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?
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?
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
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 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
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you'll know that I am an avid parkrun tourist currently totalling 32 different events. You can read my blog about why I love parkrun tourism here, but I also thought other tourists may like to read my own very personal guide to the events I have … Continue reading My pocket guide to parkruns