Half-Term in Cornwall

Last week was Half Term (Spring Break to Americans) and we managed to go away for a few days. Our destination was Cornwall – a beautiful county in the bottom left hand corner of the UK. It’s rugged and gorgeous, with 400 miles of coastline. The north coast is the UK’s big surfing centre with…

Annecy HM Training: Wks 3 & 4

These past few weeks have been somewhat of a set-back on the quest to half-marathon glory. The first two weeks of training with my new coach had gone really well – nailed the workouts, was really into it, all was good. Week commencing 30th January. (Wk 3)  The previous week had been pretty solid, with…

How to enjoy a wet, cold, germy weekend in the Forest of Dean!

A few weeks ago, I booked a weekend away in the Forest of Dean – a massive ancient woodland and beautiful part of the country.  It’s about an hour and a half from Marlborough, so well within reach for an easy weekend trip. I hadn’t been there since I was a child! I had the…

Annecy HM Training: Week 2

This past week was a BIG running week for me – I notched up 35 miles and ran for six days on the trot. The six-day thing was unintentional (and not in my training plan at all) but I got the chance to run with a new running buddy and I couldn’t turn that down!…

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…