Something had to change

Tamsyn wearing SOAS cycling kit by a river with text superimposed on the picture 'Something had to change'.

I’ve been feeling down for months because I’ve not been exercising enough and I’ve been putting on weight. Eventually, something had to change. My schedule can’t go back to the way it used to be where I could train whenever I liked around my work hours. Stuart and I had Read more…


Trying out Nuu-Muu at Southampton parkrun

Tamsyn running whilst pushing a buggy. She is wearing a Ruu-Muu running dress.

Last Saturday was another parkrun at Southampton for me. It was also a great opportunity to try out an interesting product that I’ve been sent – a Nuu-Muu (or more precisely, a Ruu-Muu). What is a Nuu-Muu? I was recently contacted by Carolyn from Nuu-Muu to ask whether I’d like Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: UCLA Gymnastics

Katelyn Ohashi wearing a blue and silver UCLA leotard.

This week’s Monday Morning Motivation is courtesy of UCLA Gymnastics. In particular, I’m inspired by Katelyn Ohashi. She completed her final competitive routine for the team last month. Gymnastics has a special place in my heart. I took it up at 20 and trained for over a decade, only giving Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Blood Road

Still from Blood Road.

Blood Road follows the journey of ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete Rebecca Rusch and her Vietnamese riding partner, Huyen Nguyen, as they pedal 1,200 miles along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail through the dense jungles of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Their goal: to reach the site where Rebecca’s father, a Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Latoya Shauntay Snell

Image of a woman (Latoya Sunatay Snell) standing in a confident pose

I first read about Latoya Shauntay Snell in 2018. Someone had shared a photo of her running in a Facebook group. My first thought was to wonder where she had got her leggings from, so I did a bit of Googling and ended up on her Instagram page. Then I Read more…


A weekend of running in Southampton

Inez Walker taking part in Southampton Marathon

Southampton parkrun We were finally back in Southampton for a parkrun, which was great. I love visiting new events, but I also like seeing my friends at Southampton. It was my turn to run with M in her buggy. I’d not run far when I saw my friend and former Read more…


Fit and healthy break in Bournemouth

Beach huts with "Fit and healthy break in Bournemouth" superimposed.

I’ve now booked tickets for my big holiday of the year (to Australia for my brother’s wedding), but that’s a long way off, so I’m trying to plan lots of mini breaks and excursions. My first weekend adventure was with my friend Inez. We went to Bournemouth which has a Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Live Like Line

Poster for The Miracle season.

I watched The Miracle Season on Netflix and although it’s predictable in places, I also found it moving as I knew it was based on a true story. I don’t think it’s too much of a spoiler to say that the eponymous character, Line, passes away not long into the Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Moon Fahel

Moon Fahel running.

As we’re in peak marathon season, this week’s inspiration is courtesy of an 85-year-old runner: Moon Fahel. Moon joined a gym after retiring at 66. Whilst there he would try anything that sounded like fun, including Zumba and martial arts. Moon was undergoing treatment for prostate cancer when he started Read more…


My parkrun A-Z: Guildford parkrun

Map of Guildford parkrun with 'My parkrun A-Z: Guildford parkrun' superimposed on it.

After doing our last three parkruns at Moors Valley, Killerton and the Eden Project, we were looking forward to seeing friends at our home parkrun today, however, we ended up doing Guildford parkrun. Why did we go to Guildford parkrun? We’re busy planning ahead for a trip to Australia in Read more…