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

The Sunday Times Sportswoman Of The Year (SWOTY) Is A Flawed Process

It’s that time of year where nominations are open for The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year (SWOTY) awards. Some of you may remember that last year, I outlined my concerns about the process. Just to recap, the awards are an opportunity for us to nominate our favourite sportswomen for awards. The awards don’t just celebrate athletes, but also the contribution to sport made by coaches, administrators and volunteers. Sponsored by Vitality, the awards are now in their 30th year. However, there is an issue. Sportswomen, junior sportswomen and teams are to be nominated by… View Post

Stop ignoring objectification of women in sport

You know what upsets me? Objectification in sport. No sport is free from it. The culture is deep, it is embedded and it has to change. Forgive me if this post descends into a rant. I have been quietly simmering all day. A friend of mine earlier today sent me a link to a forum post that he found. The post was written by an individual calling himself “Aslan,” presumably after the wise, compassionate and brave King of Narnia. However, this Aslan would perhaps be better named “Cowardly Lion.” Because surely that is a better… 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