A year in moments #7 – the last kilometre

My legs ached with every step. Every time my feet touched the ground, the pressure shot up into my hips, making it feel like my hip joints were grinding, bone on bone, in their sockets. The soles of my feet were sore, I could feel each small pebble through the bottom of my trainers. One … Continue reading A year in moments #7 – the last kilometre

Ultra-Trail Australia: 50km and 2500m of sheer joy

Or should that be sheer hell? One of the hardest races I've done, but one of the most satisfying and one of the best weekends for fun. Each year in May the town of Katoomba is descended upon by thousands of runners keen to take on the quad-busting ascents and descents of the trails in … Continue reading Ultra-Trail Australia: 50km and 2500m of sheer joy

A year in people #41 – Susie Sue

"Here you go Paps." Sue handed me a pile of envelopes. "What's this?" I asked. "There's one for each day. Open them when you need to." A few days later I sat on the floor in a dusty tent in the middle of the Jordanian desert, items strewn around my feet . I was trying … Continue reading A year in people #41 – Susie Sue

The £2 training plan – how it worked

During my training I created a thing called the '£2 training plan' as a way to raise cash for charity. In simple terms, it meant asking people to come join me on a training run and donate £2 each time they did it. The benefits were multiple: money was raised for charity, people got something … Continue reading The £2 training plan – how it worked

The Wadi Rum Ultramarathon

5 months of training, research and preparation down and finally the time came to get on a plane to Jordan. In life, I'm always surprised when things comes together. Like, how I've actually managed to book the right flights, pack the right things and end up in the right place. But somehow, I seem to … Continue reading The Wadi Rum Ultramarathon

Training: Taper

Taper off - "to become gradually smaller or weaker, or happen less often" To taper in a sporting event capacity means a period of reduced training desired to eliminate training-induced fatigue but without losing fitness. Read more about tapering here. Basically a little rest before the big event - HURRAH! These last two weeks for … Continue reading Training: Taper

Training: Week Nineteen

Well after last week's pretty shitty week this one has been much better. I'm definitely less miserable. Thanks to everyone for your support and messages, it meant a lot. I realised at the start of this week that I got my dates wrong, and I actually had two weeks of proper training left, and not … Continue reading Training: Week Nineteen

Training: Week Eighteen

No running talk this week. Let's talk about HOW I'M FEELING. (Spoiler: Not great; I'm struggling) Weary Bollocksed (official word) Slightly manic Overwhelmed In denial Poor (haemorrhaging money) Amateurish Unfit Pressured Still happy (ish) Nervous Unqualified Tired Tired Tired I'm totally OK with feeling all these things, I'd take a bet on it's all pretty normal. … Continue reading Training: Week Eighteen

Training: Week Seventeen

REST DAYS GALORE this week. Rest Days are Important. Just as Important as the Running Days. It's the time for the body to repair and get stronger. I love rest days. Doing this much training means I love it when rest days come around. I'm practically squirming in my seat with excitement at not having … Continue reading Training: Week Seventeen