Last year just didn’t quite cut it with regard to running goals. As tends to be the way for me, off the back of a solid block of marathon training (for London in October 2021, I lost motivation. While I do love a plan and will follow it to the letter when I have a … Continue reading 2023: Refresh & Renew
The Daily Grind If I’m honest, at times I’m starting to get a bit fed up of the ‘lockdown’. Being back at work after the ‘holidays’ where I enjoyed having lots of free time, I’m now working 3 days from home / 2 days in school. While some semblance of normality is good, it’s frustrating … Continue reading Life in Lockdown
Goals (and Dreams) This year I set myself 2 goals: A marathon PB and a 1st club standard. I achieved one of them. A dream came true when I ran the London Marathon, loving every minute of it (despite prior nerves that it might just all be too much). The plan thereafter had been to … Continue reading Reflections on 2019: Dreams, Goals and Injury
I'm now on my 9th week of no running and am desperate to get back out there! For a few weeks I enjoyed being at home, having full evenings and being a couch potato. However, being so used to exercise this wore thin pretty quickly! Despite my good intentions, I haven't been out walking as … Continue reading There’s Always Hope
Having set the bar at parkrun at the end of May, I fell off the pace in June. Half marathon training should have started (and in theory has), but the tall task of getting back to speed leaves me a little lacking in enthusiasm. June has also seen me away for work related things a … Continue reading Loving the trails!
This week the weather has been somewhat irritating. Being Winter ‘bad’ weather is to be expected; sadly it does not assist in the enjoyment of winter training. Making it through our long run last weekend, only having a short section of icy ground that was avoided by running along the verge, I felt positive about … Continue reading Ice, snow … the joys of winter training
Back in August I had my first experience of Junior parkrun, having the privilege of being the Tail Walker and Run Report Writer. (The run report can be found here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/duthie-juniors/news/2018/08/06/the-view-from-the-tail-5th-august-run-report-event-45-2/) So, you can imagine my delight when my Aberdeen Parkrun buddy, Cynthia, asked if I’d be willing to be a Teletubby for the 1st … Continue reading Sunday Fun: Duthie Junior parkrun is 1!
It’s a run, not a race! However, it’s also a time trial if you want it to be. About to embark on a 12 week training plan to try and pick up some speed again I decided I’d run parkrun hard today. I’ll be honest - I’d hoped I would manage to run 21 minutes … Continue reading Setting the bar: Aberdeen parkrun
I had fond memories of last year's Stonehaven Half Marathon and had even been heard to say that I found it easier than Peterhead Half Marathon (see recent blog). The jury's out today though and I'll be interested to hear the thoughts on this from anyone else that's run both. It's been hot! We're all … Continue reading Stonehaven Half Marathon: Hot and hilly!
I’m struggling to recall when I joined Metro Aberdeen Running Club, but looking through the old race photos it appears it was in 2009. My first marathon was Amsterdam in October 2008 - no Metro vest. My second, Lochaber in April 2010, complete with vest. Anyway, that aside, I’ve very much enjoyed being a member … Continue reading Metro Aberdeen Running Club