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Hot Runnings

Okay, so the desert image is something of an exaggeration. When I ran a festive Easter Bunny 10K on Easter Monday, the temperature was perhaps high teens or low twenties (degrees Celsius). But it was humid and muggy and I’m not at all used to running in the heat. Preparation (or not) I’ve been preparing consistently over time, building towards my first half marathon later in the year. So I […]

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Finding Balance

Yesterday I returned from a fascinating and enjoyable conference at Croyde Bay in Devon. My concerns about how the conference would impact on my fitness efforts formed the subject of my previous post. In the past I have always gained weight on these events. Sitting all day, being offered three course meals and cooked breakfasts, lots of coffee and biscuit breaks, and socialising (drinking) in the evening can all lead […]

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Conference Season

As a new runner, I can see that running is changing the way I perceive things. When I listen to music on the radio, I think about which tracks I should to add to my running playlist. As I drive around, I look out for possible new routes to run. When planning meals, I try to think about nourishing my body to fuel my runs. And I always wear good […]

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First Spring Run

Spring is here. Someone told me way back in November, on my first parkrun, that if I could keep running through the winter, I’d be flying by spring. Unfortunately, as spring arrived this week, so too did my first really bad cold of the year. So my exciting running plans for the first week of spring were put on hold. I managed a very feeble treadmill session by Thursday and […]

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Born to Run…Underground

Bath Two Tunnels 10K I’ve always believed myself to be a true Pisces fish, happiest in water. That was until I tried one of Relish Running’s Two Tunnels races in Bath. I’ve now decided that running underground in a mile long Victorian railway tunnel is just bliss. And no, I’m not being sarcastic or ironic or any of those things; this was a truly sublime experience. I signed up for […]

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10K Training

I’m one week away from my first 10K, and I’m a little nervous. But I’m sure I’ll be okay. I’ve been following a training plan; I’m prepared and ready. When I completed NHS England’s Couch to 5K┬áplan back in December, I felt a little lost. What next? I asked myself. I had made rapid progress, and then it felt like I had reached a plateau. Or a brick wall. In […]

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