5 ways to look after your mental health during lock-down

5 ways to look after your mental health during lock-down

We are coming to the end of the first two weeks in lock-down in the UK and honestly, at times it can be hard. I know that other people have it worse than me. I know that key workers are having to go into work whilst I can work safely from home. I know that millions are home schooling their children, whilst attempting to work full time, whilst I don't have kids. I know I'm probably one of the lucky...Read More
Hello April

Hello April

Well, March, what a strange month you've been!!! At the beginning of the month, I was in the midst (and extreme pain!) of marathon training ready for the Manchester Marathon, which was meant to happen this weekend. On the 7th of March, it was my birthday, and I celebrated with my run club friends with a trip to Zielgelwiese parkrun in Germany to get the Z in our parkrun alphabet challenge. That feels like A LONG time ago now and...Read More
5 positives we can take from lock-down

5 positives we can take from lock-down

It's a scary and difficult time for us all at the moment amidst the Coronavirus outbreak. The UK is now in lock-down. As of 23rd March, we can only leave the house for essential supermarket visits or to exercise. If we go outside, we need to stay 2m away from others and we are not allowed to meet friends or family. This is something I don't think any of us ever imagined would happen in our lifetimes and it felt...Read More
Sigh…Corona

Sigh…Corona

There's not really much purpose to this post, other than the fact that I needed to get my thoughts down. It's been a difficult and scary time for everyone amidst the Corona-virus outbreak and at the moment, I feel like I'm in a film that I'm not particularly enjoying. Everything just seems highly surreal.  Last week, I was upset that the marathon I had trained for months for, had been postponed. This week, I feel that there are bigger things...Read More
My 2020 Goals

My 2020 Goals

Happy New Year all! I wanted to reflect back on my 2019 goals and share where I'm at for 2020 (wow!) I'm really proud of everything I achieved in 2019, I managed to run four half marathons, including the Great North Run, which was definitely a highlight of the year. In one of those I got a PB of 2.02, so although I didn't achieve my goal of sub 2, I was pretty close and very proud of that. In...Read More
A single 6 months: What I’ve learnt

A single 6 months: What I’ve learnt

"There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning." Back in June, I wrote a very personal post about how I was feeling following the end of a toxic relationship. As June is nearly 6 months ago now (and 8 months after said relationship ended), I'm feeling reflective again (not unusual for me!) So I wanted to write a bit of an update of how I'm feeling now, 6 months on, and also...Read More
A single 6 months: goal review

A single 6 months: goal review

In all honestly, the last few months have been pretty rough for me. I have been struggling quite a lot with anxiety following the end of a toxic relationship and I’ll be honest, I have found myself dangerously close to a bad place. However, I have decided to take control and to use this time alone as a period of reflection, to really focus on myself and my goals and get to know myself and what I want out of...Read More
April Link Up with A Chronic Voice!

April Link Up with A Chronic Voice!

I'm sorry for the lack of posts recently, it's been a manic year already for me, full of ups and downs. I've had a rough couple of months in my personal life, but I have still managed to complete my THIRD half marathon and get a personal best! I have also climbed 2 mountains this year already (Helvellyn in the Lake District and Kinder Scout in the Peaks) and I am now on nearly 50 Park Runs. I have also...Read More
Walking the South West Coast Path

Walking the South West Coast Path

Walking the South West Coast Path: My experiences Ever since my experience of trekking the Great Wall of China last year, I have wanted to go on another trekking holiday. Not only do I love walking and hiking, I also find it helps my back whilst keeping me fit. Plus it's a great way to relax and reflect. So this year, I decided to push myself (again!) and my friend and I took on the South West Coast path in...Read More
September Link Up with A Chronic Voice

September Link Up with A Chronic Voice

Well I cannot believe it is mid September already! I really do not know where this year is going, I wish it would slow down! So this month I have decided to participate in a link up with A Chronic Voice – a monthly get together for anyone with a chronic condition. This involves writing around 5 topics, designed to get the creative juices flowing! This month’s prompts are below, so let’s give this a go! I’ll try and link...Read More
6 month goal review

6 month goal review

So it's July already, which means that half the year has gone... nooooo! It always makes me panic how fast time goes, and the fact that it is now July has got me thinking about my goals I set back in January and where I'm up to with them. I thought I'd write a quick post to sum up what I've achieved in the last 6 months, and what I'd like to achieve in the next 6 months. (It's more...Read More
January Round-Up: Goals and achievements

January Round-Up: Goals and achievements

Well I can't believe that January is over, in some ways, it's felt like the longest month ever... in other ways, it's gone super fast. I thought I'd do a quick post to round up January and summarise what I have achieved this month, as part of my overall goals for 2018. January Round-Up: Goals and achievements In some ways, January has been a difficult month for me. At the back end of last year, my long term relationship of...Read More
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Firstly, I would like to wish all my readers a Happy New Year :-) I cannot believe that it is 2018, seriously where is the time going? I always use this time of year to set myself some goals for the year ahead as I find it really helps to motivate me. I also look back at the previous year and reflect on what I've achieved. If you have been following my blog, you'll know that 2017...Read More
Personal Update: Today’s hospital appointment

Personal Update: Today’s hospital appointment

Hello :-) I thought I'd write a quick post to update how things are with my back at the moment. Those of you who follow my blog may know that I've been suffering with leg numbess for a while now. I worked it out and it's been almost a year now that I've had numbness down my right leg. I'm not getting any pain, it's just numb which is weird. I have been waiting for MONTHS now for an appointment...Read More
Help me to help you: Blog Survey

Help me to help you: Blog Survey

Hello everyone :) I've been thinking a lot recently about the direction of this blog and I really want to make sure that the content I post on my blog is relevant, interesting and useful for those who read it.  As, at the end of the day, for me my readers are the most important part of this blog. So, I have created a really short survey (it takes less than 2 minutes to complete!) The results will help me to...Read More