The Year To Come

To say that we are all preparing to breathe a collective sigh of relief at the end of 2020 is probably an understatement! So as 2021 is about to dawn, full with promises of vaccines to end the pandemic, a release from the lockdown that has kept us away from our loved ones (and I…

Date Runs

There was a stage in the first lockdown (although most of Leicestershire has been under some form of lockdown since March, so we don’t really distinguish between them), when restrictions began to lift, yet pubs and restaurants remained closed. In other words, we could ask our babysitter to come round but we had nowhere do…

Run to Ancient Karthea

When I first walked to the ancient city of Karthea in my 20s I felt transported in an Indiana Jones film! 20-odd years later, I run down the same trail.

Not Running

It is Sunday afternoon and I am lying in the new hammock, next to our quiet canal. I can feel the warm sunlight on my skin; there is still a whiff of charcoal and grilled meat in the air. The only sensation close to discomfort is from Philip’s long lockdown hair rubbing on my bare…

What is your measure of success?

What do runners talk about when running? Occasionally about how much better they could be “if only…” but are such thoughts helpful? Are they even valid?

Or are they missing something?

Του αυτοκινήτου μου

Είχα κάποτε ένα Saxo… Και τι δεν είχα κάνει με αυτό το αυτοκίνητο! Και μην φανταστείτε, ένα χιλιοτετρακοσάρι ήταν, ούτε καν το 1.6 VTS… Αλλά είχε το έλεγε η ψυχή του! Πολιτεία – Πυρηναία – Πρέστον ήταν γι’ αυτό μια μπουκιά δρόμος! Και μάγκικα, έβγαινε από τον αυτοκινητόδρομο (αχ αυτή η διαδρομή Μιλάνο – Bologna,…

Monday Photographs 2020 #8 to #10

I went for my first long run in far too long on Saturday… The canal towpath was muddy, very much so in the countryside, and my absence of training showed. But on the way back I was treated to the most beautiful sunset, which almost looked like the dawn of a new running era (more…

Monday Photograph 2020 #6 & #7

Neither running nor blogging have really taken off for me this year, but perhaps my body (and soul) need this period of hybernation… In the mean time I give in to the things I enjoy… cooking with Philip; re-aquanting myself with Parkruns and going out for a cheeky run between storms. I will – I…

Monday Photograph 2020 #3 – #5

Muddy weekends and a bath! Despite a bit of a dip in my running, I made sure we took full advantage of the mud over the spent the last few weekends! This included a birthday run for me (of which you will hear more) and a few bike rides with Philip! We are now all…

Monday Photograph 2020 #02

Snowdonia Marathon is unique (amongst other things) in not handing out a finisher medal, but a finisher slate coaster instead. A lovely touch I find, particularly as it is sourced locally so you end up with a small piece of the mountain that took so much out of you, but it doesn’t make it easy…