Dealing with marathon training anxiety

I think we can all admit to feeling nervous about standing at the start of a race. I remember when I did my first marathon in Brighton 2011, I was buzzing with so much nervous energy, I just wanted to get started and go. My then boyfriend kept texting me to calm down and relax. My then friend, now husband (yes that’s confusing) kept laughing at me. His friend, who is a fast and experienced marathon runner kept telling me to calm down as I kept wasting energy buzzing about and being nervous.    … View Post

Planning for a Spring Marathon

It’s that time of year when we start to eagerly anticipate the results of the London Marathon ballot. In just two weeks time, magazines will start dropping through letterboxes or emails into inboxes and we’ll know whether we are in or not. Spoiler, most of us won’t be.     Yep. Sucks, doesn’t it? However, there are other ways of running London. Qualify as a good for age (naaaaaah), run for a charity, or enter every competition going into you win a place. The last one worked for me to get a place in 2015… View Post

Support and an unexpected fast mile

Running is strange sometimes. Following on from my last blog post where I talked about starting again with 5k, I got into a discussion on Facebook messenger with my friend Stephen of How Many Miles. We had decided to start sharing something positive with each other every day and he messaged me to say that he was off out for a ten minute run. Although I jog/walked a couple of laps at Spitfire Scramble, I haven’t been for a “run” since I’ve been unwell. I’m still tired, my rib still feels slightly tender. But when… View Post

5 weeks to 5k

I’ve really been struggling the last few weeks with my lack of running. While I haven’t put on weight according to my bathroom scales, my body doesn’t feel good. I miss being active. Prior to having Rose, I was a much quicker runner. I wasn’t giving Mo Farah anything to worry about, but I could routinely bang out sub 27 minute 5ks. Over the longer distances, I could keep to a steady 10 minute pace or so for a couple of hours without feeling the need to walk.     Since Rose, even after 3… View Post

Musing about sports bras

While I’m still on my enforced layoff and dealing with my running envy, I got to thinking about sports bras and breasts. This is actually a fairly frequent occurrence in my life – you don’t have a bust like mine and go without noticing it several times a day.     I digress. I know far better than most how important it is to have a good sports bra. You can check out my bra guide, or perhaps you might enjoy this post. Back to musing. We’re rightfully taught the importance of a gait analysis… View Post