There is something magical about 26.2 miles. It’s so easy for me to forget that I have run this distance TWICE. I want to celebrate this a little more often because I am so damn proud that I did it. I don’t display my medals or marathon photos and it’s easy to forget. Surprisingly! But when a friend of mine posted about Sportmaps I knew I had found exactly what I wanted to commemorate my achievements.

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I haven’t run properly and without pain in about three weeks. So this week I did one 5km on Monday and that’s it. I think I am lucky that this week is a very heavy one for me work wise because my panic would be off the scales if I had every evening free to think about how much I am NOT running.

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Yesterday I booked hotels and train tickets for me and my whole family for the Paris Marathon. They aren’t running but I want Sister and the Parental Units to come and see me run, plus the Mother and Fathership have never been to Paris so this was the perfect reason to have a holiday in the city of love (lurvveeee) too. It is now very, very real. not that it wasn’t real before but now it is even more real because things have been booked and plans have been made. The last time I ran a marathon I had four weeks to train. I did as much as I could but the priority was to enjoy myself and to finish the race without dying or shitting myself. Now though I can’t do that. Well actually I can, but I don’t want to because I want to give myself a shot at running a good time. This means I need to train.

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