How not to run a marathon

After an anxious and frustratingly long month of not training for a marathon the big day loomed straight ahead of me. In one week, the virtual 124th Boston Marathon and the Milton Keynes Marathon would take place but I still couldn’t run. However, I wasn’t the least bit disappointed…I was angry! A word of warning before we go any further…I realise that what I am about to share with you is a first world problem of the highest order but I am a runner. If you are also one then you will recognise that when it comes to running and injuries we can be more than a tad irrational and self-centred.  

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(Fallen) down but not out

What has always attracted me to running is that it is not cycling. Because cycling inevitably involves you falling off your bike at some point and that really hurts. Speaking as someone with much experience in this area, hitting the tarmac at speed, skidding into a tight bend and catching some ‘road rash’ or simply toppling over at a complete standstill is a much more painful experience when you are an adult. Of course, you don’t have worry about any of that when you go out for a run. You can completely relax as you jog along and enjoy your surroundings. Because unless you try to introduce a little parkour into your workout to mix things up, the act of running, itself, is a relatively safe endeavour. Or so I thought…until I fell over while out running not just once but twice within weeks of each other.

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Two schemes to repair a flat tyre and gain a spare

There has been a lot in the news lately about the government’s new drive to address the growing number of overweight and obese adults and children. Alongside a new and improved obesity strategy, they have launched a pilot Fix your bike voucher scheme to help the public get on their bikes while GPs have been encouraged to prescribe cycling as a way to help their patients lose weight. At the same time, we are being urged to Eat out to help out by another government scheme that wants us to support our local restaurants and cafes. Presumably, the only way to do both is to cycle to our dining destination. But is that really going to help us lose weight?

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Virtually lost fuelling an ultra

I am sure I am not alone in letting my mind wander to the point of distraction while running and it is no different in the time of coronavirus. However, as I weave around other runners and walkers while trying not to trip on any rebellious dogs that defy social distancing rules, my thoughts tend to revolve around one topic. Where am I going?

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A perfect picnic in a pandemic?

Perhaps it is a sign of the times but the other day I had to remind myself of what day it was and I wasn’t entirely sure I was right. In the 10 weeks since the Coronavirus lockdown began it has felt like time has not exactly stood still but that the days have become increasingly melded together in a never-ending sameness. It has only got worse since the weather has improved because now every day feels like it’s a long weekend. Which is not entirely a bad thing because who doesn’t like a holiday? But ever since the lockdown regulations changed to allow more time spent outdoors it seems that everyone has fully embraced their new freedoms. With so many families outside relaxing in the sun and playing, it makes it much harder to convince myself that it’s still a workday. At least the sunny days have given me the opportunity to start trying out some more warm weather themed recipes and what better way to enjoy them than on a picnic.

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