The marathon paranoia (maranoia)
Oct05

The marathon paranoia (maranoia)

When you’re training for a marathon, it’s never far from your mind. I’m pretty sure I’m not just speaking for myself here, when I say it’s always there. It colours every thought. For me, I’m always thinking ahead to the next run and the one after that. How far, how fast? Do I need to eat more the day before? Will I have to start work late? Putting appointments into my calendar, I realised they...

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Coronavirus, hand washing and (not) panic buying
Mar09

Coronavirus, hand washing and (not) panic buying

So, in a bid to combat coronavirus, we’ve all been learning to wash our hands properly. There are plenty of videos online and we all now know that you need to sing ‘happy birthday’ through twice to reach the magical 20 seconds. Why didn’t we know this before?! To be honest, I’m feeling pretty smug right now, because I’ve always been a good hand washer. I wash my hands at all the usual times –...

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Marathon training: Weeks 12 to 15
May07

Marathon training: Weeks 12 to 15

How did my final weeks of marathon training going? Weeks 12 to 15 took me from my longest training run, through tapering right to the big day! Week 12 The week started with a ’60 minute light run’, which is six miles to me. I dutifully did my body conditioning, and I realised that it hasn’t affected my running the next day for about three weeks now, so that’s real progress! (I still hate it though.) Then I had...

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Marathon training: The bad cold
May02

Marathon training: The bad cold

On Easter Sunday, exactly two weeks before Newport marathon, I woke up with a sore throat. It was surprising and unexpected, as well as being pretty uncomfortable, but I wasn’t worried about it. As the day wore on, it eased and I forgot all about it. Then I woke up with the sore throat for SIX consecutive days. By Easter Monday, I had a bad cold. I was a snotty, sneezing mess. The snot and the sneezing carried on into Tuesday....

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Half-term and the joke that wasn’t a joke
Feb22

Half-term and the joke that wasn’t a joke

Last year, we only had one holiday. You probably think that’s normal, but we usually have two. We never go away for more than a week at a time and we rarely go abroad, but we do like our holidays. My husband works ridiculously hard every day of the week and holidays are the only time we can really relax as a family. We were starting to regret our decision not to go away last October, so my husband suggested we go away in...

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