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3 weeks training from zeroish to half marathon glory!

February 18, 2017 11:42 am

I read an article yesterday which said that it takes 20 weeks for a non-runner to get to half marathon finisher.  Of course, I’m an experienced runner but since Berlin marathon in October 2016 the longest I had managed to run until recently was about 7km.  The problem is that... View Post

Seville marathon re-cap

February 23, 2016 12:00 pm

Marathon number 5 is done! It wasn’t pretty & it certainly wasn’t easy. In fact, it was very painful; it took everything I had & the encouragement of my best friend Lida for me not to quit the race. Thank you so much Lida!  We started really well, going strong... View Post

Seville Marathon week

February 17, 2016 1:54 pm

I am excited and nervous at the same time – it’s marathon week! Last year this time I was recovering from my second marathon in lovely Naples! On Sunday 21 February I will be running my fifth marathon & first race of 2016 in sunny Seville. It’s forecast to be... View Post

New PB and scaling back

January 6, 2016 9:21 pm

How is the first week of 2016 going for you? How are your resolutions coming on? New 5km PB  I have to admit that before I discovered parkrun I had never really concentrated on improving my 5km time. It has always been about endurance, rather than speed. So I have... View Post

Happy New Year! How was 2015 for you?

December 31, 2015 5:13 pm

It’s New Year’s Eve; the weather was beautiful today – it was crisp, sunny with a slight breeze. It’s far too warm for this time of year. I spent the morning walking on the Heath and reflecting: on 2015; what I have learnt; what is important to me; my goals... View Post

I woke up like this: in a strange mood

December 19, 2015 3:00 pm

Happy weekend everyone! Saturday, day 6 of week 3 of triathlon training, I am not long home from a short but eventful cycle ride. I woke up feeling a bit “bleurgh” today, unable to control my inner dialogue questioning my training (“you are just training for a few marathons with some... View Post

Road runners ‘r’ us

December 13, 2015 10:36 pm

Good evening! Its Sunday evening, day 7 of week 2 of triathlon training, and I am blogging from under a warm blanket on my couch. It rather cold this evening and I have been indulging in comfort foods. At least my training will balance out some of the chocolate, apple pies and... View Post

Goggles ready!

December 8, 2015 12:04 am

Monday 7 December 2015 – day 1 of week 2 My plan to go to my usual spin class on Friday morning at 7am and to run a couple of km on the treadmill immediately afterwards was scuppered by a faulty train which meant I missed the class. What a waste... View Post

Dead legs

December 3, 2015 8:49 pm

Thursday 3 December 2015 Today is a rest day and, boy, do I need it! My hamstrings and hips feel sore and tight. At this rate, my foam roller and I are bound to become very well acquainted in the next few months. In the last 3 days I completed... View Post