Parkrun first lady again
Jan27

Parkrun first lady again

The other day I, unexpectedly, became the first woman across the line at parkrun. My parkrun times have slipped a bit since my heyday of 2017, when I had a phase of regularly getting a time below 23 minutes. That’s when I got my PB of 22:23. Lately, my time has consistently been around 23:40, which is still pretty good for a normal person. While my times remain pretty consistent, my positions change depending on who else is...

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The indoor athletics competition
Jan22

The indoor athletics competition

Athletics is a summer sport and athletes compete outdoors, right? Right. Except there is a smaller indoor athletics season, with competitions taking place at a few indoor facilities in major cities in the UK. This winter, my son was very keen to take part in his first indoor athletics competitions. From my point of view, there was a small problem in that my son hasn’t done a single long jump since he fractured his pelvis at the...

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The wheat intolerance
Jan20

The wheat intolerance

A couple of years ago, my younger son started saying he didn’t want to eat spaghetti bolognese any more, because it made him feel ill. I thought he was just being fussy, so I carried on making it for him. When he moaned more, I cut it down to once a fortnight rather than once a week (to the disgust of my other kids who love spag bol). Then one day he described himself out of the blue as ‘the second most wheat intolerant...

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My favourite blogposts of 2019
Jan15

My favourite blogposts of 2019

The other day, I shared with you my top blogposts of 2019. Those are my most read posts, which are mainly about ballet exams and were mainly written many years ago. But today I wanted to share with you my favourite posts from the last year from my own blog. Some of these blogposts weren’t even particularly popular with readers, but that doesn’t matter. Of course, I like people to read what I’ve written, but most of...

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How far did I run in 2019?
Jan13

How far did I run in 2019?

At the start of 2019, I had one really big aim for my running – to run my first marathon! As a part of that, I also wanted to run more than 100 miles in a month for the first time ever and to run more than 1000 miles in a year for the first time ever. I hit my 100 miles in February and the good news is, I ran my marathon. It went every bit as well as I hoped it would. I also blogged a lot about my training along the way. In...

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My top posts of 2019
Jan06

My top posts of 2019

I blog about family life with my three teenagers – the things that happen to us and the issues that affect us. Increasingly, I blog about running too – the races, the training and the many parkruns my family takes part in. These are the things I like to write about, but what do my readers like to read about? The post I’ve published that day will usually be my top performing post of the day (unless it’s a book...

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