Marathon fuelling experiments: Go Bites
Feb12

Marathon fuelling experiments: Go Bites

As I continue my experiments to find the right fuel for my first marathon, my blogging friend Juliet McGrattan recommended Kate Percy’s Go Bites. Juliet is not only an experienced marathon runner, she is also a doctor who uses her medical knowledge to inspire people to become active. So if she recommends something, I listen! She says she has given up gels in favour of Go Bites. Go Bites are made of completely natural...

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Grade 4 ballet – merit!
Feb11

Grade 4 ballet – merit!

It’s nearly three months since my daughter took her Grade 4 ballet exam. Yes, that’s how long it takes to get the results. Grade 4 is tough. It’s a huge step up from Grade 3, with a much longer syllabus. In the exam, the kids have to do far more dancing on their own than in previous exams. Apparently it takes 75 hours’ class time, plus 20 hours practise at home, to really cover the Grade 4 syllabus....

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Silent Sunday 10.2.19
Feb10

Silent Sunday 10.2.19

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Project 365 2019 Week 6
Feb09

Project 365 2019 Week 6

Week 6 of 2019 has been a week overshadowed by my daughter having a nasty virus. She is usually ill every February half-term, so I’m hoping this means she won’t be ill in half-term this year. Here’s our week in pictures… Day 34 – Sunday 3rd February – the end of week 2 of marathon training, and I ran nine miles. The temperature was well below freezing. It’s weird to think I’ll be in a...

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Marathon training: Following a training plan
Feb07

Marathon training: Following a training plan

I ummed and aahed over whether to follow a training plan for my first marathon. My ‘training plan’ (in my head) for my half marathons works very well, so shouldn’t I just do that? But with a much longer run on a Sunday? Generally when training for a half marathon I do two four mile runs in the week, parkrun on Saturday and a longer run on Sunday. As I get closer to the big day, I will increase the four mile runs to...

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