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Garden Running

On 29 March, on what should have been half-marathon day, I felt downbeat. I should have been running 13.1 miles. I had been looking forward to the race for months and had planned to beat my time significantly. This is not a woe is me piece. The world has far bigger problems than cancelled races,…

(No) Half-marathon Tomorrow

I wrote about my plans for my second half marathon¬†only weeks ago. On 3 March, we had heard of the coronavirus COVID-19 but like every other virus that the media threatened would kill us, we didn’t think about it much. We would have been empathetic to the plight of the Chinese people but would probably…

Why I Run

I wrote this post in April 2019. The reminder of how unhappy I was with my body stings. Despite my protestations that it didn’t matter, it obviously did. However, weight doesn’t seem to matter now. The way I feel is far more important. The original post is included below, in all its harshness, but I…

Half-marathons

With half-marathon number 2 fast approaching, I wanted to take a glance back at my first one. I’ve come a long way since. Not only have I lost nearly two stone in weight and stopped drinking, but my fitness levels have improved dramatically in thanks to running consistently. I had hoped to have managed a…

Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way

For most runners, the great outdoors is part of the appeal of running. The benefits of exercise cannot be disputed but the addition of fresh air, connection with Mother Nature and (depending on the weather) the feeling of sunshine on your skin can ramp those benefits up substantially. I read an article in The Guardian…