Annecy Half Training: Week One

Last week was a big week for this runner. It was the first week of training for my goal half-marathon, my first actual goal half-marathon for over 18 months! (I’ll be running the Annecy Half-Marathon at the end of April.) It was also the first week of training with my first ever real-life run coach,…

Race Report: Rough & Tumble 10

On Sunday, I ran the Rough & Tumble 10-miler, a local trail race. When I say ‘ran’, I’m being a little ambitious…it was flipping tough. The race takes place in the RIDICULOUSLY pretty village of Milton Lilbourne, about 20 minutes from home. The local organisers bill it as ‘ one of the toughest multi-terrain races…

5 steps forward, one big ‘step’ back!

As I mentioned in my last blog post, my big running goal for 2018 is to finally go under 1 hr 50 for the half-marathon. My current HM PR is 1.52 which was set in March 2014 at Hellyer Park, just outside San Jose. Two years later, I came very close at Kaiser (20 seconds off…

1.49.59

Last year, I didn’t set any running goals. I knew we’d be moving from California to the UK, I knew we’d be travelling all summer…having big running goals just didn’t fit with the wierdness of 2017. That proved to be a very wise decision – I got in loads of running, in wonderful places and…

2017 on the run

2017 has been quite the year! Clearly it’s been a shocker for the world but personally it’s been a challenging one as we moved back to the UK. As I’ve said numerous times, moving is hard. We’re doing well in our new home but there’s still a long way to go. So writing this recap of…

‘Race’ report: Boxing Day Canal Relay!

Hey people! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! It was lovely being home for Christmas. December was very bittersweet as we missed the California traditions we’d grown to love and I was a bit homesick for SF. But as expected, Christmas itself was pretty much perfect, spending the morning at our new home, having lunch…

Back to the track

One of the biggest shocks in 2016 was Brexit   Trump’s victory   the death of Alan Rickman  that it turned out I loved running track! After years of genuinely wondering why on earth my clever, gutsy running friends enjoyed running round and round in circles, I gave it a go…and loved it so much…

A few good runs

Sometimes, there’s loads to talk about when we talk about running. And sometimes it’s just a case of getting out there most days, grinding out some miles and getting the job done. And that’s what my running has mostly been lately, which is solid but doesn’t make for particularly exciting blogging. However there have been a…

What I loved in November

A non-running blogpost today. I’m slowly making friends here (yay) but I’ve not had the chance to sit down with a coffee and a gal pal that knows me well, so you – my few, precious readers – get to read all the random things I’d be enthusiastically telling you about if we were together…

Running in November

November was a good month. When I wrote my October Running post, I was a bit sad,  I was a bit lonely and I was finding the whole ‘New UK Life’ thing a bit tricky. I am honestly astounded at how different I feel at the end of November and how much progress my family…

Race Report: Avebury 8 (nine)

This morning, the Husband and I ran the Avebury 8. This is a local trail race put on by the Marlborough Running Club, of which I have been a proud, enthusiastic member for two whole weeks! It starts and finishes in the tiny village of Avebury, which is home to a really spectacular and important…

Running with the Tudors

Just to the east of Marlborough is Savernake Forest, roughly 7 square miles of ancient woodland. It has some illustrious history – it’s where Henry 8th met Jane Seymour, who grew up at nearby Wulfhall, on which the BBC series Wolf Hall was based. It was a royal hunting forest, packed full of ancient trees….