A word of advice
Apr12

A word of advice

I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed for the past few months, more overwhelmed than I’ve felt in a long time. I’ve had more work than usual, which is good financially, but leaves me with little time to do those important life admin jobs we all have. Not being able to do them stresses me out. I’m menopausal or perimenopausal, I’m not even sure which any more. But I’ve been that way for a long time and...

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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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Training for Manchester marathon
Feb15

Training for Manchester marathon

I am now more than halfway through my training programme for Manchester marathon. As it’s not long since I did my last marathon (Newport in October 2021), I decided not to bore you with quite such regular training updates! It wasn’t really my plan to run a marathon in spring 2022. Having run one in autumn 2021, I was happy to wait until spring 2023. But of course my husband got Covid the day before the Newport marathon and...

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How far did I run in 2021?
Jan11

How far did I run in 2021?

2021 started just as most of 2020 had ended – with a lot of uncertainty! With Covid cases still rising, would we be able to get back to races this year? Would parkrun come back? I started training for Newport marathon on 4th January, ready for the race on 18th April, but I knew it would be a miracle if it went ahead. It was postponed two weeks later. I was also booked in for the Tewkesbury half marathon and Cheltenham Challenge...

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2021: That was the year that was July to December
Jan04

2021: That was the year that was July to December

Like most people, 2021 started off rather slowly and quietly for us. But July was a good month. At the start of July, I ran my first ever 10k – Gloucester 10k, along with my husband and brother-in-law. Then my daughter did work experience at the primary school where my sister works and she absolutely loved it. My husband and I celebrated 21 years of marriage, sadly not with our traditional trip to London to see a show, but with...

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