Dark Woods

Who’d have thought that I’d choose to spend a Saturday evening running in the dark, through mud, in the woods? Dark Woods was my first trail race, and my first night race. It took place just a ten minute drive away from my home, at Great Wood in the Quantock Hills. I’ve been thinking aboutContinue reading “Dark Woods”

Runniversary

This week marks a personal anniversary. One year ago, on the 7th October, I started Couch to 5K, a programme designed to get absolute beginners running for thirty minutes – or up to 5 kilometres – in nine weeks. I downloaded the app, and ran my first run in circles inside my house. I feltContinue reading “Runniversary”

Sunny September 10 miles

It’s now two weeks since I ran my first half marathon at Bridgwater, and it is still a long time (around 30 weeks) until I attempt my first marathon at Newport. I’m in a strange state of limbo. For the first week after the half marathon, I spent a great deal of time searching forContinue reading “Sunny September 10 miles”

Bridgwater Half Marathon

On Sunday 1st September I ran my first half marathon race. It was a good day. My chosen event was Bridgwater Half Marathon – a small, local event in support of Cancer research UK. By Sunday morning I was extremely nervous. Although I had ran the distance a few times in training, finding myself feelingContinue reading “Bridgwater Half Marathon”

Half Marathon Eve

Like a child on Christmas Eve, I want today to be over and tomorrow to arrive. For tomorrow is the day of my first ever half marathon. My impatience, however, is not the result of excitement, but of the need to just get on with the job. Yes, I’m anxious. Back in January it seemedContinue reading “Half Marathon Eve”

Severn Bridge 10K

Or: A new personal record for slow running The 2019 Severn Bridge Half Marathon and 10K took place on 25th August during an unusually warm bank holiday weekend. I heard about this event just after I’d already signed up for Bridgwater Half Marathon, which takes place on 1st September. The idea of running on aContinue reading “Severn Bridge 10K”

Buried Treasure

It’s a sweltering August bank holiday weekend, and I am pottering in the garden. Really, I don’t know what to do with myself. It’s too hot, and I’m trying to keep busy while saving energy for tomorrow’s Severn Bridge 10k. I decide to harvest (being always optimistic) the black bin bag of potatoes. Back inContinue reading “Buried Treasure”

Recovery

I needed a 6.5 km recovery run this morning. The mileage was specified by my training plan, although the distance wasn’t really the important thing. What I really needed was to regain confidence and enjoy my run after Saturday’s tough long run. As I ate my pre-run porridge I caught up with my eldest daughterContinue reading “Recovery”

Mad dogs and foolish runners ….

What do they do? You guessed it. They go out in the midday sun, in August. Oh dear. Yesterday was Long Run Saturday. I have my first half marathon coming up in two weeks, and I wanted to get at least the half marathon distance in, and maybe a bit more. My training plan calledContinue reading “Mad dogs and foolish runners ….”