In early Feb, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his little burrow in Gobbler’s Knob, saw his shadow, and prognosticated 6 more weeks of winter.
He bloody nailed it. Winter was eternal.
But, at long last, it’s spring. And I have high hopes for the month ahead.
Run, eat, repeat
I run a lot. This April, I’m running a LOT.
Why? In just 5 weeks, I’ll be huffing and puffing my way around the spectacular Pembrokeshire coastline, attempting to complete Run Walk Crawl’s 100 mile ultra marathon.
100 miles in one hit. Yep, it’s giving me sleepless nights. I feel like a boxer about to step into the ring with Mike Tyson in his prime. It’s going to hurt. And all I can do to prepare, and take my mind off it, is run.
I’m not the only one running silly distances though. This week, the guardian published an article looking at the ‘phenomenal rise’ of ultra marathons, why people do them, and whether they’re good for you.
Sounds like the basis for a blog post. So I’ll give my two cents soon, based on my own experiences.
Kicking plastic into touch
At the start of the month, I featured in this article giving ‘killer advice’ on living plastic free.
A word of caution: reducing plastic is addictive. Now I’ve started, I can’t stop thinking of ways to reduce or eliminate my use of the stuff.
Back in Feb, I shared these 7 easy steps I took to get me going. And I’ll be writing about my next seven steps soon. Spoiler alert: switching to milk bottle delivery is the best thing ever.
In April, I usually head to Italy with my dad, cousin Paul and his dad (my uncle) for a ‘lads trip’. We’re Welsh-Italian, which gives us a great excuse to head to the motherland. We eat and drink like royalty, walk it off in the hills, and just generally hang out. It’s amazing.
Sadly, this year we’re not going to make it. But I’ll be there in June with my wife to ‘celebrate’ turning 40, throwing in a a few days at the lakes for good measure.
Headed in the wrong direction?
I’m not easily shocked, but in work I came across a recent study which found that the least fit child in a class of 30 tested in 1998 would be among the five fittest in a class of 30 children tested today.
How depressing is that? I hoped things would be better in Wales, where I’m from (and live). But Play Wales’ website tells me Welsh children are the least connected to nature in the UK, 1 in 4 never play outside, and just under 90% are disconnected from the natural world. Crikey.
There is hope. This article shows Scotland have realised how important outdoor play is, and are now working to make it a ‘defining feature of childhood’. Awesome.
Have a great April.