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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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