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RED January Day 10 – feeling proud

I’ve had two barriers, two things blocking me in my running: I’ve not been able to run for more than 30 minutes I couldn’t run a full 5K without having a little walk On my frustrating drive home from work, I contemplated what I would do for RED January today. I decided to break one of my running barriers, and run for 35 minutes. As my neighbourhood (unlit country lanes […]

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RED January day 9 – treadmill interval run, and running from dinosaurs

I had a fun morning at work, being chased around the nursery garden by dinosaurs and dragons. Eventually, they caught me. The game warmed me up nicely, and I thought I might be cheeky and count it as my RED January activity today (and when I checked later in the day – my Fitbit had recognised the dinosaur game as a workout). My afternoon was less productive. After lunch, I […]

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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 7 – Yoga

A day spent working with two year olds ought to be active enough. I certainly feel like I’ve had a full and active day. Chasing around the garden, picking children up, carrying children, sitting on chairs designed for two year olds, being sat on like a chair for two year olds, and sitting on the floor can leave me feeling tired, sore and aching. After my first day back at […]

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RED January – Reality check

Reality is dawning. Tomorrow I’m back at work, and my course has restarted. How am I ever going to find the time to do all the things I need to do? I took a twelve month study break from my postgraduate, distance learning course this time last year. This was for various reasons and, just after I applied for the break, I found myself unwell and at an absolute low […]

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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 4 – Water Pilates

The last weekday of holiday before returning to work next week. I made the most of my time by joining a Water Pilates class at my local leisure centre. The focus of Water Pilates is to build core strength. The instructor introduces very controlled movements, which are repeated while focusing on breathing, and engaging the core. One of the other class members commented ‘what’s really fascinating about this is that […]

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