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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

A Day Out With My Husband

"Fancy a ride out, love?" my husband asked this morning.  I had a think for a couple of minutes and accepted, wondering if we're going to have a drive over to Yorkshire to see a friend who got married a short while ago.  

I'm normally cooped  up in the office or delivering training sessions up and down Lancashire all week so I togged up in my nice jeans, my favourite Muppets t-shirt and my be-YOU-tiful boots from Zalando.  I wondered if I should pack a picnic for the journey.

Here's where we ended up... (click pictures to enlarge).  Lucky, LUCKY me.

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Things I learnt today:
  • My be-YOU-tiful boots from Zalando have a hole in them somewhere as I ended up with a wet foot
  • Scrapyards do not have the cast of Top Gear or Robert Llewellyn and Lisa Rodgers running round them making exciting TV shows
  • You shouldn't laugh when your husband drops a teeny tiny spanner under a car
  • Holding spanners makes your hands oily
  • It is easy to steal a small indicator light for the wing of a Saxo by putting it in your pocket and walking out nonchalantly
  • Scrapyards make for interesting photo opportunities
  • You can walk for miles up and down the rows of cars and not find what you want
  • Toyota appear to make the best cars to finish life is a scrapyard

I wonder what we'll get up to tomorrow?