Time to taper

Since I last wrote, we've done our last 2 long and hilly training runs and there are now just 10 days to go before we race up Snowdon in the Scott Snowdonia trail half marathon, our ultimate goal. I can't do any more. I couldn't have done any more. In training for this event, this year I've... Continue Reading →

Fell race fun

Yes... I had fun doing a fell race. Well, perhaps not at all times. It was tough... very tough. The hills started immediately and were so steep that many people, including me, were walking and the scree moving beneath our feet made it difficult to make up time on the equally steep descents, particularly for inexperienced fell... Continue Reading →

A wonderful week of adventures

John and I were away in South Wales last week. The weather was amazing and, following a great gig by the Manics and Super Furry Animals in Swansea, we managed to do lots of walking and running in the Brecon Beacons, as well as relaxing. The 3 long routes we'd planned were stunning and progressively more challenging, culminating in... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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