Why I love/hate running

It f*cks you up, running. It may not mean to, but it does.  You know those people (me) who talk about how great running is for our physical and mental wellbeing? And those people (me again!) who write about the positive impact it’s had on them?  Well, forget all that for a minute. Let’s talk […]

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Things I care less about

Chances are that, as you’ve got older, you’ve become wiser. Age brings experience and experience brings wisdom. We all know that. It also brings about a seachange in the things you care less about… Being thin. You counted calories, slurped slimming shakes and ate nothing but sausages and cheese for a while. You tried every […]

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A rest from running: my thoughts on taking time out

I vividly remember my first time running. It was a grey March evening and, despite never having run before, I had entered the Bristol half marathon that coming September. During those summer months training I fell in love with running. Since then, it has been my go-to medication when life went pear-shaped, my shoulder to […]

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Why it’s not OK to ask about babies

In a few days time I will be 41 and I don’t have children yet. I am childless. Or childfree depending on your view. There is, depressingly, a clumsy and at times insensitive approach towards women like me and it is this: ‘How do you feel about having babies?’ ‘Do you even want children?’ I […]

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Advice to my 20-year-old self

There’s no such thing as no strings attached. While we remain emotionally-driven creatures there will always be strings. It’ll get you in the end. Life’s not fair but you can be. Compassion and fairness are your major strengths. Hold them close and in the very least be consistent. Kiss chase is for playgrounds. If he’s […]

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Take a break to prevent yourself breaking

Pppffft. Do you ever feel like that? Pppffft. Like a balloon deflating. There’s a billion things to do but instead I do nothing. Feel useless, hopeless. No cause for celebration. There’s a puncture and I’m taking myself down. Bah. Pppffft. I am useless and hopeless. See how these feelings run away, spiral out of control? […]

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Alcohol-free living: one year in!

Somehow or other, it has been a year since I cut alcohol out of my life. Can I just say: wah-hoo! In those 12 months, lots of people have asked me what life is like without it. Well, life is much the same as before but better. It’s like the filters have been sharpened and […]

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Remembering why I run

After eight hours at work, I came home, changed into my running kit and headed out the door into the brisk cold. Freedom! Now, I’m drinking hot chocolate feeling fuzzy inside and writing this blog post to you. In an earlier post, I talked about my intention to complete RED January. Well, I’m entering the […]

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Play to your strengths in 2019

As we meander towards 2019, thoughts may be turning towards new resolutions. You may, like me, be ruminating on 2018 (where did THAT go?! Seriously!) I used to dread the new year. I would compare myself to others who had accomplished so much and castigate myself for failing to achieve what I’d vowed I would […]

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