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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Stopping negative self talk

the suffolk games

How often do you speak about yourself in a negative way? Probably a lot and much of the time without even realising it. I’m guilty of this. Although I don’t talk badly about myself out loud, I will often tell myself that I should have ran faster, eaten better, worked harder or been more organised […]

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Small and inexpensive acts of self-care

north norfolk nature

Self-care has been a fashionable buzz-word over the last few years. From inspirational pinterest pins telling us to love ourselves to instagram posts promoting #selfcare. While I am a believer in a little bit of self-care (and partial to an inspirational pinterest pin!) I’m always a bit skeptical when self-care comes with a hefty price […]

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When life gets in the way of running

outdoor lake

In a social media post I published last weekend I revealed that one of the biggest running challenges I had was fitting regular runs into my weekly schedule. I love running, and exercise in general, especially the feeling that being fit and strong gives me. But there are many times when after a long day […]

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What happened when a wine lover tried Dry January

champagne

Alcohol is a big part of my life – it’s how I relax at the weekend, socialise and celebrate running marathons. As I’ve gotten older I’m no longer a big drinker (the hangovers wipe me out for days!). And, while I aim to drink in moderation and try to keep to the recommended weekly alcohol […]

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