Injury Setback: Achilles Tendonitis

It’s been two weeks since I laced up a pair of running shoes. Two long weeks. To be honest, I’d known there was an issue with my Achilles for a lot longer but I’d chose to manage it rather than treat the route cause. I was simply delaying the inevitable. Most niggles you can runContinue reading “Injury Setback: Achilles Tendonitis”

Worcestershire Circular (Unofficial) Ultra

I’d got the idea of running the Worcestershire loop from Kate, a friend from club who had devised the route and posted it on Strava. The route was a 32 mile circular starting and finishing at her parents house in Bromsgrove. I lived a couple of miles away so starting and finishing from mine wouldContinue reading “Worcestershire Circular (Unofficial) Ultra”

Normal is no Longer the Norm: Covid-19

It’s been 4 months since my last race – and subsequently my last post. The world has changed. The Covid-19 outbreak has been a global pandemic which has threatened our health and lifestyle choices; causing so much fear, stress and anxiety to many. The norm is no longer normal and daily routines are non existent.Continue reading “Normal is no Longer the Norm: Covid-19”

The Imber Ultra 2020

My first official ultra of the year and a run I thoroughly enjoyed! The Imber Ultra is a trail run covering approximately 33 miles of the Salisbury Plain and the Imber Range Perimeter Path. Conditions underfoot are a mixture of mud, grass, gravel and hard trail. The race wasn’t on my radar until Paul, aContinue reading “The Imber Ultra 2020”

Scott’s Dirty Dozen Trail Race 2020

The Dirty Dozen Trail race is a stunning multi-terrain run which meanders its way through Cannock Chase in Staffordshire. The course itself is a challenging route on muddy terrain, with both single file and hard stone tracks underfoot. It also has it’s fair share of hills and features the ‘Ditch of Doom’ – which ifContinue reading “Scott’s Dirty Dozen Trail Race 2020”

Bromsgrove to Worcester Circular (Unofficial) Ultra

The ultra that almost never was… Storm Ciara was expected to cause havoc across the UK and with winds of up to 80 mph forecast, there had been Amber weather warnings in place prior to ‘race day’.  Not technically a ‘race’, a group of fellow runners had come up with the idea of running fromContinue reading “Bromsgrove to Worcester Circular (Unofficial) Ultra”

Icing on the Cake Marathon 2020

The first race in the calendar and one I very much look forward to. The Icing on the Cake‘ marathon is set in the Shropshire Hills and covers just shy of 5,500 ft of climb in and around Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd. Last years event was cancelled due to snow so I’dContinue reading “Icing on the Cake Marathon 2020”

Running Review of 2019

In reflection, 2019 has been by far the most successful, rewarding and challenging year since I started this running journey back in 2015. It’s been a year of personal achievements and milestones as well as having it’s fair share of tears, injuries and mental health issues. Running has turned from an addiction into a lifestyleContinue reading “Running Review of 2019”

Mortimer Forest Trail Run 2019

Wow! What a race! I can’t remember the last time I had that much fun on the trails. Don’t get me wrong, it was tough, ridiculously tough and ridiculously muddy! But wow, so much fun… This was my second time running this race after securing a last minute place last year. Held in Overton, nearContinue reading “Mortimer Forest Trail Run 2019”

Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon 2019

My 4th time running this event and now a firm favourite in the calendar. The Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon is a traffic free, scenic and relatively flat route along the canal paths and redways of Milton Keynes. With it’s race village at Willen Lake, it boasts an almost festival-like feel to it with liveContinue reading “Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon 2019”

The Sunset to Sunrise Challenge 2019

The Sunset to Sunrise Challenge had been on my radar for a number of years but had always clashed with other events. Fortunately for me, this years race fell on a free weekend so I signed up for it without any real expectations. The race itself challenges you to run as far as you canContinue reading “The Sunset to Sunrise Challenge 2019”

Post-Race Blues and Stuggling to find my Mojo

It’s been two weeks since I completed Lakes in a Day and I’ve done very little in terms of running. In all honesty, I’ve struggled with fatigue and illness but more worryingly, I seemed to have lost my mojo. It’s not uncommon, I know I’ve felt like this post marathon or milestone run before. ItContinue reading “Post-Race Blues and Stuggling to find my Mojo”

Lakes in a Day 2019

It was 07:59 and I was standing at the start line for the Lakes in a Day 2019 ultramarathon. Everyone around me looked nervous, it felt unnervingly quiet and I felt sick to the stomach. What lay ahead was a 50 mile race from Caldbeck to Cartmel covering the length of the Lake District fromContinue reading “Lakes in a Day 2019”

Additional Kit, Nutrition and the Final Long Run

Week 19 – Taper Phase w/c 23.09.2019 Recommended mileage: 14 milesActual mileage: 28.1 miles I’d booked Monday and Tuesday off work. Ruth was away in the Lake District, enjoying a relaxing week at Centre Parcs whilst I got to spend some quality time with Thomas whilst James and Oliver were at school. It also gaveContinue reading “Additional Kit, Nutrition and the Final Long Run”

Trailffest Half Marathon 2019

About to board the train to the start line What a brilliant race! The Trailffest Half Marathon is billed as ‘one of the most scenic you could hope to run, with dramatic changes of scenery and terrain the whole way to the finish line’, I wouldn’t disagree. Everything about this race, from the steam trainContinue reading “Trailffest Half Marathon 2019”

