On the mend and not going round the bend

It’s been a long five weeks since I last laced up my trainers and to be honest, I expected to completely lose the plot. But the time away from running hasn’t been completely terrible. I’ve had time to have a fresh look at my body for all its strengths and weaknesses. Naturally my first focus…

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…

15th place in the Maidenhead Half Marathon!

15th place and 1’14’59 in the Maidenhead Half Marathon! This is 45 seconds off my best and in many ways, I should be pleased. But I also missed out on a huge chance to push on and take at least a minute off of my best. The omens weren’t good when I’d inexplicably managed to…

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,…

Races galore

Four weeks on from my last blog and I’m three races closer to Berlin. I wouldn’t usually run so many in such a short period but one of the three was a free offer that I couldn’t turn down. The objective at this stage is mostly to build mental racing sharpness but the performances give…

Sibling rivalry

I ran my first race almost eight years ago dressed as Liza Minnelli in the Great North Run. Don’t ask me why I decided to cross-dress that day but it’s fair to say that I got a lot more attention from the crowd than my performance alone deserved! Anyway, I digress – I’ve had a…

The London Aftermath

Five weeks after the highs of a PB at the London Marathon and I am still feeling massively enthused about my running. Never underestimate the lasting feel-good factor that comes with a personal best! That said, what comes up must go down and it is not unusual to feel a bit ‘meh’ following a marathon….