I first heard about Parkrun a year or so ago when it was mentioned in my Twitter News Feed and then someone asked me in passing if I was a fan. I didn’t know much about the concept – aside from the fact that it involved getting up early on Saturday mornings and didn’t involve… Continue reading Parktaking in Parkrun!
I’ve taken part in the Tunbridge Wells Race for Life every year for as long as I can remember, even when I wasn’t into running, and it’s become a tradition more than anything. This event is local, my friends and colleagues join in, and it has a guaranteed great atmosphere with hoards of supporters. The… Continue reading The pretty mundane Pretty Muddy 5K
A few weeks ago I saw a fellow runner displaying his very impressive medal collection on Twitter, and announcing that he had now earned his 100th medal. It was inspiring and had me aching to get my medals out and count them. I purchased a medal hanger a year ago but due to going from… Continue reading Entering the VLM, 88 medals & HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!
I took part in London Wembley’s Color Run during July 2013, and my review that followed stated: “The £30 entry fee was excessive for a 5K and included just a t-shirt and headband, no chip timing or medal. The race start was delayed (no reason for this was announced) and all runners were crammed into… Continue reading Filling the weekend with colour!
Sport Relief is a biennial charity event from Comic Relief in association with BBC Sport, which brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money to help vulnerable people in both the UK and the world's poorest countries. Sport Relief 2016 ran from 18th – 20th March with over 1000 running, swimming and… Continue reading Sport Relief 2016!
I can’t believe it’s been almost three weeks since I ran the Brighton Vitality half marathon. It seems like a distant memory, and I admit to being a bit lazy since then. The week immediately following the run, I completed no exercise whatsoever and forced myself to relax, which rarely happens; I’m not one for… Continue reading Resting, race calendar and FOOD
2015 event reviews A brief round-up of all events I took part in during 2015! London Winter Run 10K Sunday 1 February 2015 It’s super hard to find a good 10K event at this time of year, especially one of this size, and the winter theme sounded fun and unique, so I jumped at the… Continue reading 2015 event reviews
Olly Murs’s song ‘Wrapped Up’ is stuck in my head, with the lyrics changed to ‘Strapped Up’, as in: “You got me strapped up, around your le-eg!” I’m adorned in Kinesiology Tape again, although this time it’s blue, not my favourite pink. This stuff is amazing and stays on for ages, despite daily showers, and… Continue reading You got me strapped up!
Hello! It’s been a while, hasn’t it! I was made redundant quite suddenly in June, consequently started a new job, and am now moving house; so along with the standard summer weddings and holidays in Florida and Morocco, I haven’t been able to dedicate time to my blog. It’s been a busy few months! Nevertheless,… Continue reading Wherefore art thou?
In a previous blog post (‘Medal hangers and bib displays’) I mentioned that I’d fallen in love with a gorgeous, but super pricey, medal hanger: https://www.medalhangers.com/view/350/Give-A-Girl-The-Right-Pair-Of-Shoes-and-She-Can-Conquer-The-World. I’d had my eye on it for a while, but it’s American, and with a $75 price tag and $45 shipping cost, I was hesitant. I researched this medal… Continue reading A present to myself
I had heard friends and colleagues talking about a fun, muddy obstacle course which is hilariously challenging and earns you army-style dog-tags. I thought this sounded like a great experience so headed onto the Major Series website, checked out the dates for the South and didn’t hesitate to sign myself up. Voted the UK's 'Best… Continue reading A Major challenge
When I started running as an adult, I quickly realised that I enjoyed it and wanted to do more of it. I pushed myself to participate in running events, and it all became very addictive. As soon as I crossed a finish line and was handed a well-earned medal, I was desperate to repeat the… Continue reading 33 before 30!
I’ve gone completely overboard. Well, a bit. I’ve signed up to and have already completed some of the following races: Monday 12 January 2015, UK Run Chat Virtual 5K Thursday 22 January 2015, Spring Forward Virtual 5K Sunday 1 February 2015, London Winter Run 10K Tuesday 3 February 2015, UK Run Chat Virtual 5K 14… Continue reading The virtual run bug, and my 2015 race calendar
I gave myself a break over the festive period and hardly ran at all. I overate, slobbed about and spent time with my family. So, on 2nd January when I decided to go for my first run of the new year, it was not altogether a delightful experience! It’s amazing how much fitness can decline… Continue reading A new year
2014 event reviews A brief round-up of all events I took part in during 2014. Photos of the medals will be coming soon in a separate post as I’m having my whole collection photographed professionally: Sevenoaks Knole Park 10K Sunday 16 March 2014 My first race of 2014! I had torn my calf muscle at… Continue reading 2014 event reviews
So that's it! I've just completed my final race of the year; event number 16. Last year I completed 9 events so 2014 has been a big step up and a massive challenge: I've loved every minute! I'll be resting now for a month until training starts in 2015. Full race reviews and medal photos… Continue reading 2014 collage
I had some boxes in the loft that had been there for years, collecting dust. I was randomly having a clear-out yesterday and came across these boxes, having completely forgotten what they contained. They were largely full of old school books, diaries, certificates of achievements and old sentimental bits and bobs that couldn’t be thrown… Continue reading Hidden treasure!
The toughest race I've ever run was, bizarrely, something I've become quite accustomed to - the Tunbridge Wells Race for Life 5K in aid of Cancer Research UK in June 2014. Sunday 8 June, to be precise. My father had passed away very unexpectedly from a heart attack on the Wednesday just four days before, and… Continue reading The hardest race
Walk the Walk London Moonwalk - http://www.walkthewalk.org/Challenges/TheMoonWalkLondon The date has now been released for The Moonwalk London 2015! OK so this isn’t a running event, but I love long walks and the Moonwalk is such an incredible experience. I took part this year for the first time (review coming soon) and completed the full 26.2… Continue reading Exciting discoveries this week!
A brief round-up of all events I took part in last year. Photos of the medals will be coming soon in a separate post as I’m having my whole collection photographed professionally: British Heart Foundation Tower of London 10K Wednesday 8 May 2013 This event took place during a weekday, so I took holiday from… Continue reading 2013 event reviews
I get asked this a lot 🙂 I used to watch my ex-fiancé run countless marathons, half marathons, 10 milers and such - he had taken up running after his dad randomly decided to run a marathon. I would go and watch them run and found all of the events to be so inspiring, almost… Continue reading Why running? How it started…