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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

#v60getaway : Win Prizes with Volvo

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In another life, I power dress in big shoulder pads, have perfect make-up, unchipped nail varnish, gorgeous shoes and drive a cool, but economical, car.  Something like the Volvo V60, probably.  I holiday in the Maldives and New York and I feature regularly in a glossy magazine such as "Cheeze" or "Hey There!", with photos taken inside my £2.8 million mansion, naturally.

In reality, the alarm doesn't go off in time, I throw myself down the landing, screaming at the 13 year old to get out of bed, splash water on my face, rake a comb through my hair and think myself lucky if I end up with matching shoes.  My family holiday is two weeks in a sunny prison camp where I am encouraged to join in the group pool games and eat chips with everything, including breakfast.  But why am I telling you this?

Announcement time!  

Volvo have asked me to help spread the word about their competition on Twitter, which is happening on Sunday 27th May 2012.  

If you follow Volvo on Twitter as @VolvoCarUK (click the link to go straight to their Twitter page) you will see them generating Twitter conversations by asking questions such as "Where was your best family holiday?" (that wasn't mine up there, by the way... mine is always, always, always, Ibiza!)  Reply to them using the hashtag #V60getaway and you could be in with a chance of winning one of the following prizes:
  • Glamping weekend
  • Adventure holiday in Scotland
  • In-car DVD player
  • Digital camera
  • Kindle
  • iPod Touch
  • ... and more

They are giving away prizes every hour so it's worth tuning in a few times during the day.

Let me know how you get on and, more importantly... GOOD LUCK!



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