40:40:40 and Why It’s a Bad Deal.

Have you heard of the 40:40:40? You work 40 hours a week for 40 years of your life to get 40% of your income for your pension.

When I saw that ratio I got really angry. I mean *bleeping* ANGRY. In my career I have worked many weeks that were over 40 hours. I’ve paid into a pension for a few years too. And yet I have very little to show for it. At the time of writing this I am 37 and in theory I have around another 30 years left of working under the 40:40:40 ratio. Well, doesn’t that just sound like fun!

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What Running Has Taught Me

Back in the summer of 2014 I began running. Not just jogging round the park for fun, but actual “proper” running to help manage depression and anxiety and give my brain some down time. I got myself the C25K app and I began to train. I signed up for my first (and so far only) Obstacle Course Race over a distance of 5K in the September to give myself a target. Then I did something a bit crazy and signed up for a half marathon in Stockholm 1 year later in September of this year. I had no idea the journey I was about to go on.

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