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A journal of running, healthy food, mountains, bikes and technology by Julia Revitt

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It's that time of year again, when the men grow outrageous moustaches and the women whip out the waterproof mascara to take the men on – it's Movember! Movember & Sons is a UK registered charity that raises awareness of testicular and prostate cancer by getting people involved. This morning was the Movember 10k in Milton Keynes and I popped out to cheer the runners on and take some photos. Sit back and relax…

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With 2011 almost over and my last race of the year finished, I’ve been reflecting on my love of running. Just why do I love it so much? Enough to make me buy a headtorch and run on cold winter’s nights. Enough to get myself back up again after falling flat on my face and finish that run. Enough to get up early, drive to a race and run til I’ve got nothing left to give and then some. Coping with bad weather, sore toes and cold noses is just part of the runners winter skill set. I’ve pulled muscles, am about to lose a toe nail and grazed myself in places you can’t even imagine with a fall. Yet I still love it – why?

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Yesterday, I ran 8k around Willen Lake in Milton Keynes with a bunch of unlikely runners all dressed up as Santa Clauses! It was a cold and windy run and I was glad for the extra layer that of the Santa outfit (provided as part of the race entry). The race was 1, 2 or 3 laps of the lake and I’m pleased to report that I was the first lady Santa to cross the line at 4k and 8k. I decided to quit while I was ahead and not run the other lap just so I could say ‘I won’!

 

It was the Dirt Half Marathon yesterday – the event I’ve been training for since returning from the Alps in August. I’d seen a running coach, trained hard, avoided illness and injury and arrived healthy and fit on the start line. What would the race hold for me? I had no idea how fast I was, how hard it was going to be on my body or what the course was really like. I woke up yesterday morning and thought ‘Yikes’!

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Don't let the lack of light put you off running, get yourself a light and a running buddy and hit the trails! Every year as soon as the clocks change I swap my weekday runs to indoor aerobics workouts. This year I really want to keep my hard earning milage up so that I don't have to start over again in spring.

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This morning I got up early (well 8am) and popped over to Dunstable Downs for the Blacks Northface Singletrack 10k Trail Race.  It was a bright, crisp autumn morning so I donned a few extra layers to keep warm before the start – looking down at myself I realised that I should have won a special prize for the most amount of Northface clothing any one person can wear.  Honestly, apart from my bra and sunglasses it was all Northface.  Alas this went unnoticed and no prize was given!

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