Running through the Coronavirus.

The Paris marathon is postponed, Tokyo marathon was limited to elite runners and wheelchair athletes,  and the mass participation in  other spring marathons is in jeopardy. As of March 2nd the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) have stated that the famous Boston Marathon will proceed as planned on 20th April 2020.  The situation unfolding with coronavirus […]

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Learning from mistakes, and then forgetting them.

we may be losing the ability to choose what we carry forward into our futures. This is threatening our opportunity to reinvent ourselves and start fresh by overcoming our pasts. The ability of something from our past to interrupt our present has been amplified by technology.
But forgetting is important, it allows us to leave previously experienced humiliations behind and continue on with optimism. It encourages us to remember what is important rather than a detailed recording

Forgetting is a fact of life and it happens to us all, its annoying and it seems to get in the way, but actually “forgetting” is a perfectly normal chunk of memory, in fact it’s an essential part of how our memory works. Its important that we let irrelevant information fade away to prevent our brains from overfilling. Our memories are designed to be selective for a reason. If parents had a detailed memory of the first six months of parenthood most would never have any more children and humans as a species would disappear. While I’m not in any way qualified to dispense parenting advice, I am a two time survivor of the first six months of child raising. It’s a time typified by some of our proudest and worst moments as a human being. Feelings of boundless almost unbearable amounts of love combined with fleeting thoughts of fleeing the house and abandoning the child! But luckily the good memories come to the forefront of our minds when reminiscing. Running is no different. Runners will fail far more than they succeed and probably have more bad experiences than good. After some races If we didn’t forget the pain and feeling of failure we’d never run again!

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Blog courtesy of Joanne Dowds (physiotherapist) I am just finishing up a course…yup another one…perennial student yadayada. As part of the most recent academic adventure, I did a piece of work on social capital. It was a new one on me. Social capital is the networks and relationships between people who live or work together, […]

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