19 June, 2014

I have so much of you in my heart.

— john keats, in a letter

22 May, 2014

I just wanted to say a MASSIVE thank you to coastalshelf who was the first person to donate to my mental health fundraising campaign a week ago to the day. I was completely shocked, thankful and humbled by your generosity, and wanted to thank her publically.

Read more about what I’m doing and why here.

THANK YOU AGAIN!! :o)

22 May, 2014
olibob-mhf:

Sunday! So nervous!!
http://justgiving.com/olibobMHF

olibob-mhf:

Sunday! So nervous!!

http://justgiving.com/olibobMHF

22 May, 2014

Once you realize that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal, but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy.

— Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (via thecalminside)

16 May, 2014

Calling all Londoners!

Dear lovely Londoners, are you looking for a training plan, diet advice, PT sessions or anything to do with health? I’m offering my REPs qualified knowledge and coaching in return for a donation of your choice to my chosen charity, The Mental Health Foundation. Just drop me a message on here or to olibob@facebook.com to chat about what you need help with and I can do to help! 

You can also read my story and why I’m supporting my charity.

 - Oli

14 May, 2014

When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man’s convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man’s brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others. Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle.

— elizabeth west, hovel in the hills

10 May, 2014

A rough guide to: Edinburgh Marathon

this post was originally posted on my fundraising page for The Mental Health Foundation and mind

So, 26.2 miles in Edinburgh, Scotland, and my first ever marathon. 

How’s my training been? Simply, I’ve had an obstacle, a big one. I entered this marathon last summer, and then in October came down with glandular fever. One of the main side-effects apart from the main fever is chronic fatigue, which lasts long after the immediate symptoms have gone. So I only ran again for the first time in the middle of February, and that was a heck of a struggle. Long and short of it, I’ve had 8 weeks to prepare. Tomorrow is my last long run, which I’m aiming to make 20 miles on. I’ve had to increase my long runs by 2 miles every Sunday, starting on 10. The odds are not in my favour, but we’ll see what happens on race day (May 25th)

What’s the course like? For a marathon: fast. This doesn’t mean I’m going to do it fast. My aim is to finish, but to get 4 hours or just below would be a huge bonus. It starts atop Arthur’s Seat, then winds down towards the coast and heads east until you’re 17 miles in, then turns around and comes back towards the town. It’s supposedly fast because the first 4 miles are mainly downhill, but don’t let that deceive you, because there’s a big potential that it will mess with peoples’ pacing. Here’s a graphic of the course:

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Am I nervous? YOU BET! but I’m cautiously excited too, and although I know it’s going to hurt, there will be a lot of adrenaline and atmosphere on the day that will count for loads. It’s common not to train the full distance for a marathon, so that means the last 6 miles are on a trip into the unknown, and a big test of mental strength. Seeing peoples’ faces at the end will just be amazing, and there can be few moments are wrenching for the heart strings as seeing a young child run into the arms of their victorious parent as they cross the finish line, with tears and joy aplenty. 

Edinburgh 2014, bring it on.

10 May, 2014

plant-strong:

Scooby Doo has great life lessons to teach:

If something evil is happening, it’s probably an old white man trying to make money.

(via prisonforjerks)

10 May, 2014

this cup of tea is delivering.

2 May, 2014

Will I be something?
Am I something?

And the answer comes:
You already are.
You always were.
And you still have time to be.

— Anis MojganiHere Am I  (via therevolutionwillbeblogged)

(via coffeeinthemountains)

30 April, 2014

some animals, abroad

29 April, 2014
quality.

quality.