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The long slow run

Maybe it was the incidental wearing of the marathon t-shirt and shorts this morning that led to my 3 mile intended run becoming an 8 mile run. Sunday mornings were always synonymous with the long slow run for me, and I’ve always loved being up early and getting a run done before most people are up.

These Unstructured Days


How it came to be.  Just 3 months ago I wrote my first article on ‘How to survive the 6am-10pm’ on how crazy and hectic life was as a self-employed single parent with 3 children.  I had no foreseeability at all of the surreal times we are in the midst of in less than 3 months; in fact we might have welcomed the work break, even just for a few weeks.

Lent and children

Passing on a healthy eating attitude to your children

Every year at Lent we hear of people giving up chocolate…well, it seems to be the most common one I hear.  I’ve written about this before, and I’m writing it again.  

Really is chocolate the most significant thing that will make a difference during Lent?  Is it really such a sacrifice?  One year I heard the priest talk about how he had given up chocolate and was going to probably make himself sick with chocolate on Easter Sunday. 

Presentations, Fear and Mindfulness

Overcoming fear

One of the greatest fears people have is public speaking or giving a presentation.  As I’m preparing for another mindfulness presentation, to 120 staff at South Lanarkshire Council, I’m reminded of my own personal journey in presenting.

Unlike my children who are exposed to speaking in school solo talks and assembly from P1, my first real experience of this was in first year at University.  I still remember the Lecturer at the start of the year telling us we had a 10 minute presentation to do at the end of the year.  From that moment I was consumed by The Fear.  I didn’t have much confidence back then and was finding my feet at Uni; doing a presentation and being in the lime-light was not something I could even get my head around.  Of course, I did it and it felt uncomfortable as I was flustered and nervous, but it was done.

'Every cloud has a silver lining...'

How an injury can become a blessing

I’ve picked up a minor running injury and this is not ideal in my line of work.  I re-consider my options for training…continue with yoga, walking and weights training, but for me I still love the feeling of a longer cardio session.  So I deliberate over going swimming again.  I’m embarrassed to think I’ve not properly swam in around a year; considering not so long ago I was doing triathlons.   I’ve opted for outdoors training over the indoors pool for some pretty feeble excuses, knowing that cross-training is best for reducing risk of injury.