Hopefully I'll be marathon fit again by April 18th next year.

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I probably could have completed it, but running is too important to my mental heath at the moment to risk further injury.

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I've finally got around to cancelling my place at this year's Boston (UK) marathon.

25 mile round trip, on 6 bus, to visit an empty friend's flat - just to make sure they had switched a burner off before they went on holiday

One thing I have learnt this week is that I sem run quicker while listening to the Saw Doctors than I do while listening to Alestorm.

I'm riding on a bus for the first time since the Ides of March.

So far I've shared the bus with about ten other passengers, all but one of whom seemed to know that a mask should cover your nose as well as your mouth.

I woke up at 0230 and could not get back to sleep, by 0530 I gave up and went out for a run instead.

I covered almost 9 miles in 90 minutes, in my longest post-injury run. I might try to make it 10 miles in 100 minutes next week.

While out running I saw four herons, a herd of deer, and one cyclist.


My ex and I were going to remain friends, but that was too painful for her new partner, so ghosting it is?

Garmin says I have the maturity of someone five years my senior😂

I knew I could not improve on yesterday's 5k time, so today I went for distance - just about a sub-hour 10k.

I just ran my fastest 5k since my injury.

Recording a (not)parkrun time of 25'50, that is only one second slower than my fastest real parkrun of 2020.

I will be taking modules Introduction to sport and fitness and Design thinking: creativity for the 21st century.

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I've just enrolled at the for a Certificate of Higher Education in Design and Innovation starting in October.

I'm in a pub, for the first time since the Ides of March. OK not quite inside, but nice to enjoy a pint of real ale and a chat with a friend.

I should be at Pelsall Carnival today, but like everything else in 2020 it is cancelled due to Covid-19.

Instead I'm sat in front of my computer patiently waiting for .

A few month back, on another Saturday morning, I was running to a parkrun, down some twisty country roads.

I turned one bend to find an entire herd of deer blocking half the road.

I did not run past them, for I have a fear of spooking any animal bigger than me, and that goes double for a flock of them.

Later that same day someone completed a marathon in under two hours, and I was given my hashing name.

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I went for a a three mile run this morning, and spotted a deer in one of the fields that sometimes contains horses. It stopped its grazing to gaze at me as I ran slowly by.

I also saw a heron, but that is not so unusual.

I had quite forgotten where that image came from, but another post reminded me that I made it with a web service called and it lives in a github gist.


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This diagram shows all the New Year doubles I was able to complete, back when that were a thing.

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