water water everywhere – first published 4 November 2012

A very wet Lyndhurst
A very wet Lyndhurst

In early November 2012 Commando was training for his first ever half marathon. His longest race at the time was 10k, just over six miles, so a thirteen point one mile half marathon was a huge step. Sensibly, he had a proper training plan and was sticking to it religiously despite some rather wet weather. On the first Sunday in November he decided to go out to the New Forest for his longest run ever, fourteen miles. He didn’t have to ask me twice if I wanted to come along. It turned out to be quite an experience. Continue reading water water everywhere – first published 4 November 2012

disappointments and good friends – first published 16 October 2012

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Some days it seems as if all that can go wrong does go wrong. You make all the right plans, do all the right things but, somehow, everything conspires against you. Those are the sort of frustrating days that can leave you feeling frazzled, cross and as if the whole world is against you. If you’re very lucky though, you will have friends who know just how to make you feel better. This post is about some of mine. Continue reading disappointments and good friends – first published 16 October 2012

plans afoot and a whole lot of photos

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5 January 2015

It’s hard to believe that four whole days have passed without me taking a single photo. This is, in part, because I’ve been obsessing over old photos. My Mac has somehow accumulated fifty three thousand of them covering the last few years and, for Christmas, Commando got me a mobile drive to transfer them to. Slowly I’ve been going through discarding the rubbish and saving the ones I can’t bear to part with. It’s a little like walking down memory lane without the actual walking. Continue reading plans afoot and a whole lot of photos

Struggling with the December miles, the final count

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December didn’t start off too well with me feeling a little off colour and the weather being rather uncooperative. Although it was the last month of my challenge to walk one hundred miles a month for the whole year it felt as if it might just be the first month where I failed. When I factored in Christmas and the need to go Christmas present shopping it all looked fairly hopeless. Continue reading Struggling with the December miles, the final count

Night walking and shining lights

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16 December 2014

After almost a whole week with no walking of any kind unless you count from the bed to the loo, the December hundred miles were looking more and more doubtful. My little Tuesday morning jaunt up the Big Hill, steep as it is, and a wander around the garden didn’t really help matters. Still, I had a plan to get a few more miles under my belt before I went back to work on Wednesday and this involved a little night walking. Continue reading Night walking and shining lights

A Lesson on the need for proper hydration – first published August 19, 2012

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Looking back over the posts from my hacked blog, Fatgirlslimblog,
Has been an interesting exercise. Sometimes there have been difficult decisions over what to keep and what to delete. This post from August 2012 very nearly ended up in the delete file. The reason I decided to keep it was partly because of the important lesson it taught me and partly because there have been a few rather downbeat posts of late so I thought it was time to inject a little humour. Continue reading A Lesson on the need for proper hydration – first published August 19, 2012

last days in Morocco – first published 13 August 2012

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Our time in Morocco was coming to an end. That’s the problem with holidays, they’re never long enough and the final days are always tinged with a little sadness at the approach of normal, mundane everyday life waiting at home. Even with a new job to look forward to I wished I could stay a little longer. Continue reading last days in Morocco – first published 13 August 2012

October’s coastal walking miles

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So October is over and it’s time to look back and tot up the miles for the month. How did I do? Did the wet and chilly weather, the hacked blog episode and extra hours at work scupper the hundred miles a month for the first time this year or did I scrape through by the skin of my teeth again? Am I still virtually in Yorkshire or have I crossed the border into Durham? Continue reading October’s coastal walking miles

One hundred miles a month catch up – from the archives March to September

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At the end March I started to wonder exactly where the one hundred miles a month I’d been walking since January would have taken me if I’d walked them for real. To find out I plotted them on WalkJogRun as if I was really walking and the route I chose was around the coast of Great Britain. Every month since I’ve plotted my miles and posted a little about where I’d got to. The following are the highlights of the year so far. Continue reading One hundred miles a month catch up – from the archives March to September

One Hundred miles a month, a promise not a resolution – First published 5 January 2014

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It wasn’t the greatest start to 2014. There I was, redundant again, ever so slightly depressed and feeling lost and bewildered. What I needed was something to motivate me, maybe something like a New Year’s Resolution. Of course I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions but promises and challenges, well they’re a different matter. This post was the birth of the One Hundred Miles A Month Challenge and the inspiration for my Tuesday walk. Continue reading One Hundred miles a month, a promise not a resolution – First published 5 January 2014