Two years ago, I ran all the time. This year, barely at all - yet

Great South Run Solo – a chance to support the NHS and burn off the lockdown lard

Whooo hooo! New starts! (I have rarely felt less “woo hoo” in my life, bear with me, I’m trying to keep smiling…)

So, during lockdown the NHS looked after our country despite the odds. In the face of a new disease, and still facing down all the old ones, people put their lives at risk and families on hold to protect everyone.

During lockdown it was also REALLY hard to find the time to run.

So, the cancelled great South Run has now changed into the Great South Run Solo – we can all sign up online and pay Β£10, and then we run 25 runs (any pace and distance) over 48 days. All profits will go to the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal.

I’ve spent lockdown getting fat and floppy, because my working day didn’t allow a lot of (any) time out to run, therefore I’m really excited at the prospect of running off the (cough) eighteen pounds I’ve put on this year(!) Obviously, this isn’t all going to be fixed in just 48 days, but it’s a lovely way to start 😊 and I’m more than ready to send out a little thank you to the NHS.

If you fancy joining in, the details are available below:


This – (ew) – is what’s left of me after lockdown: fat, knackered, feeling sad, and with my own personalised “old” sign 😊 (Taken after Run#2: hoping this can be some sort of “before” pic)


And here are my runs!


1/9 run #1 – 6.02 kmit was like watching some sort of animated pie try to navigate the suburbs, but I did it: I started. I also fell flat on my face on the pavement, but still, I startedΒ 

3/9 run #2 – 5.26 km – rainy, misty, murky trot with lovely son and dog (total 11.28 km)

4/9 run #3 – 5.13 km with fab son and dog again. Run was actually quite a bit further but forgot to turn my watch back on after I stopped in the shop to buy triple chocolate ice cream – however, this doesn’t matter, because I have triple chocolate ice cream (total 16.41 km)

5/9 run #4 – 6.68 km with various degrees of very tired children. Watched the Classic Quarter ultra runners pass by on their 30th mile, some looking very hot and tired. (Go, runners, good luck!) (total 23.09 km)

6/9 run #5 – 8.04 km run/walk to ease the shin back into the weekly distances (it still remembers being cracked after all this time). Anyhow, 8 km covered (total 31.13 km)

7, 8, 9, 10/9 – no running: I can’t describe how busy some days are. If you know, you know.

11/9 run #6 – 6.04 km gentle run (total 37.17 km)

12/9 run #7 – 5.04 km with lovely Eldest. Lunchtime sun run – very hot. (Total 42.21 km)

13/9 run #8 – 5.12 km. Shin STILL being an unforgiving ass. (Total 47.33 km)

14/9, 15/9 day of laze (and much day job)Β 

16/9 run #9 – 5.17 km, total 52.5 km.

17/9 run #10 – 5.04 km, total 57.54 km


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Thank you for reading 😊