RED (and white) January – the conclusion

It’s over. I did it. What did I do? I raised some money for the mental health charity Mind. I did something active every day, and felt good physically and mentally as a result. I reflected on my own mental health, and learned things about myself. I had many conversations about why I was doingContinue reading “RED (and white) January – the conclusion”

RED January Day 29 – knee worries

I wasn’t sure whether today’s run could, or should, happen. Yesterday I hurt my knee. Not a lot, but enough to make me worry. Injury – the thing I have been avoiding at all cost. We’ve invested in a cross trainer, and I had my first play on it yesterday afternoon. I warmed up firstContinue reading “RED January Day 29 – knee worries”

RED January Day 27 – The thankful run

The sun shone brightly today, but it was bitterly cold with a 44mph north-westerly wind. Significant wind chill. Running has made me weather-obsessed. I procrastinated this morning with a lovely yoga session. And then, eventually, headed out into the cold morning air. I needed an easy 5K run today. To keep me going, I triedContinue reading “RED January Day 27 – The thankful run”

RED January Day 26 – Parkrun volunteer and time for a walk

I didn’t get to run at parkrun today, because I was taking a turn at volunteering instead. I had volunteered once previously, when I was given the responsible job of handing out finishing tokens. These record runner’s positions, which in turn allows timings to be allocated to the correct runners. Big responsibility. This time, IContinue reading “RED January Day 26 – Parkrun volunteer and time for a walk”

RED January Day 25 – Burns Night and fartlek

A while ago I downloaded Nike Run Club on my phone. So far, I hadn’t got round to using it. With my phone telling me it’s running out of memory, I needed to try out one of the NRC runs, to see whether it’s worth keeping the app. I had about half an hour orContinue reading “RED January Day 25 – Burns Night and fartlek”

RED January Day 24 – more dinosaurs, an escape from Mr McGregor and some running

I’m proud that I managed to keep going this week. The week was already set to be full, with the usual demands of family life, work and study, plus an important meeting. Then, most significant of all, my son came back from Scotland, where he has been working for the past six months. We hadn’tContinue reading “RED January Day 24 – more dinosaurs, an escape from Mr McGregor and some running”

RED January Day 19, and a burning question

Today was parkrun day, so an easy choice for RED January. I completed days 17 and 18 with interval running on the 17th and a swim/water Pilates on the 18th. Nothing very exciting, but I got it done. Today was expected to be cold, with some possible light rain. When I arrived at Minehead, theContinue reading “RED January Day 19, and a burning question”

RED January Day 16 – Pilates

With January the time for resolutions, shops are bursting with fitness clothing and equipment. On a recent trip to the supermarket to buy groceries I was tempted by leggings, a yoga block and a set of resistance bands. Today I decided to try out my shiny new resistance bands. I had no idea what toContinue reading “RED January Day 16 – Pilates”

RED January mid-point

I’ve heard that this is the point at which people begin to run out of motivation. I can relate to that. Yesterday, with a streaming cold, the last thing I felt like doing was exercising. When I got home, I wanted to put my feet up with a hot chocolate and a great big slabContinue reading “RED January mid-point”

RED January Day 13 – One for the dog

I had no intention of including dog walking in Red January, because I already do it every day. And also because my dog is supremely lazy and walks so slow we almost go backwards. But today he was on top form. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, and he had a spring inContinue reading “RED January Day 13 – One for the dog”