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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

The MAD Blog Awards 2011 - Finalist!

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Well, how about that?  I've only gone and made it into the finals round of nominations of the MAD Blog Awards 2011! The "MADs" celebrate the UK's best Mum & Dad blogs are are sponsored by ParentDish.

The Typecast blog (ergo, ME) has been place in the category for "Most Innovative MAD Blog" (I can spell it but I can't pronounce it) and, in all honesty, I am so proud to have been nominated for this category as that definition describes Typecast down to a tee:

in·no·va·tive/ˈinəˌvātiv/Adjective1. (of a product, idea, etc.) Featuring new methods; advanced and original.  2. (of a person) Introducing new ideas; original and creative in thinking

Source: Google

Firstly I am grateful to everyone who nominated me in the first place and secondly to the uber-fantastic panel of judges for selecting this blog to be one of the finalists.

There were more than 750 blogs nominated in fifteen categories and I am listed alongside four fantastic blogs - each one innovative for different reasons. You can find a summary of each of the Most Innovative blogs here and my fellow nominees are:
The full list of finalists is available (with links to their blogs) on the MADs website.

I have to ask if you would consider voting for me just one more time?  You can click through to vote here (you can vote in all the other categories at the same time) and it will take about 2 minutes of your time using the drop-down menus.

Voting is open until 17th June 2011 at 9pm so you have plenty of time to cast your vote and then you just have to keep your fingers crossed for me.

Thanks everyone.  Stirling work!