Dear brand, we need to talk about pockets!

Dear Virtually Every Women’s Sports Clothing Brand Ever, We need to talk. We need to talk urgently and we need to talk about pockets. Why do you never include decent pockets in your running ranges? Half the time you don’t bother at all and on the rare occasions that you do, the pockets are only good for a gnat’s cock. Yes, they really are that small and impractical.     When I go running, I like to take my front door key. You know, the thing that allows me to get back indoors. I suppose… View Post

Jo Pavey: This Mum Runs book review

About a year ago, I bought This Mum Runs by Jo Pavey and finally got round to reading it last October. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Jo a couple of times and she is a truly nice individual, so I was looking forward to getting stuck into her book. After all, we have a lot in common, right? We’re both mums We both run We’re both from the south west We’ve both run marathons And, errrrrrrrr…now I’m stuck. The book starts in 2014, recapping her 10,000m race at the National Championships, a trial for… View Post

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming

A little while back, I announced that I’m excited to be taking part in Swimathon as one of their Ambassadors for this year’s event. I have chosen to take on the 1500m distance, which is a big challenge for me. For the unaware, Swimathon is the world’s largest (annual) fundraising swimming event and I hope to raise funds for Marie Curie, one of this year’s fundraising partners.     I may have hair like a mermaid, but a mermaid in the pool, I am not.     Since making the announcement that I am taking… View Post

Climbing Arthur’s Seat

I’m currently enjoying a couple of days in Edinburgh visiting a very dear friend of mine. It’s been a stressful few months and that combined with flu has meant that I haven’t been getting as much exercise as I’ve wanted to. I’ve been out for a few short runs, but I have found it very tough on my lungs. Some of that will be due to pneumonia with the subsequent fractured rib last year, some of it is down to telling myself that I can’t when I know deep down that I can. The bottom… View Post

Stop saying “I’m sorry” and just run

The great thing about running is that it’s for everyone and events like parkrun do a great job of encouraging everyone to go out and take part. Your time doesn’t matter. I’m a member of countless Facebook running groups, all of them supportive and inclusive. All runners are celebrated and from 3 hour marathon runners to 60 minute 5k finishers, everyone is applauded for their achievements. Running is a very personal sport. A good time for one runner may be an easy jog for another. Some of us will spend months training to hit a… View Post