I conquered Excalibur!

Yesterday, John and I completed the first of our two big races, the Excalibur half marathon, a 21 kilometre trail race in the Clwydian mountain range with over 900 metres of ascent. As a friend commented on my Facebook post, a gruelling route! The evening before, we parked up and had tea in the car park at the bottom of the Jubilee... Continue Reading →

A jam packed few weeks

I've just realised I haven't written a blog for over 3 weeks, partly because John and I have been so busy, and partly because my training has been 'more of the same'... some lows, when I've wondered what I've done entering such difficult trail races, and some highs when I'm pleased with what I've achieved so... Continue Reading →

Goldrush: a success story

The Goldrush trail race was the first of the 4 races we're doing in the UK, culminating in the biggie, the Scott Snowdonia trail half marathon. And it turned out to be a good one, proving to me that my hard work is beginning to pay off. We drove down to Coed y Brenin near Dolgellau after... Continue Reading →

A running roller coaster

On Friday, John and I were aching after a weights session... the sort of aching that means you crawl up the stairs and struggle to sit on the toilet! As I sat on the train back from working in Manchester, I was tired and really hoped he wouldn't reply to my text about meeting me... Continue Reading →

Self doubt

I've had some moments of serious self doubt this week about my ability to run hilly half marathons, wondering what on earth I am doing, and why. Firstly, we hiked the Scott Snowdonia trail half marathon route on Thursday, which proved to be tougher than I expected, even walking. As you would probably expect, the... Continue Reading →

Tantrum and trail shoes

Today (Good Friday) dawned bright and sunny and we were looking forward to doing the Goldrush Trail at Coed y Brenin... 8.5 miles with 420 metres of ascent. But first, a lie in with hot cross buns in bed and a good book, and then some shopping!     I've had trouble slipping on muddy... Continue Reading →

An alpine challenge!

I am always enthralled watching the Banff mountain film festival, and I always leave wanting an adventure. This time, watching a film about the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB), I was inspired to look for a trail race that John and I could do while we're in the French Alps this summer. The UTMB is an ultra marathon in the... Continue Reading →

Hills and heartbeats

The weather has been beautiful this week and I haven't been too busy at work so I've been able to get out in the hills behind Prestatyn more than usual, rather than running a flat route from our front door in Rhuddlan. This is great news on two counts. Firstly, there is nothing better than a... Continue Reading →

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