Cartwheeling off the Cliff

A post of two parts, feel free to jump to the end where it's definitely more positive, but if you love gloom, guts and gore, read on, my friend. As luck would have it, my little friend smashed the same day as my iMac crashed during a bulk design download, and the boiler has been…

Mindful Adventures

Two words have revealed themselves to mean something very different to me over the past four weeks. I thought I understood adventure. I thought I understood what it meant to be mindful. We often hear that phrase (mostly from our parents or teachers), to be "mindful of that step", or "mindful of the traffic". And…

Footfalls and Fellows

In Mid-November, the calendar of running days was added to the wall, the countdown to lift off is slowly ticking by, and every day sees extra mileage added to the muscle bank. I am twitching my fingers, fiddling my thumbs, feeling not quite anxious but more fidgety and slightly irritable about what to do next, not…

Great Expectations

As much as I have pilfered the title, there'll be no Dickensian quotes here, rest assured. I'm convinced I'm viewed as melodramatic enough. Starting in the middle of a tale just wouldn't be protocol so I'll backtrack a tad and summarise. I used to be a runner. Not to any degree of professionalism, I already had…