ramblings of a 30 something bloke



November 2015


by Rob Sked, on love, remember, forever

I had a conversation with a friend and I was lost for words and I was moved to tears. This friend sadly lost his wife a few weeks ago, and I hadn't seen him since her funeral. We exchanged the usual pleasantries, the usual questions "How are you? Great to see you. If you need anything, you know I'm just up the road". It was when I said "If you…



October 2015


by Rob Sked, on 10mins, photography, learning, nature

On the way back from the Isle Of Wight, for a short break with my wife and son, I ended up purchasing a new camera.... And when I say "camera" and "purchased", I really mean "proper camera" and "had to have a think about it over several weeks and more than 50 cups of tea". Before our wedding anniversary trip, we had a wedding to attend at the start of…



October 2015

Start the clock

by Rob Sked, on 10mins, Writing, Reading

A long, long time ago, I was reading through an interesting article on the Ghost blog about 10 minute writing workouts to improve your creativity, clarity, and storytelling skills. One of my biggest struggles with keeping a blog going has always been keeping the content fresh, new. Far too often, I think of something that I want to write but never really find the time or substance to beef it…



December 2014

2015 and onwards

by Rob Sked, on CouchTo5k, Injury

2015 is nearly here, and with that, a renewed me will be setting out to conquer my Couch to 5k challenge from last year. Short version: I had bad shoes when I first started running, and these left me with a stress fracture on my left ankle. I've pretty much been resting it since July 2014. Fingers crossed it's now healed up enough that I'll be able to start afresh…



June 2014

Couch to 5k - Week 5 recap

by Rob Sked, on Excitement, Progress

Week five of my "Couch to 5k" started on the 17th May. Week five is where everything changes - rather than run a single program for the week, you run three separate programs. Each run is designed to increase the amount of time you run. The programmes for this week: Run 1 A brisk 5-minute walk 5 minutes of running 3 minutes of walking 5 minutes of running 3 minutes…



June 2014

Music to run with

by Rob Sked, on bmp, music, Apocalyptic rave

One of the main things I've enjoyed about the Couch to 5k podcasts (aside from Laura) is the mix of music that's in the podcast. For weeks one and two, I really noticed that it was the perfect mix for getting you up and running and testing out different paces. There was a brilliant mix of dance, rock and techno. The BPM for each track (in my mind) was different…