If you think you can’t run an ultra, think again. I never thought I’d run an ultra. After running my first marathon in 2014, I thought I never wanted to run that far ever again. But another marathon happened (they’re addictive like that). Then suddenly, here I am at the start of 2018 having run … Continue reading If you think you can’t run an ultra, think again
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
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
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