Running and Mental Health

Running and Mental Health

Running and Mental Health It's Mental Health Awareness week 14th - 20th May 2018, so to raise awareness I thought I'd write a post on the effect running has had on my own mental health. It's well documented that running can be good for mental health, and everyone has reasons why they run. For some it's to lose weight, keep fit or socialise. For others, it's escapism from a stressful job or the strains of everyday life. Personally, I run for...Read More
Chester 10K

Chester 10K

So, this year I have set my sights on completing at least 10 10K races/running events as part of my 2018 goals and Chester 10K was race number four. So far the others include Tatton Park 10K  (which I’ve done twice this year) and a night trail run at Lyme Park. I was nervous but excited to take part in the Chester 10k, mainly because it was quite a big event and it’s also the first one they’ve held in Chester. Chester 10K:...Read More

Reasons to try Virtual Running

If you're struggling to stay motivated with exercise this January you might want to try virtual running / walking events. My first experience of a virtual running event was when I signed up to Run up to Christmas in December. I haven't divulged much on this blog, but to be honest I have had a pretty rough time in my personal life since I got back from China in October. I injured my shoulder in China which meant I couldn't run,...Read More
Tatton Park 10K: 1st 10K of the year…

Tatton Park 10K: 1st 10K of the year…

So this year I have set myself the challenge of completing at least 10 10K races (and a half marathon... eeek!). I feel like I really need a new challenge after The Great Wall of China and this is kind of part of that. I'm also planning some other big events later this year because I love to keep pushing myself (watch this space!) So a couple of weeks ago (Sunday, 14th January) I completed my first 10K of the...Read More
British 10K London: Fundraising for Scoliosis

British 10K London: Fundraising for Scoliosis

So, yesterday I achieved one of my objectives for the year and ran the British 10K for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund. How was it? Much tougher than I expected! Those of you who follow my blog may know that I have done several 10K races this year and ALOT of training to prepare for this event. I have been training since January, as back then I could barely run 5K! But I was determined to build my distance and take...Read More
London British 10K: 7 Days to go!

London British 10K: 7 Days to go!

London British 10K: 7 Days to go! Oh my gosh, it's really getting real now! This time next week I will have completed the Virgin Sport British 10K in London. Back in January, I set myself the challenge of completing this iconic 10K for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund. I could barely run 5K in January but wanted a fitness challenge for the new year, as well as giving something back to the Scoliosis Campaign Fund / Scoliosis Association. This week,...Read More
London British 10K: 14 Days to go!

London British 10K: 14 Days to go!

On Sunday 9th July, I will be running 10K for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund in the iconic London British 10k! This will involve a flat, fast 10K through London's most famed sites. I have also signed up for another challenge for scoliosis after this. In October, I will be taking on a trek of the Great Wall of China. This will involve 9 days of hiking on challenging and uphill terrain (a post on this is coming soon!) Through these activities,...Read More
British 10K – 9th July 2017

British 10K – 9th July 2017

British 10K - 9th July 2017 It's getting closer now! In just under a month's time, I will be running the British 10K in London to raise money for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund. Eeeek! After everything that has happened in London recently, I'm excited and proud to be involved in this event. It will be good to come together in a celebration of London and everything British. In light of the recent events, I imagine the atmosphere will be even...Read More
The Great Manchester Run… Wow!

The Great Manchester Run… Wow!

I had an absolutely AMAZING day yesterday and just felt like I had to share it on my blog. Yesterday I took part in the Great Manchester Run (10K). This was the first ever competitive timed race that I have ever taken part in. I have done fun runs before but this year I decided that I wanted to push myself even further and get serious about my running. When I signed up to the Great Manchester run back in...Read More
I’m proud to be running the Great Manchester Run

I’m proud to be running the Great Manchester Run

When I signed up for The Great Manchester Run back in January, I could never have predicted the horrific events that would happen in Manchester in the days leading up to it. I first signed up as a personal challenge for myself and as training for the London Run in July, which I'm doing to raise money for the Scoliosis Association UK. A few months ago, I couldn't even run 10K. I have been training hard since January, attending Park...Read More
Park Run Progress – 3 PB’s in a row (wow)

Park Run Progress – 3 PB’s in a row (wow)

This morning I did Park Run and I thought I'd just do a quick update on how I'm getting on. :) Park Run has recently become a bit of a Saturday morning routine for me. I get up early (7am), have breakfast and head over to Delamere Forest for the start time of 9am. It's funny how much I've changed recently but I'd actually much rather do Park Run than go out partying on a Friday night (what's happened to...Read More
Park Run Delamere Forest…a new PB!!

Park Run Delamere Forest…a new PB!!

I'm so happy right now! I just came home from my second Park Run at Delamere Forest and I managed to get a new PB! Back in January, I went to my first ever Park Run at Delamere Forest. It was cold, dark, raining and generally bad conditions for running. Despite this though, I still managed to get a time of 33 minutes and I was so proud of myself. I haven't managed to get back to Park Run since...Read More
British 10k London Run

British 10k London Run

I'm so excited! This week it was confirmed that I have a place in the British 10K London run on 9th July and I'll be running to raise money for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund. The British 10K London run takes runners through some of  London's most iconic sites, such as Trafalgar Square, the Embankment, Big Ben and more. The Scoliosis Campaign Fund raises money to support people with scoliosis and their families, and fund research into finding the causes of...Read More
Running with Scoliosis: My Top Tips

Running with Scoliosis: My Top Tips

This post contains affiliate links. I have scoliosis and I had spinal fusion surgery in 2010. I am fused T3-L3. About 5 years after my scoliosis surgery, I started getting into running. A friend of mine asked me to run a Race for Life 10K with her. I had never ran before but I decided to support her. At the time, I didn't have a clue what I was doing, but I followed the training plan and ran my first...Read More
My First Park Run: Delamere Forest

My First Park Run: Delamere Forest

I've been meaning to go to a Park Run for the last 6 months (since I registered last year). I've been putting it off though, mainly because I was worried that I wouldn't be able to run the full 5K without stopping. I got into running about two years ago now, when a friend invited me to run a 10K Race for Life for Cancer Research. That was my first ever organised race and I had about 5 weeks to...Read More