I would run 1000 miles, I would walk 472 more.

>>  Saturday, January 09, 2021

I've been chasing down a 1000 running miles in a year for a few years. In 2019 I got close but not quite.  I think that’s because I walked so many and walking takes so much longer but this year I got a treadmill for lockdown 1 and set to it.


I set to it so keenly I over ran, increasing my mileage massively and ending up injured, so the summer months were light on running miles but I took the opportunity to walk.  I started couch to 5k in September and came back gently.  Couch to 10K in November and December and found the same injury starting to niggle again.

So I’m  not likely to run anywhere near as far in 2021,  but all the same, I’m incredibly proud of my effort in 2020. 

I used a site that does monthly medals to motivate me all year, when you’ve paid for 12 medals in advance there’s no way I wasn’t going to earn them. I’ve worked hard for them.

Imagine stepping out of your door now and saying “right I’m going to go 1472 miles, see you later” well I very much did that in chunks! Adds up doesn’t it! 



Take time to give - it is too short a day to be selfish

>>  Thursday, December 31, 2020

Take time to think - it is the source of power
Take time to play - it is the secret of perpetual youth
Take time to read - it is the fountain of wisdom
Take time to pray - it is the greatest power on earth
Take time to love and be loved - it is God given privilege
Take time to be friendly - it is the road to happiness
Take time to laugh - it is the music of the soul
Take time to give - it is too short a day to be selfish
Take time to work - it is the price of success

It is a while since I read this in a book at Our Chalet. It was written by the ladies of the Juliette Low session of 1959.

I sat here, alone with a cup of tea just watching the sun go down over the mountains, not thinking too hard, just gently pondering life, the universe and everything.  It all seemed so clear, so reasonable.


I was only sat there because I took the time to volunteer.

Sometimes it seems like a treadmill of effort, constantly draining time but should I choose to reclaim that time, would I use it more wisely?  I doubt it, what time is better spent than investing it in the world's future.  And that is exactly what volunteer youth worth is.

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