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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

Does anyone have to be "Britain's Greatest Olympian"?

In case you've been living in a hole for the past few week or don't actually spend your life on social media, you may have noticed that the London 2012 Olympic Games are currently happening.  I haven't written about the Games yet as I am a frustrated ex-athlete who's career was cut short by an accident.  I just sit here, watching in awe, trying to push my jealousy to the back of my mind.  Seriously, though, I am gobsmacked by the dedication that our athletes put into their sport and it's all because they love what they do, not because they get paid to love what they do.

Our medal total is growing and there have been amazing achievements by ALL of the athletes in the Games (let's just ignore the shoddy sportsmanship during the badminton for now), not just the ones who have won medals.  Are we forgetting that the athletes that have qualified to represent our country at the Olympics are the best we have, not the only ones we have?  It just so happens that sometimes there is another athlete who is better than them.

So when the Huffington Post UK (amongst other media outlets) try to create speculation over who is our greatest Olympian ever - Sir Steve Redgrave or Bradley Wiggins - I ask if it really matters?  Can we not just celebrate success no matter on what level it is achieved?  

Surely if the Opening Ceremony is our benchmark then our greatest Olympians are the next generation of athletes?

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