This Mum Runs Cardiff Social Running Group

As many of my readers know I ran the London Marathon this year. It was my first marathon and although I didn’t get the time I wanted, I absolutely loved every minute of it (aside from being sick at mile 16!). I started properly getting into running back in 2017. Encouraged by a friend of mine I slowly managed to increase my distance and although it wasn’t easy, I can now say that I can comfortably run longer distances. I wouldn’t say I’m a natural runner, but I’ve worked hard at it and now that I have this level of… [Read More]

My Running Playlist for the London Marathon 2019

Lots of people who run listen to music. I can’t imagine running without music. It helps me to get in the zone, takes my mind off how far I have to go, and it helps me to run faster. I’ve tried running without music, but I just find I run better with it. Plus I can’t stand listening to my heavy breathing! Over the past few months I’ve put together a running playlist made up of my favourite songs that really help motivate me when I run. Some of them are classics, some of them you may think of as… [Read More]

London Marathon Training Update

In just 90 days, I’ll be taking on my biggest challenge ever! The London Marathon! Having successfully completed two half marathons, a marathon just seemed like the next logical challenge. I signed up for the London Marathon ballot, but sadly didn’t get a ballot place. However, I was very lucky that in April 2018 I found out that I had been successful in gaining a charity place with WellChild, The National Charity for Sick Children. With a fundraising target of £1,600 and having to train properly for the marathon, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but what challenge… [Read More]

How to care for your body in the new year

A new year often means people set themselves a few new years resolutions. Some people will be successful in sticking to these, whereas others won’t. I’ve been at both ends of this experience. For many years I vowed to lose weight at the start of a new year. I told myself that I’d ditch the takeaways, cook healthy food from scratch and I’d exercise. Most years I’d start well, but by February I usually found myself going back to my old ways and failing. 2017 however was the year that I actually to stuck my new years resolution of loosing… [Read More]

An Extra Special London Marathon Fundraising Update That You Won’t Want To Miss!

Phew, that was a rather long title for a blog post! It’s worth it though because this really is an extra special London marathon fundraising update that you won’t want to miss! As many people who read my blog or follow me on social media will know, I’ve been lucky enough to receive a charity place at the London marathon 2019 with a wonderful charity called WellChild. WellChild is the national UK children’s charity making it possible for children and young people with exceptional health needs to be cared for at home instead of hospital, wherever possible. When I was offered… [Read More]

The Social Side of Exercise

When my children were babies, I remember feeling isolated and at times quite lonely. I longed for a friend. Someone I could invite round for a cuppa and chat, and vice versa. Our girls were almost one year old when I finally plucked up the courage to go to a playgroup, and I’m so glad I did. Not only did it give the girls a chance to play with some new toys and socialise with other children, it also gave me the chance to meet new people. When the girls started school, my husband and I met lots of other… [Read More]

How to train for long distance running

If you’d told me two years ago that I’d run a half marathon, and get a place for London Marathon, I would have laughed! I’ve always toyed with the idea of running, but just thought I couldn’t. In school I did cross country, and ran 5,000 metres at sports day, but when I left school, running kind of faded away. On the odd occasion, I’d feel inspired to run, but the novelty soon wore off. However, in 2017 I was inspired by a fellow blogger. I loved watching her running journey on Facebook and was slightly envious of her achievements…. [Read More]

Fitness Feature: Pump FX Class

In a bid to avoid injury during training for the London Marathon next April, I have started to incorporate strength training into my fitness routine. As well as running four times a week, doing daily yoga, which my kids love to join in with, and barre class once a week, I have also added in a Pump FX class. For a while I have been looking at joining a gym, but for the price, I just don’t think I’d use it as much as I should. However, I recently discovered a funky little gym studio not far from where I… [Read More]

A month of strength training

Yesterday I wrote a post about how my step-daughter and I completed the Cardiff Half Marathon on the 7th of this month. You can read that post by clicking here. As many of my readers know I didn’t really train properly for the Cardiff Half Marathon due to injury. As such I really didn’t enjoy running it this year as much as I had the previous year. I put this down to being injured and a lack of training. Now, next year. April to be precise, I will be running the London Marathon for a wonderful charity called WellChild. I’m… [Read More]

Cardiff Half Marathon 2018

Last year I completed the Cardiff Half Marathon for the first time. Despite being injured during training, I recovered pretty well and completed it in 2 hours 29 minutes and 3 seconds. My original target was 2 hours 15 minutes, but after injury, I changed my target to 2 hours 30 minutes, and I was very pleased to have achieved that. I decided to take part in the Cardiff Half Marathon again this year in the hopes of getting a better time. Unfortunately during training, I was injured again. This year my injury was worse than last year. As such… [Read More]