Several months have passed, things have changed, and on the whole it is going well.
I have started the new job in Manchester and have several thoughts:
- Manchester is a great city for going out and doing social and cultural things. For example, I have seen classical music, parades, cricket games, charity football matches, visited several museums, joined a hackerspace and played ping-pong at a hip-hop bar.
- Manchester is also pretty good for participating in sports. For example, I have participated in several 10K races, joined a weekday running and socializing club, joined a run-commute club at work, joined a gym just near my house, can attend free lunch-time sport events through my workplace, and have tried out at least two of the parkruns that are within easy reach by public transport.
- Manchester has a terrible dearth of green spaces in the city centre and has a serious problem with traffic control, but is generally very walkable (somewhat less run-able) and has great canal tow paths from the edges of the city outward.
- This job is a shambles. No one knows what is happening and they are all desperately trying to pretend like they do know what they are doing and that it is definitely very important.
- I had to put lots of things on the back burner during the international move, the house hunt, the processes of getting used to a new job and new city. However, I am starting to get a good routine going and can organize my life a bit better. Part of that will be writing this blog on a more regular basis again (but don’t hold your breath).
I also have several things that I want to write about in the near future. Topics include:
- Weight lifting and strength training
- Running shorter distances faster and how to change my training mindset
- Eating enough damn protein in a damn day
- Using a fitness tracker
- Why men’s jeans are so much better than women’s jeans
- Setting new personal goals and revisiting old ones