The best things in life are outside

Living one moment at a time

My daily exercise

I haven’t been very active on the blog recently. I find it hard to write about the trivial details of my life (and runs) when all over the world people are losing their lives to COVID-19. But it is important to find joy where we can, and to stay positive. This disease is taking people’s lives – and it is also having a massive negative impact on mental health. It […]

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Happy Birthday Run

A moment of joy amongst the uncertainty and worry of coronavirus. Today is my birthday, and I am fortunate that my birthday fell on a day off. With people being told to avoid social contact, the choice of birthday activities is a little limited. But that’s okay – the main things is to stay safe and healthy. At the moment, in the UK, we are still allowed to go outside […]

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And just like that….

Our world changes. Just last week I had a very busy calendar. Suddenly everything is on hold. It is sobering to think of how the world can change so rapidly in the face of something as small as a virus. It makes me think of H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, and it makes me feel very vulnerable. I am grateful for my health, and I am deeply […]

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Long longer longest runs

Now my marathon training is well underway, the long run distances are getting slightly scary. This weekend I needed to run 17 miles. It looked like a beautiful morning with the bluest sky. Pity about the wind. The wind was fierce; the wind had teeth. Another thing about this marathon training is that – with so much running to do – you can’t afford to wait for a better day. […]

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January Blue Sky Run

I was itching to get out for a long run, after forfeiting my long run for a trip to London last weekend. A perfect morning – blue sky, cold, but no wind. The run took longer than it needed to. I walked to navigate around some particularly swampy puddles in the twelfth mile – and it took a while to get going again. The last two miles were very hard […]

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Adapting the training plan

There’s no time for my usual long run this weekend, as I’m in the big smoke (London) to see a play. To compensate, I had a longer recovery run – eight miles – earlier in the week. I had worried that it was a bit soon after my long run for an eight miles run, but it was glorious and I enjoyed every minute. This morning I managed an interval […]

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Long Run Saturday

Today was long run day. I really wasn’t in the mood. Given the choice to do any kind of run I’d have chosen an easy treadmill run, with Forest Gump playing on my tablet. Outside did not look appealing. But I needed a long run, so that was that. When running long runs, I prefer to alternate between full long runs, where I (hope to) increase distance, and shorter long […]

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New Year Running

I’m pleased that I found time to get a run in on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Both were 5K recovery runs along the same route in grey, gloomy, foggy weather. On both occasions, I felt tired and sluggish, and my times weren’t great. And then I compared with the equivalent run last year. Social media was going crazy yesterday with people’s decade photographs. I wasn’t able […]

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Happy New Year

Reflecting on the past year a few days ago, I said to my family that 2019 had been a horrible year and I’d be glad to see the back of it. We have, as a family, had a couple of truly horrific – and I mean really shocking – things happen this year. But we coped and got through it. We are strong, and we have each other. But then […]

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Fifteen miles fuelled by Christmas

I decided on 27th December to attempt my first fifteen mile run. I should have done this weeks ago. Since I completed my first half marathon back in September, I’ve been telling myself that I’m gradually increasing my mileage, in training for Newport Marathon next April. But, as the year comes to an end, I realise that I’ve been telling myself sweet little white lies. My weekly mileage has not […]

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