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]

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]

Should schools enforce the daily mile?

Have you heard of the daily mile? Perhaps your children already take part in it at school? Do you think it should be enforced in all schools? For those of you who don’t know, the daily mile encourages children to run or jog at their own pace for a full 15 minutes every day. A lot of schools have already signed up to the initiative, and I think it’s a great idea. This kind of follows on from yesterdays blog post, The Reality of Raising an Indoor Generation. More and more children are spending less time outdoors than ever before. That’s… [Read More]

Cardiff Half Marathon/London Marathon Training

I haven’t been able to run properly for around 5 to 6 weeks now. Unfortunately a few weeks back, I injured my leg and have been trying to my best (despite the odd ‘test’ run) to rest. Being injured is very frustrating, even more so when you’re training for an event. On October 7th, I’ll be running the Cardiff Half Marathon. I did it last year for the first time, and completed it in 2 hours 29 minutes and 3 seconds. I even got injured in training last year as well! This year, my goal is to complete the Cardiff… [Read More]

But doc, can I still run?

Oh the frustration of being a runner, or any sportswoman or man for that matter, is when you’re injured. This is made even more frustrating when everywhere you go, everyone appears to be doing the sport you’re currently unable to do! In my case, running! Whilst training for my first half marathon last year I tore the adductor muscle in my right leg, and ever since then I seem to be injury prone! I ran a 10k earlier this year whilst injured, and ended up having to rest for 3-4 weeks, and now can you believe it, I’m on the… [Read More]

10 Things That Make Me Happy

I was recently tagged in the 10 Things That Make Me Happy tag by Bound For Somewhere. You can read her post here. So without further ado, and in no particular order here are 10 things that make me happy. 1. My husband and children. Yes, it’s a cliche and it’s the ‘obvious answer’ that most likely everyone will say, but it’s true. Without these crazies, I’d actually be pretty unhappy. Hubby drives me crazy with his constant moving of things around and don’t even get me started on his snoring, but I do love him and he does make… [Read More]

My Favourite Running Routes in Cardiff

As someone who enjoys to run outdoors, I thought I would share with you my favourite places to run in Cardiff. I feel very lucky to live in a city that has lots of parks and scenic areas. Within close proximity to my house are so many beautiful places to run. Here are my favourites. Cefn Onn Cefn One Park in Thornhill Cardiff is full of beautiful trees, streams, ponds and woodland. From my house to Cefn Onn it’s a 5k run, so to Cefn Onn and home again, that’s a beautiful 10k. The route up is very varied in terms… [Read More]

I’ve discovered Barre Fitness and I love it!

Earlier this week I wrote a blog post about how I’ll be running the London Marathon next year. As someone who is a keen runner, I’ve decided that I’d like to incorporate some strength training into my running. This is mainly to reduce my risk of injury. Whilst training for the Cardiff half marathon last year, I tore my adductor muscle, and earlier this year I’m pretty sure I had a stress-fracture, most likely caused by overuse. As such, I really want to ensure that I’m strong and at my fittest when I complete the London Marathon. That’s why I’ve… [Read More]