Amazing marathon spirit

Amazing marathon spirit

The London Marathon has inspired me for decades but never more so than this year  -  the first time I watched it, knowing what it feels like to run it. As an elite athlete, I was struck by the skill and strength of those leading the field. David Weir’s victory after recent disappointments was particularly poignant - I wasn’t the...
London Marathon Runners’ Countdown

London Marathon Runners’ Countdown

With just under two weeks to go until the Virgin Money London Marathon, runners will be getting nervous and excited - I know I was this time last year! However, I did start panicking about getting my number, how I’d get to the right start at the right time etc etc. So at about this time I started checking through...
Time to Taper for the London Marathon

Time to Taper for the London Marathon

Tapering. What is that exactly? For me, it meant the big day of the Virgin Money London Marathon 2016 was looming but also the hardest part of my training was done. I felt relieved  -  but also apprehensive. The next really long run I did would be THE run. I remember hitting Twitter and asking my tweeps for advice as...
Best of British luck to Brighton Marathon Runners!

Best of British luck to Brighton Marathon Runners!

To all of you running the Brighton Marathon this weekend I wish you the very best of luck. To those seasoned sea side marathon finishers, you’ll know what to expect from this great event. For you first-time marathon runners, I send you special good wishes and a few tips that I found helpful when I ran my first marathon last...
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...
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...
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...
Back stronger than ever

Back stronger than ever

Seven weeks has passed since a split-second incident lead me to re-evaluate my goals, vision and focus. Falling off my road bike on black ice was not in my plans. In fact it messed up everything. My fitness goals and my head! Falling off my bike left me bruised and battered. My body and my pride. It was all going...