Fell running, sometimes known as hill running, but not to be confused with mountain running, is the sport of running and racing, off road, over upland country where the gradient climbed is a significant component of the difficulty. Since moving to the edge of the West Pennine Moors last autumn, fell racing has been on … Continue reading Fell-racing – falling with style
We runners spend a lot of money on kit, don’t we? But how much thought do we give to our underwear, the piece of kit that’s closest to our skin and can cause chafing or irritation if it’s not right?I’ll be honest; I’m an ex-commando runner. I used to forego underwear because normal pants are … Continue reading The bare necessities: review of Underun performance running underwear
If you're a regular runner, how often do you get an opportunity to compete with the best athletes in the country? To toe the same startline, and to set off on the same gun? It doesn't happen in many sports, but the English Cross Country Association National Championships is one such event. I had been … Continue reading Running the Nationals
If you think you can’t run an ultra, think again. I never thought I’d run an ultra. After running my first marathon in 2014, I thought I never wanted to run that far ever again. But another marathon happened (they’re addictive like that). Then suddenly, here I am at the start of 2018 having run … Continue reading If you think you can’t run an ultra, think again
There is a lot in the media at the moment about supporting those people struggling with their mental wellbeing, and I've done a lot of runs last year in aid of mental health charities, so I'm really excited to be supporting #runandtalk again this year. England Athletics is behind this movement to improve mental wellbeing … Continue reading #runandtalk
December is always a time for reflection, so I sat down today to write a blog post about my year, but was stumped as to how to sum up a year where I've achieved so much without a plan, without sounding like a hypocrite. As a running coach, my business thrives on setting goals, making … Continue reading What running has taught me about myself
I run with my dog a lot. I love the company. I love the sound of her paws as they thud on the ground. I love hearing the tinkle of her ID tag as she sprints from smell to smell, usually behind me, as I yell, "Bella!!!" every few minutes. I love how she forces … Continue reading Why dogs make great running companions
There has been a little controversy on Twitter this afternoon, which I suppose is not news really; controversy happens most days as people jump to the wrong conclusions and hide behind keyboards, happily ranting. Runners World UK published a web article called "25 Real Runners to Follow on Instagram", which prompted a (quite frankly, very … Continue reading What is a real runner?
Are you a regular runner who has been struggling to get quicker lately? Are you feeling like you've plateaued? Do you have heavy legs when you head out for your usual run? Lost your mojo? We all go through this. Normally for me, it's a week or so after a marathon or an ultra, when … Continue reading Why you might need to slow down to speed up
One of the questions I get asked most often is what it's like to be a running coach; I mean, what do I do all day?What I've come to realise over the last year of launching my own business is that this career is a bigger responsibility than I ever initially considered. Clients put their … Continue reading What does a running coach do?