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...
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...