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….

Annecy HM training: Wks 5 & 6

These past two weeks’ training have been chalk and cheese! I prefer cheese. To recap, weeks 1 and 2 of training went really well. Week 3 went pretty decently until I got sick. Week 4 was a wash out. So my goal for week 5 was to repeat the training plan for  week 4 and…

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,…