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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

🌈 LOCKDOWN COUCH TO 5K - Completed it mate 🌈

Michi, the Akita - refusing to run

So, back at the beginning of lockdown, I embarked on a fresh "couch to 5k" journey. I was running solo and wasn't all that keen so I tried to take the dog along and he hated it just as much as me, refusing point blank to run by week 3. I had a little moan about it and a few running friends said they felt the same - they wanted to kick-start their running again, missed group running and needed a way to 'buddy up' with someone. And so the "LOCKDOWN C25K" group was born.

It was a small, but perfectly formed, group which was for those few running friends who needed an excuse to get out and wanted to be accountable for their runs, in a similar way to the structure of our community C25K group in Blackburn but away from their main Facebook timeline. This, however, wasn’t about being a brand new runner, or running in groups, or to have everyone running on the same day at the same time but about having a place to say “I DID IT” and know that if you couldn't be arsed moving off the settee for your third run of the week, you could have a bit of a private whinge about it and the others in the group would give you that boost you needed to pull on your trainers and get out of the front door.

Even though we were all at different points of the plan, we decided to plan our own 5k Celebration Run route and I thought it would be great to have a medal as a memento of this achievement during a difficult time. An ethical medal maker was sourced from Etsy [Sophella Crafts] and a unique design was created. Everyone chipped in for the cost of their own medal.

And here it is... the unique finishers medal for our little group. It even has a secret message on the reverse that was our 'mantra' in the group. 

Lockdown C25K medal

Since restarting the C25K plan, I've found a bit of my missing mojo, have tackled some trail running head-on again and ticked off a few running goals I set myself at the start of lockdown. I know I need to work on my stamina and consistent running pace but I'm feeling better each time I step out the front door.


At the Wainwright Stone in Blackburn