I returned home following my DNF at this year’s CCC with a renewed focus on my running, general health and wellbeing. For 20 days I was on it! I was at home so my diet was good, I was exercising twice a day and I lost weight and felt a whole lot fitter and sharper […]Read More When life gets in the way
What a journey and what an amazing experience! Brutal, beautiful and so enriching. Never thought I would write something so positive about a DNF… The CCC finished for me at Trient, having completed 44.5 miles of the 62-mile course and 12,372 feet of accumulated elevation in 18’45”. Trient There was a bus load of competitors […]Read More CCC Race Report – ‘Tough love’ at Trient
What happens when the goal you originally set needs to change? Or when you really doubt you can achieve it because other things have changed? It’s all well and good setting goals (based on what you know at the time), but there will inevitably be times when you need to reassess. Have you ever reached […]Read More Four ways to stick to the task, even when you’re not sure the end goal is realistic
At 9am on 31stAugust, I will line up with 1,900 kindred spirits and fellow competitors to compete in the CCC – a 101km race from Courmayeur to Chamonix in the French Alps and cousin of the world-famous UTMB. This is my first mountain race, and with 6100m of positive elevation I am excited and a little […]Read More Choosing a cause – how to find a great reason to run
Coaching is huge. There are apparently 1.3 million sports coaches in the UK, serving over 7 million ‘coachees’. A recent survey found that 81% of people found that coaching improved their enjoyment of sport, meaning it has real impact across the board – from novices and weekend warriors, to GB athletes. So, what is coaching […]Read More What is coaching, exactly?
I’m writing this just after my first ever surfing lesson. I was rubbish and it was exhausting, but I feel exhilarated. I’m going back tomorrow for a second go. Hopefully I’ll manage to actually stand up… It was a bit of a proud moment, watching my family and the rest of our ‘pink’ beginners group […]Read More Feeling out of my depth
A couple of weeks ago, I was catching an 8am flight from Bristol to Dublin – something I do quite regularly as part of my job. As always, I paid attention to the safety instruction demo, which for me includes counting the number of seat rows in front and behind to the emergency exits, and […]Read More A funny story…