That first “proper” run in the woods will stay etched in my mind forever. It was the pivotal moment when running changed for me. With no time constraints and no predetermined idea of where or how far I was going, I became Forrest Gump in Wentwood Forest, and just kept running. For the first time running […]Read more "Wentwood Woodlark (Race 16)"
Have you ever raced a mile? That’s got to be easy, you might think. So short. After running half and full marathons, with mile upon mile upon mile, often hilly, boggy, muddy, miles, what’s so challenging about running five thousand, two hundred and eighty feet? Or if you’re like me and prefer metric, one thousand six hundred […]Read more "Forest Mile (Race 17)"
So, I’m at the halfway point of my challenge! (Although I still have a few blogs to write to prove it!) Wow and phew and what the heck all rolled into one! When I launched this challenge, I was nervous. I knew it would be a stretch for me in many ways: not only completing […]Read more "Woah, We’re Halfway There!"
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. – Henry Ford A while back, I asked a good friend of mine to share her favourite inspirational quote. Her mantra. The words she would meditate on when things were tough. When she shared with me these words […]Read more "Chasing the Train (Race 13)"
I’d dreamed about my first time. I had romantic visions of it being really special, a weekend away, maybe London or Paris, and obviously I would have been planning it for months in advance. What actually happened was, I got talking to a friend, we got a bit excited, one thing led to another and […]Read more "Don’t try this at home (Race 12)"
I tend to run much better when I don’t have a time goal. But I had a goal for the Swansea Half Marathon. I told myself I’d only include this race as part of my 30 races for 30 years challenge if I achieved a time of sub two hours. It’s by no means particularly […]Read more "Swansea Half (Race 11)"
It had been an unusual week. It’s not often you wake up not knowing that you’d be going to sleep in a different country. Family comes first, and sometimes that means forgetting your own plans and hopping on a flight last minute. Within the space of half an hour, I’d booked my flight, unearthed my passport, […]Read more "Stroud Trails (Race 8)"
I was late getting to the race, because of my study. Running from practicing a conference presentation about technology-facilitated sex trafficking, to running a race to raise money and awareness to prevent sex trafficking. My life is busy, and my world is large, but I decided a long time ago that I wouldn’t live an […]Read more "Up down all around (race 7)"
Beautiful scenery, forest trails, following the river; definitely my happy place! For me, this is what running is all about, experiencing nature’s beauty, exploring new avenues and adventuring off the beaten track as you push your body to its limits. Organised by my running club (Chepstow Harriers) for over a decade, Offa’s ‘Orror is a […]Read more "Offa’s ‘Orror (Race 6)"
“What’s next on the list for your 30 races then Jen?” coach Mike asked. “Kymin Dash”, I replied, “although I’m not sure if it’ll be challenging enough to include … maybe I’ll decide after the race.” Mike laughed, “Oh trust me, it’ll be challenging enough!” I’d like to say all races were run with the […]Read more "Dot dash dot (race 5)"