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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Menopause, HRT and the NHS
Jun11

Menopause, HRT and the NHS

A few months ago, I told you that I had gone on HRT, after months of horrible night sweats. My GP was really helpful and I had no qualms at all about going on it. I’m pleased to say that the night sweats have gone and I may even be sleeping a bit better (although I do always tend to sleep a bit better in summer). Because I’m only 45, because I haven’t completely gone through the menopause and also because I’m...

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How to stay positive on a marathon (or long training run)
Jun10

How to stay positive on a marathon (or long training run)

A marathon isn’t just a physical challenge. It’s a mental one too. And it’s not just restricted to those three, four, five or more hours of race day. It’s a challenge that lasts for weeks beforehand. To get through 26.2 miles and those endless long training runs, you need to stay positive. But is that easier said than done? Here are a few things I’ve found that have helped me stay positive. ‘I can...

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Spice Up Your Life (Spice World tour)
Jun06

Spice Up Your Life (Spice World tour)

I was lucky enough to go and see Spice Girls on their Spice World tour in Coventry this week. I loved the Spice Girls back in the day and saw both of their tours back in the 90s – one with Geri and one without. I would have been gutted to miss out on this one. Luckily my old friend from work and her daughters managed to get tickets for us. It sounds cheesy, but the Spice Girls got me though probably the toughest time of my life....

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The new lounge
Jun04

The new lounge

Right at the start of the year, we decided this would be the year we worked on our lounge. I say, ‘we’, but it was entirely my husband’s idea because he is much better at seeing what is wrong with things and working out how to put them right. It was four years since we’d had our kitchen done, a year since the ensuite bathroom was done and the lounge was letting the house down a bit. The lounge wasn’t...

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The new athletics season and a new PB
Jun03

The new athletics season and a new PB

My younger son is a very good rugby and football player, but it’s actually in athletics that he really shines. Unfortunately, he can’t do much athletics training over the winter because of the demands of his football and rugby, but once the athletics season comes round, he gives it his all. His enthusiasm for athletics knows no bounds and he will happily sacrifice kicking a ball around with his friends at lunchtime to put...

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