Cheltenham Challenge half marathon
Jun20

Cheltenham Challenge half marathon

Last year, I decided I’d like to run all of the half marathons in the county over the next couple of years. Having already run Forest of Dean, Cheltenham (five times), Stroud (twice) and Tewkesbury (twice), there weren’t that many left to run. A big one to tick off was Cheltenham Challenge half marathon. Cheltenham Challenge is a race for the charity Caring for Communities and People, which supports homeless people and...

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The HRT patch
Jun18

The HRT patch

My GP recently recommended that I move to an HRT patch rather than take HRT tablets. You can read more about that here. So what is it like using an HRT patch? An HRT patch is like a large plaster. It is completely clear, so not very visible. It should be applied to a fairly small area of the body around the bum and hips, so shouldn’t show through your clothes anyway. The leaflet makes it very clear that it should be in this...

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How to train (and not to train) for a marathon
Jun17

How to train (and not to train) for a marathon

I may have mentioned that I ran a marathon recently. For me, that was a huge achievement and I felt a real sense of pride. It was pride not just in crossing the line on the day, but in all the work I’d done leading up to it. My legs ached and I was tired, but I was free from injury and I didn’t hit the wall during the race. Running a marathon isn’t pushing your body to the absolute limit, but it’s certainly...

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Silent Sunday 16.6.19
Jun16

Silent Sunday 16.6.19

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The new athlete (and the old athlete)
Jun13

The new athlete (and the old athlete)

A few months ago, we took the decision to let my daughter keep attending one of her ballet classes even though she didn’t need to be there. She would have been repeating the syllabus she’d already learned in her senior class. But she liked the people and repeating the syllabus isn’t a bad thing as it helps reinforce your learning. But my daughter has devoted all of her extra-curricular time to dance since the age of 6 and it means...

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