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  1. On the 1st of March it will be 10 years since I ran my first parkrun. And it is over 2 years since I ran my most recent. Parkrun is my chosen challenge and motivator, always in my mind as I train. I suffer from painful, disabling anxiety around time, as well as multiple health problems, so the last thing I need is to enter and pay for a race on a specific date, which I will almost certainly fail to do. Parkrun is always an option, if not this Saturday then another.

    Over the last 10 years, my summers have been monopilised by two long trips to walk in the southern French mountains. The winters were supposed to be for running and parkrun. But every winter another health problem. One year shingles, another acute bronchitis. For me, walking in France is now over. After a year in which I had to get used to sleeping with a CPAP-type machine (SO hard!), discovered that I have a serious problem with carbs, endured 15 days of continuous AF and, as usual, experienced acute stress over filling in my tax return, I am hoping and intending to settle down at last to some serious running and resistance training.

    I recently discovered the site "Diabetes Strong" https://diabetesstrong.com and downloaded a schedule which I am finding surprisingly helpful: https://diabetesstrong.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Goals-and-Motivation-Printout.pdf
    At first I didn't think my plans would fit into this format, but I must have been unconsciously mulling it over, and suddenly I found I had things I wanted to write on it. In particular, the idea of having 1 week, 6 week and 6 month goals appeals to me. I also find Christel Oerum inspiring, although she is not a low carb enthusiast. I think, subconsciously, I imagine that if I train hard I will end up looking like her (terrific!). Well it does no harm to dream!
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