My husband, my running buddy
Sep28

My husband, my running buddy

It was my husband who first started me running, way back in 1994. We started running just before my 21st birthday. He was working and felt he was losing fitness and gaining weight, so wanted to do some exercise – and he wanted me to join him. I remember how hard those first few runs were. We ran a little lap around the River Trent in Nottingham, where we lived. I had to walk twice on our first run, and I’d be surprised if...

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My son: Training for his first half marathon
Sep25

My son: Training for his first half marathon

For as long as I can remember, my son has been saying that he will run the Cheltenham half marathon when he turns 17. (Generally speaking, 17 is the age when kids can enter a half marathon for the first time.) There are many advantages to being fit and active as parents. There’s the fact that you are stronger and healthier, of course, and there’s the sense of wellbeing, but what it’s easy to forget is that it also...

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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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Tewkesbury half marathon trainers trouble
May22

Tewkesbury half marathon trainers trouble

I knew my running trainers didn’t have much life left in them, so I told myself I would get a new pair as soon as I’d run the Tewkesbury half marathon. What I SHOULD have told myself is that I would get a new pair as soon as I started training for the half marathon. Just over two weeks before the race, holes appeared in my trainers. The holes went all the way through. My foot was being forced towards the holes, putting...

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Project 365 2017 Week 39
Sep30

Project 365 2017 Week 39

Week 39 – three-quarters of the way through the year already! I think I’ve just about got used to it being 2017 and it’s nearly over. Here’s our week in pictures… Day 257 – Sunday 24th September – I managed a 12 mile run this morning, my last before next week’s half marathon. I ran the first half of it with my husband, but then he told me to go on without him (did I mention that...

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