Did I spend 1000 hours outside in 2021?
Jan13

Did I spend 1000 hours outside in 2021?

At the start of 2021, I set out to spend 1000 hours outside for the year. Or to see if I did spend around that amount of time outside, at any rate! I am a person who loves being outside and always spend a lot of time out there. If you say it quickly enough, 1000 hours in a year doesn’t sound that much. But, when you break it down, you realise that it’s actually an average of two hours and 45 minutes a day. Every day. Even...

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How far did I run in 2021?
Jan11

How far did I run in 2021?

2021 started just as most of 2020 had ended – with a lot of uncertainty! With Covid cases still rising, would we be able to get back to races this year? Would parkrun come back? I started training for Newport marathon on 4th January, ready for the race on 18th April, but I knew it would be a miracle if it went ahead. It was postponed two weeks later. I was also booked in for the Tewkesbury half marathon and Cheltenham Challenge...

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Silent Sunday 9.1.22
Jan09

Silent Sunday 9.1.22

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The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante
Jan07

The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante

I bought The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante with my birthday money a few months ago, because I loved her Neopolitan Quartet. The Lying Life of Adults has a lot in common with the Neopolitan Quartet – My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child. The main character, Giovanna, is like a cross between the two main characters in the Neopolitan Quartet...

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My favourite blogposts of 2021
Jan06

My favourite blogposts of 2021

The other day, I wrote about the most popular posts on my blog in 2021. But they’re not my own favourites! For many years, I blogged six or seven times per week, as there was always lots of stuff to write about. But in recent years, I’ve gradually started blogging less and less. My kids are grown up or nearly grown up and their stories are their own, not mine to share (although I have permission to share all the long jump...

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