Who would have thought I'd be writing about my 3rd ultramarathon in 6 months. I'm as in shock as you probably are, readers. I'm not sure where that young girl with no self-belief has disappeared to, but I am completely comfortable with the new 'can-do-anything' woman that has emerged over the past couple of years. … Continue reading Mud, motorways and mates (and an appearance from Bon Jovi): The Warrington Way Ultra
As a running coach, I never encourage my athletes to run every day as I do believe in the value of a rest day. However, many runners take pride in very long runstreaks, and throughout the year, you see various challenges encouraging you to run every day, usually for a month at a time. Short … Continue reading Tips to make #runeveryday a success
I love to analyse my race photos because they reveal a lot about where we need to make improvements in our form, particularly when race photographers capture us in a fatigued state, usually at the end of a race or at the top of a hill. I was looking at some photos of me at … Continue reading What can we learn from a race photo about our running form?
If you follow me on social media, you may have gathered that I am rarely seen without my OOFOS OOriginals on. They’re my post-race or post-run recovery shoes, and I often wear them for walking the dog and even for shopping. The problem with having my toes on show though, is that my toes – … Continue reading Review – OOFOS OOmg low shoe.
The only goal I originally set out to achieve this year was to #Run1000Miles, which seems incredible looking back at what I've subsequently managed to achieve this year. I had subscribed to Trail Running Magazine at the end of last year, having achieved my 2016 goal of breaking a sub-50 10k, so the new challenge … Continue reading Passing the finish post of #Run1000Miles
I've done enough long runs now to know I don't sleep well the night after a long one, but I'm still surprised when I wake up time after time AFTER TIME during the night. What is wrong with me? I should be exhausted. Why won't my body let me sleep? As a coach, I know … Continue reading Why can’t I sleep after a long run?
Did you know that the more you can vary your training, the better a runner you'll be? Irrespective of what you're training for, every runner should incorporate runs of varying pace and distance into their weekly routine to improve running form and safeguard against injury. If you're stuck in a rut of running the same … Continue reading Become a better runner
If you're thinking of tackling your first ultra soon, the most important thing to remember about ultras is that it's going to take you a long time to recover. Longer than you think. This may seem like a glib statement. You're embarking on an epic distance; of course it's going to take a while to recover … Continue reading The road to recovery. (The bit after an ultramarathon that nobody tells you about)
What an exciting post to have to write! It's been just under a year since I launched Miles with Michelle with a beginners' group in Lincoln that quickly grew into 4 groups a week, lots of online clients wanting training plans, and so many new friends. I feel like I've been doing this job forever, … Continue reading Miles with Michelle is launching in Bolton!
I feel numb. Ever since 3am Sunday morning, when I crossed the finish line of the 100km Race to the Stones, I have been trying to process what I have achieved. Part of me thinks 19 hours is a terrible time so I feel foolish for having put myself through this challenge in the first … Continue reading Testing my limits – Race to the Stones 100km