Juneathon Day 26: the one with a meeting in Birmingham and run in Sutton Park

Good Evening and Happy Thursday. The end of the week (and Juneathon) is rapidly approaching. Only a few more days of me sharing an insight into my mundane daily life to go. I sometimes wish I was brave enough and talented enough to work for myself. Then I remind myself that freelancing sounds like it has the potential to be incredibly stressful, and that I’m lucky to work for an organisation that encourages flexible working.

Enough waffling and thinking about slightly unrealistic aspirations. What did I get up to on Day 26 of Juneathon? Did I manage to make the most of my extra hour before work? How did my meeting go? Did I manage to avoid making an idiot out of myself?

Wednesday got off to a slightly frustrating start when I automatically woke at 05:30. My meeting in Birmingham didn’t start until 10:00, so I didn’t need to get up at my usual time. More dedicated runners would have headed out for an early morning run. I’m not a dedicated runner at the moment and also had plans to run in the evening, so I went back to sleep for another hour. I woke up, stuck a load of washing on and had a nervous wait for it to finish.

The working day got off to an amusing start when I couldn’t work out how to actually get to my meeting. I knew where the building was located, thanks to a large area around Victoria Square being closed due to tram extension works, and I couldn’t work out how to walk there. I was a case of I could see the building but couldn’t work out how to reach it. In the end my tried and tested approach of ‘following other people’ did the trick. Imagine a Brummie being late for a National meeting in Birmingham. How embarrassing.

The meeting itself was incredibly informative and I learnt a lot and met some great people. I felt a little overwhelmed at times but I’m sure I’ll get used to my new role soon. Lunch was amazing, definitely a 10/10 rating. One of the few perks of living in Birmingham was getting home at a reasonable time.

I got in, stuck a second load of washing on, and then spent a few minutes writing up some of the actions I took away from the meeting. My running buddy then contacted me to see if I’d like to meet up for a run. As my dodgy knee and foot felt reasonably niggle free, I agreed and a couple of hours later found myself running in Sutton Park.

What can I say about the run? It was both entertaining and challenging. We went slightly further than I thought we would, we encountered several large dogs, a herd of cows, and several cars filled with ’lads’ smoking weed. If I’m being honest, I found the out of control dogs scarier than the weed brigade. The company was great and I enjoyed catching up with my local running buddy. We stopped after four miles, took a slightly silly selfies and then went our separate ways. Next time we won’t leave it so long.

By the time I had walked home and had made myself something to eat it was 22:30. Far too late for someone with a 05:30 wake up call to be blogging, apologies for the lateness of this Juneathon update.

Random Photo from Day 26

Have I mentioned that I’m not a huge fan of cows?

Scary cows

I always think I’m about to be chased.

Best thing spotted on the Internet on Day 26

Not the ‘best’ thing but I feel like I need to know more about what triggered this update.

At times when I walk and run in Sutton Park I feel a bit like Des. I’m waiting for the day an out of control dog attacks.

Cumulative Juneathon Distance: 25.51 km

Have you ever been late for a work meeting? I guess people are generally late due to train issues etc, not because they can’t work out how to navigate to a building they can see.

Have you ever been chased by cows? I’m sure that one of these days the Sutton Park cows will chase me.


3 thoughts on “Juneathon Day 26: the one with a meeting in Birmingham and run in Sutton Park

  1. AJ says:

    Oh it drives me nuts when I can see where I’m going but can’t get there. It unfortunately happens often to me as I’m not great at directions


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