Archive | November 2013

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The hippo and the cheetah

In 17 days’ time, I run 10k. If you want to know why, look here.  Last night, already aching from heavy lifting at the gym the previous day, I took to the seafront to practice. I was slow. Lumbering. My body felt heavy. Layered up against the cold, I overheated quickly. Not wanting my woolly […]

Thanks to a stubborn 9 year old

When I was nine, I taught myself to swim. In the outdoor, unheated, full of dead flies (I used to rescue the live ones) primary school pool. It’s possibly my earliest victory over ideas of ‘can’t’.  Although this was ostensibly a swimming ‘lesson’, I don’t recall any teaching happening. We were pretty much left to […]