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!
It’s been an intense 8 weeks. In that time, I have been to Oslo, Melbourne, Prague, The South Downs and The Bahamas. I also started my Paris Marathon training plan with a new coach, saw my brother get married and celebrated Christmas with the family. So how does a training plan fit into all this? … Continue reading TRAVELLING & TRAINING
Before I started running I only really thought about Gillian and Poppy. Before Poppy I only really thought about Gillian and holidays, well traveling. Ok, that’s a little bit of a lie as food was also something that I thought about a lot. What I am trying to say here is I haven’t really ever … Continue reading 2018 and making my Mind up!
Ever since I can remember I have had a fear of heights. A dizzy and sometimes paralysing fear where even crossing a motorway bridge can be pretty scary. This is also linked to a fear of wind, the blowy weather type of wind! I often feel like I might be actually blown off my feet … Continue reading Face Your Fears
What are goals? What are achievements? How often do you think about them? For me at the end of 2016, my only running based goals were a sub 4hr marathon in London and to raise as much money as possible for UNICEF. This I achieved, you can read about it here. I had a personal … Continue reading 2017 what a year, and it’s not done yet!
When I started running I knew nothing. I was learning about myself and my body every run and every race. Even on training runs I would push myself most of the time, then I would push myself more in the races. During London Marathon training I learned to run at some different paces, not brilliantly … Continue reading Some runs are to be raced, some races are to be run
In 2 days I will be running my 2nd marathon, it’s kind of a big deal to me. Today is our daughters 7th birthday, which of course is an even bigger deal. When she was born I hadn’t even contemplated running. In fact, I remember sitting outside the hospital smoking a cigarette trying to think … Continue reading You can’t plan for everything!
For a while now I have wanted to write a blog about my London Marathon experience but didn’t want to do a “Race report”. It was such a special race in so many ways that I felt something else was needed to cover this subject. Then the other day while I was out running … Continue reading What is a marathon?