Valentine’s Run

Today was the local leisure centre’s 5K Valentine’s Run. It was a small event. The centre has a few of these little runs throughout the year. There’s a very modest £5 entry fee, half of which is donated to charity. Runners get a lovely run, refreshments and a nice medal. Registration and the pre-race briefingContinue reading “Valentine’s Run”

The Beautiful Run

To parkrun or not parkrun, that was the question yesterday. And the answer was ‘not’. Because I was afraid that, after the recent snow, it might be slippery and I might fall over. Pavements near my house were very slippery where slushy snow had frozen. I didn’t want to risk it. So I did aContinue reading “The Beautiful Run”

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 22 – My happy run

I really didn’t feel like it this morning. I had a day off, and lots of jobs to catch up on before going to a meeting this afternoon. And it was cold outside. The weather forecast had hinted at sleet. And I wanted to be lazy. I reluctantly put on running clothes, and took theContinue reading “RED January Day 22 – My happy run”

RED January Day 20 – not quite intervals

A bit of yoga to stretch out yesterday’s aches, and then time for a run. I was due a 3K run on the training plan that I’m following, so I thought intervals would be good for today. I’ve been using one of the Couch to 5K+ podcasts – Speed – for interval training. I’ve usedContinue reading “RED January Day 20 – not quite intervals”