I haven’t blogged for months and the not blogging for months was threatening to let me not blog forever. When I blogged waaaaaaay back in – what, November of last year? – I promised myself I was back on the blogging wagon. And then I promptly fell of it again. Kinda hard, because here we… Continue reading On breaking a promise.
I last wrote here the day before I ran the London marathon. Since then, I went quiet. First here, and then also on social media. I’ve always been a crowdsourcer. In the best possible light, this means I am interested in what others think and in their advice. Less wonderfully, though, I have sometimes listened… Continue reading If nobody comments, is it still worth writing?
I’m in London to run the London marathon. I’ve trained differently for this race than I have trained for my other 11 marathons, and as a result I’m going into it quite unsure of the pace I will hold and the time I will end up with. I know I haven’t trained at the paces… Continue reading On racing a race you’re not going to win and still not sandbagging.
Over a year ago, I wrote a post called Begin Again. I knew that what I had been doing for the year before that wasn’t working. I knew that I needed to approach running with a different perspective and some fresh goals. But I didn’t know how to. I finished the post by asking for… Continue reading When the pupil is ready, the master appears. (It may take the pupil some time to realise this, however).
Sometimes past achievements are wonderful and inspiring. Unbelievable even – I look at my race photos and medals and think: I did an Ironman? Really? And other times these achievements hang over you like a burden – when I struggle to maintain a 9:30 min/mile I can feel crushed by the fact that I ran… Continue reading Begin again.
It’s January 1st, 2016, and I ran 4 miles today. Probably at around 10:30 min/mile, if not slower. If you’re thinking “Dayum! Girl’s got to run 53 hilly miles in 4 months! 4 miles is not very far!” I’d say yes – that’s true. 2 weeks ago I ran my biggest training week ever. I… Continue reading Happy new 2016
That drew you in didn’t it? Yah I know. I’m probably not the only one out there who is looking at the 2015 racing season and thinking “hmmmmm”. Or even “bleurrrgggh”. Or just “I don’t want to do this. Any of this. I am so over this. This is just dumb. I am wasting my… Continue reading Runapy? Or what to do when your mojo is down the drain and all feels hopeless
This Sunday I will be running my first half marathon in a very long time. I had to google to find out when I ran my last half marathon- it was in May 2011 (and it was a slow one..). I know some of you race a lot, and I can see why you would… Continue reading On running a crappy race and why you should do it.
I’m sure there are endless semi buddhist quotes floating around FaceBook and Tumblr (I don’t really get Tumblr but I think I may be too old) basically saying that what you resist persists. Or something to the effect that those things that rile you / get your goat often reflect some kind of problem in… Continue reading The cult of running or how to stop myself from being such a grouch. And then just a quick update on my training.
A new direction? 3 weeks after the marathon and I’m feeling a bit lost. The marathon is such an absorbing target and there are so many small steps to take in getting to it that you switch off from long-term planning for the duration of the training program – at least I do. I’ve sort… Continue reading