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Recovery

I needed a 6.5 km recovery run this morning. The mileage was specified by my training plan, although the distance wasn’t really the important thing. What I really needed was to regain confidence and enjoy my run after Saturday’s tough long run. As I ate my pre-run porridge I caught up with my eldest daughter through messenger. My daughter lives far, far away in a land where day is night […]

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Mad dogs and foolish runners ….

What do they do? You guessed it. They go out in the midday sun, in August. Oh dear. Yesterday was Long Run Saturday. I have my first half marathon coming up in two weeks, and I wanted to get at least the half marathon distance in, and maybe a bit more. My training plan called for a ten mile run but, pah, I thought, why stop at ten? I was […]

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Rotolo

A delicious, carbilicious, vegetarian baked pasta dish Baked rotolo is a tasty, filling and easy to cook alternative to pasta dishes like lasagne or cannelloni. I based this recipe on one that I saw Jamie Oliver making on TV a few years ago. Jamie’s recipe used baked butternut squash – my family weren’t keen on the sweetness of the squash, so I leave it out. The dish is super easy […]

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The unexpected benefits of weight loss

While on holiday recently, I went for several long walks along stunningly beautiful Cornish coastal paths. I realised, as I picked my way along dusty, uneven, narrow, cliff edge paths, that I was not frightened. In the past, my previous self would have been terrified. But I was calm and could look around and enjoy the view. This had to be, I decided, a result of the improved balance that […]

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Dreams of running

I could be about to tell you about my running dreams and aspirations, about the marathon I’ve signed up for, or the ultra I want to do in some dim and distant fantasy future. But those dreams are a topic for a different day. Today, I’m preoccupied with the sort of running dreams we might have when we sleep. Last night I believe I had my first dream that was […]

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Don’t panic!

We all have our triggers, things that can send a generally rational person into out-of-control panic mode. One of my triggers (and I usually consider myself to be a pretty laid back sort of person) sits skulking on the platform of my local railway station; the self-service ticket machine. It’s a standing joke with my family. Supposedly funny remarks are frequently made, in all sorts of circumstances, about allowing ‘enough […]

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Trailing off….

Today I had some firsts. I ran my first 10 mile run. I did my first bit of trail running (just three of the ten miles). I ran in my new trail shoes – my first ever pair of trail shoes. And I tackled a particularly impressive hill, which my son has been telling me to try for some months now. When I left the house this morning I didn’t […]

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