Forfar 10k: Practising being back in the race

It was only when I returned home that I checked when I’d last raced. My last ‘proper’ race was in April 2019 when I ran the London Marathon. After that I ran a couple of hard parkruns (May/June 2019) and then had a period of less running and no racing due to plantar fasciitis. It … Continue reading Forfar 10k: Practising being back in the race

Marathon Training: London 2021

I’ve been building the base miles for some time and now have just 8 weeks to go before the big day! Things are starting to get real, and a little scary if I’m honest. Blood & Sweat There’s been blood, thanks to an unfortunate stumble on the trails a couple of months back. That cut … Continue reading Marathon Training: London 2021

The 40th Race: Virtual London Marathon (Running My Way)

When I signed up to run the London Marathon virtually I decided against running at ‘home’. The thought of pounding the streets did not appeal, while running my local trails would require multiple loops of the dreaded Kingshill in order to make the distance. I’ve love Aviemore so decided to go there! Torrential Downpours Throughout … Continue reading The 40th Race: Virtual London Marathon (Running My Way)

The Last 16: 2 Weeks To Go!

Today was the last 16 mile run of the plan. This sounds okay, particularly if you're a Hanson devotee. However, theit’s the second of only two 16 mile runs. I’ve squeezed in a 15 and a 14, but the reality is that the training is not what is should have been. This is the problem … Continue reading The Last 16: 2 Weeks To Go!

5 Weeks To Go!

The abbreviated training plan is going well thus far - I’ve completed 2 weeks of it - and I have to say that I’m enjoying my renewed focus. Without the luxury of a full 16-18 weeks for training, I sought advice from the group at LHR Running Community, a Facebook group focusing on training the … Continue reading 5 Weeks To Go!

A Moment of Madness?

Due to injury at the tail end of the year, I deferred my place in the 2020 London Marathon. Then COVID struck, the marathon was postponed, and a new date set for October 2020. I deferred as I hadn’t planned to run a marathon in 2019. So, what on earth possessed me, when the e-mail … Continue reading A Moment of Madness?

2019 London Marathon: Where Dreams Come True!

Leaving work on Friday I felt stranglely emotional as I had done on and off all week. Super excited at the prospect of running the London Marathon, a dream come true, but also apprehensive with a few niggling doubts as to whether I’d trained enough, if the crowds would be too much, and other such … Continue reading 2019 London Marathon: Where Dreams Come True!

The Final 16

Well, that's it, the final long run done - all 16 miles of it. I've stuck to the plan and have resisted the temptation to go further, despite my fellow marathon runners and clubmates posting runs on Strava of 18 miles upwards which freaks me out a little - will I just stop at 17 … Continue reading The Final 16

2019 Smokies 10

I really enjoy the Smokies 10 ladies race and try to fit it into my race calendar. Last year it had to be rescheduled due to snow, thus I missed it due to a clash with another race and deferred to this year instead. A very different day, the temperature was mild (8C), but the … Continue reading 2019 Smokies 10

Toughing it out

Today was the first run of the plan where I’ve really felt I’ve struggled to hit and maintain the pace required. All things considered I guess this isn’t that bad - after all, I’m now onto the eighth consecutive week of training and last week was one of the highest mileage weeks in some time; … Continue reading Toughing it out