Ok - nothing new there. But I was just trying to work up willpower to go running tomorrow morning before work (New Year's Resolution type stuff) when I remembered why I stopped doing so in November last year....... Despite the inclement weather associated with the winter months I had taken to running before I got in to work. There were a number of very good reasons for this, including a slightly later start at the computer and an ENORMOUS feeling of smugness when I staggered into office saying....'x miles today folks...' But the main reason.......it's DARK! Looking as I do, running as I do and being as unfit as I am, there is no way on God's earth that I would run, in daylight, anywhere near a military establishment (let alone around a number of messes and past three guardrooms). The thought of being seen by any of the many soldiers serving in the immediate area would be far too morrrrrrrtifying. So - 0720 start it used to be..... Until one day in November, having puffed my way to the last half a mile, I was coming up to one of the guardrooms. By this time the sun was just about up and I was desparately trying to get 'home' before anyone I knew spotted me. The occasional car would appear at which point I would find some smidgeon of spare energy and sprint furiously (managing slightly above a crawl) until they had passed. I had made it past the guardroom before the guard parade which was a bonus (must be improving) when, dammit, I heard a truck approaching from behind me. Where was that spare energy..... I managed to tuck myself to the side of the road and prayed the truck would overtake me and be gone PDQ. Fortunately it did - just on the corner as I approached the long straight stretch home. It was only then I realised that the truck was in fact packed full of young, fit soldiers - all staring out the back. The driver had clearly been told to slow down to allow the occupants to cat call, wolf whistle and hurls (quite justifiable) abuse for the next few hundred yards. Fortunately for me the truck would have been unable to go that slow without stalling so eventually it disappeared - but not before I felt a complete PRATT So - my New Year's Resolution is to begin running again. If ANY of you see the equivalent of a weeble attempting to run, whilst on your way to work , PLEASE remember - at least I am trying!