New Perspectives

A fellow Instagrammer contacted me back in July to ask if I’d be interested in publishing a blog piece he’d written. When he told me the content I knew immediately it was worth sharing. He’s asked to stay anonymous but his words are below. I woke up on Monday to a message on Facebook, “Please…

Solo Adventures

I talk quite a lot about going on adventures on my social media.  Be it planning for trips many miles from home or little getaways just down the road.  Sometimes I worry that I throw the word “adventure” around a bit frivolously.  To many people, a night sleeping in a van in the Peak District…

Reclaim the Night

If you live in the UK, you can’t help but have heard about the horrendous murder of Sarah Everard who went missing on a journey by foot from a friend’s house to her home on the evening of the 3rd March in London.  At the time of writing the full details of what happened to…

Could Your Overtraining Simply Be Overliving?

The idea of overtraining has been on my mind for months, ever since I picked up a foot niggle last winter after upping my mileage during marathon training. My foot still isn’t right now, over a year later. I was careful with my plan, did some easy base miles in the run up to the…

A year to forget?

As we near the end to what can only be described as the strangest and most surreal year I have ever lived through, it feels appropriate to take a moment to reflect on things. At times it has been a very scary era to live through with so much uncertainty concerning every aspect of life…

Run Selfies

A few people have asked me recently how I take my running photos so I thought it was about time I did a post on it.  Some have wondered if I always have a friend there to take photos of me, whilst others have mused whether I have trained my dog Pip to do it…

Eat and run: but is it always that easy?

On Sunday 11th October 2020 George Foster, a 35 year old teacher and fell runner for Ambleside AC, became the fastest British runner ever to complete the infamous Bob Graham round in a time of 13hrs 44mins.  His time is the 2nd fastest ever behind Killian Jornet’s blistering run in 2018 of 12hrs 52mins.  The…

The Best Winter Lip Care

Winter is coming. But instead of reaching for our furs and scabbards, we’re layering up in merino wool, gloves, waterproofs and hats.  I don’t know about you, but I am usually quite good at keeping my body warm whilst running but sometimes neglect the little things which can have a big negative impact if ignored.  Last…

Influencer or runner?

Am I an influencer? It’s not a term I particularly like or relate to, but it might be one that some people associate with me occasionally.  What even is an influencer?  The first things that pop into my mind are glossy, over-edited photos of glamorous young puffy-lipped hipsters posing with too much fake tan and…

London Marathon torment continues….

—— UPDATE 3/9/20: The organisers emailed again last night to correct an error. I still have to qualify again (for the place I already have in the race) but now have until 31 December to qualify using the original time of sub 01:30 for a half marathon. What’s not clear is what times would be needed…

10 Injury Truths

I’m injured at the moment, did you know?  It’s not like I’ve mentioned it in every other sentence on Instagram or anything.  Nope, not me.  Just quietly carrying on and working on my return.  Anyway…. This incredibly frustrating time out has got me thinking a lot about what being injured from a favourite sport can…