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Paul Willgoss
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The end of an era...
The time has almost come to say goodbye to a good friend, one that has been mistreated by those who should know better and which despite everything I still love... Yes, I'm talking about my mobile phone. I'm normally a sticker, if I start with something I s...

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Never say Never Again... Apart from this time
I'm a simple soul at heart... All I really want from a race is good organisation, and some form of thing for finishing... Yes I'm a medal whore, but I've a set of mugs, t-shirts and even a small number of cuddly toys... Good organisation however is not some...

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Heroes
I've said before that I'm a lucky sod, I've met many of my heroes, that strange mix of people who inspire me and keep inspiring me. And so on the way back from a weekend in Scotland we took a detour, rather than head straight to Liverpool we went down the t...

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Life (un)limiting conditions
This is not a blog which will head of into new age clap trap, nor is it one that will say that all change come from within.  This is one of those blogs inspired by a conversation with a younger person with a dicky ticker, and yes they're happy with me to po...

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Battling Back... and being stupid
There's many ways to start a training campaign... There's plenty of advice on how to start... There's the apps that will take you from couch to 5k. Or you can end up not running for the best part of two months, and not running consistently for six and decid...

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The 2016 Medal Haul
I've said before that I'm a medal whore... show me something shiny and I'm there... Not for me the Gold, Silver or Bronze of the Paralympics, or Olympics, but something more tangible. Headstones (from beating the reaper), Rudolph's from Santa Dashes, repres...

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Desire....
I’m not a runner who runs everyday or every week, I move in and out of desiring the feeling that running gives me… That desire can be generated, when I am facing a run or a distance that genuinely scares me – a marathon will do that. Or it comes back natura...

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Fat and Flabby
Elite athletes have a concept known as periodisation - they organise their training around key events; there's the four year cycle of the Olympics, the Worlds, the Diamond League and so and so forth... They will plan their lives, marriages, children around ...

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An international adventure…
Running in foreign lands holds a mystique, and for this dicky ticker runner a few problems – across continental Europe some race organisers ask for ECGs, others for positive approval from medics for undertaking an event. Whilst I’m sure I could get a copy o...

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Injured?
I suppose it had to happen... A near perfect marathon training period, only marred by the heat of the run itself.  A cracking month of learning to ride a bike again and then doing my first big bike ride... And then I should have switched back to running... ...
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