As anyone who reads this blog will know, competitive sports has been a big part of my life. After 10 years of cycle racing, I transitioned to running in 2017, but the way we approach training for both sports is similar. Most people will follow what's called a periodised training programme. At a macro level, … Continue reading Finding the flow…..
Yesterday I did my first half marathon of the year, and it was the most fun I've ever had doing a race! The reason? I ran it with my daughter Rebecca. Becs did the Big Half in London earlier this year, and decided to enter Edinburgh. I was working in London last week, so as … Continue reading Running for fun (and PBs!)
A lot has happened since I last posted back in February! First of all, I raced the Garioch 10k on 25th March. It was a new route compared to when I last raced in 2017, and no longer went past our old house in Inverurie. I do wonder if they've kept the original Johanna Basford … Continue reading Pushing onwards….
I'm halfway through the base training plan - 4 more weeks to go. My body feels fully recovered from the marathon now. In my runs on Thursday and the long run yesterday, I've written in my training log that it felt 'effortless', and yet I'm doing these easy runs almost one minute per mile faster … Continue reading A quick running update
It’s now 3 weeks since the marathon. Where did the time go?!? Running this week has felt more normal, indeed my last couple of runs have been at a decent pace with no after effects. I guess my body is pretty much recovered now. Tuesday was my first head-torch run in a couple of years. … Continue reading Getting back into the rhythm…
It’s been a week now since the marathon last Sunday. A time for rest and reflection. I knew that my body would be sore on Monday, the day after the race, but I hadn’t been prepared for quite how sore I would be! I had set the alarm for 6am as I was due to … Continue reading Recovery & reflection
A year earlier than I’d originally planned, yesterday I toe’d the line in my first marathon. I’d heard great things about the Loch Ness Marathon, and Inverness is a lovely town, so where better to start my marathon journey? My training had been consistent - I’d done every workout on the plan, every gym session, … Continue reading Loch Ness Marathon – Race Report
This morning's long(ish) run saw week 15 of marathon training come to an end. This time next week (hopefully!) I'll be able to say I'm a marathon runner. Looking back, it feels like no time since I was making the decision to enter the Loch Ness Marathon instead of the Great Scottish Run (half marathon). … Continue reading It’s about the journey, not the destination….
This has been a good training week. Not spectacular, just solid, grinding out the workouts. Hard to believe this is the end of week 14 of my marathon training. It struck me yesterday that today's long run would be the last time I'd do this kind of volume for a while - I'm going to … Continue reading 2 weeks to go
When I decided to enter the Loch Ness Marathon back in May, it seemed such a long way away. I had almost 20 weeks, so much time. Then it was 16 weeks and I was starting the training plan. Now the race is just 3 weeks away. Back in June when I started the plan, … Continue reading Believe