Hitting a running plateau
Jun10

Hitting a running plateau

It stands to reason that, as you get older, fitness and running ability will eventually plateau and then get worse. I think I’m there now. Not that I’ve got a lot to compare with – all the races I had entered this year have been cancelled or postponed so far. I have been a runner for my entire adult life. But in the early days I only ran a couple of miles a day. Right until I had kids, I ran most mornings. When the...

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Coronavirus: Family non-parkrun parkrun
Mar30

Coronavirus: Family non-parkrun parkrun

Like everything else, parkrun is now cancelled for the foreseeable future. When we got to parkrun on 14th March, my dad said: ‘Everyone is saying this is going to be the last one’. But I was sure it wasn’t. Because there had been an email which said that they’d looked at the risks and concluded it was no greater risk than any other social interaction. Even at a big, busy parkrun like ours, people are only in...

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The avulsion fracture and recovery part 2
Oct07

The avulsion fracture and recovery part 2

Earlier this year, my son suffered an avulsion fracture on his pelvis. Avulsion fractures are usually related to sport and are more common in young people who are growing quickly. My son’s fracture was caused by pulling a muscle while doing long jump, which pulled his bone away. He was in a lot of pain and was taken to hospital by ambulance. He made remarkable progress in his recovery in the first week. You can read about that...

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My running tips for mums
Sep04

My running tips for mums

If your kids are starting school for the first time or you want to get a bit fitter when they go back, you could do a lot worse than taking up running. I started running 24 years ago. I eased off a bit when I was pregnant and had newborn babies, but I’ve never given up. Since my kids have been at school, I’ve had the time to take it a bit more seriously and have seen my strength (and my times) really improve. But running...

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The football, the rugby and the achilles
Apr04

The football, the rugby and the achilles

My younger son has an ongoing, underlying problem with his achilles in both legs. It is almost certainly connected to the fact he walks on his toes, but it’s a chicken and egg. Does he work on his toes because his achilles is tight or is his achilles tight because he walks on his toes? All we know is, he has to be careful as he can hurt himself if he overdoes it with exercise. But he’s 13 years old. He plays football and...

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