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Why I Run

Why I Run: Part 1 – Being Me This week’s blog post is inspired by another blog post: Two Fat Comrades. It’s a blog post about why Helen runs and it really struck a cord with me. When Ami started nursery…

I am an Expert Runner

I am an Expert Runner

Running has made me an expert on all sorts of things. I take pride in knowing about blistered feet, black toenails and chaffed skin. I have learnt when to eat and specifically when not to eat. I know about stuff like…

The Beginning of the Journey

The Beginning of the Journey

Technically this week has been the last week of base training before marathon training for the Greater Manchester Marathon starts. But today’s long run felt like the first proper run of this marathon training cycle. And since it felt like the…

runners ignoring injury

Do You Have a Running-Related Disorder?

It has come to my attention that there are a number of serious mental disorders that are related specifically to running. What is most concerning is that instances of these mental disorders seem to be on the rise, and in…

Letter to my body

A Letter to my Body

Dear Body, I appreciate this letter is long overdue. Over the last few months I’ve heaped more pressure on you than ever before and I never really took the time to say thank you and well done… You really do…

My first ultra: Race to the Stones

My First Ultra

I’ve done it! I’ve just entered my first ultra marathon and I’m so excited. Honestly, I’m like a kid at Christmas and with two young girls in the house and it being nearly Christmas the excitement level in the Gardner…

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Not The Running I Had Planned

This week was meant to be a ‘down’ week, which generally means less mileage and perhaps an extra day off. I do one of these weeks every fourth week, so in this case my mileage over the four-week cycle had…

Dirt Half Trail Race

The Dirt Half

This week has all been about the Dirt Half. As it was my first half marathon trail race I just wanted to enjoy the race and cross the finish line feeling happy and strong. But the way the week went…

The Race Calendar

The Race Calendar

Dear Family, Today I finished updating Mum’s Family Calendar for 2015. You will note that I have spent a not inconsiderable amount of time labelling all the columns with our respective names, and adding birthdays and other significant anniversaries. Training…

Dirt Half

Dear Dirt Half Marathon,

Dear Dirt Half Marathon, I wonder if you can help me as I’m having a bit of a problem with my running. You see I’ve signed up to do your half marathon race on the 15th November but I’m afraid that date…