Browsing:

Category: Running

Monday Morning Motivation: Dave Wottle

Runners on an athletics track. A man in a white cap is narrowly in the lead.

Today’s inspiration comes in the form of American middle-distance runner David Wottle. This video is from the men’s 800m final at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. It shows Wottle (wearing his signature cap) seemingly coming from the back of the field to win. Interestingly, although Wottle was known for his sprint Read more…


Mountbatten School parkrun

parkrun Tourism: Mountbatten School parkrun superimposed over an image of the school field.

I’m still struggling to find the time to run, so I’m trying to enjoy any runs that I get to do as much as possible. Last week was the first parkrun at Mountbatten School (Romsey, Hampshire). I knew it was starting, but I’m also well aware that parkrun HQ request Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Rachael Arends

Rear view of a runner sprinting towards a finish line tape.

Today’s motivation comes courtesy of American runner Rachael Arends. Female victories in mixed gender events remain rare and are usually limited to extreme endurance events. In 2004 Nature predicted that women would beat men at 100m by 2156. However, the prediction was based on the fact that women’s race times were improving Read more…


Back to my parkrun roots

Two men in fluorescent jackets in a parkrun picture frame at Eastleigh parkrun.

I’ve finally finished planning my schedule until the end of June – hopefully, I’ll get to visit 10 ‘new-to-me’ parkruns in that time as well as a few more letters on my parkrun alphabet. However, I also want to get back to my parkrun roots. Southampton parkrun After running at Read more…


Friday Five: 5 ways to change your parkrun experience

5 ways to change your parkrun experience

Like many people in the UK, parkrun is what made me a runner. Before I went to parkrun, I always ran alone and was never sure of how far or how fast I went. I would head out from home and plod around for an hour. I didn’t have any Read more…


I’m gonna need a bigger trophy shelf…

Sparpedia Top 30 Running Blogs 2019

Thanks to Sparpedia for including Fat Girl to Ironman in their Top 30 Running Blogs 2019.


parkrun Tourism: Upton House parkrun

parkrun Tourism Upton House parkrun

Last Saturday was my first bit of parkrun tourism for 2019. We were visiting Stuart’s parents who live near to Bournemouth, so we had several options. We’ve run at Brockenhurst, Bournemouth and Poole parkruns, but hadn’t tried Moors Valley or Upton House parkrun. I thought that we should save Moors Read more…


Is breathing essential?

Tamsyn standing next to a swimming pool whilst wearing a Swimathon t-shirt

So, how’s my training going? Well, if I didn’t need oxygen, I’d say ‘GREAT’, but that’s not the case 🙁 Unfortunately, my unhealthy start to 2019 continues. I’ve just got over the worst case of sinusitis imaginable and have now got a cold. I’ve got a very annoying cough and Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Last place finishers

Two men jogging in Central Park, New York.

Look no further for motivation this week. This CNN story details the inspirational stories of people who were the last-placed finishers in races around the globe. It examines what motivated them to complete the events when others in their situations would never have started. The final finisher: The inspiring stories Read more…


A swim, two runs and a conference

People taking notes in a conference setting.

What another crazy week. There was a lot that I needed to get done, but I was determined to fit some exercise in. I swam on Monday. I decided to swim 1250m, as that’s half of the distance that I need to do for Swimathon. It felt quite challenging, at Read more…