I Ran a Marathon!

I Ran a Marathon!

Hi everyone, I can't quite believe that I'm writing this but.... I completed an actual marathon! Me, the girl with severe scoliosis and spinal fusion. I'm so proud of myself it is unreal. 11 years ago when I was lying in that hospital bed following my scoliosis surgery, if someone had shown me a photograph of me at the finish line of a marathon, I wouldn't have believed it could be true. I think I would have laughed! But what...Read More
Marathon Training: 10 Tips to Prepare for a Long Run

Marathon Training: 10 Tips to Prepare for a Long Run

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  As I'm currently in the midst (and pain!) of marathon training, I've found myself getting into a bit of a pre-run routine when it comes to preparing for a long run, so I thought I'd share on here in case the things I've picked up are of use to anyone else. As some of you may be aware, I'm currently training for my first marathon (Manchester Marathon in April) to raise awareness and money...Read More
Marathon Training with Scoliosis: VLOG 3

Marathon Training with Scoliosis: VLOG 3

Hi everyone! For those who don't know, I have set myself the challenge of running my first marathon in April. It's safe to say, I'm terrified....! In VLOG 3 of marathon training with scoliosis, I take you on a typical training week with me. This includes my longest run as part of this training block - 14 miles. This week, I had a bit of a niggle in my left calf, and so I missed a session on Thursday to...Read More
Marathon Training with Scoliosis: VLOG 2

Marathon Training with Scoliosis: VLOG 2

Hi everyone, So as you may (or may not) be aware, I'm training for my first marathon in April 2022. At the start of the month I shared the first week of marathon training. Last week I filmed my second marathon training vlog, to show a typical week at this stage - which is 10 weeks until marathon day. I'm now at the stage where I'm starting to build the long run distance, and I am starting to struggle now...Read More
Marathon Training with Scoliosis: VLOG 1

Marathon Training with Scoliosis: VLOG 1

Hi everyone, Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. So... over Christmas, I started my marathon training. I'm training for my first ever marathon, the Manchester marathon, which is in April 2022! I am working with a run coach and following the plans he sets for me each week, as I really want to do well and give myself the best shot possible. The plans typically involve several run sessions a week, plus several strength sessions per...Read More
Manchester Marathon: Postponed

Manchester Marathon: Postponed

So yesterday, the inevitable happened. In the midst of the corona virus craze, the Manchester Marathon, for which I have been training for months, was postponed. At the moment we don't know when it will be postponed to and I'm not sure if I'll even be able to run it, as I'm worried it may clash with my planned trip to Machu Picchu later this year. To say I'm gutted is an understatement. The marathon training has taken over months...Read More
Marathon Training: 10 Essential Items you need during training

Marathon Training: 10 Essential Items you need during training

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  Training for a marathon can be hard work, but there are some things that can make the gruelling training schedule a little easier. There are several items that have helped me during training for my first marathon, so I thought I'd share them below: 1. AfterShokz Headphones These are a recent purchase of mine but my AfterShokz headphones are an absolute life-saver on long marathon training runs. I think, after my Garmin watch (see below),...Read More