Mental kindness – and unleashing the inner child

I wanted to write a long and thoughtful article on looking after your mind all the time, not just when Mental Health Awareness Week rolls around. But, quite honestly, I’ve not been able to find the words. I started procrastinating and that led me into beating myself up about it. The teeny tiny internal critic […]

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You don’t need to race to run

I’ve realised I’m changing. Usually I am here, there, everywhere. Racing around, running myself ragged.  And now… now, I am not. I’ve slowed down. I’ve spent more time looking, observing and enjoying what is around me.  These last few weeks have provided me with a deeper appreciation of what running means to me and the […]

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The ugliness of social shaming 

Seriously, we are in 2020 and people still act as if running is an elite club. While on a running forum this week, I observed a discussion where people lamented the amount of other people they’d seen out running.  What’s with all these new runners, they raged. Who the hell are they! I’ve never seen […]

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Why I love/hate running

It f*cks you up, running. It may not mean to, but it does.  You know those people (me) who talk about how great running is for our physical and mental wellbeing? And those people (me again!) who write about the positive impact it’s had on them?  Well, forget all that for a minute. Let’s talk […]

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Progress, not perfection

Today I did not get a personal best at a local parkrun but I’m delighted all the same. Why? Because I proved to myself I’m on the path to progression. A few years ago, and as I lay prone on a treatment bench, a physiotherapist – in a sublime display of How to Lose Friends […]

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Teamwork is everywhere in running

Today we saw something incredible, awesome and off-the-chain inspiring when Eliud Kipchoge shattered the two-hour marathon. To get a sub-two time Kipchoge had to run an average of 2:50 per kilometre: he never dipped below 2:52min per km. He also needed to cover 100metres in 17secs and maintain a speed of 21.1kph (13.1mph). In the […]

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A rest from running: my thoughts on taking time out

I vividly remember my first time running. It was a grey March evening and, despite never having run before, I had entered the Bristol half marathon that coming September. During those summer months training I fell in love with running. Since then, it has been my go-to medication when life went pear-shaped, my shoulder to […]

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Trail running camaraderie (and why it matters)

It’s 7pm on a boiling hot Wednesday. I’m stood on the uphill start line of a fell race with 100 other people. Dartmoor’s expanse falls away either side, rearing up again to the rocky tors of Little Miss, Great Mis, Great Staple and Roos. We are counted down 3-2-1 and off we go. Immediately I […]

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