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Red January day 3

Today was going to be tricky, and emotional, as I would be driving my daughter back to Falmouth, where she is a university student. It’s been lovely having Sophia at home for the holidays, and we are going to miss her. And then on top of the emotional goodbyes, a round trip with a driving time of almost six hours leaves little time for RED January. Would I be able […]

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RED January

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com January can be a tricky time. Christmas out of the way, but the worst of the winter still to come. Short gloomy days, dark mornings and evenings, miserable weather, and money tight after Christmas. And then there are New Year’s resolutions, which only serve to make us feel bad about ourselves when we don’t keep them. So this year I’m trying something different. I’m doing […]

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A different kind of graduation

As each year comes to a close, we tend to reflect on the highs and lows of the year. For me, ‘graduating’ from NHS England’s Couch to 5K programme has been a definite high. This graduation means that I can now run for 30 minutes at a time. I don’t yet cover the full 5k in that 30 minutes, but I’m getting closer on each run. I hadn’t expected this […]

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Winter solstice blues

At my first parkrun, someone said to me ‘if you can keep running through winter, by the spring you’ll be flying’. Easy enough in theory. With winter solstice in less than a week, short gloomy days, dark mornings and evenings, inhospitable weather, and the temptations of the festive season on the horizon, it’s easy to let things slip. Yesterday I wimped out of parkrun. The weather outside was truly frightful; […]

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My first winter run

  December 1st The first day of winter, and the day when excited children begin peeling open advent calendars for the big Christmas countdown. I lie in bed listening to torrential rain drum down. We’ve had a week of stormy weather, flooded roads and fallen trees. My daily commute across the gorgeous Quantock Hills has been challenging. But the weekend is here now, and it’s time for my first ever […]

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Me? A runner?

The funny thing about running is that it can change your mind-set. I have, for fifty-one years, seen myself as a non-runner. Now I want to run, and I’m becoming a little obsessed. Not that I was always inactive – as a child I was constantly (as children were in the ’70s) ‘on the go’. We played outside all day long throughout the school holidays, after school and at weekends. […]

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The Fledgling Runner

Weekends. Time is precious and can quickly slip away. So I’ve decided that joining a parkrun is a good idea. Up, out and running by 9 O’Clock on a Saturday morning prevents time from slipping away unnoticed. I say this, but so far I’ve only done two park runs. My first run came as a shock. I’ve been doing Couch to 5K on the treadmill at home, and was getting […]

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