My 5k challenge

5k challenge

As a marathon runner I’d normally dismiss my 5k runs as junk miles. It’s a distance I’ll run before work when I haven’t the time to get a longer run done, or on the treadmill where one minute of running feels like an eternity.  So when I was talking to my PT about what to […]

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June 2020 training update

June 2020 training update

This post was originally going to be an update of my marathon training during June, but this changed when the Edinburgh marathon, which I was set to run in September, got postponed to May 2021.  I completely understand why it has had to be postponed again and, although I’m a little disappointed that I won’t […]

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Reflecting on lockdown

outdoors

Over the last few weeks I’ve slowly been getting back to my normal, pre-lockdown, life. There is still so much we can’t do and I’m really, really missing the gym – even lifting heavy weights! But gradually normality seems to be returning.  I’m already back in the office during the day, which personally I prefer […]

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Hot weather running tips

top 5 2017 races

Today was another lovely hot and sunny day. I love the sunshine and I’m definitely a sun worshiper. I will happily spend all day, everyday out in the sunshine and one of the best feelings is the heat of the sun on my skin. But when it comes to running in hot weather, even I […]

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Why I’m training for a marathon that will (probably) be cancelled

This week I officially started training for the Edinburgh marathon.  Originally I was supposed to run this marathon back in May, but, due to the pandemic, it has been postponed to September. At the moment it’s still due to go ahead, but I’m being a little pessimistic and I’m expecting that this year’s race will […]

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Emerging from lockdown

Hiking north norfolk

This weekend I’ve felt drained and unmotivated to run. Although the weather hasn’t been great – cold and rainy since Friday – I think some of my lethargy has been down to the easing of the lockdown. It sounds strange, but actually being allowed out more has meant that I want to spend more time […]

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Finding the motivation to run during lockdown

running in lockdown

Sorry, I’ve been really quiet on here for a while. It took me a few weeks to get used to the new way of living when the UK lockdown was announced, plus as a journalist this has been a really busy time for me work-wise. With so much going on, updating this blog got pushed […]

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Why I don’t listen to music when I run

outdoor running

Do you listen to music when you run? I used to always plug in my headphones for my runs, especially for long runs. But a few years ago I stopped and now I always run in total silence. There were several reasons why I stopped listening to music. One was safety. I found that I […]

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What to do if the marathon you’re training for is cancelled

Hertfordshire Half Marathon

As the coronavirus continues to spread and the spring marathon season starts to get going, many runners will be wondering if the race they’ve been training so hard for is actually going to take place. Already, the Tokyo Marathon, a world major that attracts 38,000 runners, was cancelled to all but elite runners. And the […]

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February marathon training update

marathon training

During February my marathon training officially began. I’ve been following a training plan created for me by my PT, which has been adapted to factor in my shin injury and the fact that I’ve not been able to run the miles I would normally be able to because of it. As a result, a lot […]

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