Race Report: Longest Day 10k

So my last blog post was a sad, depressing tale of a sad, depressing half-marathon. This is the tale of a surprisingly fun, fast 10k! On Wednesday night, I joined several members of the Marlborough Running Club to run the Longest Day 10k on a balmy Wednesday evening in the nearby town of Chippenham. It…

Race Report: Lacock Half Marathon

I don’t really know where to start with this – so I’ll give the short version first. I was rubbish. 1.59. Now I’m not saying that 1.59 is a rubbish time – we all know that everyone has their own speed; some people were born faster, some people were born slower. But when you’ve worked…

May running

May was an absolute cracker of a month for running, I loved it so much. This was mainly due to the splendiferous weather that we enjoyed for most of the month. After a long, tough, miserable winter, May was a blaze of sunshine and gloriousness, and it made running absolutely blissful. All the flowers came…

A sightseeing tour of London!

Of all the things I miss about California, it’s my friends I miss the most. And of all the friends I miss from California, it’s my running friends I miss the most. And of all my running friends from California that I miss, it’s my Crazy Cat Ladies and my beloved early-morning-run-buddy Lisa that I…

Snowdon

Last weekend, I ticked something off my list that I’d been meaning to do for a long time – climb Mount Snowdon. Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales – it’s 1,085m/3,560ft high and is located in Snowdonia National Park. We started planning the trip back in January with my cousin Rick, his lovely wife…

100 miles!

Last month, my dear friend Kate ran her first 100 miler. Yep, one hundred flipping miles! On foot. Running! One hundred miles. She ran the Beyond Limits Ultra  in the San Jacinto Mountains in Southern California, near where Kate lives. For those of us who love the ultra-running, trail-running scene, running 100 miles is a…

Race Report: Harewood Forest 10k

Last weekend was a Bank Holiday weekend and it co-incided with the most beautiful weather we’ve had in the UK since we moved back. I believe it was the hottest Bank Holiday Monday since records began or something lovely. It was 26C and it was bliss. My boys abandoned me and headed up to London…

Review: ‘The Skid Row Marathon’

Last night, runners of the UK went to the cinema in their masses to see a special screening of Skid Row Marathon. This American film was shown in cinemas across the county on this one day, it’s not on general release. Most of us, I think, had heard about it via the British running podcast…

Falling back in love with the trails

When we moved to Wiltshire, I got super excited about the running there – specifically the trails.  We don’t have a trail system such as you find in the US – an established trail network, well sign-posted, generally decently surfaced. Instead we have hundreds of years of people walking around this wet cold island, establishing…

Race Report: The Fleet Half Marathon

On Sunday, I ran what turned out to be my goal race for this quarter – the Fleet HM. As you may remember, the actual goal was the Annecy HM last week but temperatures soaring into the 20s/late 70s made actually racing that beautiful beast impossible. So I signed up for a HM in the…

Race Report: The Annecy Half Marathon

This past weekend, I finally got to race my goal HM in Annecy in the French Alps. The whole weekend was absolutely nothing like I’d anticipated. Get a cup of a tea and settle back for the tale. The Dream I have always felt that Annecy was my dream town. It’s in France – I…

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…