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Inspiring

This has to be one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time:

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As a runner WIP (that’s Work In Progress – I’m getting there!) and a woman, running can be daunting and crowds can be intimidating. It’s all too easy to put off those planned jogs – oh I’m too tired; I’ve too much (house)work to do; the Great British Bake Off is on…..-oh wait, that’s a legitimate excuse. But what this book does is encourage you to tie up the laces of your old trainers and get out there. You cares what other people think – do it for yourself.

Well written, funny, engaging, with emotional ups and downs that make you want to grab a marathon training plan by the balls. I couldn’t put it down and I’ve already passed it on to a friend who will be tackling her first marathon in three and a half weeks.

You don’t have to run fast, you just have to run.

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Autumn has arrived

 So, it’s been a long time since I posted – in fact we’ve been through all the seasons.

The weather has changed, the temperature has dropped and autumn is creeping in (as is middle age it seems, but that’s another story). But don’t despair, it’s now time for snuggling on the sofa in big jumpers under woolly blankets. I’m looking forward to walking and running through the Ipswich parks and watching as the landscape changes around me.

Also, today is the Great North Run and I’m eagerly awaiting news of three friends who are due to finish any minute!

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Coffee, pain au chocolat and the three great elite men!

In other news, I’ve started a new crochet blanket made up of multi coloured granny squares, yippee! And as always there are several projects on the go…… Better have a think about all those things that need to be finished for Christmas!

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Extreme Knitting!

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Spotted in the latest edition of Runners World. Amazing!

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September 4, 2012 · 7:46 pm

Unpleasant Running Experiences………….

My first post in a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time again, and here I go kicking things off with a rant! I’m sorry, it just has to be said.

Now I know that my friends don’t do this, and I’ll bet 99.999% of people out there are far more considerate, so my apologies, this is not meant to offend, I just need to get this off my chest.

Please, please, PLEASE when walking along on the pavement with one or more friends, particularly when one or more of you are walking with a pushchair, suitcase, large dog, etc., or when CYCLING WITH A FRIEND SIDE BY SIDE ON THE PATH (yes that really happened to me today) please don’t take up the WHOLE path and push the innocent jogger (who has already moved to one side and is looking hot and knackered and in need of a lie-down) onto the road……….. It in’t nice, it isn’t fair and it isn’t safe! It’s very upsetting and stressful for the jogger who has to then jump in front of a car before the suitcase wheels over her foot or she gets knocked into the hedge.

And as for the WHITE VAN MAN LEERING AND BEEPING AS YOU’RE RUNNING ALONG – *collapses in the chair* – I have no words. I guess just thanks for the appreciation??

However, all was forgiven when an exceptionally polite lady stood to one side with her daughters on a narrow stretch and let me go huffing and puffing past, encouraging me with a smile!

To all the runners out there, I’m sure you’ve experienced similar, and I know there’s no point getting upset or angry – people will do what they want, when they want – but I would encourage you to keep smiling and thanking those who help. Who know’s, perhaps our friendly nods and words of appreciation (or just our red faces) will make someone think next time they see a lesser-spotted jogger, and they will clear some space for a fellow human being.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

Albert Camus

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A six month gap!

Crumbs, this is my first post in SIX MONTHS, and the first of 2012! This calls for something profound to be said….. Maybe later?

I’d love to say I’ve been out having adventures but I fear the complete opposite is actually true! Boyfriend and I have moved closer to work. In fact, my daily commute has gone from 3 hours to 16 minutes which is quite amazing. We’ve been in our new flat for just over three weeks now and already the time we’ve saved is astonishing. I actually wonder what to do with all this spare time on occasion. Fingers crossed this means I can get back into blog writing. It may still be boring but hopefully it will be more regular!

I’ve acquired a sewing machine as well this year, my Mum upgraded so I have her old one. I can’t wait to get going on some creative projects!

Here are a few I’ve done while I’ve been away:

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I’ve yet to make much progress with the ‘Things to do before I’m 30’ idea, though I have joined up to a local gym with the idea of getting fit and upping my running to hit the (half) marathon head on! What can I say, I’m working on it 🙂

Robert Kennedy
The greatest truth must be recognition that in every man, in every child is the potential for greatness.

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Springwatch

I am LOVING BBC’s Springwatch this year, absolutely thrilling viewing! It makes you realise just how amazing Britain’s wildlife is.

Spotted whilst running this evening: fox and fox cub (separate sightings), beautiful!

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Rain

I went for a run in the rain last night. Not very far, I just wanted to get out for a while. I don’t usually like being out in the rain (due to being a thorough wuss!) but it was so refreshing, if a bit painful on the bare arms. Probably the most inconvenient part was trying to wipe my nose with a rain-soaked tissue….. But there was barely any traffic and it was so quiet. I was almost back home before I realised where I was.

It made quite a change to have a decent rain shower last night. Don’t get me wrong, I love sunshine and I could definitely do with more of it, but we’ve had such gorgeous weather for such a long time it feels as though the earth is struggling a bit. Boyfriend said something about not wanting it to rain and I came back with the oh-so-grown-up-small-talk ‘yes, but we really do need it’ response, which was immediately pooh-poohed by Boyfriend. But we really do need it, I said as I pointed out the brown patches in the grass, the leaves turning before their time, the dusty air. Perhaps it’s because I walk about a lot more than Boyfriend, and my work commute includes walking through parks (it’s a tough life) but it is so noticeable we’re having weather you would expect in July or August, not May.

One of my favourite things to do in the summer months – and sometimes in the winter months – is sit tucked up in my abode, all warm under a blanket with the windows and doors open listening and watching the rain. Everything is so quiet as the noise of the rain masks the sounds of the outside world.

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