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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

The Time of Year We All Spring Into Life

Spring TimeA lot of my family was born around Easter; my mum, uncle, grandfather and cousin were all born within a two-week period. Do you want to know what makes this even stranger? They are all from my mum’s side of the family. Freaky indeed. On the plus side this has always meant that Easter is a great time in my house. Lots of celebration and of course lots of chocolate. I feel like the joy should be passed on. So here it goes, 5 (other) reasons why Easter is great:


Need I say more? No, but I will. The reason we eat chocolate at Easter time is due to Lent, the period of time Jesus is meant to have spent in seclusion. Easter marks the end of this period and so all of those delicious foods that were given up were enjoyed in abundance. This has manifest itself today in us eating large eggs of chocolate, those tasty goo filled eggs and of course the bunny shaped chocolates.

New Life

It is a period of regrowth and rebirth. The lambs are bleating in the field, the frosts have receded and daffodils are spreading across our parks. What is there not to like? The air is thick with pollen and the scent of flowers. It really is a magical time of the year.

The clocks have sprung forward

And the days are just getting longer. Great if you are anything like me and worship the Vitamin D on your skin. The lengthening of the days is just teasing you with the taste of summer.

The Food

Some of the greatest produce is freshest and tastiest in Easter. To name but a few asparagus, crab and lamb all come into season around Easter. I am a big proponent of eating seasonal, fresh produce. If readily available and reasonably priced.


With three bank holidays in quick succession there is plenty of opportunity to get away and leave the stresses of everyday life behind. A spring clean of the mind I like to think. For the last few years my Easter holiday has been spent with the extended family at Center Parcs. It really is quite magical at this time of the year. Everyone is loving the weather and it can be seen in the faces of staff and guests alike.

What more can I say? Spring rocks. It’s like summer but with the excitement of what is to come. The days are getting longer, the air is fresh and the sun is shining. What is your favourite season and why? Let me know in the comments below.

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