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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

Team Drama Llama is GO! Race For Life Update

Cancer Research UK Race For LifeToday the Race for Life registration confirmation email arrived.  It's all a bit real now.

But... the BEST thing EVER is that my daughter, Rachel, has asked to participate with me.  Remember - that's who I'm running for - the one who had Cancer when she was a baby

Team Drama Llama
old photo of Team Drama Llama


So we have created Team Drama Llama because that describes us both down to the ground!  Rachel is a million times fitter than me (much like I was when I was running round after two children under the age of five) and will not even need the next two weeks to get up to speed (no pun intended).

The race (and I use that term really loosely where I'm concerned) is in just two weeks but I'm managing the 5K in just under 40 minutes, walking fairly quickly, with a dog in tow that wants to wee every 20 paces (and we don't mention the time that he fell in the canal and almost dragged me in with him, OK?).  I've even jogged a bit!!  Not bad for someone who is normally tethered to a laptop or mobile device.

It's been lovely pacing out my training walks.  I've been using an app on my phone called Endomodo which maps the walks, tells me the time that it's taken me to complete my circuit and gives me some fitness stats too.  I'm lucky enough to live next to the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, close enough to the park where my Race For Life will be held and have enjoyed a gander through a meadow in Preston when my husband came for a walk with me at the weekend. 

leeds-liverpool canalHaslem Park, Preston


Yellow TreeWitton Park, Blackburn

*whispers* I'm enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would.

So all you need now is a reminder of how to sponsor us


You can visit our Just Giving page and donate online

Team Drama Llama Just Giving Page

You can text NJOH99 and the amount of your donation to 70070


And don't forget to claim Gift Aid when prompted if you're eligible



THANK YOU FROM TEAM DRAMA LLAMA!

Related:  It's official, I'm running the Race For Life
Thanks to Aqua Pura for arranging our registration and a £100 donation