It’s a hill – run round it: Round the Tor 10K

The Prologue Glastonbury is a town steeped in myth and legend. It is associated with King Arthur, said to have been visited by Joseph of Arimathea, and is home to a certain music festival. It is also, as I discovered yesterday, home to a lovely 10K race. After my experience at the sweltering Yeovil EasterContinue reading “It’s a hill – run round it: Round the Tor 10K”

Recovery Run – in more ways than one

To run or not to run, with a head full of cold and painful sinuses. Run, obviously, and try to clear out the mucous. This cold is going on and on, and frankly, I’ve had enough of it now. With a day off from my regular work, I had planned to try and get someContinue reading “Recovery Run – in more ways than one”

First Spring Run

Spring is here. Someone told me way back in November, on my first parkrun, that if I could keep running through the winter, I’d be flying by spring. Unfortunately, as spring arrived this week, so too did my first really bad cold of the year. So my exciting running plans for the first week ofContinue reading “First Spring Run”

Long run Tuesday

The 10K training plan that I’m following indicated a 9K long run this week. Last week’s plan also called for 9K. The trouble is, when you’re outside, it’s a glorious spring morning, and the route you planned is longer than 9K anyway (to allow for warming up and down), it’s easy to get carried away.Continue reading “Long run Tuesday”

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 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 12 – Emotional

Parkrun today. I set myself the challenge of running/jogging the full 5K – no walking allowed. I felt well prepared. I’d already had three good runs this week. I’d rested my running legs on the previous day, opting for water pilates and a swim for day 11. I managed to arrive at Minehead parkrun justContinue reading “RED January Day 12 – Emotional”

RED January Day 5 – Minehead parkrun

I’d like to tell you about Minehead Parkrun. It’s quite a small parkrun. Numbers fluctuate and, being a seaside town, we often have visitors. Today 117 runners completed the course . Minehead is a coastal town in the UK county of West Somerset. It’s near to Exmoor National Park, surrounded by stunningly beautiful countryside, andContinue reading “RED January Day 5 – Minehead parkrun”

Winter solstice blues

At my first parkrun, someone said to me ‘if you can keep running through winter, by the spring you’ll be flying’. Easy enough in theory. With winter solstice in less than a week, short gloomy days, dark mornings and evenings, inhospitable weather, and the temptations of the festive season on the horizon, it’s easy toContinue reading “Winter solstice blues”

My first winter run

  December 1st The first day of winter, and the day when excited children begin peeling open advent calendars for the big Christmas countdown. I lie in bed listening to torrential rain drum down. We’ve had a week of stormy weather, flooded roads and fallen trees. My daily commute across the gorgeous Quantock Hills hasContinue reading “My first winter run”