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Monday Morning Motivation: Colin McCourt and goal-setting

Colin McCourt in his prime and in early 2017

We’re nearly a month into 2018. Many people who subscribe to the ‘New year, new you!’ philosophy, but they simply wish for change aren’t making it happen. Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions? How are they going? Did you plan ahead and have a clear goal? Depending on your Read more…


Tilgate parkrun with parkrun ambassadors

Tilgate parkrun

OMG! What an amazing but completely exhausting day yesterday was. It started at about 2am when M decided it was time for a party. I tried to encourage her to ‘lie down and cuddle mummy’, but somehow that was interpreted as ‘why not use Mummy’s bed as a trampoline?’ so Read more…


A fortnight of exercising

Running track

After the Reading Half Marathon workshop, I was determined to start my training for this year’s races. I still need to sort out a proper half marathon training schedule, but at least I’m making a move in the right direction. I’ve been out running with Sarah for the past two Read more…


Training day for Reading Half Marathon

Reading Half training day run

Last Saturday morning, I missed another parkrun. It was for good reason – I was off to Reading to take part in a training day in preparation for Reading Half Marathon. I wondered whether I’d be able to fit in a parkrun as there is one nearby, but unfortunately, it Read more…


Returning to my favourite (and fastest) ever race

Reading Half training morning

I am so excited to have been selected as a Blogger Ambassador for Reading Half Marathon. The race takes place on Sunday 18th March 2018.  I first ran Reading Half in 2012 and was thrilled to achieve a PB of nearly 25 minutes. I finished the race in 1:52:19. Last year, Read more…


I managed a sprint tri in the space of a week

Fitness instructor course materials

I really thought that I was going to get back into a routine of work, training and blogging with M starting nursery… but three weeks in and her attendance is 25% 🙁 The poor thing has picked up every illness going and shared it with the household, so I’ve not Read more…


Illness stops play

London Landmarks Half

My plan for last weekend was to go swimming on Sunday, but M was unwell. Consequently, we cancelled that plan and went for a long walk instead. M was ill all week and I also had a cold, which changed my plans. I cycled to work on Monday and Thursday, Read more…


Running with a buggy Q&A

Eastleigh 10k

I’m regularly asked questions about running with a buggy (and other issues relating to being a running mum), so I thought I’d share some of my insights and some useful links in a single post… Do I need a special buggy? It’s recommended that you only run with a buggy Read more…


parkrun Challenges

parkrun club t-shirts

I love attending parkrun every week, so I’ve decided to set myself a number of parkrun challenges for the next year. Most of them are teeny tiny goals, but I thought they might add some fun. Achieve my 250 club (17 parkruns to go) Qualify for a cow cowl (I Read more…


First run after returning to work

Southampton parkrun 21 Oct 17

It’s hard to believe that my maternity leave is over and that I’m back at work. I’m now working a compressed week (8-6pm, Monday-Thursday), which means that I’ll still have some free time during daylight hours when I’ll be able to cycle/run. I’m also intending to make use of my Read more…