Improvement is relative

A year ago I ran my first half marathon – Bridgwater Half Marathon. I’ve been reflecting a lot on this lately because, over the summer, running hasn’t been going so well for me. I’ve only been running for just under two years and, for the first eighteen months or so, it was progress all theContinue reading “Improvement is relative”

Happy Bank Holiday Monday

It’s a public holiday in the UK – August bank holiday. A last chance, for those of us lucky enough to get the day off (four out of six people in my household are working today anyway, holiday or not), to go out and make the most of the summer. This time last year myContinue reading “Happy Bank Holiday Monday”

The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Grief of Christmas Present

Christmas can be a painful time for many of us, made more difficult by the expectation that everyone should be having a wonderful time. My Christmases used to be filled with nothing but joy. As a child they were all about awe, wonder new toys and chocolate. Then, as I grew up, enjoyment of ChristmasContinue reading “The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Grief of Christmas Present”

Hello winter, goodbye autumn

Spring and autumn are times of transition. Thinking back to the start of the autumn – I was about to run my first half marathon, and it was hot. It was too hot. It stayed hot until, all of a sudden, around mid-October, it wasn’t. Everything went cold, wet and windy. Suddenly the biggest problemContinue reading “Hello winter, goodbye autumn”

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 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 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”

RED January day 9 – treadmill interval run, and running from dinosaurs

I had a fun morning at work, being chased around the nursery garden by dinosaurs and dragons. Eventually, they caught me. The game warmed me up nicely, and I thought I might be cheeky and count it as my RED January activity today (and when I checked later in the day – my Fitbit hadContinue reading “RED January day 9 – treadmill interval run, and running from dinosaurs”