Going clubbing

Golly no, not like that! Those days are over! Yesterday, I plucked up my courage and joined my local running club for the first time. I’ve been meaning to go for the past three weeks but I was sidelined with illness the first week and then a dreadful car crash shut the roads last week….

Before and After

This weekend, I read the loveliest article on the internet. This is easier said than done, these days but it’s true. Thanks to an online women’s running community that I’ve joined, this article popped up. I wholly recommend reading it in its entirety. In brief though, it’s written by a lady who started running a…

Cows and how to deal with them

When we came back to the UK, I was excited to run trails without fear of the wildlife. The Bay Area is home to rattlesnakes and mountain lions – I never saw the latter but I saw several snakes including two rattlers. The wildlife was the main reason I very rarely ran trails alone. So…

Running guests are the best guests!

I had a real treat this weekend – Grace came to visit from the US! She was in the UK for work and I persuaded her to get on a train and come and stay for the weekend! We bought a guest bed and some bedding, I pored over maps to plan running routes and,…

Running in October

I’ve always loved the first of November. I didn’t know why until I was 20 when I remarked on this to my Mum and she said, ‘Oh didn’t you know? That was the day you had your heart surgery‘. This year marks 39 years since the doctors at the Royal Brompton saved my life, and…

An ode to your running buddies

One of the hashtags I used for our move from California to Wiltshire was #movingishard. And it IS hard. It was hard to say goodbye to all our much-loved friends in the Bay Area. It was hard to see my cat fly back to the UK alone for a few months. It was hard waiting…

Building a life

We all knew it was coming. After every endorphin rush, there’s a little crash. And after the excitement of finally moving into our house last weekend and a wonderful first exploratory run with the Husband, I’ve had a little emotional slump. No surprise, eh? It’s all good, honestly. We love our house. We love being…

Into the West Woods

Last weekend, it finally happened…we moved into our new house and began our lives as Marlborough residents. We’re actually just outside Marlborough, in the tiny village of West Overton. From our bedroom window, over the garden, I can see the curve of hills and a trail which heads up and over, towards the West Woods….

An evening with the Shrewton Running Club

I’m hoping that over time, this blog becomes a bit of a resource for runners in Wiltshire and the South West of England, and today’s post has that goal in mind.  Thanks to Shrewton Running Club for letting me use their Facebook photos here.   One thing that’s struck me here in the UK is the…

Hiking Pewsey Downs to Oare

So we MAY be moving this coming weekend. We MAY be getting the keys on Friday. It’s not 100% guaranteed but there’s a good chance that this is our last week in limbo! Last week, we took advantage of limbo to sneak in another day’s hike in our new part of the world. I’m kind…

Running in September

For a running blog, I haven’t talked about running that much lately! So let’s do that! September running actually was pretty awesome! I ran 108 miles, my highest monthly total in 2017 and I really enjoyed every single mile! I’m really loving running at my parents’ home on Salisbury Plain. I’m establishing new routes, exploring…

Escape to Dorset

Last week was tough. (First world tough, obviously, but tough nevertheless). Both the Husband and I got totally fed up with the endless wait to get the keys to our house, and I had a pretty uncharacteristic melt-down. The Dude was poorly and got sent home from school. The Husband walked into a glass door…