Christmas gifts for mums who run

When you enter the London Marathon ballot, you don’t find out that you’ve got a place until October. At that point, you are plunged into six months of Winter training. It’s tough, and it’s all-consuming. So, if you know a runner who will be training through the Winter for any reason, here are a few Christmas gift suggestions they will love. Running clothing The Poppy Shop Running Leggings: Last year I highlighted how the Poppy Shop supports the work of the Royal British Legion all year round, not just on Remembrance Day. This year, they’ve introduced a gorgeous range of camouflage fitness…

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10 tips for running in hot weather

On Sunday, I embarked on a bit of a mega run. It was nothing like the distance I did last year in the Gower ultra, but it was the furthest I’d run in a long time. Seventeen and a half miles to be precise. And it was hot. So before I went, I did a bit of research to find out the best way to tackle distance running in the heat. Here are my top tips. 1. Do it This is the big one for me. If I hadn’t made an arrangement to run, I wouldn’t have gone when I realised…

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10 things you need to know about parkrun

At 9 o’clock on Saturday morning, my four year old daughter and I lined up on a start line in a local park with hundreds of other people. She was bouncing around, excited to be running in a race. There were people with dogs (sorry Bubbles, not this time), elderly joggers, walkers, children and elite runners. And the same scene played out in parks across the country. In fact these days, there are parks around the world where you can turn up at 9 am and run, jog or walk 5K. If this sounds good to you, here are a few more…

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6 things you need to know about barefoot running

Nearly six years ago, we were heading for New Zealand on our honeymoon. With a couple of hours to kill at the airport, I realised I hadn’t brought a book. After a quick glance around the airport bookshop, I grabbed a copy of Christopher Mcdougall’s Born to Run. To this day it is by some distance the best book I’ve ever read. It was also my introduction to barefoot running. Since then, I’ve been reading about the concept of barefoot running and even dabbling in it myself. So here are 6 things you need to know about barefoot running and why…

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The day we went for a run with Dame Jessica Ennis Hill

Blogging has offered me some amazing opportunities over the years, but this has to be the best. A few weeks ago, Vitality Move got in touch and asked if we’d like to train with Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill. Fast forward to Monday and there we were, huddled under a bridge in the pouring rain listening to Lia telling Jess not to run too fast in case she banged her chin. The Vitality Move Fitness and music Festival The Vitality Move Fitness and music Festival is taking place at two venues – Chatsworth House (9th July) and Windsor Great Park (17th September).…

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Thursday photo #155

I do sometimes wonder whether we do too much with the children. They have very little down time at home and rarely do schoolwork outside of school. I’ve written before about the lessons children will never learn from homework and it has been particularly true this week. In fact Libby missed the first day of term at school because, quite frankly, she had a better offer. A busy weekend Last Friday, my husband took the girls out for a day so I could catch up with some work. He’s away this week and I’d been in Easter holiday mode for too long so…

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#VitalityMove family friendly fitness and music festival

I’m delighted to be working with Vitality to train for their Vitality Move family friendly fitness and music festival. The festival was created in collaboration with Olympian Jess Ennis-Hill and DJ Trevor Nelson and takes place in two incredible locations – Chatsworth House on Sunday 9th July and Windsor Great Park on Sunday 17th September. My training goals for this year Back in December, I decided I wanted to take on a challenge this year. I knew I wouldn’t have time to train for an Ironman which is my ultimate goal, but I hoped I’d find the time to train…

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