A while back my left foot started hurting. A bit of pain down the outside edge. I rested, didn't run for a bit, it persisted but I started running again. Three weeks ago the pain started again but this time in my calf muscle and down to the ankle. Tight muscles, I thought, and didn't … Continue reading On injury, identity, and life after running
On Sunday, I joined ~600 others and ran the Truro half marathon. I previously ran this in 2014 and was keen to see if I could improve on my last experience, when I ended up dragging myself across the finish line and not having much fun at all. This time around and all through my … Continue reading Truro Half Marathon 2018 – race recap
It’s a cliche that September is a time for fresh starts but it’s oh so true. New Year’s Resolutions are long-forgotten and it’s too early to think about next year’s, but as the seasons change and we settle back into ‘normality’ after a lazy, hazy summer, now is the time to sharpen our pencils, pull … Continue reading Hello September
I’m still riding high on the endorphins from yesterday’s half marathon so I wanted to get my thoughts on paper (err, screen) before I dip back into lethargy, apathy and general sloth-dom. So in case it wasn’t clear, the Indian Queens Half Marathon went FANTASTICALLY WELL and I whizzed around the course in 20 degree … Continue reading On exercise, and the Indian Queens Half Marathon
Isn't it funny, how relative time is? For instance, the 40 hours a week I spend at my desk seem like far, far more, and yet the 12 weeks since the marathon have disappeared with barely a blink. I was in considerable pain after the race, and found out the hard way that my body … Continue reading Life after the marathon
I want to preface this post by saying that despite the many, many issues that people have had with this race, I a) thankfully didn’t use the baggage drop and b) wasn’t racing competitively. I was just happy to get it over and done with!! It’s been nearly 2 weeks now since I joined 10,000 … Continue reading Finally made it – Greater Manchester Marathon race recap!
My knee is unfortunately still not quite right, so my goal of reaching 20+ miles in training has gone right out of the window and instead I am focusing on shorter runs, more cross training and as much stretching and foam-rolling as possible. I managed 12 miles the week after the Super Serious Run which … Continue reading Marathon training – less than 2 weeks to go, and tapering
Four weeks?? FOUR? I’m not quite sure where the last twelve weeks have gone and it seems like not long since I signed up for this marathon, when in fact I think it was August (super early bird cheapskate entry prices). And now here we are; I’ve completed a half marathon as part of my … Continue reading Marathon training – 4 weeks to go (and another race recap!)
I've got a good week's training for you, what a shocker! After last week's half marathon I was pretty sore, especially in my quads (thanks hills) and hips, as well as just general muscle fatigue, so I started the week with a couple of treadmill miles, followed by a fantastic 4 miles on Thursday. Some … Continue reading Marathon training – 6 weeks to go
This week's training report comes along with a bonus race recap, as this morning I took part in the Cornwall Fire & Rescue Half Marathon. I say 'took part' as I don't think you can describe what I did today as 'running'...definitely more of an amble around the grounds of Lanhydrock! The week before last … Continue reading Marathon training – 7 weeks to go and a race recap!