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Let’s hear it for the trails

I had no idea, when I laced up my trainers for a trail run yesterday (19th September 2020), that it was Global Trail Running Day. I’ve got a trail race coming up in four weeks, which I’m a little nervous about. So I need to increase my off-road running. I planned an eleven mile route which would take me along the coast path. For basic safety, I had plenty of […]

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Reconnecting with cycling

One of the better aspects of the long and strange summer of 2020 has been rediscovering cycling. We haven’t been away on holiday at all this year. We’ve had days out, been for lots of walks, done some decorating, DIY and gardening (a “staycation” in the true meaning of the word – but I’m not going to get into that debate!) One of the days out was a trip to […]

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Happy Bank Holiday Monday

It’s a public holiday in the UK – August bank holiday. A last chance, for those of us lucky enough to get the day off (four out of six people in my household are working today anyway, holiday or not), to go out and make the most of the summer. This time last year my daughter and I ran the Severn Bridge 10K – on the hottest August bank holiday […]

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Dark Woods

Who’d have thought that I’d choose to spend a Saturday evening running in the dark, through mud, in the woods? Dark Woods was my first trail race, and my first night race. It took place just a ten minute drive away from my home, at Great Wood in the Quantock Hills. I’ve been thinking about trying a trail race for a while, and as this one was so close to […]

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Long run Tuesday

The 10K training plan that I’m following indicated a 9K long run this week. Last week’s plan also called for 9K. The trouble is, when you’re outside, it’s a glorious spring morning, and the route you planned is longer than 9K anyway (to allow for warming up and down), it’s easy to get carried away. Last week I miscalculated the conversion between miles and KM, realised that I was almost […]

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Valentine’s Run

Today was the local leisure centre’s 5K Valentine’s Run. It was a small event. The centre has a few of these little runs throughout the year. There’s a very modest £5 entry fee, half of which is donated to charity. Runners get a lovely run, refreshments and a nice medal. Registration and the pre-race briefing were in the centre’s cafe. Walkers went out to start first, and then runners about […]

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RED (and white) January – the conclusion

It’s over. I did it. What did I do? I raised some money for the mental health charity Mind. I did something active every day, and felt good physically and mentally as a result. I reflected on my own mental health, and learned things about myself. I had many conversations about why I was doing this strange thing – which prompted discussion about mental health matters. And that’s the important […]

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RED January Day 29 – knee worries

I wasn’t sure whether today’s run could, or should, happen. Yesterday I hurt my knee. Not a lot, but enough to make me worry. Injury – the thing I have been avoiding at all cost. We’ve invested in a cross trainer, and I had my first play on it yesterday afternoon. I warmed up first on the treadmill. I have very creaky knees at the best of times, and I […]

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RED January Day 27 – The thankful run

The sun shone brightly today, but it was bitterly cold with a 44mph north-westerly wind. Significant wind chill. Running has made me weather-obsessed. I procrastinated this morning with a lovely yoga session. And then, eventually, headed out into the cold morning air. I needed an easy 5K run today. To keep me going, I tried out a Nike Run Club run – the ‘Thank You Run’. This is a 45 […]

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RED January Day 26 – Parkrun volunteer and time for a walk

I didn’t get to run at parkrun today, because I was taking a turn at volunteering instead. I had volunteered once previously, when I was given the responsible job of handing out finishing tokens. These record runner’s positions, which in turn allows timings to be allocated to the correct runners. Big responsibility. This time, I was trusted with the even greater task of timing each runner as they passed the […]

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