R.E.D January Update #redjanuary

Back in December I wrote a blog post (find it here) explaining that I was taking part in R.E.D January. R.E.D (Run Every Day) January is all about raising money for Mind, the mental health charity. By taking part I’m hoping to raise awareness and open up the conversation about mental health. We’re now 17 days into the challenge and I’m pleased to say that so far I have managed to run every day. I’ve also signed up for a 50 mile challenge in January and I’m pleased to say that to date I have run 83.5 kilometres which is 51.8… [Read More]

Finding Colour in Darkness: Lost in Nature

It’s amazing how an unplanned photograph can turn into something pretty spectacular. Yesterday morning I decided to go for a run. Nothing unusual for me, but I’d decided to try out a new route. A route I wasn’t very familiar with, but I just kind of told myself I’d wing it and go with the flow. As I turned down a lane into the forest, I had no clue where I was, what direction I was heading in or where I would emerge from, but what I did know, was that the path ahead of me would be a new… [Read More]

It’s not about the medals

Running has been a passion of mine for around a year now. I’ve played with the idea of running before, but I’d usually run for one month, then stop, then a few months later, I’d run again but it wouldn’t be long before I’d stop again. I always loved the idea of running. Back when I was in high-school, I enjoyed running cross country, but it was never something I was serious about. In March of this year I decided that I wanted to take up running again. However, I wanted it to be a long-term hobby, not something I’d… [Read More]

Five Tips to Make Running in Winter More Pleasant!

I love to run. However that’s now always been the case. This time last year I would use the bad weather as an excuse not to run. I’d look out of the window, see rain and decide it was too wet to run. Either that or I’d open the front door, feel the cold and decide that it was too cold to run. Well, I have some news for you! Rain and cold temperatures can actually enhance your running experience. In fact I’ll go as far as to say that it can actually make you a better runner. My best… [Read More]

I Completed the Cardiff Half Marathon!

I can’t believe I’m actually writing these words, let alone saying them out loud! On Sunday, October 1st 2017, I completed my first half marathon! When I first started taking running seriously, I never would have imagined that I could ever complete a half marathon. My goal was to just to be able to run 5k without stopping. When I reached my 5k goal, I set a new goal to run 10k without stopping. When I achieved that, and after taking part in a few 10k races, I knew it was time to set a new goal. To run a… [Read More]

Gym and Fitness Injuries: Are You Doing It Wrong?

Earlier this month I shared with my readers that during my half marathon training I became injured. This was a major set back to me in terms of training. As it’s my first half marathon, I need all the training I can get, so being injured was not good. Thankfully with rest and lots of frozen peas, I’m pretty much back to normal! I did however have to take two weeks out of my training schedule and reduce the distance I was running. The half marathon is just nine days away. I once felt confident about finishing, however I’m now… [Read More]

Perseverance

Perseverance. That’s not an easy word to spell, and yes, I did google it first to make sure I got it right! This is a pretty spontaneous blog post to be honest with you, and as I sit here typing away, I’m not exactly sure where it’ll lead, but there’s only one way to find out! The date today is the 14th September. I know that’s not actually today’s date as I’ve scheduled this post after I’ve written it, but as I sit and type, that is today’s date. This morning I went for a run. Nothing unusual about that…. [Read More]

Weight loss Update with SlimFast, Running and Tantrums

It’s been a little while since I wrote my last SlimFast update so I thought it was about time I updated you all. I haven’t been keeping track of my weight week on week like I did when I first started SlimFast as there’s no longer any need for me to do that. You see I now know what I can and can’t eat, as well as portion sizes and what nutritional food my body needs. I’ve lost a total of two stone and have managed to maintain my weight loss. I think when the girls are back in school, I’ll… [Read More]

Three Classic Mistakes New Runners Make

Credit Running is a wonderful form of exercise. It’s a sure-fire way to increase your stamina, make you feel better, and strengthen the muscles in your lower legs. While you can run on a treadmill, you’ll doubtlessly get more from running if you use it as a way to get out into the world. Many people decide to take up running for fitness and weight loss goals. That’s a good idea, but it does mean you’re not necessarily thinking about running in the best terms. Instead, you’re focusing on an opaque goal of “being fit” or “losing weight”, rather than… [Read More]

A runners best friend

Running has been one of the best things I’ve ever done. I never thought I’d be one of those people that actually wakes up at 6am, sometimes earlier, to go for a run. This coming from the woman who loves a good lie in and struggles to get up in the morning! I do love my sleep! That’s another thing that’s actually improve since I started running. My sleep. I’m sleeping so much better nowadays! I’ve learnt so much since I started running. Both about myself, but also about what it takes to be a good runner. It doesn’t take… [Read More]