Swimming Essentials For Triathlon

This post is in collaboration with Simply Swim It’s that time of year where we are planning our summer challenges. From marathons to triathlons, these events don’t just involve needing to train, but they also involve needing to plan logistics and even your kit. It sounds like it should be simple, doesn’t it? Swimming kit, bike, running shoes, done. But it isn’t, especially for beginners as I found out from my first experience of aquathon. And it was the swimming essentials that I came unstuck on.     Swimming costume Are you swimming in a… View Post

Dear brand, we need to talk about …

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