Race Anxiety

I must have run in hundreds of races over the years, from tiny little fell races of less than 50 competitors to a huge road marathon of over 40, 000 runners. You go from having absolutely no spectators bar a few surprised sheep and curious cattle to a wall of sound from streets lined with…

New Year’s Resolution Time

Imagine the scene, it’s December 31st and midnight is but minutes away.  New Year’s resolutions are on everybody’s mind.  Getting fitter is often a top priority, especially after festive indulgences.  Dry January or even Veganuary have grown in popularity.  The start of the year certainly brings a flush of fresh faced new runners to our…

Do small runners work harder?

As a diminutive individual myself, I have often pondered if being vertically challenged could affect running performance in any way. The one thing I have considered the most is if I have to take 2 steps to cover the same ground that a taller counterpart may cover in 1 step, am I having to work…

It’s foot for thought

Runners feet are bloody gross aren’t they. Weird toes, black nails, missing nails, rough heels, lumpy bits, bunions, blisters and that bit of mud that never seems to wash off.  Then the other day I started to realise what amazing things my little trotters must be.  My petite size 5s have carried me around for…

Self esteem

Now before we go on, this is not a thinly veiled post to garner replies of praise about me as a runner, or a person. It’s attempting to be a matter of fact blog about how low self-esteem can impede not only the way we view ourselves and our performance, but could also contribute to…

Raynaud’s Syndrome

I’ve suffered with this problem for years, and it seems to be getting worse the older I get. The slightest hint of cold and my fingers immediately start to turn deathly white as all the blood seems to disappear from them.  Aside from looking like my fingers could drop off at any given moment, they…

REVIEW: SCOTT SUPERTRAC RC WOMEN #NOSHORTCUTS

I’ve never owned a decent pair of trail shoes before, and after those lovely people at Scott Running kindly sent a pair my way I thought it only right and fair to give them a shameless plug thorough once over! My go to shoe for the muddy rugged fells are Inov-8 X Talon, they’ve always given…

The poop or fart conundrum

We’ve all been there, that horrible moment a few miles into a run. A gurgle in your gut, that awful bloated feeling.  All that running has jiggled last night’s digestions around.  Panic as the pressure down below is mounting.  Do you risk it and assume it’s just a fart?  What if it’s more than that?  Cold…

It’s a dog’s life

I started to run with my border terrier Pip as soon as she was fully grown, and she took to it like, well like a dog to running.  Any canine of mine was going to have to be able to run so I selected the breed carefully for that main reason (the other reason was that…

Should We #JogOn?

The year 2019 and we are still talking about this, how female runners can enjoy exercising outside without feeling under threat from abuse or attack. I’ve written about this before after a friend and member of my running club was attacked on a run in one of our popular local beauty spots.  She wasn’t on a…

Run Wild

When I first started running, it was just a tool, a way to get fit whilst filling up some of the mundanity of my days after having moved from the hustle of student life in Leeds to lonely unemployment in suburban Derby. The running (as much as the move) was a massive shock to the…

‘Iron Girl’ Race PR Fail

If you follow a few runners on your social media, then you probably won’t have failed to notice the recent PR storm created by Ironman England in their attempt to entice more women into the sport. A women-only 5k race named ‘Iron Girl’ was added to the itinerary of the Bolton event and received a huge amount of backlash….