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It Will Move You – The 2019 New York Marathon

It seems like a life time ago now but we booked our New York trip nearly a whole year ago, way back on New Years Eve 2018. I’d entered the ballot three times to run New York – it’s a race that has always been on my bucket list (along with London) ever since I’d taken up running. I’ve been lucky enough to get into Berlin and Chicago through the ballot but New York was proving to be tougher to gain entry into.

Week 3 of Marathon Training and What a Week It Was!

What. A. Week! All I can say about this week of training is that it sucked. So bad. My week looked like this: Monday: Cycling intervalsTuesday: 5 mile runWednesday: RestdayThursday: IntervalsFriday: Rest daySaturday: Parkrun (3.1 miles)Sunday: 10 mile run Monday should have told me how the rest of the week was going to go. IContinue reading “Week 3 of Marathon Training and What a Week It Was!”

Marathon Training Week 2 And 100 Days To Go!

Week 2, days 1-7 of New York Marathon training and we’ve already hit the 100 days until race day marker. I’m not panicking, you’re panicking … My week looked like this: Monday – Cycling IntervalsTuesday – 4 Mile RunWednesday – Rest DayThursday – IntervalsFriday – Rest DaySaturday – Parkrun (3.1 Mile Run)Sunday – 9 MileContinue reading “Marathon Training Week 2 And 100 Days To Go!”

Racing For Good

I was supposed to be doing the Brighton Half Marathon this past weekend. Unfortunately I had to drop out due to illness but we decided, as we love Brighton, to head there anyway. It got me thinking about our day trip there in November 2018. I got a last minute place in the Brighton 10kContinue reading “Racing For Good”

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – gifts for runners

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and you have no idea what to buy the avid runner in your life. Whether you’ve got a Secret Santa gift to buy, you need a small stocking filler or you want to spoil them, there’s something for everyone in this list of goodies that runners wouldContinue reading “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – gifts for runners”

Life’s A Muddy Beach: Portsmouth Coastal Half Marathon Race Report

After much debating with myself I decided to enter the Portsmouth Coastal Half Marathon. It wasn’t time to run 13 miles yet according to my marathon training plan, but it’s local and entry was really affordable. Also, Run Pompey (AKA Believe and Achieve) always put on a great event (with great bling!) so I decidedContinue reading “Life’s A Muddy Beach: Portsmouth Coastal Half Marathon Race Report”

Greenwich Running Academy: Technique Workshop

I mentioned in my previous blog that this time last year I wasn’t running. I still wasn’t recovering from the illness I’d had at Christmas (mainly because I didn’t rest!) which led to dropping out of races I’d entered. This year couldn’t be more different to 2017. I stayed healthy over Christmas and managed to stayContinue reading “Greenwich Running Academy: Technique Workshop”

Staying Healthy Over The Festive Period: Healthy Treats!

So, it’s that time of year again when the shelves are full to the brim with sweet treats and festive versions of our regular favourites. I for one struggle to stick to my normal eating during Christmas because I have a massive sweet tooth! Chocolate is my nemesis pretty much all year round but atContinue reading “Staying Healthy Over The Festive Period: Healthy Treats!”

The East Cork Harbour Marathon … Hills, Motivational Signs and a Personal Best!

Six weeks out from the Berlin Marathon I’m told by my trusty training plan that I should be running for 90 minutes or entering a half marathon event so I choose the half marathon. I’m already running for 90 minutes so I know a half marathon will give me more time on the road (plusContinue reading “The East Cork Harbour Marathon … Hills, Motivational Signs and a Personal Best!”

Meeting The London Marathon Experts and the big marathon countdown!

Each year the London Marathon host a day in the capital full of training tips, tricks and ideas from nutritionists, athletes and celebrities who have run the best marathon in the world. As a gold bond runner (someone who gained a place through a charity on the condition that you raise money for them), I was invitedContinue reading “Meeting The London Marathon Experts and the big marathon countdown!”

Marathon training AND raising £1800 … you must be mad!

Have you ever wanted to do an event but been put off by the compulsory and, sometimes sky high, fundraising target which are set in exchange for a guaranteed place? Well, when I found out for the third time running that the London marathon ballot had failed me my thoughts turned to charity places. IContinue reading “Marathon training AND raising £1800 … you must be mad!”

Promises, promises – making (and breaking) New Year’s resolutions.

Tomorrow we welcome 2017. How did that happen?! 2016 seems to have flown by and we’re now sitting on the edge of the start of the new year. The time of year when most people have resolutions on their mind. Resolutions that over 90% of people fail to achieve. I did some indepth research (byContinue reading “Promises, promises – making (and breaking) New Year’s resolutions.”

Well, I do like a challenge … (Or how keeping busy keeps me going)

2016 has been … weird. I’m sure many would agree that 2016 has made you scratch your head and say, ‘huh?’, on more than one occasion. We’ve had Brexit and Trump winning the US presidential election which I was actually in America to witness and not to mention all the celebrity deaths that have occurredContinue reading “Well, I do like a challenge … (Or how keeping busy keeps me going)”

Battle of The Boxes: Organising a charity Crossfit competition

I’m not sure how much my readers know about Crossfit but there is always talk about how much of a sense of community there is within the walls that make up the box (gym). It’s almost a cliche now that the Crossfit community is an amazing thing to be part of and there’s a great articleContinue reading “Battle of The Boxes: Organising a charity Crossfit competition”

“I’m surprised you were able to run a marathon at your weight” …

Yes folks, those words were actually said out loud, directly to me. Not by a fellow runner who hadn’t been able to run a marathon yet but wanted to and was a teeny bit jealous. Or by a frenemy (a friend who is secretly not actually your friend and delights in giving you backhanded compliments). No, thoseContinue reading ““I’m surprised you were able to run a marathon at your weight” …”

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