Wentwood Woodlark (Race 16)

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 […]

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Forest Mile (Race 17)

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 […]

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Woah, We’re Halfway There!

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 […]

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Chasing the Train (Race 13)

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 […]

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Don’t try this at home (Race 12)

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 […]

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Swansea Half (Race 11)

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 […]

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Stroud Trails (Race 8)

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, […]

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