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The Great South Run

Apologies for not blogging last week, I had a mad mad day and then decided just to take the week off.

So last week I COMPLETED, yes I COMPLETED  the Great South Run all in aid of Anthony Nolan. I even got the medal to prove it!! I have to admit I walked most of the course but I am still really proud that I did it! The course was great fun, a great way to see Portsmouth in a very short amount of time.

As we  headed to the start line I felt sick with nerves. I had trained…well maybe not as much as I had wanted so decided to walk the course. As I set off, with the Hamilton soundtrack playing in my ears, the sun beaming down on me and the klaxon flaring, I knew it was time. I was not turning back now.

After attempting *attempting* to jog some of the course I noticed another walker and so decided to try and catch up with her. She ended up being my course buddy and she helped me get through the course in 2 hours 53 minutes.

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My time and breakdowns. 

 

 

I started off hopeful and full of energy, I didn’t even mind that a whole sea of runners overtook me! The first mile, I felt electric and then the second and third came in a flash. Being given access to the dockyards was amazing! I think it was the highlight of the course!

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The dockyard which reminded me of Les Miserables!

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2 miles down….8 to go….

What I didn’t realise is that the energy would soon slow and I would start to feel like it was no good. There was no way I could finish this run.  As we walked past the place I am living, part of me yearned to go back. It was about midday by this point and the Great Run App (which, I highly recommend by the way…) was telling me I would be finished at 1:45pm. This just felt like ages away and with runners who were finished walking back I decided to fight it and carry on. I had to stop thinking about the time and the miles I had done and those I had left to do and just carry on and enjoy the course and the weather!

 

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Reaching 5Km- 1/3rd down….2 to go…..

As we reached the first water point I was so thankful to get some fluid in me, I was slightly worried about getting ill as the sun was really hot and I had not had water since a couple of hours before. I sipped it slowly and carried on. I had to carry on.

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WOAHHHH…WE’RE HALFWAY THEREEEE!

Getting to the halfway point was tiring, but gave me a huge confidence boost at the same time. By now it was about 12:30 so I knew I had roughly an hour and a half left. My knees were starting to hurt, my legs were aching and I was close to giving up. Thinking about all the runners that had finished was hard. I wanted that to be me. So? I carried on.

All the supporters at the side of the road were lovely, getting hi-5’s, and words of encouragement from strangers really boosted me on. People who had never met me were willing me on to do this. If they thought I could do it…then I could!  It was all about having a positive attitude and quickly getting myself out of any negative thoughts. I was going to finish this!

The next three miles were a blur…I think they were the hardest three miles as I just wanted to be finished and I knew I still had a while left. (Actually, I lie….mile 8-9 was hardest!!) I can’t really remember much of miles 5-8 apart from the fact that we were given Lucozade at mile 7 and it tasted great and gave me a much-needed energy boost and that the course went around Eastney. We walked past a pub with people standing outside having a pint and I said “drink one for me…”

I had synced the Great Run App with Facebook so it would post updates on my page for me and the support I had on my Facebook page was again…just amazing! Thank you to everyone that was messaging me and liking the posts. It felt like you were all there with me.

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Mile 8…. 2 miles to go….

Mile 8-9 was probably the worst. My knees were now in a considerable amount of pain and I just wanted to throw the towel in. I knew I could do it, but the last three miles definitely felt slower than the first three. I knew I had slowed down as well and was just trying to find energy from somewhere. My aim was to cross the finish by the time the Hamilton soundtrack (which was 2hrs 30 mins) had finished.. as I got closer and closer to the end of the soundtrack I lost confidence…the time I was due to be finished had gone up to 2pm and every step I took hurt!

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The mile with the jelly babies…

9 miles gave me a great surge of confidence and energy (and no..that wasn’t just the jelly babies that I could have eaten about 10,000 more of!) I was so close. I couldn’t believe that I had almost finished and was getting more and more emotional about it! I pushed through the pain.

800m, 400m, 200m…..the markers counted down the metres left and as I got close to the finish I jogged to the end. I HAD DONE IT!! I could not quite believe it and even as I type this I still cannot believe it! It was an amazing day and I want to say thank you to the event organisers, Anthony Nolan and all my friends and family for supporting me through a tough 10-mile course. As I got in the Uber I ached (yes I got an Uber home I was not walking another 15 minutes, especially as I had walked down there!) I looked at my phone at my steps and was astounded!!

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18.1km!! I could never think about walking that many steps..let alone doing it!!

Overall it was a great experience and I was so glad to cross the line, receive my medal and raise a fantastic amount of money for charity. As I got in the shower I felt so warm and proud. I was so proud of myself for completing it and not giving up. And guess what?! I want to do it all over again next year!

