company on 6th June 2006 and since then have basically worked in sub teams of the same department, doing the same role. I have been a Program Manager for a wide variety of training initiatives across the bank. I have been lucky enough to travel to the US, Singapore, Poland and London for my job. I have delivered many trainings and done even more project planning, financial management and mindless admin! I have seen colleague come and go, and survived three re-organisations within the last five years.

Since working here I have had two kids, got 2 promotions, moved desks 7 times, had three bosses and two bosses. And through it all, mr.ncot has been there for me :-)

What will I miss? My internal clients, my massive whiteboard, my window view, but mostly my wonderful colleagues. But we will be on the same floor when we move end of May!

It was a hard decision to move, to leave behind my comfort zone, my mastery, my projects, my position within the team. And yet I had a long term goal to make a change in 2015, following my promotion last year. And yet it was completely the right decision, no decision needed....