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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

Dog Talk

We had the new dog cage delivered today (bargain - £35 on ebay - free delivery) but it's FECKING HUUUGGGEEE.  I'm thinking of moving in myself.

Yoshi has been for a wander round in it, dragged his toys and blanket in and out, pissed in it twice, had his tea in there and keeps having a little snooze in it.

But in the picture, he looks a bit bewildered by it all.  He probably thinks it's a luxury apartment after the small cage he was in until last night.

Anyway, how do you think the dog repaid this random act of kindness?  By throwing himself into the canal on his walk and almost dragging me in with him!  Oh yes, indeedy.

He is snoozing now - probably dreaming of a cheeky little duck giving him the bird.