Two Sunday swims and a Monday swim

Tamsyn by a swimming pool with the text 'Two Sunday swims and a Monday swim'.

For two Sundays in a row, I’ve been to The Quays in Southampton. It’s convenient as my university gym membership allows me to swim there for free and parking is free before midday on Sundays. Another bonus is that there is a fun pool, so Stu can swim with M Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Marcus Cook

Large man in a red cycling jersey riding a bike.

This week’s motivation comes courtesy of Marcus Cook, a man who lost half his bodyweight to take part in an iron-distance triathlon. Read more about Marcus Cook: From nearly 500lbs to an Ironman Marcus Cook: Use my finish as your start How Ironman finisher Marcus Cook lost over 250lbs 250lbs later: 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.


Monday Morning Motivation: Weightloss transformations

Barefeet stading on digital bathroom scales.

It’s a short post from me today. Just look at this gallery showing 50 amazing weight loss transformations. All fifty of them credit running for their transformation. These Incredible Weight Loss Transformations Will Inspire You to Get Healthy


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…


Are you at risk of Red-S?

Woman in a red crop top leaning against a brick wall in an exercise studio with a dumbbell in her hand

For many years, the Female Athlete Triad was a recognised condition characterised by:– energy deficiency with or without disordered eating– menstrual disturbances/amenorrhoea– bone loss/osteoporosis.However, this classification failed to recognise that male athletes (whilst obviously not suffering from amenorrhoea) could also be at risk of this condition. The new name: Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (Red-S) more Read more…