A change of plans

First of all… THE SUN IS OUT! WINTER IS OVER! MAYBE I WILL STAY IN THIS COUNTRY FOR A LITTLE LONGER! Secondly… …the Annecy Half Marathon is this weekend. I’ve been working my socks off for this beast for 14 weeks now. I’ve done more miles than ever before in my life. I’ve struggled to…

Running in Valencia

A few weeks ago, during yet another cold snap, I threw myself a pity party due to the endless winter and booked flights to anywhere warm. Literally, ANYWHERE. I scanned the destinations on the Ryanair sale and picked Valencia. I knew nothing about Valencia except that it was in Spain, it was on the Med,…

Race recap: The Salisbury 10-miler

A few times in a runner’s lifetime, the race magic really kicks in. I can think of twice before when I’ve felt incredible for the whole race – the Healdsburg Half Marathon and the Ayala Cove trail race. Well yesterday was one of those races when everything feels awesome.Even this morning as I press publish,…

In the footsteps of greatness

Yesterday, I had to be in Oxford at lunchtime. The Dude was at a football camp as it’s the Easter hols so I was free in the morning and I finally got to do something I’d wanted to do for ages – I ran at the track where Sir Roger Bannister first broke the 4-minute…

Annecy HM Training: Wk 11

The winter in this country has been endless. It was fun until Christmas but January to March has been dismal. January was grey and deathly. February promised spring but March was a mess of snow, more snow and now endless rain! It’s all been a bit depressing. I haven’t seen my arms and legs for…

‘Race’ recap: Bushy Park parkrun

I wouldn’t usually write a ‘race recap’ of a parkrun but I did approach this particular run as I would a race, so I thought it merited a post of its own. My training plan called for me to run this as a tempo run. I’d warm up for a couple of miles, run this…

Annecy HM Training: Wk 10

This week’s training was sponsored by PMT/PMS. That was fun for all of us! Just ask my husband. Monday: Easy run I had such great plans for Monday. I was heading up to Oxford and I was going to do a track workout on the very track where Sir Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute…

Annecy HM Training: Wk 9

Another solid week in the books! My legs, super-heavy last week, felt significantly better (if alas not ‘fresh’) and that made for a happier runner in any case! Monday: Long run The forecast for Monday morning was rain, so, for my 15-mile run, I decided to run 3 5-mile loops that passed my house each…

Annecy HM Training: Wk 8

This week will go down as The Week of Heavy Legs!  No idea why but they were super-heavy for pretty much every single run this week. I’ve had two really good weeks of training and somehow I often find that week 3 becomes a bit of a slogfest. I’m hoping that in the next week…

If I was being interviewed by Ali on the Run…

In my headline, I know I technically should have said ‘If I were being interviewed’ and I dithered for ages over what to write but it sounded so fancy and pretentious that I couldn’t do it. All I’ve posted about lately is training recaps, with a side of UK travel. That’s because my running at…

Annecy HM training: Wk 7

Aka….Running through The Beast from the East For those of you who don’t live in the UK, this week saw the worst winter storm here for 30 years! It was pretty spectacular. I mean, not Minnesota spectacular or Vermont spectacular but temperatures were well below freezing the whole week and we got LOTS of snow….

How to get a Medical Certificate for an international race

As you may know, I’m signed up for the Annecy Half Marathon in April and I have been training hard for it. However there was one potential stumbling block. French races require a medical certificate signed by your GP to confirm that you’re fit enough to run the race. I mean, that’s rubbish, isn’t it….