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…

My first cross country race

On Sunday I ran my first ever cross country race. I had done some cross country training sessions with my club twice and I volunteered at the first cross country race of our league that we host, so I decided to take the plunge. It was possibly the toughest race of the XC league, with…

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…

Parkrun tourism

I’ve enjoyed some parkrun tourism over the last month whilst I’ve been away on some travels. At the end of July we went to visit some friends who had recently moved to Glasgow. It was a lovely weekend and actually quite warm for Scottish summer time! Our friends Liam & Jenny are regulars at the…

Sefton Park 5 Miler

I think this race will become a frequent feature on my race calendar! It was the first race I ran as a member of Penny Lane Striders last year, so I knew I would be doing it again this year. It’s also just around the corner from my house so I have no excuse really….

Round up of races

Over a month since my last post! I have still been running, but I’ve been a bit up and down really. It’s been quite hot the past month and I think that has really affected my running. I really detest running in the heat. On June 25th I ran the Warrington Road Runners 10k. It…

Rock n Roll Liverpool Half Marathon – pacing duties

That was SO much fun! I absolutely loved every minute of pacing for the Rock n Roll Liverpool Half. I met up with the other pacers and some race crew bright and early this morning at 8am. I ran down the mile to the train station to loosen my legs up slightly and try running at…

Ready to set the pace

Tomorrow I am pacing my first race, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Half Marathon. I won’t lie – I’m a bit nervous. I’ve used some fab pacers during races (not that I’ve ever managed to stick with any the *whole* way) but they have been so good and bang on pace. When I saw that…

A great week to be a Penny Lane Strider!

I have had an awesome week full of awesome running with awesome people! Firstly, on Tuesday I went to the first Mystery 5k of the summer. The Mystery is a park in South Liverpool and is also where the Liverpool Harriers have their track and clubhouse. Every summer they host a Mystery 5k series, which…

Weekly round up

I’ve had a really good week working on my goals from my last post. First up – some of my eats! I’ve been enjoying snacking on strawberries, greek yoghurt (have you seen the 4 packs of greek yoghurt in Tesco? So handy! I usually buy a big 500g pot and end up divvying it up into…

Goals for summer training

Become stronger, physically and mentally One of my weaknesses in Manchester was my mental strength in the last half. I was lucky with Liverpool and although I struggled in the last few miles, I didn’t ‘hit the wall’ or ‘blow up’, unlike in Manchester. It has taught me a lot though. Rest is very important…

Marathon recovery

2 weeks on from Manchester, and I’m feeling lots better. I’ve only ran twice since the race. The first time was on the Tuesday afterwards at club, which probably wasn’t advisable but I wanted to go along to show off basically. It gave me a great boost after feeling slightly down about my performance, with…