Dragon’s Back Race

The dragon well and truly chewed me up and spat me out. Dragon’s Back Race is a 315km (200mile) multi-day ultramarathon involving 15,500metres of ascent (twice Everest) over 5 days. It starts at Conwy Castle in North Wales and finishes in Llandeilo in the South, traversing all the mountains en route. It is self-navigated and…

April Training

1-7th April Mon – 5 mile run as 10 mins tempo, 10 x 1 min hard / 1 min easy, 10 mins tempo. Plus a new yoga and meditation class with Yoga Bellies – their Lunar class (the one not for pregnancy or mum and baby!) which is low intensity, starting and finishing with a…

March Training

Another couple of weekends in the mountains doing Dragon’s Back recces then finally a couple of weekends of not driving hours and hours across the country. Felt like a bit of a rest after 6 long round trips in the last 5 weeks. W/C 25th Feb M – REST T – 8 mile lovely run…

February Training

W/C 28th Jan M – Club run including 6x500m flat efforts including extended run to and from the club for 10 miles total. T – REST W – 4.5 mild lunch offroad run + 6 mile club offroader T – Pilates + 11.8 mile run in Wendover woods including 2000ft of elevation. I had planned…

Dragon In Training

Time to get going with the Dragon’s Back training for the big one in May. January got off to a good start with 14.3 miles in the bag for new year’s day. I had thought about running from home to Tring, doing Tring parkrun, trotting over to Wendover for Wendover parkrun, and then running home….

November/December Off Season

November After New York Marathon, the plan was a bit of unstructured, fairly low mileage, but basically do what I fancy recovery. I had 3 days of complete rest then the rest of the week went sports massage + yoga, yoga, parkrun + yoga, body pump + yoga. My body was stuffed after New York…

New York, New York

Concrete jungle it certainly is and that doesn’t really suit a girl who wants to be out on the trails or by the sea. But we crammed lots in and had a great time, thought perhaps a bit too much walking given I had the marathon to do on the last day. After we arrived…

NYC Marathon Training & UK Parkrun Tourism

Returning from South Africa, and following the big build up and hype of Comrades; I had to work on settling back into UK life and regaining some speed. After a week or two fairly chilled and with no structure to training (although from a personal life perspective not remotely chilled!), I returned to UK general…

1-14 May Training

1-7th May Monday: AM – Bike and run brick session. 16.5 mile bike straight into 3 mile steady run. Felt much better than yesterday.  Tuesday: AM – 1900m Swim – must have faffed about a lot as I ran out of time, was supposed to be 2500m! PM – Running club hill efforts, I met…

Back on the bike

Monday: ‘Rest’ / on-call Tuesday: AM – Swimming 1 mile, mostly arms only with pull buoy Wednesday: AM – Easy 3 mile run and some stretching/foam rolling Thursday: REST Friday: AM – Bike commute to work just under 16 miles, felt great. This was my first bike ride of 2017 and after a 14 miler…

London Marathon 2017

Sunday, 6 days after the Boston marathon, and after 5 days of no exercise whatsoever, I ran the London marathon for the third time. It wasn’t going to be my first back to back Marathon, and I’ve done them on consecutive days before in multiday ultras so I wasn’t daunted by the prospect but didn’t…

Boston

Boston was my A race for the year. Last year I raced myself into the ground and got slower and slower in successive races, so after The Athens Marathon in November, I took some time off to recover and then from the 1st of January my focus was firmly on Boston. I banned myself from…