Manchester marathon 2022
Apr05

Manchester marathon 2022

After 15 weeks, 69 runs and 460 miles in training, my husband and I ran Manchester marathon. It was my third marathon and his first – after a couple of false starts. I had stuck to the training plan well, but my husband had tailed off between weeks 7 to 11. He hadn’t done anywhere near enough miles in the midweek, then tried playing catch-up in the last few weeks. He ended up with a calf injury. But he was determined to...

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The Manchester marathon maranoia
Mar29

The Manchester marathon maranoia

All being well, my husband and I will be running Manchester marathon in a few days. I’ve written before about maranoia – the very special paranoia which many runners suffer from in the last few days and weeks before a marathon. You’ve put so much work in and you don’t want anything to get in the way and stop you from running that race. Then there is also the irrational fears and worries about the day itself....

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The puppy class
Mar22

The puppy class

When Hetty the cockapoo (or cockerpoo) puppy had her jabs at 12 weeks, the vet said she was ‘very lively’. I initially took this as a compliment, but afterwards I beat myself up over not asking more. Was she more lively than other puppies? Was she too lively? I’ve never had a puppy before, I don’t know what’s ‘normal’. It was like when I heard the health visitor describe my eldest as...

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Things I worried about with getting a dog
Mar15

Things I worried about with getting a dog

We’d been considering getting a dog for a long time before we finally took the plunge and got Hetty the cockapoo puppy. There were a lot of things I was concerned about, which were holding us back. The things I worried about were: The furniture and carpet getting ruined Picking up poo Dealing with dog food The smell of a dog The dog being sick The grass getting ruined (my husband’s worry!) I still worry about the furniture...

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The third wisdom tooth extraction
Mar08

The third wisdom tooth extraction

A couple of months ago, I started getting some sensitivity in my teeth. It was the classic waves of pain when I ate or drank anything cold. Probably just my age. I look after my teeth well and always have done. I brush them for the full two minutes with an electric toothbrush twice a day and floss every day. When I went to the dentist for a check-up a month ago, I mentioned the sensitivity. She advised I use a toothpaste for sensitive...

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Life with a puppy
Mar01

Life with a puppy

As a family, we are complete dog novices. None of us have owned a dog before and neither my husband or myself grew up with dogs. We went into puppy ownership with our eyes wide open and we have a lot of love to give. But it is hard! We knew having a puppy would be hard, but we probably didn’t know quite how hard. I am reassured every day by the people who tell me how rewarding it is and the many people I see out walking their...

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