A breakthrough!

It’s been almost two years since I last ran a proper personal best. I’ve been running more than 60 miles a week for two years without seeing improvement. And I’m very motivated by getting better. If I’d been told two years ago that I’d have to wait this long, I might have sacked it off!…

Scorchio!

What a race the London Marathon is! I challenge anyone not to enjoy at least some of it. That said, beach weather and marathons do not go hand-in-hand – the conditions were anything but enjoyable! Thankfully I was better prepared than some, armed with salt tablets, plenty of carbs in the system (I’d eaten 22…

A week to go until London!

Not that I’ve been counting down EVERY SINGLE DAY but I am now just one week out from the London Marathon. I’ve run over 1,400 miles since hitting the streets of Berlin back in September. The knee injury I picked up (touch wood!) is almost completely healed (*check out some strengthening tips at the end…

One race too many

Roll forward four and a half months from the Berlin Marathon and a lot has happened. I’ve got a new job (part of the reason why I haven’t posted since October!), five races have come and gone, one bout of (man) flu and I have a newly acquired knee injury. None of these events have…

Berlin Marathon 2017

Progress! Seven and a half years ago I ran my first marathon in London. Completely underprepared, I took on 26.2 miles not knowing how to run more than 18 but I limped my way to the finish line in 3hr 18mins. Skip forward to 2017 and I have just completed my 10th marathon in Berlin…

Training torture

Five weeks have passed since I went haring off in the wrong direction in San Francisco. And it’s been a big five weeks. In this time, I have run 280+ miles and my body is feeling it. I think I’ve added at least 10 years to my knees. I’ve had a mild case of plantar…

Crossing two finish lines in one race

I come away from San Francisco with mixed feelings. And not just because I’ve returned to the British drizzle and rain. And let’s be honest, Winchester isn’t quite San Francisco! If someone had handed me a 1hr 18 finishing time in exchange for not having to run, I wouldn’t have taken it. And 1hr 18…

San Francisco!!

Be sure to wear flowers in your hair, there will be a love-in there and all that. Well there’s no love-in and I haven’t got flowers in my hair but I’m here and ready to race! After a thought-provoking 11hr flight, some serious acclimatisation in the form of an 11 hour sleep, a breakfast meeting,…

A personal best in London at its best

So often, you will finish a race with a feeling that you could have done better. Looking back on yesterday’s London Marathon, I can honestly say that I couldn’t have given much more. And this is quite something for me as I tend to be my harshest critic. I had aimed to finish in roughly…