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

Swimathon 2018: Swim For All

It’s time to announce my big challenge for 2018 and this is something that is really going to push me out of my comfort zone. As one of the official Ambassadors for this year’s Swimathon, I will be swimming 1500m at the end of April. I am a terrible swimmer and long-term readers may remember my experiences of taking part in an aquathon. Confession: I haven’t stepped foot in a pool since. Gulp. (Although hopefully none of that in the pool!)     What is Swimathon? Swimathon is the world’s largest (annual) fundraising swim. Aiming… View Post

Reflecting on 2017

I thought about doing a round-up post for 2017. I know they are a bit cliché and every blogger is doing one, but truthfully, I enjoy reading them. It’s refreshing to read what people are proud of. It’s refreshing to see the honesty. For me, 2017, like every other year, has had ups and downs. I haven’t spoken about many of the changes of the blog, although if you follow me on social media, you will have picked up on bits and pieces. So here’s a recap on things that have been important to me… View Post

Active Travel: Why I want to visit the Lake District

Post in collaboration with Original Cottages It’s a well-known fact that one of the most beautiful places in the UK is the Lake District. It’s also a well-known fact that this is the place to go if you’re looking for a domestic active break. Yet despite my yearning to visit, I have never actually been. Actually, I lie. I’ve changed National Express coach there when on an epic journey to Belfast from London. I’ve also visited Tebay Motorway Services. This is actually much more pleasant than it sounds as it is independently run and is… View Post