What season is this?

I’ve started marathon training again, with the somewhat optimistic hope that my twice-cancelled marathon will go ahead in April. Today I needed to do a fifteen mile long run. I was very reluctant – the weather was not inviting. Just before I set out, there was a very heavy hailstorm, along with strong, icy wind.Continue reading “What season is this?”

Happy Bank Holiday Monday

It’s a public holiday in the UK – August bank holiday. A last chance, for those of us lucky enough to get the day off (four out of six people in my household are working today anyway, holiday or not), to go out and make the most of the summer. This time last year myContinue reading “Happy Bank Holiday Monday”

Where running takes me

I love where running takes me. Physically, and mentally. I’ve been feeling stressed. Who isn’t feeling stressed in the context of a global pandemic? Next week I’ll be back at work, working with two to four year old children, who have no ability to socially distance (thank goodness – that’s not what being two isContinue reading “Where running takes me”

Off the beaten path

I’ve been finding running the same routes three or four times a week a little repetitive. Don’t get me wrong – I am grateful for both the fact that I can run, and that I live in a beautiful part of the world. But yesterday, I felt the need for a little variety. Besides, myContinue reading “Off the beaten path”

Long Run Saturday

Today was long run day. I really wasn’t in the mood. Given the choice to do any kind of run I’d have chosen an easy treadmill run, with Forest Gump playing on my tablet. Outside did not look appealing. But I needed a long run, so that was that. When running long runs, I preferContinue reading “Long Run Saturday”

Fifteen miles fuelled by Christmas

I decided on 27th December to attempt my first fifteen mile run. I should have done this weeks ago. Since I completed my first half marathon back in September, I’ve been telling myself that I’m gradually increasing my mileage, in training for Newport Marathon next April. But, as the year comes to an end, IContinue reading “Fifteen miles fuelled by Christmas”

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”

Trailing off….

Today I had some firsts. I ran my first 10 mile run. I did my first bit of trail running (just three of the ten miles). I ran in my new trail shoes – my first ever pair of trail shoes. And I tackled a particularly impressive hill, which my son has been telling meContinue reading “Trailing off….”

It’s a hill – run round it: Round the Tor 10K

The Prologue Glastonbury is a town steeped in myth and legend. It is associated with King Arthur, said to have been visited by Joseph of Arimathea, and is home to a certain music festival. It is also, as I discovered yesterday, home to a lovely 10K race. After my experience at the sweltering Yeovil EasterContinue reading “It’s a hill – run round it: Round the Tor 10K”