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Boxing Day Wash Out

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Boxing Day started so bright and promising. We had been planning the Boxing Day 10k for months. It was to be Lynn's first "event" and we were taking it sufficiently seriously that we joined the local gym and started a program. Nothing really went to plan though, Lynn's knees crocked up and she spent way [...]

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Thames Meander Half Marathon

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I've discovered the relative anonymity of mixed distance races and intend to exploit them. The fear of entering official races as a routine, back of the pack runner, is that you stagger towards the finish line to find all the volunteers packing up and waiting impatiently for you to pick up the last remaining medal [...]

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GNR Anxiety

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The Great North Run race pack arrived yesterday. A high level of anxiety followed its opening. Enclosed was a Team Bupa technical t-shirt which was so tight it finished a good few inches above my belly button. It might have super wicking properties but I don't think the good folk of South Shields deserve the [...]

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A Common Error

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I spent the morning in bed, plotting long distance scenic routes on mapmyrun. By the time I'd settled on one it had just tipped over to the afternoon and I felt suitably shamed into getting up and assembling the running gear and oyster card. An hour later I was spinning round in circles at Clapham [...]

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Weather Girls

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The Weather Girls appeared out of nowhere to kick off my playlist and of course the rain soon followed. I'm rather grateful for this months drought declaration. I bought a runner's raincoat at the end of March, which would in isolation, have been sufficient to bring on a heat wave. Fortunately the hosepipe ban gave [...]

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Park Running Joy

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I got up early enough to hit traffic jams in the Royal Parks - hordes of runners and dog walkers trying to enjoy the beautiful winter sun on the frosty ground. My original plan was for a short loop of Wimbledon Common followed by a full lap of Richmond Park but I was at the [...]

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Habit Forming

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I'm in search of habits - little habits. I've signed up to something called 3 Tiny Habits. I don't know much about yet as it hasn't started but I'm guessing that it requires me to develop 3 small habits. But what to choose? Daily running aka Janathon, sounds like a major habit. Nail biting sounds [...]

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Last night saw two less than eager runners imbibing carefully measured doses of liquid carbs. It was the night before the much anticipated Kingston Breakfast run and we were supposed to be having a nightcap but ended up winding each other up. For some reason the Kingston race had been declared a music free zone [...]

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Cut Short

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My hairdresser doesn't force me to partake in an hours worth of small talk and almost never asks me about my holiday plans for the year.  We talk a little bit about running and then he cuts my hair. Job done. For this I am grateful. As a result, every 4 weeks or so, I [...]

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Excess Offset

The non-runner dragged me out on another run this Saturday, and I mean literally dragged. I clung on to her belt for dear life as she tried to master pace setting on the bike. It's obviously fairly tricky cycling at my running pace and more practice is clearly required. I'm pretty sure that we hit [...]

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