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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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I've just heard that the new year double is a thing of the past.

It is sad that I won't get to run another double, but I'm quite glad I'll now have no reason to drive on New Years day, and by extension stay sober on New Years Eve.

Thanks to mastodon I discovered , and thanks to slowly I've spent my Sunday afternoon writing 'letters' to strangers in Turkey, Mexico and Russia.

After almost a year I'm returning to because my young nephew is getting into it.

If anyone wants to be my friend my Trainer Code is 3611 1660 1062.

Team FTW

One of my colleague is developing a parental control system using a attack.

I suggested he brand it as "mam-in-the-middle"

The nights are getting longer, and the days shorter.

Soon Christmas will be here, to bring an end to this tumultuous year.

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Single-user instance for Mark Beech