The final few days before I left for Marathon des Sables were a blur of hug filled goodbyes and concern laden good lucks. I packed and repacked my bags countless times and panicked more than I care to admit. But before long, as the songs goes, all my bags were packed and I was ready … Continue reading Marathon des Sables: Part One
I cannot believe how quickly London Marathon has come round this year. From a personal point of view the build up has been incredibly special. I can sometimes forget how truly magical it is to run a marathon but these five amazing first time marathoners have really reignited that magic in me again. I keep … Continue reading THE MORNING COFFEE RUN CREW – 2 DAYS!
I have scheduled this post to go live on the day I start the Marathon des Sables. Right now as you sip that coffee or eat that slice of cake I have 9ishkg on my back, sand beneath my feet (and probably already in unholy places) and sweat pouring from every inch of me. I … Continue reading The Start Line
This evening I set off from London to Morocco and the start of the Marathon des Sables on Sunday. In the sleeplessness of the last few nights with nerves coursing through me like electricity I’ve looked back at everything that has led to this. Truth be told it feels like every race whether it be … Continue reading It’s All Led To This
As the start line draws ever near, I thought I would share two more weird and wonderful experiences I have had in the build-up to the Marathon des Sables. Heart My Marathon des Sables was almost over before it began as the doctors unearthed a heart condition, I had been completely oblivious to. To take … Continue reading Heart & Heat
There is no way around it, no way to dress up the words in falsehoods and certainly no way to filter the fear with a hashtag or two: I am nervous. The desert of the Marathon des Sables is coming whether I am ready or not. For those of you who follow me on social media … Continue reading Doubt.
Before this race even started, I contemplated quitting. Pulling back the curtains the morning before the race revealed a hurdle I had not accounted for, let alone trained for: a heavy deluge of snow. The snow lay thickly upon the ground, silently mocking my precarious mental strength. The race ahead was the biggest running challenge … Continue reading My First DNF
Try not to panic but there are only 75 days left until the London Marathon! With the big day getting ever nearer I thought now would be a good time to check in again with The Morning Coffee Run Crew. Ever since I picked them to be part of this interview series on runners who … Continue reading THE MORNING COFFEE RUN CREW – 75 DAYS
This post is over two months late. Hurtwood 50K was held in early December and while it has been on the top of my blogging ‘To Do’ pile, I have dodged writing it up because it was the hardest race I have taken part in to date. Not because of the distance, terrain or bad … Continue reading Into the Hurtwood
On Sunday I set a new marathon personal best and, if I’m honest, it was a complete accident. The day before the race I confessed to my friend that I didn’t even really want to run this marathon, my running mojo had been kicked into the long bushes as the fear of Marathon des Sables … Continue reading Marathon Tactics – Divide and Conquer