Juneathon Day 10: the one with a new job and commute

I hope that everyone had a good Monday. It’s now Monday evening and after a day of firsts I’m feeling quite tired. As always, apologies for any random typos, I’ve read through enough emails and reports today. So, what did I get up to during Day 10 of Juneathon?

I’m not sure if it was the stress of having to get up early, fear of oversleeping or concerns about starting a new job. Perhaps it was a combination of all three, I didn’t sleep very well and woke up feeling quite groggy. My Monday morning commute was stress free; the sun was shining and the trains were running on time. After one day of busy trains, I know that I’m going to do my best to get into the office early so that I can leave early. I might try out the 07:02 train tomorrow; hopefully it won’t be as busy as the 07:22 was this morning. Anyway, that’s more than enough moaning about trains. I’m sure that once I get used to commuting across Birmingham I’ll be fine.

I felt more than a little apprehensive as I approached my new office. What would the people be like? Would I fit in? Would my laptop arrive? Would I have anything to do on my first day? It’s early days but everyone I met was really friendly, I’m sure I’ll fit in, my laptop arrived and seems to work, and I had more than enough work to keep me occupied.

I left the office just after 16:00 and thanks to a slightly delayed train, got back home approximately 1.5 hours later. I need to remember to check the trains are running on time before I leave the office. I dumped my rucksack, grabbed a pile of FleaBay parcels and headed straight to the local Post Office. Fortunately, it was quiet and 20 minutes later I was back at home catching up on Casualty. It’s just a bit unfortunate that I completely forgot to eat!

I’m hoping that I don’t feel the need to go to bed before 21:00 every weekday evening.

Random photos from Day 10

I didn’t get many opportunities to take photos; I took one outside Birmingham New Street – the weather was gorgeous in the morning.Sunnyish BrumGrumpy and soggy EmmaAnd then it started to rain and lunchtime and didn’t really stop all afternoon/evening. The wet and windy walk to the Post Office did a great job of waking me up.

Best thing spotted on the Internet on Day 10

On what was a challenging day; Anna’s tweets and updates made me smile.

For more information about Anna’s Barefoot Britain challenge check out this site. My fragile feet hurt just thinking about it.

Cumulative Juneathon Distance: 11.3 km

How long does your daily commute into work take? Please make me feel a bit better about swapping a 20 minute walk for a 1.5 hour commute involving two trains.

Have you ever considered attempting a really random running challenge? People who quit work to complete running challenges are a lot braver than I am. I’d be worried about missed NI contributions, pension implications etc #oldfart


2 thoughts on “Juneathon Day 10: the one with a new job and commute

  1. Maria @ Maria Runs says:

    Her challenge is crazy- just the thought of all the broken glass, dog mess etc…
    My commute should be about a 30 min drive, but if there is bad traffic that can easily double. Since we moved it only added about 5 or 10 mins on, but I go past more pinch points so any small amount of traffic makes it a lot worse.
    Glad the new job is going well!


    • Emma says:

      Thanks Maria. I’ve just been reading about people with 4 hours a day commutes. There is no way I could cope with 04:00 starts. Yes, I would worry about broken glass and dog mess. I was amazed how much broken glass and dog mess I walked past on my walk through Sutton Park yesterday. I wish people would clear up after their dogs.


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