I wasn’t going to write a post about the Loch Ness Marathon but I really want to remember every detail I possibly can, so here we are. Training had gone reasonably well. Up until mid-August I’d been really consistent, ticking off all the runs and setting PBs over all distances. Then life happened and I missed… Continue reading Loch Ness Marathon
I’m a pretty average runner. It’s not my job. I don’t win races (actually, I did win one once, but it’s certainly not a regular occurrence). I’m not setting the running world alight with my times. But I’ve got a running coach. Something which two years ago, I probably would have scoffed at. And which… Continue reading Why I use a running coach
I’m fit. I mean, compared to the average Jo(e), I’m fit. I’d wager that most regular runners are. I can run up the stairs without getting out of breath. I can run around after my son without (much) trouble. I’d hope I could outrun any potential danger. I can bash out a sub-25 5k on demand,… Continue reading Fit and healthy?
I can’t believe I’ve only raced twice this year.
I’ve been consciously trying to gain weight for a couple of years now – I’m naturally slim and find it hard to keep weight on (yes yes, woe is me) and want to be bigger and physically stronger. I was a little worried about marathon training as I assumed it would undo all of the hard… Continue reading How marathon training changed my body.
There is a London Marathon post coming, I promise. I know the two of you who have asked about it are keen to read it. My account of the race is being published in runABC (available nationwide. Plug plug.) so I’ll be posting a follow-up blog post about my thoughts and feelings of the day… Continue reading My running self-esteem
I’ve gone and done another Vlog. This time, about my last long run before the London Marathon & some final thoughts one week before the big day. Enjoy!
One week into taper. One week until the London Marathon. Here’s what my mind looks like. “I feel AMAZING. I’m going to ace this marathon. Lemme at it. I’m too over-confident; I’m going to embarrass myself. Will blue Rock Tape be overkill with my blue vest? Please don’t be a hot day. The Rock Tape… Continue reading Inside the mind of a tapering runner.
The Sunday just gone. A mile from the end of a 19 mile run. On the verge of stopping and curling up in a nearby garden. S Club 7’s ‘Don’t Stop Movin’’ starts playing. Not an exhaustion-induced figment of my imagination, but a randomly well-timed track on my ‘Number ones of the 90’s’ playlist. I… Continue reading London Marathon: an update & goals.
Finally. Finally. I had subconsciously been waiting for this moment. The moment I believed that I could actually run this marathon. I suppose it’s logical that it came as my mileage increased, but I wasn’t expecting it. I went into this week’s long run with a relaxed mindset – which was in stark contrast to the… Continue reading A breakthrough