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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 First Impressions

Running without music is boring. Really, really boring.

I discovered this when I first began running. I would get bored of the activity within about five minutes of stepping out the door. Once I had purchased an armband and strapped on my phone, my whole running world changed. I was able to lose myself in the music, I had something to take my mind off the monotony of the run.
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Fitness break on through Blog

Break on Through

A few weeks ago I wrote about the plateaus and potholes of running. I had made plenty of quick gains, but found that the going got a lot harder after that. However, I knew that I had to persist and that sooner or later, I would see improvements again.

Last Saturday morning I woke up at the usual 5 am. It was an effort – there is always a large part of me that wishes to stay in bed on a Saturday morning. But I know how important it is to keep going, so out the door I went.

As I walked out the front door, the familiar voice of Jim Morrison blared through my earbuds. He urged me to break on through to the other side. Yes, I know he was most likely referring to drug use, but in my immediate context I took it as a pep talk from the long-departed legend of rock. It was time for me to break on through – time to move off the plateau and run hard. There and then I decided to run an extra kilometre. For possibly the first time in my life, I would run six kilometres.

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Dad’s Little Helper

I don’t watch a lot of television these days, but the other day I found myself stuck in the waiting room of a doctor’s surgery with nothing to do but watch the screen. It was mid-morning, and there was someone banging on about how kids should learn how to help around the house from an early age. The “expert” suggested that kids “as young as three” should have simple tasks allocated to them, such as picking up their own toys.

“Ha!” I laughed to myself as I smugly watched the show. Hannah isn’t even two yet, and already we have that one covered. She loves helping out – she packs away her toys each night and she loves helping to unpack the dishwasher. I gave myself a mental pat on the back for being the world’s most brilliant father. Moments later I was rudely awakened from my fantasies of parental glory, (there’s nothing like the words “take one of these pills every night for the rest of your life” to snap you back to reality).
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Running at sunrise to become a healthier dad Blog

Happy New Year!

Well would you look at that, 2018 is under way already!


I took a little break from the blog over Christmas and the New Year, as most people did. It was the most enjoyable, relaxing time spent in the great company of family. Hopefully you were able to relax and refresh over this time too.
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Dead lawn The Backyard

From Wasteland to Toddler Oasis – The Beginning of…

I like living in a townhouse. For our little family, it is the perfect place to be. One of the great advantages of a townhouse is that it is low maintenance. It is easy to keep clean, easy to cool and easy to heat. The backyard, in theory, is low maintenance too. It really just consists of a small strip of lawn and a couple of garden beds. How hard could that be to maintain?

It turns out, if you are me, very hard.
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