Marathon mums

(image from netmums.com) With marathon training season in full swing, I've been enviously looking on as my friends on Strava and Instagram crank up their weekly mileage. While on the one hand the talk of their long runs makes me want to sign up for a marathon immediately, on the other, the reality of my running [...]

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Why it’s ok to be a tortoise 

No matter how fast you are, there will always be somebody somewhere who is faster. These were wise words from a fellow Mornington Chaser at a cross country meet last week, as we discussed the relative merits and downfalls of our respective races. I was worrying about being slower than my other teammates and these [...]

Bringing you up to speed

Regular readers may have noticed that over the last couple of weeks I've not been writing as much as usual. This isn't as a result of a dip in enthusiasm, a dearth of inspiration, or a lull in my running - far from it. Instead, I lay the blame for my lack of output at [...]

Marathon fever – Paris

Regular readers may be vaguely aware (I think I might have alluded to it once or twice?!) that on Sunday I was set to run in the Paris marathon. After months of training, lots of new kit (all totally necessary of course), a number of practice races, miles of long Sunday runs (and post-run Sunday afternoon [...]

Two marathons run from a hospital bed

As marathon day draws ever closer my fear is tempered with the gratefulness. Sometimes it's easy to forget how lucky I am that I can just get out and run. And keep running. This weekend I completed anther 20 mile race and it felt good. I thought of Clay as I ran, heard his words in [...]

Eat and Run

With marathon training demanding five runs a week, the longer ones of which are further than I've trained at before, I have to admit that it's taken rather a lot of mental grit keep on top of my training plan this week. Luckily whenever I feel myself flagging I can boost my motivation by just [...]

When does just running become marathon training?

With just 16 weeks until the Paris Marathon, I've been starting to think seriously about my marathon training schedule. Although I run three or four times a week at the moment, I know that I will need to turn this up a notch if I want to complete the 26 miles that lie ahead. So [...]