This year, I made my usual start to the summer where running is concerned. I entered a half marathon in June, knowing full well that I probably wouldn’t have trained enough, but that I’d probably manage to get round. Sure enough, that was exactly what happened. As the summer went on, I became a bit more enthusiastic about my fitness and started trying to find a different challenge each month. July was a triathlon, August was an aquathlon, and now I’ve entered my events for September and October. What fantastic events they are too!  In September I’ve got two runs…

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I really want to be good at running. I do my best to get out for a run at least a few times a week. It can take as little as 20 minutes so there’s never an excuse not to to. Much as I would love to say that it’s time that holds me back, being too busy with work or with Libby, it’s just not true. The fact is, I’m just chronically lazy. Today, I really wanted to do our local ParkRun. My husband was free to look after Libby, the car was available so I could get there… but…

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Since she was tiny, Libby has always had the nickname Dib Dab. I’m not sure why really, just one of those things that seems to have happened. Over the past few weeks since she’s started walking though, she’s become little Miss Dib Dab Disaster.  Every child goes through a falling over stage not long after they start walking, but Libby’s seems to be a bit more dramatic for several reasons. Firstly, she is spectacularly clumsy because she can’t see in three dimensions, resulting in her going to grab things and totally missing because she can’t see how far away they…

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I’ve always been a fan of imaginative gifts, often turning to websites such as this one. I have also recently got really into the idea of making gifts myself or buying them from charity shops. This is partly for financial reasons but also because I genuinely think people do appreciate it. My sister Emma writes an amazing blog about charity shopping and my friend Claire is fabulous at giving interesting gifts. I’m so proud that she wrote a blog post about a gift I gave to her- a bottle of elderflower champagne.  You may notice from Claire’s blog post though, that whilst the…

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Today, for the first time ever, I competed in an aquathlon. The fact that I’ve never done one before is completely ridiculous. I’ve done several triathlons but my cycling is terrible- I’m a swimmer who runs a bit. The bike just isn’t my thing. So the aquathlon suits me down to the ground- it’s a 750 metre swim in a nice, calm lake, followed by a 5 kilometre run. Genius. This is definitely my sport. Don’t get me wrong, I was rubbish today. Spectacularly slow in comparison to everyone else, but for me it was pretty good. I made two major…

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Since moving back into my house 18 months ago, there have been numerous things I’ve wanted to do in order to improve it. Unfortunately, we haven’t managed to do much because we haven’t yet managed to sell our other property, my husband’s flat. It now sounds like someone is interested in the flat though, so we’re getting our hopes up and talking about what we would splash out on if it sells. The one thing I would love to do is to sort out the garden. We have a huge area of lawn at the front of our house that we…

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