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Run Up To Christmas: Making tough decisions

Run Up To Christmas: Making tough decisions

Run up to Christmas is a fantastically festive, virtual running event. The aim is to clock as many miles as you can between December 1st and Christmas day, and if you hit one of the five milestones, then you get a sparkly Christmas medal. And […]

My top 10 tips for winter training

My top 10 tips for winter training

With less than 10 hours of daylight, and 10 hours spent at work, the maths of winter training doesn’t look good! I thought I’d write a quick post about some of the things I’m doing to try and beat the blues and keep my winter […]

Strength Training: 7 Single Leg Exercises I’m Loving

Strength Training: 7 Single Leg Exercises I’m Loving

I’ve started this winter training block with a serious dose of strength training. I use the word dose, because it almost makes it sound medicinal. Which of course, in a way, it is. It’s making me better. I’m not specifically talking about injury, although there’s […]

6 things I’m doing to crack the Boston qualifying time

6 things I’m doing to crack the Boston qualifying time

For those of you who haven’t been fantasising about running Boston like I have, the qualifying time for my age group (30-35) is 3.30. My current PB is 3.38.58 That’s at least 9 minutes that I need to find. Luckily, spread over 26.2 miles, it […]

Periodisation: How I Plan My Year

Periodisation: How I Plan My Year

Anyone who knows me will know that I LOVE a good planning session. Now that I’ve completed my two ‘A’ races this year, Bournemouth and Edinburgh, it’s time to get the coloured pens out and start again. Periodisation is the process of dividing up your […]

The new Boston qualifying times

The new Boston qualifying times

When you’re a runner, it’s easy to become obsessed by numbers. Your weekly mileage, the split times of your latest PB, even the wind speed. Now there’s a new one. Or rather, a revised one. 3.30 The new Boston Qualifying (BQ) time for women aged […]

Eliud Kipchoge: 100 seconds to go

Eliud Kipchoge: 100 seconds to go

Every so often, an athlete will come along and change EVERYTHING. Usain Bolt, Simone Biles, Serena Williams, Michael Phelps, Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, and now, Eliud Kipchoge. The men’s marathon world record has now been broken 8 times this century, and 7 of them have […]

Finding out I’ve got a GFA place for London 2019

Finding out I’ve got a GFA place for London 2019

  Well, this is a blog post I never thought I’d write! After 6 years of unsuccessful ballot attempts, to be honest, I’d long since given up hope of running London. I knew that a good for age time would be a big ask, and […]

Lost, in the right direction

Lost, in the right direction

“Just because my path is different, doesn’t mean I’m lost” It had been a long week. Aren’t they all? Which is why it was now late on Sunday afternoon and I still hadn’t done my long run. I’d wasted my one and only day off […]

Bournemouth Training Plan

Bournemouth Training Plan

“Failing to plan, is planning to fail” If that was strictly true, then I ought to be the most successful person in history! I LOVE a good plan. In fact, I spend an unhealthy amount of time creating one. If you’ve ever tried to follow […]