I will leave you with a collage of a few more photos and my JustGiving link…just in case you feel compelled to donate after reading this blog post of mine!

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Rhiannon-Jenkins3

If you have got this far thank you so much for reading and enjoy the remaining photos from an absolutely amazing day!

Until next week!
Rhi 🙂

 

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How to make crepes!

First of all, sorry this is a day late….it’s been a hectic week!

This week I am going to show you how to make crepes I used a recipe from Allrecipes.com which was in American measurements so I  put them into English measurements!

You will need:

  • 340g of flour
  • 170g of Milk
  • 170g Water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, melted
  • Pinch of salt

Utensils:

  • Mixing bowel
  • Whisk
  • Pan/ Crepe Maker
  • Ladle
  • Spatula
  • Toppings (e.g: Lemon & Sugar, chocolate&bananas)

Recipe

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the flour and the eggs. Add in the milk and water and whisk to combine. Add the salt and butter and whisk again.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled frying pan and ladle in a scoop of the mixture into the pan and immediately tilt the pan in a circular motion to create a perfect circle. (Or use a Crepe maker like I did!)
  3. Cook the crepe until there are small bubbles in the top of the crepe and then carefully slide the spatula under the crepe and flip it over. Cook until brown.
  4. Add toppings, roll and eat!

 

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The mix when it is prepared.

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My set up- The Breville crepe Maker, toppings and batter!

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A chocolate pancake! YUM!

Hope you enjoyed that blogpost! Next week I will be telling you about My Great South Run adventure! If you would like to donate please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Rhiannon-Jenkins3. Thank you!!

See you next week!

Rhi 🙂

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Laundered, ironed and ready to go…

The first day back at placement as a student therapeutic radiographer.

It is often characterised by the groans  of “I had to get up at 5AM”, “I’ve ironed my uniform three times and my collar still won’t lie flat”, and ” I can’t function without a coffee RIGHT NOW!”.

Today was no different, but thankfully my hospital is closer to home and I even got a lie in until 7:15!

After a day of getting my bearings in a new department, I still got lost on the way out. I am using a machine by a manufacturer I’ve not used before. I know that it is the same type of machine (linear accelerator) as I’ve used before, but everything is different. It’s a bit like flying a one man fighter jet, then being expected to fly a huge passenger plane. The principle is the same, but there are so many other factors to consider. I’m feeling as overwhelmed as Ted Striker. (look him up.)

Even though it’s only day one of five weeks, I can go to bed tonight knowing that I’ve made a difference to the lives of every patient I’ve treated today. That makes every niggling worry feel better. 

 There’s no better classroom than the workplace, and I can’t wait to get back out there tomorrow morning.

Felicity

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Let me introduce myself…

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Three weeks into the first term of Uni and the work is already piling up. Today I am tasked with planning two assignments due this month and roughly 30 pages of notes from the past week’s lectures. YAY ME! I am so fortunate to be a part of the University, not only as a student but as an Ambassador and now a Student Blogger and am really looking forward to taking a break out of my schedule to share my memories, experiences, advice, tips and ups and downs of my student life. I really want to share with everyone a summary of my first year in my next post and it would be great to hear what you would want to hear about, so if you have any questions about my course or being a fresher in general, please feel free to comment below   🙂

I thought I’d just start of today by introducing myself…

London bred and born, slightly over-organised student, currently in my 2nd year studying Biomedical Science at the University of Portsmouth.

That’s me in a nutshell. I’m a lover of life me. My motto is to live life to the fullest. I try my best to live up to this at Uni but unfortunately my course comes with a rather hefty workload. Nevertheless, when I find the time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, exploring the outdoors and photographing anything that looks remotely interesting. I’m on a mission to stay fit at Uni this year, that includes morning runs on the seafront and weekly home workouts. An unfortunate knee injury has prevented me from continuing my passion for sport over the past few years but I am determined to join at least one sports team this year to get back out there. I also hope to do lots of travelling in my time on this earth. I just love setting my feet on different parts of the world, experiencing different cultures and taking in all the natural wonders of life. I am yet to set foot on all 7 continents but that is my lifelong goal.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend,

Antonette x

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The Countdown

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Roughly fourteen hours.

 

That’s how long it takes for a Bangladeshi student (such as myself), to take off from Dhaka soil and land feet first on the British Isles. As I type this, I haven’t really landed yet, I still have roughly two and a half hours to go, but then again, I don’t really feel like I’ve left yet at all, so I don’t see why actually being somewhere, or not being somewhere should matter.

And, yet, the irony is – it always matters.

