England Athletics

Now this is one thing I never thought I would be a member of…. Funny where life takes you and how things change so dramatically and so amazingly. 

Feeling very proud to be classed as an Athlete.


Day 7 Sunrise

Day 7 – 45 to 50 minute Easy Run

Out bright, breezy and bushy tailed this morning for Day 7.  -3° on set off and a beautiful, bright, crisp and fresh morning. 

I always find the 1st mile hard, but this morning was nearly all downhill so it was a breeze. I decided to take a turn past Alexander Stadium and I am so very glad I did. Turning the corner into the stadium I caught the most gorgeous sunrise. 

Getting to see something as gorgeous as a red glowing sun lighting up the sky was a true treat and makes getting out of bed early on a Sunday morning fully worthwhile.

By the time I got home the sun was gone so I felt rather blessed yet again that I run.

Starting 2017…..

With a bang

2017 is going to be one heck of a year and I am charging into it as I mean to go on.

In October I will be running my first marathon. Training started weeks ago (sort of), proper training started this week.

With the huge honour of running for The Alzheimers Society I intend to smash this run.
Next Saturday I am lucky enough to have been invited down to London to The Alzheimers Societies HQ for a training session to help guide me on the best course possible. 

2017 will be my year.

Stay with me and see how it progresses. 

To Become a Yogi?

Does Yoga help running?

Pounding the pavement is something that I never thought I could do but realised that I can. Since starting running I have realised that I can actually do anything I put my mind to.

On average a runners foot hits the pavement 1000 times during a mile. With 3 times your weight going through your joints with each step it’s no wonder joints, muscles and ligaments come in for a bashing.

So would Yoga help with flexibility, strength and repair?

In short……. Yes!

Yoga and running are polar opposites in fitness, one high impact the other designed to strengthen, lengthen and build flexibility.   Engaging all muscles large and small whilst also relaxing and focusing the mind.

Possibly the biggest advantage to Yoga would be injury prevention, identifying any problematic areas before injury can strike and stop your training 

As a runner we push ourselves to plough on with training even when  we feel something is not right or troublesome, yoga teaches you to listen to your body and know the difference between injury pain and discomfort caused by the long/fast/training run.

Do I try Yoga? 

My biggest problem is being able to let go. Yoga is a form of exercise but also relaxation and I struggle relaxing especially in group situations.

Do I try a DVD or TV guided Yoga classes? Personally I think no.  Yoga is an art form and practised correctly can have so many benefits, flip side it….. practise incorrectly and surely it could work drastically against you?

There are so many forms of Yoga now it’s like trying to chose a new pair of shoes. Which do you try?

Well I am going to start at the beginning, an easy Yoga class in a local studio, no frills, heat, bungees, hoops or gadgets just plain simple Yoga with a qualified instructor.

Wish me luck! I will be back with an update as soon as I have decided whether Yoga is for me.  Fingers crossed it is, I have never been able to touch my toes!!! 

My Why

Why do I run?

Why do I love running?

Why did I start running?

Here is my Why! 

On my 40th Birthday I did my best to look great for my party.  I tried to look confident and happy as I was so grateful that so many people made such an effort to be there.

In honesty I wasn’t!  I hated myself. I hated the way I looked. Every step, move, word was painful because all I felt was a mess.

I was overweight, unfit, un-confident and very  unhappy.  

When I looked back at the photos I felt even worse. God forbid someone had also video’d me dancing and did no more than plaster it all over Facebook. To this day all I feel is shame and embarrassment.  
The only person who could change it was me. Moan all I like no one could help me unless I helped myself. 

I joined Slimming World and started cycling. The weight dropped off with alot of hard work and commitment. 

2 stone 4lbs lighter I was at a weight I had dreamt about but I was still unhappy with how I looked. 

I am also a total stress head, I worry about worrying about worrying!

My work colleague told me running was a great way to let go. He told me when you run everything goes, everything disappears. All you have is you and the run.

‘I can’t run’ I told him. ‘It hurts too much’ I said. Then I got to thinking how can I say these things when  I have never tried? So I donned my trainers and got out there.

I hated every second. I was right, I couldn’t run and it did hurt…. way too much.  NEVER again I told myself. But when I got home I realised that I actually felt a great sense of achievement. 

So that’s where it started. 

Little by little….. bit by bit….. I built up my run time and slowly my speed.  I will never be a time trial hero but I can see my speed improving. I don’t do it for speed I do it because I love it.

Now when I run I get the time I am out there clearing my head. It is like a mental filing session. Everything slots itself into place without me having to work at it. I can run, get home and then realise that I have no idea what I have thought about for the hour I have been out.  Sometimes I even struggle to remember my route!

I love running  because it has changed my life.

It has given me a calm I have never experienced, I has given me more confidence, it is helping to make me look better and feel better, it is giving me back to me.

Running is hard work, every run brings a new challenge, a new experience a new pain! 

But every run I conquer and defeat my demons bit by bit.

 That is why I love running.

That is why I run.

That is why i keep running.