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”

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”

10K Training

I’m one week away from my first 10K, and I’m a little nervous. But I’m sure I’ll be okay. I’ve been following a training plan; I’m prepared and ready. When I completed NHS England’s Couch to 5K plan back in December, I felt a little lost. What next? I asked myself. I had made rapid progress,Continue reading “10K Training”

RED January Day 27 – The thankful run

The sun shone brightly today, but it was bitterly cold with a 44mph north-westerly wind. Significant wind chill. Running has made me weather-obsessed. I procrastinated this morning with a lovely yoga session. And then, eventually, headed out into the cold morning air. I needed an easy 5K run today. To keep me going, I triedContinue reading “RED January Day 27 – The thankful run”

RED January Day 20 – not quite intervals

A bit of yoga to stretch out yesterday’s aches, and then time for a run. I was due a 3K run on the training plan that I’m following, so I thought intervals would be good for today. I’ve been using one of the Couch to 5K+ podcasts – Speed – for interval training. I’ve usedContinue reading “RED January Day 20 – not quite intervals”

Red January day 3

Today was going to be tricky, and emotional, as I would be driving my daughter back to Falmouth, where she is a university student. It’s been lovely having Sophia at home for the holidays, and we are going to miss her. And then on top of the emotional goodbyes, a round trip with a drivingContinue reading “Red January day 3”

A different kind of graduation

As each year comes to a close, we tend to reflect on the highs and lows of the year. For me, ‘graduating’ from NHS England’s Couch to 5K programme has been a definite high. This graduation means that I can now run for 30 minutes at a time. I don’t yet cover the full 5kContinue reading “A different kind of graduation”

Winter solstice blues

At my first parkrun, someone said to me ‘if you can keep running through winter, by the spring you’ll be flying’. Easy enough in theory. With winter solstice in less than a week, short gloomy days, dark mornings and evenings, inhospitable weather, and the temptations of the festive season on the horizon, it’s easy toContinue reading “Winter solstice blues”

My first winter run

  December 1st The first day of winter, and the day when excited children begin peeling open advent calendars for the big Christmas countdown. I lie in bed listening to torrential rain drum down. We’ve had a week of stormy weather, flooded roads and fallen trees. My daily commute across the gorgeous Quantock Hills hasContinue reading “My first winter run”

The Fledgling Runner

Weekends. Time is precious and can quickly slip away. So I’ve decided that joining a parkrun is a good idea. Up, out and running by 9 O’Clock on a Saturday morning prevents time from slipping away unnoticed. I say this, but so far I’ve only done two park runs. My first run came as aContinue reading “The Fledgling Runner”