We are WONDERWOMEN: Siân’s Story

Running has been a constant in Siân’s life- it brings clarity, improves confidence and has provided some of her biggest achievements. Alongside this, running has guided her through the life-changing journey of gender reassignment, culminating in living fulltime as a woman from August 2019. Over the years the reasons Siân runs have changed from chasing PBs to enjoying the experience, and the beautiful trails of Devon on her door-step are definitely an incentive to get out and run. In her story Siân shares her relationship with running and how this has helped her process difficult decisions and navigate dark times. She shares her race hopes for 2021, and her top tips for getting into running. … More We are WONDERWOMEN: Siân’s Story

We are WONDERWOMEN: Holly’s Story

Holly is a seasoned marathoner and accomplished mountain runner who swapped pounding the pavements for time on the trails. Her achievements include 8th place at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi (2010), team Bronze at the Barcelona European Games (2010) and 12th Place and team Bronze World LC Mountain Championships in Poland (2013). It all began whilst watching the London Marathon with a beer and burger in hand. In her story Holly shares her top tips for getting into running and how it feels to stand on the podium at the European Games. … More We are WONDERWOMEN: Holly’s Story

Goal setting for 2021- challenging yourself during challenging times

2020 has been a tough year for us all. For many, just navigating our way through all the uncertainty has been a priority and any running, swimming, cycling or fitness goals we might have had, have been forced to take a backseat as we adjusted to a new normal. If like me, you’re really feeling ready to bid farewell to 2020 and looking ahead to 2021 you might be thinking about goals and what to aim for. It is likely 2021 will be another challenging year and goal setting might look a little different. … More Goal setting for 2021- challenging yourself during challenging times

Some running ‘session’ terminology explained

Whether you’re new to running or a more seasoned runner, the idea of running sessions and the terminology around these can be a little alien and often somewhat confusing. From tempo runs to strides, to base runs to jeffing- there is a lot of jargon out there and navigating through it is sometimes a little baffling. There is nothing scary about ‘sessions’ and they aren’t something reserved for elite or ‘fast’ runners, we can all do them and we can all benefit from them- they are simply a way of categorising runs within your training based on their purpose, intensity or duration. One of the biggest advantages of doing different running sessions is the variety it can bring to your running. This in turn helps you develop as a runner, strengthens your cardiovascular system and muscles, avoids repetition- which can keep boredom and injuries at bay and gives you a chance to find what aspects of running you enjoy. Whether you do or don’t embrace a variety of running techniques, it doesn’t determine your ‘worth’ as a runner- remember we are all runners no matter how far or fast. But if you’re curious, read on- at least then you’ll be able to hear the word fartlek and not uncontrollably laugh. … More Some running ‘session’ terminology explained

Timesaving hacks when juggling a hectic training schedule

One thing I’m frequently asked is how I balance training for multisports- so swimming, cycling, running, strength training and finding time to rehab, alongside working a 40 hour week, commuting (pre-COVID) and being a functioning human being. The answer is training smart, but also checking in on yourself and making sure that whilst you may be trying to cram it all in, you’re realistic and remember to give yourself a break. Here are some timesaving hacks and essential things to consider when trying to juggle a hectic training schedule … More Timesaving hacks when juggling a hectic training schedule

Top tips for new runners

2020 has seen a boom in people taking up running- largely due to periodic lockdowns and closures to gyms and fitness classes. Running has many excellent health benefits, both physical and mental. Physically, running can improve your cardio-vascular fitness, strengthen muscles, help maintain a healthy weight and also build strong bones. Running also helps improve our mental health, and for many is used as a way to de-stress, experience nature and the great outdoors and provide resilient coping mechanisms which are vital during this uncertain period. But where on earth do you begin? Especially when usual entry networks such as parkrun and running clubs are suspended? Here are my top tips for newbie runners … More Top tips for new runners

Running the Road to Sustainability: can we eradicate single use plastic bottles from races?

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?

Social distancing and running outdoors- my anecdotal tips

In light of the current global COVID-19 pandemic, the UK government has put in place strict measures limiting many aspects of daily life, including the time we spend outdoors, the people we see, the space we give each other and the ways in which we exercise, shop, work and travel. This blog post is written to provide some anecdotal tips regarding social distancing when participating in your ONE exercise per day, from avoiding space invaders to quitting the spitting. All discussion is relevant to the current state of play in the UK at the time of publish on the 1 April at 7pm. Please continue to check the government advice and stay abreast of any changes, practice safe and sensible exercise and use your common sense. We are all in this together and have a collective responsibility to practice safe and responsible exercising … More Social distancing and running outdoors- my anecdotal tips

Dealing with the highs and lows of training for an event

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