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
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?
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)
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
I was invited to take part in the Rockingham 10 as part of team UKRunChat, and I jumped at the chance to do what I was anticipating would be a fast 10k for what would be my PB race of the season. I'm generally a trail runner and don't do many races, so I wasnt … Continue reading A windy one!