 

It matters for those of you, who are traveling just a couple measly miles, those of you who are travelling cross county, and maybe a little bit more for us internationals.

 

Excitement, urgency, nervousness – it’s like everything around me is a maze of turbulent emotions that I have no idea how to navigate.

The funny thing is, this isn’t even my first time living away from home to study. It is however, the first time when I won’t be just an hour away from home – wherever home is.

 

And to be absolutely honest, that terrifies me.

 

This here today, is life without safety nets.

 

How so?
Think for a moment, of all the tiny little things around you that make you feel at home.

 

The things that make you feel safe. The things that make you feel like you belong.

 

The people that look like you, food that tastes like an explosion of spices with every bite, the endless traffic, the weird inside jokes you had with the friends you’ve known way back when you thought bright green eye shadow was ‘cool’.

 

It’s a bunch of ridiculously random, often pretty stupid details that you never really thought you’d miss.

But you kinda do, anyway.

 

Honestly, I’m not even sure I’m ready to think of any of that – some call it ostrich syndrome, I call it, knowing better.

 

The truth is, I don’t know what this year is going to be like for me. I don’t think any of us do.

So, I’m not going to sit back and worry myself into a frenzy – I may not get to choose how I am going to feel, but I sure as hell have a say in terms of how I’m going to think.
And, the only thing I can think of right now though, is that for the next twelve months, I am going to need to find a way to make, this little corner of the world – where the sun rises five hours after what I’m used to – feel like home.

 

It’s going to be an amazing journey – I can only hope you’ll tune back in and share it with me.

XOXO,
Nami

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The first few weeks at uni…

The first few weeks being a second year have not been as bad as I thought they would be. Having been in Portsmouth since the 8th September I am slightly relieved that everything is starting back now. The city is a buzz and Portsmouth is not so much of a “ghost town” that it was a month ago.

It is almost strange being a second year, I know where everything is and I know what to expect from lectures but maybe most importantly, this year counts towards my degree!

The first weeks of lectures have not been as bad as I anticipated, rather than chucking everything at us, they have eased us in and made me feel a lot better about second year (which I have been told is a big step up from first….but so far….so good….)

I am excited for what the year holds, Faculty Rep for CCI and on RAG committee are both exciting roles and I am thoroughly enjoying both of them. I have rejoined societies such as horse riding, tap and even have a show on Purefm again! As well as all these societies and roles I have also decided to do the “Great South Run” as part of my fundraising for Anthony Nolan. The Great South Run is a 10 mile run around Southsea and having watched all the  runners run past my halls last year I am excited to be one of them and hope to complete the run in a good time!  Massive thanks to Anthony Nolan who have given me so much support for this event and for sending me a running vest!

*If you want to donate just go here- https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Rhiannon-Jenkins3* #sorrynotsorry

I hope everyone has had a good first few weeks at university! I will leave you with some photos of my first few weeks.

Next week….I will be showing you how to make crepes! Yummy!

See you next week!

Rhi

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Rodney 🙂

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Sunset on the way to Matilda…

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Maximising the start of Uni

I’m Chris, a third year Computing student with an affection for all things tech.

Back at uni! Plus, it’s my final (third) year!

When I think of the word ‘final’ in relation to something, I associate it with almost being done and things generally petering off, but that’s not the case here. Between the most advanced units on my course, the year-long project and applying to graduate jobs, the final year is no place for procrastination. On the flip side, I’m going to take a safe bet and predict that time will go just as quick as in prior years, with deadlines coming like buses while working relentlessly on anything and everything.

All the same, you can’t just keep a workaholic attitude going – which is why I’d encourage ‘finding your Zen’, not to sound too mystical, but just a kind of meditative state – why do you think you come up with new thoughts and ideas when you’re in the shower or about to sleep?

Leading on from ideas, having a supervisor for a final year project is so important as you can bounce thoughts off them and they can provide confirmation of your own intentions, but with friends/family/tutors this can be done any-time at university and it’s a shame many people don’t develop their own ideas within topics more while at university.

After a rather standard summer food-wise, it’s nice to shop around and try the odd crazy recipe. I know I’m not alone in this, but when making a meal from a new recipe it’s reassuring to make sure that even if the recipe goes wrong there’s enough to recover for a meal.

Despite the hustle and bustle of a uni year, you should certainly check out what the Union’s offering, I’ve found some interesting events from the Union website which don’t get widely advertised, not just sport but many happenings of interest, for example at the end of October I’ll be going to a talk and signing of an author I’ve read since high school.

Just an introduction so I kept it short, they’ll not doubt be more stuff coming up soon…if you’ve got something exciting lined up let me know!

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