So I’ve not written since March 12th… almost 3 months ago. What’s happened since then?

I’ve moved 60 miles, gotten myself a new job and ran a 9 minute mile.

A New Job?

That’s right. I’m only a week into my probationary period at the minute (3 months will fly by, right?). I really like the company, and they seem like a cool bunch of people to work with. I wont name them, but they’re a cool company who have won a whole bunch of awards for what they do.

Psst. They came up with [Twitition] as well as a bunch of other things.

The work is a slight departure from what I’m used to. Actually, scratch that. It’s still software development, it’s just in a slightly different target environment from what I’m used to.

I’ve written a lot of applications that run on specific operating systems. A lot of what these guys do is on the web/cloud. It’s the languages I’m used to, but on a platform that I’m not. This means it becomes a neat challenge to me.

Plus I get to stretch my JavaScript wings a little. I’ve not used much JavaScript recently – aside from the main page of my site [LINK]. Which reminds me that I really should get around to buying an SSL certificate at some point.

I really like the job, the people, and the office. Not to mention the location.

A 9 Minute Mile?

Yup. I’m just as shocked as you are. At the time of writing this, it was last night. I ran a 9 minute mile (the app I used actually reported it as 8 minutes and 56 seconds), then let out a little (read: “really loud”) “YES!” but kept going.

My next mile was 9 minutes 59 seconds. Followed by a 10 minute 20 second mile – on account of having to cross a busy road and there being lots of traffic. My final mile, if I’d have pushed through to a full mile (but I’d gotten back to where I started from, and decided that I’d ran enough), would have been a 9 minute 37 second one.

Here’s a [LINK], so you can see for yourself. The strange thing is that it’s all uphill climbs around here. I set off running up hill, continued to run uphill, then returned by running up hill.

There’s not news other than those two. I’m still training, and I’m hoping to run a 10K at some point before August. 10K is just over 6 miles, and I can run 3.4 miles in 33 minutes and 40-something seconds (on a good day). I’ve just got to up my stamina and I’ll be finishing a 10K in an hour and change.

Let’s do this!

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Jamie is a .NET developer specialising in ASP.NET MVC websites and services, with a background in WinForms and Games Development. When not programming using .NET, he is either learning about .NET Core (and usually building something cross platform with it), speaking Japanese to anyone who'll listen, learning about languages, writing for this blog, or writing for a blog about Retro Gaming (which he runs with his brother)