Sick

What did I tell you? I thought maybe going vegan had made me immune to colds because I hadn't had one since April 2018, but clearly not.  I started coughing and sniffing a bit during yesterday's long run, but assumed it was just the cold air irritating my lungs.  I felt quite exhausted in the … Continue reading Sick

RED: Day 4

This is a day on which I would not normally have exercised.  A rest day, if you call getting up at 4:30am and doing twelve hours' work rest.  I reached my 12,000 minimum daily steps target as I got home just after 8pm, a sizeable chunk of that coming from hunting vegan sausage rolls in Waterloo.  (They … Continue reading RED: Day 4

RED January

This January, I'm taking part in the Mind (mental health charity) initiative, RED (Run Every Day).  The name is a bit misleading, because the rule is that you actually have to exercise every day in January, not necessarily run.  Actually running every day is probably a bad idea for a lot of people, especially those prone … Continue reading RED January

My First 10k Race

Yesterday, Facebook Memories reminded me that it was the nine year anniversary of my first ten kilometre race. I wasn't A Runner back then, of course.  I led a much less healthy lifestyle which mainly revolved around watching repeats of Airline with my idiot ex-boyfriend whilst getting legless on supermarket real ale, then ordering Domino's.  … Continue reading My First 10k Race

Upslide Down

On Tuesday I was at the Olympic Park for a run with a bit of a difference.  Instead of running horizontally, I was running vertically - up the Orbit, that is, the peculiar helter-skelter-like structure next to the stadium.  It's 114.5 metres tall with 455 spiral stairs.  I did this event last year and knew … Continue reading Upslide Down

Sugar Free

Eight days ago, I decided to get a grip on my out of control sugar consumption.  I already knew I was eating too much sugar, and that this was probably the main reason that I was having trouble losing weight, but I was still shocked when I sat down and counted up how much sugar … Continue reading Sugar Free

Chase The Ferry

During my running career I've been beaten by a pillar box, all four tellytubbies, the Eiffel Tower, a man with one leg and countless small children, but never a ferry.  I therefore decided to join the Viewtube Runners for their race against the ferry. The Woolwich Ferry opened in 1889 and transports 2 million passengers … Continue reading Chase The Ferry

Richmond parkrun

Seven months ago, I said: and I must admit that this bold statement was at the forefront of my mind as I struggled around Richmond Desert, sorry, I mean Richmond Park this morning.  With the temperature hitting 33 degrees, my body informed me that running was unavailable and walking was the only available substitute.  Therefore … Continue reading Richmond parkrun

Vegan Cheese

I've read several times that prospective vegans worry about giving up cheese, but that after a couple of weeks without it, they suddenly started to find it rancid, repulsive and disgusting and are never tempted again. I think they are probably lying. A decent cheese is without a doubt the thing I've missed the most.  … Continue reading Vegan Cheese

Veganuary!

My next challenge is something completely different.  I'm giving veganism a whirl!  I read about Veganuary (a campaign organised by the Vegan society, challenging people to eat like a vegan for the whole of January) earlier this year, but didn't think it wise to make drastic changes to my diet whilst marathon training.  So better … Continue reading Veganuary!

Runger

I re-followed the Brighton Marathon Virgins Facebook group the other day.  I unfollowed it a couple of months ago, partly because of some annoying comments from self appointed experts (who have no right being in a beginner's group in the first place) but mainly because I was looking at other people's distances and times and … Continue reading Runger

Are You Ready?

Today Brighton Marathon Weekend posted a photo on their Facebook page of two suspiciously cheerful men named Sam and Rob approaching the Brighton Marathon finish line pushing a young girl in a wheelchair, with the caption "3 weeks to go!  Are you ready?" Am I ready?  Let's see.  I suppose I am ready, a bit like … Continue reading Are You Ready?