Summer into Autumn

The summer was packed with days out, new experiences and the odd bit of decorating. Richard and I took a trip on the Tornado steam train from Walton on the Naze to Colchester in August.  The Tornado is a new steam train which has been built by hand based on a traditional steam locomotive.  It was…

Over hill and… hills

Today’s run was another hilly session As I am still at my parents. I did track my run with my Garmin and recorded 4.02 km in 26.47 which is ok. No Moov training or GPS to share at present as there’s no wifi here to upload from the computer. My iPhone 6 arrived yesterday so…

Tough hilly run

The challenge with my parents living at the bottom of a valley is finding a kind route to run out of it. I decided to run another Moov training session to improve my cadence and after a stalled start I managed to find my rhythm and get on track with the training (unlike the weekend…

Todays run had it all…

No it really did… I was going to run 5K and include a bit of the wood – I told myself that would be good.  I also told myself a 6K run would be great.  I actually ran 7K including the wood and the odd quick micro stop in the route. On the first lap…

Damn my tongue!

Todays run was hard work.  I got just over 5K but I am amazed I got so far.  I very nearly called it a day before I had even reached 2K. The problem is I awoke with a sore throat on Saturday but it felt more painful and isolated that normal.  Yesterday I realised it…

Paddington to Plymouth

One of the best railway journeys in the UK (well the bit when you are in Devon). The railway line hugs the coast offering some stunning views of Devon, Exeter, the River Exe, Starcross, Teignmouth, Dawlish Warren, the River Plym and of course Plymouth. I recorded this when I visited my parents recently as I…

The Flying Pymouthian

I write this as I head back to Colchester following a weekend to see how my mum is doing following her surgery and as usual the time has gone by far too quickly. Mum is looking remarkably bright considering she has had heart surgery and is out of bed. She is still sore and bruised…

Duffle coats and memories

So it's certainly been an odd week. One I didn't see coming and one where I never imagined I would be writing a blog entry on the train heading down to Devon. As you may know both Richard and my mum have been unwell and I am currently en route to see my mum post…

Plymouth

Following our week in Cyprus we went home to visit our folks for a couple of days. The weather wasn't as nice as Cyprus and the pace a little busier but it was lovely to catch up with everyone. We took my parents out to lunch on Thursday as it was their wedding anniversary. Richard's…

Steep hills, sprints and castles.

I had a great run in Devon today. It was a little chilly but I got my long sleeve top on and hit the roads. It’s a bit of a bitch starting a run from my parents as any exit from the close takes you up a very steep hill. I thought I’d counteracted the…

Inspirational? Me?

Coach Doug Bowers left the following quite on my About Me page: You seem like quite a talented guy and one who is putting his talents to work. Well done. Hopefully more people will follow your lead. Now this is a very nice comment and one unsolicited from someone I have never met. I instantly…