This is the second attempt at this blog. I got halfway through the first and stopped because it didn't feel right. What is the aim of this piece? Why am I writing it? I am still not sure if I am to be honest. I wanted to write a review of the year, but I … Continue reading 2018, a year to remember
I am not a fan of jigsaw puzzles, I don't think I have the patience for them. I remember trying one at a family holiday in the South West of France a few years ago. I felt no sense of accomplishment about finding that tricky piece or completing a section. This is because at heart … Continue reading 4 POINTS FOR THE WIN
“Please, will you just leave me! I’ll meet you at the finish”. These are the words coming out of a tired and slightly angry runner named Emma, about 20ish miles into the Chicago Marathon on 7thOctober. I could have left, I could have run off on my own, but I’d made a promise to Emma and … Continue reading Pacing, Puking and a PB
Honestly, I don’t really know where to start and where to end. I don’t know how much I want to share as a lot of it is too raw but here goes. Berlin was a dream race for me in 2017 when I was mapping out the year ahead. The original plan was to smash … Continue reading Losing myself, finding a way to Berlin
I wasn't sure how to write this, it's been 1 week since I crossed the finish line of Race To The Stones (RTTS), and I am sat on a balcony of a hotel on the southern Spanish coast. I am not sure how I feel anymore. I look around and no one really understands what … Continue reading Understanding 100K, racing to some stones.
Back in 2015, when I bought my first real running shoes after a gait analysis, I also was kind of tricked into buying moulded innersoles. I say “kind of” as they made them for free and I only had to buy if I liked and there wasn’t much pressure from the shop assistant. I was … Continue reading Got Sole?
When I was a kid, Sony introduced a range of electronics called the “My First” range. They were basically simpler versions of things like a Walkman. For those that are too young to understand… these things had something called a cassette tape in, the cassette tape played music. The buttons were big, the colours were … Continue reading My First Ultra
This is the story of a little adventure. A solo run in the Peak District, on a random Tuesday in May. In a place I hadn’t thought about for many years until chief Cat Jana, (@trainersoverheals), put a post on FB saying that she would be leading a group around the Edale Skyline. I was … Continue reading Learning the hard way: An adventure in the Peak District
My 2nd road marathon is done. I was aiming for just under 3 hours 30 mins and I really wanted that time, but I couldn’t get there. I finished with a new PB of 3hrs 38mins and 43 seconds. I am reasonably happy but this race like many has a bigger story because this was … Continue reading Paris or Bust
Wow, this has come round quick. It really feels crazy that I am going to be running my 2nd road marathon in just a month! Weirdly though, mentally, I know I have been training for this race since last June. Is that an odd thing to say? I don’t know, but it feels that way. … Continue reading 4 WEEKS!