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…

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…

The last hoorah – July in SA

Work Nada!! Life With work done, my countdown had changed from a “yey, only x more shifts to go!” to and “oh no, only x more shifts to go!” and I realised how much there was to miss. The landscapes, the beaches, the mountains, the food, the running clubs I have visited, the races on…

June in South Africa

Life This month we sadly said goodbye to one of our nurses and to our friend Ross. RIP. I spent my first weekend of the month in East London, and did Kidd’s Beach Parkrun, followed by a big breakfast, and a lunchtime run to get all the mileage done and allow a relaxed rest of…

Comrades Marathon

Comrades was the main goal race in my mind when I knew I would be in South Africa for a year. It’s the world’s oldest ultramarathon, running between Durban and Pietermaritzburg in alternate directions. It has been run each year since 1921, (when there were just 34 starters and 16 official finishers), with a break…

April in South Africa

Life First thing to say is this is the second time I’m typing this entire blog as I’ve broken another phone and had to buy a new one! Most stuff was backed up to Google drive but not the notes. My lovely organised lists! Anyway, after getting back from holiday on Saturday the 7th, I…

Easter Vacation in South Africa

Another blog with zero medicine or ‘real life’, more a travel blog about my Easter trip with Will. It’s me though, so of course there’s a good dose of running involved. Will flew into Johannesburg and transferred onto an internal flight down to East London. It was an eventful trip with a diversion due to…

South Africa Month 7ish

Most of Month 7 in SA until I left for 2 weeks Easter Holiday… Life The rota was finalised at the very last minute due to a continuation of the recent drama at the hospital. I’d entered a race on saturday with the hope I’d be off. The rota came out Wednesday ready for the…

South Africa Month 5

Training The road to comrades starts here! My miles and kilometres have got all jumbled. I’ve always run in miles (but swim in metres) except a 5km or perhaps on a track, but here everything is measured in kilometres and my training buddies work and talk in kilometres (and so do my boyfriend and dad)…