I’d decided a few weeks back to tailwalk today’s parkrun, as I knew I’d be in this neck of the woods after my sister’s return to Austria yesterday. The trouble with signing up to volunteer weeks in advance is that you have little clue of what the weather will be like. Yes, I know skin […]Read more "Tailwalking in the rain"
First thought: pause garmin. Once the garmin was safely paused, second thought: argh but I really need to run tonight! Collapsed in a twisted heap, Gemma shone her headtorch down on me and picked mine up from where it had flung from my head in the fall. “Are you okay?” Trying desperately not to be […]Read more "Lliswerry 8 (Race 26)"
“Since my name is in the ballot, we’ll have an unbiased person draw the names. Kath, would you do the honours?” Life President Syd announced as we prepared for the much anticipated draw for the two club places for London Marathon. An exciting part of the Annual General Meeting, with those in attendance waiting to hear who’d […]Read more "The Grand Finale…"
Severn Bridge Half Marathon was a big deal for me. The anniversary of my first half marathon, completing Severn Bridge last year was when in my mind I became a “real” runner. Despite having completed several since that first, and many more races besides, I had, once again, a nervous knot in my belly for […]Read more "A Tale of Two Halves Pt 1: Severn Bridge (Race 14)"
Am I really going to do this? I thought to myself. I’d been dragging my feet since my 6am wake up (actual time I managed to peel myself out of bed: 6:40), like a child who doesn’t want to go to school sports day. Unfortunately, though a little stiff, my legs were still able to […]Read more "A Tale of Two Halves Pt 2: South Wales Trails (Race 15)"
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)"
It feels like a knife. Scraping my mind, my heart. My inside. Just cutting. And when I’m raw and bleeding and hurting the knife keeps on relentlessly scraping away, shaving off parts of me, until there’s nothing left. It feels like I’ve been punched, hard, in the stomach. I’m bent over double, can’t breathe, can’t […]Read more "Depression"