On the 4th October 2020 over 37,000 runners took part in the Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon- running the iconic 26.2miles anytime within a 24 hour period, anywhere in the world. You could run this in one go or break it down into smaller amounts. This was a chance to run the London Marathon YOUR WAY and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the race. Find out how I got on and how you can get involved with the 2021 edition. … More The Virtual London Marathon
We’ve all been there, we’ve all seen it- the sea of plastic bottles left at the end of mass participation running/sporting events. Not only does it look unsightly, it is also a stark reminder of the impact our sporting choices have on the environment. As the interest in running continues and the number of races on offer expands, this has implications for sustainability. Here I explore the issues and possible solutions to plastic bottle usage at races. … More Running the Road to Sustainability: can we eradicate single use plastic bottles from races?
Training for an event, whether this be a 10k, half marathon, marathon or triathlon can be a real rollercoaster of emotions and experiences. One training session can leave you feeling sky high, whilst another may bring you crashing down. Any training block which takes you out of your comfort zone offers challenges (but opportunities too). Whether you’re riding a training block rollercoaster or want to prepare yourself for the journey ahead, read on for my top strategies for dealing with the highs and lows of training for an event. … More Dealing with the highs and lows of training for an event
Are you about to begin climbing your marathon training mountain? The journey to 26.2miles is one not to be taken lightly, but to be enjoyed to the full. Training for a marathon doesn’t come with any magic rules to make the process effortless, but there are lots of hints and tips you can embrace to simplify the journey and maximise your training. Here are mine: … More The Journey to 26.2: My Top Marathon Training Tips
What to expect in the 48 hours before a marathon? I guess this differs person to person based on your experience, expectations and goals, however I’ve found a pattern in terms of what I encounter in the lead up to a marathon. Nerves and sometimes a lot of them: I find nerves manifest themselves in … More What to expect in the 48 hours before a marathon?
Its rapidly approaching my anniversary of my first marathon and I’m feeling really reminiscent. I’m still so early into my marathon journey, with two under my belt and two booked for 2019, so the nerves are still fresh and the learning curve is still steep. I had so many questions, worries and learning experiences during my two training cycles and on race day. A marathon is definitely not as scary as you think. So if you’re embarking on your first marathon this year, or are new to 26.2 here are just a few tips I learned along the way that really work for me! We got this! … More New to 26.2? My top tips for your first marathon experience
5 months, 4 medals and a whole whirlwind adventure. London it has been a pleasure! … More Conquering the classics
I never thought I could run a marathon. Ten years battling obesity, negative body image and low self esteem, I had decisively written off those 26.2miles. They weren’t destined for me, and the dreams I had as a child whilst watching the London Marathon, would only ever be dreams. Assuming I would never rise to such a challenge, I decided I would forever be an average at best 10km runner. But then something changed, and within one year I went from never having run further than 10km to training for my first ever marathon, and what better way to start than with the London Marathon. This is a frank and honest account of how I went from 0 to 26.2miles, the ups and downs of marathon training and why you should never give up on your dreams. … More From obese to marathoner- my story from 0 to 26.2miles
Anyone who knows me is well aware of my obsession with nail art. From bunnies to wonder woman themed nails, I’ve had some crazy nail designs. As soon as I knew I would be running the London Marathon I started thinking about getting my hands on THAT medal, and for me that included a crazy marathon themed manicure. … More Nailing my London Marathon preparation
Earlier this week i enjoyed a blissful start to the morning 42m above the River Thames at my first Yoga in the Walkways class. I am trying to incorporate more active recovery into my marathon training and for me yoga is the perfect solution. It gives me the chance to focus on properly stretching out … More Stretch and the City- Yoga in the Walkways @ Tower Bridge