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…

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…

Moving out of comfort zones

I was bemoaning my lack of running progress in recent months on twitter a few weeks back and asked for advice and the overwhelming advice seemed to be – try something different. You can’t expect to do the same thing over and over again and get a different result. Hills, cross country, strength training, longer…

MoRunners 10k

I finally did it! I finally got a 10k pb! I haveย really struggled with 10ks over the last 12 months and until today my 53.22 PB stood since July 2014. I’d PB-ed over every other distance in the last year but progressively got slower and slower in the 3 10k races I did over the…

Back to business

Well, September was a very quiet month on the running front. I managed a total of 14 miles! I went away on holiday to India and Oman and whilst yes, I could have ran on the hotel treadmill, I had better things to be doing frankly! I thoroughly enjoyed myself but it was a very…