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
Manchester Half Marathon

Manchester Half Marathon

This post is a bit late, but life has been a bit crazy recently! A couple of weeks ago, on the 14th October, I was so proud to complete my second half marathon of the year - the Manchester Half Marathon. It was my goal to complete a half marathon this year, but I never thought I would complete TWO half marathons! I booked onto this second half marathon in a moment of madness after the Great Manchester Run I...Read More
Running Tough Mudder with scoliosis

Running Tough Mudder with scoliosis

I’m always looking for ways to challenge myself following my scoliosis surgery, and this weekend was no exception. Yesterday, I completed my first Tough Mudder – a 10 mile mud run with 20 obstacles that you have to see to believe! The obstacles are extreme and include electrocution, being plunged into ice-cold water, swimming/wading through freezing cold lakes, crawling through the mud under barbed wire, climbing (or being pulled!) over huge 12 foot walls – the list goes on! With...Read More
My first half marathon: Great Manchester Run

My first half marathon: Great Manchester Run

A couple of weeks ago (Sunday 20th May), I took part in a massive personal challenge - my first half marathon (The Great Manchester Run). I wanted to share this on my blog just to show that with hard work, anything is possible. My first half marathon - training I love to push myself and completing a half marathon was one of my goals for this year. So back in January, I signed up to the Manchester half marathon, which...Read More
Half marathon training – 3 weeks to go

Half marathon training – 3 weeks to go

So, at the start of this year I (stupidly) signed up to run a half marathon in May - The Great Manchester Run. I wanted to push myself and see how far I could take my running, and after running several 10k races, a half marathon seemed the next logical step. I must admit, I didn't expect May to roll around quite so fast! It seemed ages away when I first signed up back in December. I thought I'd have...Read More
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
Race for Life!

Race for Life!

This weekend I did something I thought would never be possible following my scoliosis surgery. I ran 10K (!) through Delamere Forest for Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research UK.  I'm not going to lie, the training was hard for me. Especially as I only signed up 5 weeks before the event and so had limited time to train (plus I had never really 'done' running before!). I always thought running and scoliosis didn't really go together...Read More