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Running Shoes

I’m a runner. Well, a part-time jogger to be more precise. I only venture out when it’s nice weather. As in, not too hot, not too cold, not too wet, not windy, snowy or icy. Etc! But over the last couple of months I’ve been averaging around three runs a week, because last Saturday I took part in Cancer Research UK‘s Race For Life. This fantastic women only 5k event takes place at venues all over the country to raise money for Cancer Research. There is such an amazing atmosphere and a sea of pink as thousands of women walk, jog, run and push buggies round the distance. So if you fancy a challenge and want to raise money for such an amazing cause, get involved! I have done, I did and I will do again!

But I have now totally digressed from my train of thought (this is the problem with blogging!), which is actually the point of this blog. Are you following?!

When I was out running tonight, I didn’t take any music with me. So it was 2.5 miles of me, myself and I. Plus a few cars to watch out for. As I was running I realised how much thinking and planning I do. In fact, I was so busy thinking I nearly went the wrong way – I had to turn back and go down the correct road…..

But that case of misdirection prompted me to think about what I was thinking about while I was running. And I discovered that I think about a lot of things! I thought about needing new running shoes; the people who had annoyed me today; the upcoming decision I need to make and associated pros and cons – not to mention planning the next six months around either result of said upcoming decision; whether I was going to get run over because I wasn’t paying attention; ooo what am I thinking about?; will this make a good blog post?; tomorrows dinner; if I found an abandoned puppy where is the nearest vet and how will I get there (possibly weird I’ll admit)?; do I run funnily a la Phoebe in that classic Friends episode; and the next three weeks social/life schedule. Perhaps next time it would be more relaxing to take my iPod with me.

It seems to become a chance for me to organise my life and put plans into place. I love organising and planning. I don’t mind if plans change but I need that security of having a plan and structure in place. This of course, prompted me to wonder what other people think about and so I open the question – what DO you runners think about when you are running?

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Things I like :-)

Just to follow on from my earlier post, I thought I’d continue the introduction by telling you about a few things I like. Plus it gives me the chance to work out how to post photos, videos and links!

I like environmental science. After a bit of a false start, I’m back up and running and working out what to do with my career. More to come on future science-based life dilemmas I’m sure! Because of this, I love walking around the Norfolk Broads and other nature reserves. It took a while (be honest, how many teenagers enjoyed going out on long walks with their parents over spending time with their friends?) but now I’m so appreciative of what is right on our doorstep.


Image: Authors own, © April 2011

Whether the science has influenced my need for organisation or my organising requirements suited the logic behind science I don’t know. What I do know is that I write huge amounts of lists! Without these lists I’d be a nervous wreck. So to keep my life on track I have a Filofax:

Metropol Personal Organiser  (A5)

Image from Filofax

I love to knit! Randomly, this particular hobby helped me get my latest science job as it stood out on my CV and my ability to sew comes in useful.

Image from Beginnersknitting.com

I’m one of those people that get over-excited and start all sorts of projects without necessarily finishing what’s already started…. So I have many things underway! I love to make smaller items, so clothes and toys for babies (and me!). Two top designers that I love are Rebecca Danger and Anna Hrachovec who also happen to write great, readable knitting blogs!

Boyfriend plays in a band. So, by default, I like them! However, it works out well thats I do actually love them! Go have a listen, and if you like what you hear, check out their tour dates and ‘like’ them on Facebook!

Image © Tracey Edwards Photography 2010

Here’s a video of them as well – I like to make it easy for you! There won’t be too much more about them from now on I promise 🙂

As you could probably tell from my knitting ‘blurb’ earlier on, I’m quite crafty and I love to bake cupcakes (yum). But I think that’ll do for now!

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