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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…


parkrunning Down Under

As soon as we had booked our flights to Australia, I got online to check out where the nearest parkruns were. I found that there was a parkrun at Gosling Creek in Orange, just a couple of miles away from where my brother lives and that just two weeks before Read more…


Back to Southampton parkrun

parkrun 14 Oct 17

It was lovely to be back at Southampton parkrun this weekend, although there just wasn’t enough time to catch up with all of my running friends. Trevor and Alison were doing their 200th parkruns, which is a great milestone to reach. I met up with Rachel, a friend from Buggy Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation – Doyle Carpenter

Doyle Carpenter

It’s a short one this week. What could be more inspirational than reading about Doyle Carpenter, a pensioner, WINNING an ultramarathon: 77 year old wins two-day ultramarathon Thank you to everyone who’s voted for Fat Girl to Ironman so far – there’s still time to cast your vote in The 2018 Read more…