Writing about running: 100 Runs Later

I’ve always written. When I was young I used to write stories. I had notebooks full of stories and a typewriter I used to bash out scenes on. Then when I left university I started getting paid to write. I wrote for newspapers and magazines, some more exciting than others. I worked for many years […]

By |October 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|9 Comments

Goal races: knowing when to try again?

If you miss out on your target time at a goal race, after the disappointment has faded the next impulse is to find another race to give it another shot. But when and how you should go about trying again is a difficult thing to judge.

I had an email from a runner in America who […]

By |October 12th, 2016|Training advice|2 Comments

Great Eastern Run 2016

My mum held out her arms. I stopped running and she gave me a hug.
“I’m ok. It’s just hard.”

I’d stopped running at 7.4 miles into the half marathon. The past 50 minutes had been a mental battle. I’d had lots of lovely messages in the week before telling me I could do it, but I […]

By |October 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|15 Comments

Week 11, 99 min half marathon training

People who share their workouts on the internet get a lot of stick, often unnecessarily. Yes, there can be a lot of boasting, a lot of posing and a lot of egos. But there’s also a lot of bravery.

In any aspect of your life, if you have a goal that you want to work towards, […]

By |October 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|8 Comments

Week 10, 99 min half: Ouch

This week started out crappy, and didn’t get much better until Sunday. I knew it would be a rubbish week.

It was supposed to be ‘peak week’ but it also coincided with hospital appointments and tests (nothing running related and not-pregnant, which is what most people assume once you’re past 30).

So I did what running I […]

By |September 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Week 9, 99 min half: Getting faster

I’ve lived in London for 12 years now. And like most people who live here I have moments of loving it and being frustrated with the city.

In those 12 years I’ve lived in most postcodes and zones from 1 to 3. It’s a big place, but running and cycling around it makes it feel much […]

By |September 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Episode 18: Running and pregnancy

A few weeks ago I took a walk round Wimbledon Common with Kate Lewis and her son Bertie. While Bertie slept, Kate and I talked about running during and after pregnancy.

She shared her experience of running through her two pregnancies and returning to running after birth.

I mention a US athlete called Sarah Brown in the […]

By |September 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

In defense of treadmills

I’ve used the treadmill quite a bit this year. I know a lot of people hate running on treadmills, and I was formerly in Team Treadmill Haters. But not anymore.

While a run outside, somewhere scenic would always be my number one choice, sometimes the treadmill is the more realistic option for me. This past week […]

By |September 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|7 Comments

99 min half, week 8: Nearly there

There will always be an excuse not to do something. I really didn’t want to run yesterday. I was hungover, I was tired, I’d got a train back from a wedding, a late night of drinking and dancing the night before and I wanted to sit on the sofa and do nothing.

It took me a […]

By |September 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|6 Comments

Choosing a target time for a race

How do you choose a target time for a race? It’s a tricky thing to do. Too ambitious and you set yourself up to crash and burn (and possibly get injured) but too safe and you don’t reach your full potential.
I had a question about this very subject left on one of my blogs the […]

By |September 7th, 2016|Training advice|2 Comments