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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Return to marathon training weeks 11 to 15
Oct21

Return to marathon training weeks 11 to 15

The final weeks of marathon training saw us reaching our longest training run before starting to taper. You can read about weeks 1 to 6 here and weeks 7 to 10 here. I switched my days about a bit in week 11 to allow me to have a day off training for my birthday. So I did body conditioning on Monday (Monday is always a rest day). I then did a 40 minute/ four mile intense interval session on Tuesday. These sessions never get any easier,...

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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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Return to marathon training: Weeks 7 to 10
Sep21

Return to marathon training: Weeks 7 to 10

As I approached the middle of my training for Newport marathon 2021, I’d reached the point where my legs felt stiff and aching pretty much all the time. This is normal (well certainly normal for me) and not an indication of injury – just an indication of all the hard work I’m putting in to get stronger. Week 7 of marathon training started with a 45 minute ‘intense run’, as it is described on my plan. That...

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Apprenticeships: A realistic alternative to university
Apr29

Apprenticeships: A realistic alternative to university

If you’ve got a child in year 12, you’re probably both thinking about the next stage about now. Let’s be honest, having a child in education is always about the next stage – if your child is in year 5 or 6, it’s all about secondary school. Then from year 9 onwards it’s non-stop – options, GCSEs, A Levels and leaving school… Every choice is tinged with the big question of careers. Are...

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