I can't remember the exact moment I decided I was a trail runner; it's been more of a gradual awakening as I fell in love with trails and out of love with roads. If you have never tried it before, here are 10 reasons why I think you should. Beautiful views everywhere you look. There … Continue reading Ten reasons to try trail running
What motivates you to run? I asked this question recently of my fellow runners, and one overwhelming response was cake*. This is something I wholeheartedly agree with, having initially taken up running many years ago in a bid to lose some weight, because I love food. Indeed, many of my trail races this year have … Continue reading My Top Ten Tips for Motivation
As a running coach, who mostly specialises in introducing beginners to our wonderful world of endorphins, it never ceases to amaze me how many times I hear people complain that they'll never be fast, or that they can't run, or that they're not a natural runner. Having been running myself for 15 years now, I … Continue reading How improving your mindset can help improve your running.
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
It's easy to get worked up about a big race, particularly one you've invested so much training time into, and many spring marathon runners are now into that uneasy period we call tapering, which is often full of maranoia, or feelings of self-doubt and last minute panic training. I got my taper for my first … Continue reading My top tips for the week before your 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
It's 9am on Saturday morning ... "Shouldn't you be at parkrun?" I hear you ask. Well, yes. Today should be my 100th parkrun in fact, but recently I'm learning that running needs to fit into life, and not the other way around ... Last month, I realised I had run 141 miles (an average month … Continue reading Finding a balance
It has come to my attention recently that I am a parkrun tourist. How does this happen, I hear you ask? How do you unwittingly become a parkrun tourist? I began running at parkrun when our first local Newark parkrun opened back in 2013. Until then I had never even heard about parkrun. I didn't go … Continue reading Why I love being a parkrun tourist
I don't think I've talked about it much in this blog, but I'm running Manchester Marathon this year - after swearing never again after my first marathon at London in 2014, then accidentally (yes, really!) doing it all again in 2015. I had a break in 2016 to focus on getting my coaching qualification and … Continue reading Marathon training – January
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.