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….

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…