Running for pleasure
May03

Running for pleasure

It may you surprise you, because I run half marathons and love parkrun, that I don’t run for competition or medals, I run for pleasure. Most of the time, I’m not training for an event, but four times a week, without fail, I run. I run because I love it. It makes me feel better, both physically and mentally. Not that there’s anything ‘wrong’ with me as such, either physically or mentally, but I can still...

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Getting the running bug
Nov06

Getting the running bug

Going back two or three years, I was the only person in my family that ran. It was my little quirk. Mummy’s thing. Sarah’s thing. The rest of the family were aware that I did it, but it didn’t interest them. I think they thought I was a little bit mad. But three or four times a week I ran four miles and I felt good for it. When my husband and I ran the Cheltenham half marathon in 2013, my daughter wanted to go along...

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The Pokemon Go frenzy
Aug22

The Pokemon Go frenzy

At the start of the school holidays, I wrote about how brilliant I think Pokemon Go is. I’ll be honest, I was slightly worried about how my younger son would cope with the holidays. He thrives at school and really needs the stimulation it gives him. Without that, he retreats into his iPad and iPhone (always both at the same time) to keep himself amused. He usually sits on his own in his room, which I’m not keen on. I want...

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TomTom Spark Cardio & Music fitness watch
Jun15

TomTom Spark Cardio & Music fitness watch

I’ve been wondering for a while now whether I need a fitness watch. So many people seem to have them and they seem to be great at encouraging people to exercise. But I don’t need encouragement to exercise. I’ve been running with apps on my phone for the last couple of years and they seem to do a pretty good job. I use Moves app to count my steps and RunKeeper to record my runs – it keeps track of my pace and...

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The Gallery: Health and fitness
Feb25

The Gallery: Health and fitness

I don’t make new year’s resolutions to get fit and healthy. I’m pleased to say I don’t need to, because health and fitness is a way of life for me. I’m not ‘good’, it’s just the way I am. I’ve never in my life been inside a gym and I don’t intend to. I train in nature’s own gym (OK, it’s more like nature’s own council estates and industrial estates, but you...

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