Tewkesbury half marathon – hanging in the balance
May03

Tewkesbury half marathon – hanging in the balance

Tewkesbury half marathon 2022 takes place on 14th May – six weeks after Manchester marathon. Obviously it would be no problem for me to run it. My husband, sister and brother-in-law are all running it too and we’ve been looking forward to it. I’ve run Tewkesbury twice before. In 2018, it marked a big comeback from injury and I got a PB. Remarkably in 2019, I ran it only a week after my first marathon, so I took it a...

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The marathon paranoia (maranoia)
Oct05

The marathon paranoia (maranoia)

When you’re training for a marathon, it’s never far from your mind. I’m pretty sure I’m not just speaking for myself here, when I say it’s always there. It colours every thought. For me, I’m always thinking ahead to the next run and the one after that. How far, how fast? Do I need to eat more the day before? Will I have to start work late? Putting appointments into my calendar, I realised they...

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The athlete and the shin splints
Feb12

The athlete and the shin splints

It’s been more than four months since my younger was considered to be officially recovered from his avulsion fracture of the pelvis and able to do sport again. I would like to say that things have gone smoothly ever since then, but they haven’t. The first month was fine. He was playing football and training with his athletics club. Then he went back to rugby. Within two weeks, he had a problem with his tendons. And I could...

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My son’s 50th parkrun
Sep25

My son’s 50th parkrun

My younger son ran his first parkrun four years ago, back in September 2015. He has just run his 50th parkrun. Running parkrun regularly has always been difficult for my son because of all the other sport he does. He can’t run parkrun on a Saturday morning when he has a rugby match at the same time. Between September and April, he has rugby or football matches most Saturday mornings. But around May or June every year, he gets...

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The athlete and looking forward
Sep16

The athlete and looking forward

We felt a bit sad when my son was dropped from the elite rugby team. Because of his injury, he hadn’t been given a fair chance to show what he could do. But if we’re honest, being a professional rugby player was never part of the plan, nor was training several times a week with the Academy of a Premiership rugby team. So now he can focus fully on his athletics. Athletics, and specifically long jump, is where my son’s...

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