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?
Who would have thought I'd be writing about my 3rd ultramarathon in 6 months. I'm as in shock as you probably are, readers. I'm not sure where that young girl with no self-belief has disappeared to, but I am completely comfortable with the new 'can-do-anything' woman that has emerged over the past couple of years. … Continue reading Mud, motorways and mates (and an appearance from Bon Jovi): The Warrington Way Ultra
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)
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
After reading Ira's first book, From Fat Man to Green Man, I had followed him on Twitter as he continued his ultrarunning challenges so when I heard he had a new book out I was looking forward to reading it. I remember him tweeting his exploits during the Transgrancanaria race so reading the full story … Continue reading Book Review: Still Not Bionic by Ira Rainey