North London Half Marathon 2017 Race Review

A couple of weeks back, I took part in the North London Half Marathon for the second year in a row. I had a tough race in 2016, having suffered from gastric flu leading up to the event. I was looking forward to hopefully doing myself justice this year as a member of the #NLSquad.     Perfectly timed for those training for a spring marathon, the North London Half gives runners the opportunity to test their fitness on a closed road race and the cost, for London, is reasonable, starting at £38. Your entry… View Post

My first aquathon

Yesterday, I took part in my first Aquathon. I’ve debated whether or not to write about it. I wanted to blog about my experiences, then I completed the event and didn’t want to, then I changed my mind. Lucy of Paddle, Peddle, Pace posted on Facebook that her club Havering Tri were organising an Aquathon with a choice of distances. I fancied doing something different and despite being a pretty terrible swimmer, I decided to have a go at the super sprint distance (200m swim, 3k run). My technique is poor and I get tired… View Post

Running a marathon abroad

I seem to have a bit of wanderlust at the moment. I keep seeing photos from exotic locations on Facebook where my friends have been on holiday, or I gorge myself on one too many travel blogs and start to get itchy feet.     So now I’m starting to toy with the idea of going to run a marathon abroad. It would satisfy my wanderlust and I think it would be fun to run an event abroad. Plus having spent the money to go and travel would surely motivate me to work extra hard,… View Post

Women’s Running 10k Race Series

As I hinted at in a my previous post about the Olympic Park 10k, the 10k distance is a bit of a bogey distance for me and always has been. I have never been able to quite manage the balance of faster than marathon pace and slower than 5k pace. So more often than not, I end up burning out too quickly and puffing over the finish line. I’ve got the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October and as part of my training for that, I want to race a good, solid 10k. I want… View Post

Dame Kelly Holmes Trust Olympic Park 10k …

It’s taken me a few years, but I’m slowly (very slowly, ba-boom chish) starting to appreciate the 10k distance. So when I was invited to take part in the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust Olympic Park 10k, I immediately said yes. I haven’t “raced” a 10k since January and I’ve got very slow as a result of focusing on distances for marathons and the failed ultra attempt. Having run around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before, I also had a good idea of what to expect from a route – flat and hopefully quite fast. I was… View Post