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)"
Seven hills, over seven miles, in atonement for the seven sins. Lust. Greed. Gluttony. Envy. Pride. Sloth. Wrath. The penance race, just a few days after Christmas, felt very appropriate after the luxurious excesses that many of us indulge in over the festive season. The nominated sin for this year was lust, the sin of […]Read more "Seven Sins (Race 24)"
The Nightingale Nightmare was scarily spectacular! “Enter if you dare” warned the blood-covered sign at the gates, as we piled out of the car up to the haunted school’s front doors and into the twilight zone, guarded by the Grim reaper. Kudos to Southville Running Club, they held nothing back in their eery transformation which […]Read more "Nightingale Nightmare (Race 20)"
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)"
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)"