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Running

Dark Woods

Who’d have thought that I’d choose to spend a Saturday evening running in the dark, through mud, in the woods? Dark Woods was my first trail race, and my first night race. It took place just a ten minute drive away from my home, at Great Wood in the Quantock Hills. I’ve been thinking about trying a trail race for a while, and as this one was so close to […]

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Runniversary

This week marks a personal anniversary. One year ago, on the 7th October, I started Couch to 5K, a programme designed to get absolute beginners running for thirty minutes – or up to 5 kilometres – in nine weeks. I downloaded the app, and ran my first run in circles inside my house. I felt somewhat silly. I’ve since discovered that I’m not the only nervous runner to begin in […]

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Sunny September 10 miles

It’s now two weeks since I ran my first half marathon at Bridgwater, and it is still a long time (around 30 weeks) until I attempt my first marathon at Newport. I’m in a strange state of limbo. For the first week after the half marathon, I spent a great deal of time searching for a race, any race, just to provide a goal. I feel a little lost. But […]

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Bridgwater Half Marathon

On Sunday 1st September I ran my first half marathon race. It was a good day. My chosen event was Bridgwater Half Marathon – a small, local event in support of Cancer research UK. By Sunday morning I was extremely nervous. Although I had ran the distance a few times in training, finding myself feeling very unwell at the end of one of these runs had dented my confidence. My […]

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Half Marathon Eve

Like a child on Christmas Eve, I want today to be over and tomorrow to arrive. For tomorrow is the day of my first ever half marathon. My impatience, however, is not the result of excitement, but of the need to just get on with the job. Yes, I’m anxious. Back in January it seemed like a crazy idea for me to sign up for a half marathon, having only […]

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Severn Bridge 10K

Or: A new personal record for slow running The 2019 Severn Bridge Half Marathon and 10K took place on 25th August during an unusually warm bank holiday weekend. I heard about this event just after I’d already signed up for Bridgwater Half Marathon, which takes place on 1st September. The idea of running on a closed motorway across a stunning bridge that connects Wales and England was irresistible. But I […]

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Recovery

I needed a 6.5 km recovery run this morning. The mileage was specified by my training plan, although the distance wasn’t really the important thing. What I really needed was to regain confidence and enjoy my run after Saturday’s tough long run. As I ate my pre-run porridge I caught up with my eldest daughter through messenger. My daughter lives far, far away in a land where day is night […]

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