The last leg

I have been in training for the Edinburgh marathon for what feels like forever. Actually I’ve only been training in earnest for just over four months, but now it is beginning to drag. I have lost the motivation to stick to my training plan, but stick to it I begrudgingly am. The last marathon IContinue reading “The last leg”

Social anxiety or reluctance?

Since the end of the first lockdown, I have noticed that I have been increasingly reticent about attending social gatherings and generally being amongst large groups of people. The best phrase I can think of to describe this feeling is social anxiety, although I would say the true feeling hovers somewhere between that and socialContinue reading “Social anxiety or reluctance?”

JeThRo and I

This is a short post about my memories of the Cornish comedian Jethro. It’s not about any specific jokes or performances, but on the way he became a part of my upbringing, and his style and distinct language, part of a lexicon that I would dip in and out of over the years, and stillContinue reading “JeThRo and I”

Memories of Sheena

In the summer of 2005, my grandparents informed us that they had bought a new puppy, a Cairn Terrier, and her name was Sheena. Only a few months previously my parents had bought a new Border Terrier puppy called Daisy who was beginning to enjoy life as the sole canine occupier and senior gardening assistantContinue reading “Memories of Sheena”

The paunch of shame

This is lovely personal account of the early days of getting in to running, written by my colleague and friend, Andy. It made me chortle! I hope it does the same for you, but also I hope it might just inspire anyone who doesn’t think running is for them to give it a go andContinue reading “The paunch of shame”

Running one thousand miles in 2020

On Sunday 29th November I achieved something I would have considered two years ago – difficult, four years ago – unachievable, and six years ago – impossible and quite frankly daft to even think it. On this day I achieved my aim of running 1,000 miles in a calendar year. As it happens, I completedContinue reading “Running one thousand miles in 2020”

We. Are. Back

These are some reflections of my colleague and fellow Green Heart Runner, Cristina (on the left), on lockdown frustrations as a scientist, finding new interests and reigniting old ones, and the excitement at being able to return to the lab this week to do what she was born to do! We are back. We. Are.Continue reading “We. Are. Back”

End of week five

Me and the vast majority of my colleagues have been working at home now for the past three and a half weeks, and we’ve all been in this lockdown for coming up five weeks.   Actually, I’ll correct myself. I saw a good post on Facebook that articulated the whole working from home thing quiteContinue reading “End of week five”