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4
Apr

The Mother Tree

“When Mother Trees – the majestic hubs at the centre of forest communication, protection, and sentience – die, they pass their wisdom to their kin, generation after generation, sharing the knowledge of what helps and what harms, who is friend or foe, and how to adapt and survive in an ever-changing landscape. It’s what all parents do.” “The scientific evidence

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29
Mar

The LEGO Story

My purpose is to help the running (and by default, walking) world; to work with those who want to help me spread ideas, thoughts, words, actions, connections …  “I am glued to your book every morning for my quiet reading time, and there are so many light bulbs going off, so much recognition of all the bits I’ve been coaching,

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9
Oct

Post VLM-TV-Coverage Reflections

Having watched 6 hours of TV coverage, roller-coastering with the struggles and triumphs of ALL the amazing folk who’d committed to 26.2 miles and made it across the VLM line, I ran this morning thinking about all those who didn’t make it either to the start or the finish line. I’ve had a (painful) DNS, a (even more painful) DNF

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16
Feb

XNRG 66 mile Pilgrim Challenge, 1-2 February 2020

Goal: to have fun with my Cape Wrath teamies … oh, and test run kit, run strategy, multi-stage nutrition, overnight kitbag and sleeping arrangements … ”I don’t run to add days to my life; I run to add life to my days.” – Ronald Rook. Questions to answer: Which pack?  Which poles?  Which gloves? Would the run:walk strategy we’d be rehearsing stand

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29
Nov

Helen’s Insights: Live to Live

A crematorium bursting at the seams, to celebrate a life that some would say was cut short, and others would say continues in peace.  As Shelley said: “Peace, peace! he is not dead, he doth not sleep – He hath awakened from the dream of life.” Beyond tired, still emotional, the train is gently rocking me back home. When Death

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29
Nov

Helen’s Insights: Death puts Life into Perspective

“Death puts Life into perspective” said Ralph Waldo Emerson back in the mid-19th century.  And he was right.  Is a blog the place for these thoughts?  I’m not sure, but social media is omnipresent in our lives, and as Shakespeare said, “Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak Whispers the o’erfraught heart, and bids it break”. A dear

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22
Oct

Caesar’s Camp 50 Mile Endurance Run 2013 – The Final One

Sub-Title 1: Can I temper the gastric issues that completely obliterated any pleasure at Ironman Frankfurt (race report will never get written – I tried & failed – all too miserable to bother remembering) with my Low Carb High Fat lifestyle & judicious use of wind elimination techniques? Sub-Title 2: Can I write a story without reference to ablutions? DOMS

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15
Oct

Few Know How Good This Is – And Given It’s THAT Good – I Wonder Why?

So I’m working my cotton socks off, and still trying to ‘train’ for my first 50 miler this weekend.  Never mind tapering, I’m still building my distances!  Jobs are having to be done on the hoof, with shopping carried on the cool-down walk, post carried on the warm-up walk and distances ‘created’ by weaving my way round the local roads

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30
Sep

And for my next trick … From Eton Mess to Fat-Burning Glory

So how on earth did that happen? It all started with a random tripping-over of a RunKeto discussion group on FB, via someone tweeting a link to it. I happened to be accepted to join the group when a quick scroll down led me to a link dubbed as “one of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to about LCHF and

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1
Jun

A Means to an End that became a Joy … My Story

‘Pain’ instigated my journey towards Barefoot and Efficient Running.  It turns out that Necessity is the Mother of both Invention, and ‘Taking Matters into your Own Hands’. Shin Splints & Sciatica.  The 3-S’s.  The bane of my life because, either together or alone, they made a misery of the one constant that had kept me sane since I was at

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