A chat with… Jordan – Life before, during and after c25k

Today I’ll be talking to a wonderful friend of mine called Jordan. She has been running for just over a year and has recently run 10k, and is now training for a half marathon. When I first mentioned the possibility of doing parkrun with me one day, I got a firm no. And a laugh!…

Review : Brooks Revel 4

Soooo I’ll be honest. I bought these because they were Christmas themed. And yes, I have only just got round to reviewing them, ha! My thought being, they will last a few years, because in December I will probably be doing ~100km a month, and I might be able to sneak a little bit of…

Review : Salomon Adv Hydra 8

The Adv Hydra 8 seemed like a relative bargain considering the brand, and the only place I can see it for sale is on Amazon, it doesn’t appear on the Salomon website. So I thought I’d give it a go. This vest comes with two bottles, and it was really great for the price I…

Salcey Forest Spring Challenge 6 Hours 2021

I was very excited and a little bit nervous for my first race this year. It was my favourite- a 6hr challenge by Big Bear Events at Salcey Forest. So things have changed of course – The COVID measures were very good. There was an online race briefing and I had my timing chip from…

Not sure where to look? A beginners guide to finding races

When I first started to look for races I wasn’t sure where to go! I googled, heard on the grapevine, asked my colleagues… and knew that Race for Life was held at the local lake because I’d seen people there before! This is from my experience being based in the UK 🙂 Social Media I…

10 things I don’t like to run without

*I am an ambassador in 2021 for some folks below, so each part is marked where appropriate.This is an updated version of this post! Now includes a hat! 🙂 I haven’t included things like shoes and clothes, as I can’t run without those, haha! During the run… Neck thing A multitude of uses, and I…

Keeping up motivation with virtual races in lockdown (Part 4)

So what have I been up to recently… Hardmoors 10ishkm So for this Hardmoors virtual the 10km option was 8 miles or more. I’d absolutely love to do an in person Hardmoors! It was a great way to start 2021! Purdue Performance Focus This had two parts – the same run twice but a few…

7 things I wish I knew when I started running

AKA my tips for anyone just starting out! Getting the right shoes is so important This is #1 on the list for a reason. I highly recommend going to your local running shop where they can give you advice and gait analysis when buying your first pair. the are Brooks GTS 20 (see my review…

The best of 2020’s running adventures

I can’t believe I’m rounding up my 3rd year of running. 2019 was a year where I really started to find confidence with my running. This year was supposed to be the year of ultras, but it didn’t turn out that way (for reasons we all know about of course), with two real life races…

Recovering from a broken ankle (The Epilogue)

So hopefully this is my last post on the subject! My latest post was on September 6th detailing how I had just signed up for coaching and I had just set post break bests – 1km PB of 8’17” and a 1mi PB of 13’54”. As it stands today my post break PB’s are now…

Keeping up motivation with virtual races in lockdown (Part 3)

Virtual races have really kept my motivation going when races have been few and far between. I’ve done 2 real life races this year, and a whole host of virtuals. So what have I been up to recently… Bedford 5km and 10km I absolutely loved the Bedford Run Fest Twilight 10km last year, so decided…

Salcey Forest Autumn Challenge 6 Hours 2020

An actual, real life, race. Big Bear Events Salcey Forest Winter was the last race I went to (report here) so it was fitting my first one since lockdown was here, too. And this was my first race as part of the Brigaide! Pre race there was lots of information to read about how it…