International Women’s Day 2018

Today is International Women’s Day, so I thought it would be relevant to ponder the role of women in sports. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I’m passionate about equality for women (and often share inspirational images from the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign… Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Sarah Thomas, endurance swimmer

Sarah Thomas

Most people will never swim a mile (64 lengths), so the thought of swimming 100 consecutive miles is incomprehensible, but that’s exactly what endurance swimmer, Sarah Thomas did in August last year. She swam further than anyone has ever swum before without the aid of currents. A Colorado athlete was Read more…


Tips for your first Ironman

A little while ago, I posted a question on social media asking for some tips. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of responses. I thought it might be helpful to categorise them and share them with you… What is the one thing you wish you had known when training Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Enough is enough

The simple fact that you care, that you want to do your best, that you strive to enjoy life and love, this makes you so much more than 'enough'.

I’m not convinced that the imagery in this video matches up to the ‘Enough is enough’ speech, but it’s worth listening to 🙂 Enough is enough Avoid people and situations that upset you. See there are some people that know just how to push your buttons. They know just what Read more…


Book review: This Girl Ran – Tales of a Party Girl Turned Triathlete

This Girl Ran

One of the things that I’ve been missing most about my pre-baby life is the ability to sit down and read a book when I need some down time. I’ve realised that I’m spending too much time staring at a screen, so I’ve been avoiding the TV in the evening Read more…


Getting back on track for Reading Half Marathon and testing GearBunch leggings

It was really nice to be back running at Southampton parkrun. I’m feeling stiff, tired and unfit, so I decided to do my best to enjoy my run. I know my fitness will come back when I get into a more regular programme of exercise. About 500m in, I caught Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Mica McNeill & Mica Moore

Mica McNeill and Mica Moore with their bobsleigh

Hands up if you’ve been watching any of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang! Assuming I’ve read the schedule correctly then the women’s bobsleigh starts tomorrow and it’s inspiring to hear that Mica McNeill and Mica Moore will be taking part. Mica McNeill has been part of the British Bobsleigh programme Read more…


Need a last minute Valentine’s gift?

It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow, which doesn’t leave you much time to find the perfect present for your loved one/Galentine/running buddy. Why not buy them a race entry? Anyone who buys a Valentine’s gift entry to Reading Half Marathon will be entered into a prize draw to win £50 Sweatshop vouchers. Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Unleash your inner beginner

This Girl Can photo

At this time of year, I start thinking about my impending birthday. It was 5 years ago that I started my journey to becoming a swimmer (and a triathlete). This year, my journey continues, with various goals, including becoming a Personal Trainer. What are you doing to unleash your inner Read more…


A week where I managed to swim, cycle and run (at last!)

Wow – what a week! On Monday, I wasn’t feeling motivated to get in the pool. I think M knew that Stu was out with his friends watching the Superbowl on Sunday night, so she decided that she’d also like to be up partying. I got very little sleep and Read more…