Tour of Merseyside: stage 2 Thurstaston Multi-Terrain race recap

Thurstaston Multi-Terrain, Monday 3rd July, 5.9 miles, 19/52 miles So, the day after the Southport Half Marathon, the next stage was a challenging (for me!) multi-terrain race on the Wirral. I have done some off-road races and of course cross country, but it has never been my forte. I was targeting stage 3 for a…

Back to the grind…

Well, I haven’t posted since September! I am trying to get back into the swing of things and have the Tour of Merseyside in 2 months which will be a great challenge (6 races/52 miles in one week!) so I need to refocus on my goals. This post is a bit of a long and…

Autumn goals

Autumn is always a great time for a fresh start – back to school, new stationery, pumpkin spice lattes, etc. I returned from my holiday on the 3rd September feeling quite out of shape from a summer of only running short distances, but eager to get started on new challenges. My holiday in Italy was…

Summer running

Wow, no blog post for nearly 2 months! I have to admit, I do tend to lose my running and blogging mojo over the summer months. I have still been running but just enjoying having no real big event to train for and taking a break from those long Sunday runs is always welcome. So…

Marathon recovery

They say for every mile you race, you need a day to recover. For a marathon, that means you aren’t back to pre-race fitness for 26 days. I knew this before the marathon and was actually really looking forward to some downtime. The first week after the marathon, I didn’t run. I went to club…

1 week to go

1 week to go until race day! I’ve taken it easy this week with my last week of training as follows: Monday – Gym. 10 minutes on the bike (was intending to do longer but a niggle in my shin combined with marathon paranoia made me stop), rowing and weights. Tuesday – early morning 5…

Taper time!

Ah thank god it is taper time. 2 weeks today I will have finished my 3rd (technically second…) marathon. You may have seen on the news about a lot of courses in the North West being measured short – the biggest one of these being the Manchester marathon from 2012-2015 being 380m short. I had…

Liverpool Spring 10k

Last weekend it was the Liverpool Spring 10k (in some not very spring like conditions). I ran this race once in it’s previous incarnation as the Liverpool Women’s 10k in 2012. It’s good because it is right on my door stop in Sefton Park so I can literally walk to the start line. I marshalled…

6 weeks until marathon day

Well, it’s been a while. It’s now 6 weeks to go until race day and training has been the usual yo-yo that marathon training can be! Training throughout March went really well. I ran 120 miles in total, including a 19 miler. However, I was a bit cocky with the 19 miler and ran it…

Week in training – March Mile Madness

Following on from my PB at the Liverpool Half, I felt pretty motivated to crack on with my marathon training with just 11 weeks to go. And so, back to the plan it was. This is how my week went: Monday – Rest. Monday is supposed to be cross training on my plan, but I’ve…

Liverpool Half Marathon – new PB!

Oh, what a day! I love the Liverpool Half Marathon and this would be my 4th time doing it. I’ve now ran it twice by myself and twice since I’ve been a member of Penny Lane Striders. It is definitely lots more fun being a strider! (Read race reports 2013, 2014 and 2015) I had…

Running lately

Wow, long time no blog. Last time I blogged I wrote about moving out of my comfort zones and I certainly have been shaking up my routine into the New Year. I’ve carried on with cross country – running 2 races in January and 1 in February. The cross country season finished today, so that…