I’m running (another) marathon

The thing is, I just need to decide which one. I want to run another marathon. I want to get under 5 hours. I was hoping for a London place, but that didn’t happen. So I’m now overdosing on race reports and trying to decide which to do.     At the moment, I’ve narrowed it down to the following:   Belfast Marathon I love Belfast. I lived there for 3 years and it’s a brilliant city. I wasn’t a runner when I lived there, so the idea of running the city appeals. It would… View Post

My Top 5 Essential Pieces Of Running Kit

The idea of running is easy. Put your shoes on and get outside and run. It’s great because being outdoors is free. But if we’re honest for a minute, running does cost money. We don’t go out running starkers (well, maybe you do, whatever floats your boat), we need something on our feet and these things cost money. It’s also easy to get caught up in the hype over the latest gadgets and buy running kit that we don’t actually need at the expense of an essential. So I’ve decided to put together a list… View Post

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