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RED January day 8

I was really fortunate today. I didn’t need to start work until 11am, so I had plenty of time for a run before work. I followed my usual 3 mile route. My usual run is slightly hilly and, for the most part, follows country lanes. It begins with a bit of a hill, with a nice long downhill slope on the other side. Then it’s a steady uphill pull all […]

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RED January Day 5 – Minehead parkrun

I’d like to tell you about Minehead Parkrun. It’s quite a small parkrun. Numbers fluctuate and, being a seaside town, we often have visitors. Today 117 runners completed the course . Minehead is a coastal town in the UK county of West Somerset. It’s near to Exmoor National Park, surrounded by stunningly beautiful countryside, and is well worth a visit (and I don’t even work for the Minehead Tourist Board!) […]

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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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