“Let’s go to the beach, beach, let’s go get away…”

Over a year ago, a text from running buddy Lisa asked if I fancied running a 35 mile ultra on a Hebridean island. After a 15-second google, I replied with a sure, why not. …


Too hot for this sh*t

The ups and downs of Summer running…

My running friends seem to fit into two camps at the moment: those who love to run in the sun, and those who flippin’ hate it.

I’ve always put myself in the latter…Summer and me do not go…


Calm down, calm down

The Liverpool Half Marathon and making peace with my pace

When I last wrote, I was a bit grumpy (FINE, I was a miserable cow). So much so that people IRL were asking if I was ok. …


Changing focus.

Runnerbird Update: I am tired and uncomfortable.

It’s been five weeks since my mega 40 mile marathon, the Coventry Way. I promised a part two to my race report, but the words haven’t come and I hate to force my writing.

One of my spring goals: run through a lovely yellowy field. Like this one I ran through near Stanwick Lakes

I took a week off running and…


“It was like a 40 mile Tough Mudder…”

Race Review: A Coventry Way

If you CBA reading this whole tale then the short version is: Yes, I finished. 40 miles of mud and swearing, to be rewarded with a cloth patch and a potato.

2018 was going to be the…


The importance of a mantra. Or a really good song. Or giving up and drinking tea.

Tips to get you through those long runs

I found myself saying to somebody this week, a new runner with pre Parkrun nerves, that your legs will never let you down.

I am so…


The truth about the menopause in your 30’s

It’s not sexy, but it’s the truth.

This is the article I wish existed when I went into a surgical menopause 8 months ago, after my hysterectomy.

Recap — my surgery was due to a high risk of ovarian cancer. It wasn’t…


“I laughed til I wee’d”

Race Review: The Winter Railway Ultra

An Ultra! I ran an Ultra!

Honestly, I feel iffy about calling it an Ultra…it was spot on 28 miles, technically Ultramarathon distance. …


“Enjoy the planet through your trainers.”

Guest post: Running on the Move by Lisa Jay

I was quite honoured when Lou asked me to do a guest blog post, not because I’m an amazing athlete wining trophies every week (only occasionally on Strava!) …


The importance of talking shit

Race review: Big Bear Challenge

Spoiler: I ran my second marathon yesterday. On a Thursday.

Rewind: by some miracle of diaries aligning and a refusal to let Christmas stodge podge takeover, and despite a full agenda of work, parties and piss ups, Lisa and I…

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