Overcoming failed challenges

Sometimes your challenges just don’t go to plan. A full debrief on pulling out two days into my Thames Challenge.

10 things I learnt whilst trail running in Chamonix

My alarm went off at 3:30 in the morning and I rolled over like a lolling seal trying to flop back into the sea. At that point the glamour of flying to the mountains was surpassed by a cranky longing to remain in bed.

6 London Marathon blunders to avoid on the day

Hello London Marathon 2016 friends, This is the week where we all freak out and embrace a fun time of butterflies, excitement and abject terror all moulded into one. We're fidgeting about in the throes of restless taper as we await the day our training is put to the...

Mountain running and wild camping in the Scottish Highlands

Normally if you wake up and have no idea where you are it's because you've either had a crazy night on the sauce or you've been kidnapped. Of course it was different a few weeks ago when I opened my eyes and discovered I'd magically woken up in the Scottish Highlands....

Why I am taking my 3rd marathon a lot less seriously

I think that by the time you agree to run your third marathon you can acknowledge that deep down, you might actually quite like them. Experience and retrospect from the last two attempts at running 26.2 have taught me a lot and have also paved the way for a complete...

A year in review | My best Queen of the Mile moments of 2015

At the end of every year I like to do an annual round-up to assess what I will be taking with me and what I will be leaving behind. Even though a year goes so quickly, there is still so much you pack into it and having a quick period of reflection like this makes you...

26 thoughts I had during the Bristol + Bath Marathon

When I woke up last Saturday morning having not run for two weeks because of an injury to my right foot, the reality of signing up to the inaugural Bristol + Bath Marathon hit me like a smoked kipper to the face. I'd been focusing on cycling all summer and running an...

Runner, Susie Chan shares her 5 ultra marathon survival tips

The story of Susie Chan is a fascinating one. She got into running "sort of by accident" when her brother asked her to support him in a half marathon. By her own admission, she was very unfit but started running a mile or two in her lunch breaks. Although going into...

My mum’s update on training for her first ultra marathon at 64yrs

My mum and I are training for a 100km ultra marathon on the 11th July. The event is called Race to the Stones and will take us along the Ridgeway, one of England’s oldest trails. Mum, or Ais, is raising money for The Friends of Charing Cross which is a charity that...

Training for an ultra marathon in your sixties

Ais North is 64 and training for a 100km ultra marathon on the 11th July at which she will be attempting Race to the Stones in one go, along the Ridgeway, one of England's oldest trails. Ais is raising money for The Friends of Charing Cross which is a charity that...

5 ways I broke out of my running rut

I think I was in a running rut from about April 2013 until the beginning of March 2015. It began just after the London Marathon after not getting the time I was hoping for. Instead of just patting myself on the back for even finishing my first marathon, I instead...

How I got back into running after I had a baby

Today I speak to Jo Cowper who has started a fitness group for new mothers called Go Ultra Baby. As a keen trail-runner herself and also someone who has experienced the challenge of maintaining her running training during pregnancy and after the birth of her son, Jo shares her tips on how to get back out there.

5 reasons I love winter running in London

There is a strong association with the winter months and staying inside. As soon as the clocks go back the windows shut and all those good outdoor habits from the light summer months are put into boxes until next year. I am fortunate to live in London which, in my...

Pay day Treat: A pair of springy adidas Supernova Glide BOOST

Seeing as for most of us - it's payday next week - we thought we'd let you know what we had our eyes on this month. As we mentioned in our last post last week , it's important to keep the legs ticking over through the lead up to Christmas and sometimes a bit of new...