Top of the class!

Top of the class!

I’m busy training as a personal trainer, studying hard with Future Fit. The e-learning course is really interesting -  in fact there’s a mind-boggling amount of detail to cover and whoever told me Future Fit was the most thorough course I could do wasn’t joking. At the weekend I joined seven others for a two-day course that involved plenty of workshops...
Afraid of needles and Marathon training

Afraid of needles and Marathon training

I’ll be honest, at this point last year, five weeks from my first marathon, the panic set in. My body hadn’t responded well to my first 15 mile run: my head was happy I’d done it -  my body less so! 15 miles was completely new territory - Boom! Every step I had taken over the 13.2miles I had done...
First timer marathon runner top tips

First timer marathon runner top tips

Sssshhh  - don’t tell the experts but some of the best advice I got while training for my first marathon last year was from fellow runners. The running community is super supportive and people were really generous with their advice. In the same spirit as I received these little nuggets of knowledge, I’m sharing them with you. Hope they help...
Marathon running –  the big build up

Marathon running –  the big build up

It’s funny how people think that running must be easy for me because I once won two gold medals in running events. Comments like “Do you think you could run within 30s of your personal best in an 800m or 1500m race now?’’ “Are you going out to win the 5k parkrun?” and “You must have done loads of long...
Fearless Females

Fearless Females

I have long admired the spirit and courage of Kathrine Switzer -  who famously ran the Boston Marathon in 1967 despite the fact women weren’t allowed to race this distance. She escaped being bundled off the course part-way round and completed the race. Her achievement is the stuff of history for fearless females - be they runners or not. Her...
Runners beware  –  don’t end up on crutches like I did!

Runners beware  –  don’t end up on crutches like I did!

I learned a big lesson leading up to my first Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996: trainers are not just trainers. As this weekend we see British athletes take on the best in Europe in the European Indoor Athletics Championships, I reflect on my 12 year international athletics career and ponder what simple tips I can pass on to those runners...
Fab fruit  –  what’s your favourite this More Fruit Month?

Fab fruit  –  what’s your favourite this More Fruit Month?

The nation’s favourite three fruits are strawberries, bananas and apples according to the latest research commissioned by Dole® provider of high quality fruit. However, it’s not all great news  -  their research also shows three quarters of the UK public don’t get their ‘five a day’. Incredibly, nearly half of people (47%) do not eat fruit and vegetables every day....