Running hurts sometimes Age 12, I was volunteered by my class to run the 800m at sports day. I was never an athletic child, and the thought of running around a track, with the entire school watching, filled me with dread. I was so worked up about it, that when I went to the track … Continue reading What running has taught me
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
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
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?
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
A wise man once said, "You will never be able to escape your heart, so it is better to listen to what it has to say." (Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist) Which is why, in a little over 3 weeks time, I'll be in a field somewhere in the Chiltern hills ready to put one foot … Continue reading Be brave, take risks: why I’m racing 100km to the stones
I haven't talked at all on my blog about training for an ultra. I have just completed my first ever ultra marathon, and although I never doubted for a moment I could do it, it hasn't really been the focus of my training this year (Manchester marathon was instead) so this became a bit of … Continue reading Some truths about becoming an ultra runner
Yesterday I took part in an event that was brand new to me in terms of terrain and running ability. The Hebden is an LDWA event and is billed on its website as: "routes of 22 and 15 miles, catering for both walkers and runners ... a tough event with a substantial amount of climbing … Continue reading Running scared at Hebden