I was excited about the Oswestry Half, because it's always nice to be able to run an inaugural event. It was also the half marathon I was working towards with Celia, who I had been coaching towards her first ever half marathon, after we ran her first 10k event in September. This race wasn't about … Continue reading Gorilla Hunting – Oswestry Half Marathon Race Review
In the starting pen: There's the 3:58 pacer. I'll stand by him and hope I can stick like glue to him for the race. (Looking around) I wonder which of us will hit 3:58 and which of us will blow up. I really hope I can do it because I don't want to have to … Continue reading Things I think about when I run a marathon
I remember many years ago, while I was out walking up Ingleborough in the pouring rain one August bank holiday, and I saw two fell runners pass us, in shorts and vest, heading up the hill. "I'd never be able to do that," I recall saying to my husband, as they trotted past us. Yesterday, … Continue reading Grindleford Gallop
I had been looking forward to this event for a while, having heard all the hype about the cake. After Hebden 15, I'll be honest, I was expecting it to be a doddle, and almost contemplated signing up for the full 26 mile distance, but ever the cautious one, I decided to be sensible and … Continue reading The Belvoir Challenge
Last year I tackled Hebden for the first time. It almost broke me. It was completely out of my comfort zone and to be honest it put me off endurance events for a while. I busied myself for the rest of the year undertaking a run streak and focusing on my speed, and really improved … Continue reading Hebden 15 – Back for more.
I've never done any kind of obstacle course race, but I do love my trail running and have also tried out a few fell runs this year so I thought Hellrunner would be a nice mix of the two. The northern version in Delamere Forest, Cheshire - Hell Up North - bills itself as … Continue reading Bonking, bogs and beating my nemesis: Hell Up North
I had a bad race today. Those who know me, know I've been chasing that holy grail of a sub-50 for an entire year now. Gradually I've been knocking a few seconds off here and there, and this year I have been focused on 10k training to really hone my middle distance speed endurance. Parkrun … Continue reading Why it’s ok to fail sometimes