A week off work
Apr12

A week off work

We should have been on holiday in Padstow last week. We booked it way back in August last year, when the world was getting back to normal and we couldn’t possibly imagine things would all go horribly wrong again. We just chose one of the weeks of the Easter holidays at random, without putting any thought into it. We chose the wrong one. If we’d have chosen this week, we would be in Padstow right now, without question....

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Easter Sunday 2021
Apr06

Easter Sunday 2021

Easter Sunday this year was a special one for us, just as it was for so many families in the UK. On 29th March, lockdown restrictions were eased, meaning six people or two households could meet outside. So we could have my mum and dad round for Easter! Last Easter, I had Covid myself (although I was never tested, because testing wasn’t a thing then unless you were very ill). Then at the end of last year, my Dad was seriously ill...

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Covid-19: ‘I never felt ill’
Mar30

Covid-19: ‘I never felt ill’

It’s been three months since my dad came out of hospital after a month with Covid-19, including time spent on a ventilator. Since then, he has made a remarkable recovery. Within about six weeks, you would never have guessed he’d been ill. He’s got no long Covid. No depression or PTSD. It is incredible. For me, I still get a couple of flashbacks a week to things that happened when he was in hospital. These memories...

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Lockdown 3: The end is in sight…
Mar16

Lockdown 3: The end is in sight…

Well, the kids have gone back to school, we’ve got the government’s ‘road map’ and the end of lockdown 3 is in sight. I don’t know about you, but every lockdown has felt very different, while also feeling very familiar. During lockdown 1, I counted the weeks for a long time. I remember everyone was so hung up on the end of the first three weeks and many people genuinely thought life would instantly get...

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Why running is good for mental health
Mar09

Why running is good for mental health

I think most people’s mental health has taken a knock over the last year. But for me, and many others, running has been a huge help. I’ll be open with you from the start here – I don’t have mental health problems. But I do have mental health. We all do. And it’s important to look after that. I am a big worrier though. I wake up most days worrying about stupid things. I often feel overwhelmed by them. Then...

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The (not)parkrun PB
Mar04

The (not)parkrun PB

I have run a (not)parkrun every week since parkrun ended on 14th March last year. The first few weeks were unofficial, then in June last year it became an official thing. Whenever possible, I run my (not)parkrun 5k as close as possible to 9am on a Saturday – generally with my husband and my younger son. On the weeks when this hasn’t been possible because we’ve been busy (weeks when we would normally have done parkrun...

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