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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at


I had returned to work after skiving for an hour coffee at Costa with Manda, glanced at Twitter and noticed that The Funky Pigeon had announced one of their many quick-fire Twitter competitions.  I refreshed the screen and saw that the question had been posted:

I tweeted the answer thus (I had to think for a while - it was such a hard question...):

Then the announcement came... WINNER!!!

I was invited to choose my prize (a personalised poster):

and I chose this and asked for my own name to be put on:

Because I sent my request in prior to 2pm, The Funky Pigeon managed to get my prize out by first class post yesterday so that the postman could knock loudly on my door at 8.30am and get me out of bed I could take receipt of my prize today.  It has now been fixed to my kitchen cupboard and looks like this:

I have used The Funky Pigeon previously on a couple of occasions and this is definitely NOT a sponsored post, but I am very happy to recommend them and I'll be purchasing more items from them in the future.


PS:  If you want to purchase anything from The Funky Pigeon I have a recommendation code - 488190 - quote this when you order and you will receive a 30% discount.

PPS:  They also have a blog dedicated to competitions and the like, so have a nosy at that >>> here <<<