Me with my Disney Half Marathon medals

Me with my Disney Half Marathon medals

Medal Monday is one of the really fun hashtags which is all over Instagram. Every Monday people show off their race bling. They proudly wear the medals they ran miles for and sweated buckets for. I love seeing them all and when I’ve run a race over the weekend I always post a picture on the Monday.

But what about after Monday? What happens to all those medals – all that race bling that people collect? I actually don’t display mine. And if you knew how much I fawn over the medal when I get them, you’d be as surprised as I am. I wear them the day of the race, the day after the race, and if that isn’t the Monday then on the Monday too. Then I take the medal and put it in a tote bag which lives in my dressing room stool.

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Spartan Race logo

Spartan Race logo

I know so many of you reading this will have already completed an obstacle race of some sort – I can’t quite believe that I haven’t. Hopefully that’s going to change really soon because I have had my eye on Spartan Race for a while now. Earlier this year Sam Lansdale challenged the country’s ‘couch potatoes’ to give Spartan Races a go; and with more than a million people in 30 countries lacing up, I definitely think people have done just that.

The 2018 UK season kicked off last week with the first race taking place in Kent. To mark the launch I was given the opportunity to interview Sam himself and as General Manager of Spartan Race UK & Ireland, he is the man with the answers.

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Jumping for joy in front of the Royal Crescent in Bath

Jumping for joy in front of the Royal Crescent in Bath

When I found out I was going to be staying overnight in Bath, the first thing I thought of was going for a run and hoping the weather would hold. Bath seems to be the perfect city for runners, especially tourist runners: everything is near everything else, there are long flats and challenging hills, and all the tourists a solo traveller could hope for. Only one person looked at me as if I had lost my marbles when I asked them to take a picture of me. Only one!

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Illustration by Polly Crossman

Illustration by Polly Crossman

‘When something needs to be ironed I put it in the ironing basket. If a year goes by and the item is still in the basket I throw the item away. This is a good system since eventually I end up only with clothes that don’t need ironing.’ This was said by author Janet Evanovich. As tickled pink as I am with this quote, I am not a woman who has an affinity with this quote; I am one of those people who loves to iron. Not a lot can beat the calming pleasure I get from ironing my bedsheets.

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PyeongChang 2018 mascot and logo

PyeongChang 2018 mascot and logo

Over the weekend I spent a lot of my time watching TV. The Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang are well under way and I am hooked. Snowboarding, skiing, ice dancing, and speed skating – even curling (which really isn’t all that boring) – I am watching it all. Then on Sunday as Claire Balding was introducing the men’s Bobsleigh doubles completion she mentioned that the GB female Bobsleighers had their funding cut. Ummm what. The men’s teams – and there are multiple – still had their funding but not the one single women’s team?

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