Sports Massage, Stretches and a Last Minute Half Marathon

Week 18 – Peak Phase w/c 16.09.2019 Recommended mileage: 60 milesActual mileage: 35.2 miles On paper, this was to be the toughest week of the training programme. The final ‘Peak Session’ with a recommended mileage of 60 miles, after which, I would start to taper. I woke up Monday morning feeling exhausted. The boys hadContinue reading “Sports Massage, Stretches and a Last Minute Half Marathon”

Working Away, Night Running and a Return to the Malverns…

Week 17 – Peak Phase w/c 09.09.2019 Recommended mileage: 55 milesActual mileage: 40.3 miles I was fortunate enough to be working in Cornwall this week but only managed to get in a couple of runs due to work commitments. Both were circular coastal runs; one from Cardis Bay to Hayle and the other slightly furtherContinue reading “Working Away, Night Running and a Return to the Malverns…”

Navigation Training and a LiaD Recce

Week 16 – Peak Phase w/c 02.09.2019 Recommended mileage: 50 milesActual mileage: 48.8 miles Monday came around fairly quickly. Ruth and I were at the Moseley Folk Festival all day Saturday and Sunday was spent tobogganing for Oliver’s birthday – I still can’t believe he’s 5! I’d rested the knee somewhat in terms of runningContinue reading “Navigation Training and a LiaD Recce”

Post Holiday Blues and Another Injury Scare

Week 15 – Build Phase w/c 26.08.2019 Recommended mileage: 40 milesActual mileage: 21 miles I’m aware that I’ve not posted for a couple of weeks but I’ve just returned from a 2-week family holiday on the Isle of Wight and went on a social media sabbatical; which was just what I needed! I’ve learnt notContinue reading “Post Holiday Blues and Another Injury Scare”

The Isle of Wight Half Marathon 2019

The Isle of Wight Half Marathon is organised by Ryde Harriers and is best described as an undulating, two-lap, scenic race held on hard packed farm tracks and bridleways. It attracts over 250 runners made up from local running clubs and tourists alike. The event is held in August and starts and finishes in AppleyContinue reading “The Isle of Wight Half Marathon 2019”

Rest, Recovery and Aching Limbs

Week 12 – Build Phase w/c 06.08.2019 Recommended mileage: 40 milesActual mileage:  3.4 miles I did it! I ran the length of the River Tees, from it’s source in Durham to the sea in Redcar. 92 miles! Yes, 92 MILES!  I’m still buzzing. I’m still overwhelmed. I’m still in pain. My feet are in bits,Continue reading “Rest, Recovery and Aching Limbs”

Physio and a Return to the Lickey’s!

Week 11 – Build Phase w/c 29.07.2019 Recommended mileage: 40 milesActual mileage: 98.2 miles Monday started with a trip to physio and some good news. After an initial assessment, the ankle had shown significant improvement in terms of mobility and strength that I was given the all clear to start running off road and onContinue reading “Physio and a Return to the Lickey’s!”

The Teesdale Way 2019

The Teesdale Way is a 92 mile trail which follows the River Tees from it’s source at Dufton in Cumbria to the sea at South Gare in Teeside. The trail runs through the remote high moorlands of Cumbria and Durham to the industrial landscapes of Teeside and the coast.  The journey is comprehensively waymarked; woodenContinue reading “The Teesdale Way 2019”

Working Away and Weekend Camping

Week 10 – Build Phase w/c 22.07.2019 Recommended mileage: 40 milesActual mileage: 17.9 miles Work took me to East Anglia on Monday. I’d based myself in a quaint little B&B in the historic village of Weston Longville, just outside Norwich. The B&B was situated above a family restaurant and country inn; which would prove toContinue reading “Working Away and Weekend Camping”

Canals, Country Lanes and Calorie Counting

Week 9 – Build Phase w/c 15.07.2019 Recommended mileage: 35 milesActual mileage: 35.4 miles The week started with a trip to physio. Rehab had been going well. I’d been strict on myself with the exercise program, doing them religiously 2-3 times a day and I felt there were definite signs of improvement over the pastContinue reading “Canals, Country Lanes and Calorie Counting”

Building up the Miles and a Manchester Legend

Week 8 – Build Phasew/c 08.07.2019 Recommended mileage: 35 milesActual mileage: 16.8 miles I took Monday as a rest day. I was conscious of doing too much too soon and wanted to stick to the schedule as much as possible. It’s easy to think that once you’ve done a couple of runs pain free thenContinue reading “Building up the Miles and a Manchester Legend”

A Welcome Return to Running

Week 7 – Build Phasew/c 01.07.2019 Recommended mileage: 35 milesActual mileage: 9 miles Monday started with a trip to the physio and in all honesty, I was feeling slightly apprehensive. The swelling had gone down but both the ankle and the lower calf still felt tight. I had the first appointment of the day andContinue reading “A Welcome Return to Running”

Turbo Training and Swimming in Circles

Week 6 – Base Trainingw/c 24.06.2019 I finally got the all clear to drive and returned back to work on Monday. I’d been confined to the home office for the past two weeks and it was a relief to get out of the office, visit some customers and not be stuck behind a desk. IContinue reading “Turbo Training and Swimming in Circles”

The Physio Knows Best!

Week 5 – Base Trainingw/c 17.06.2019 Due to a late cancellation, I managed to get a consultation with the physio on Monday afternoon, a week after sending them the self referral form. I have to say, I have used the Princess of Wales Physiotherapy Outpatient Department numerous times and the service has always been secondContinue reading “The Physio Knows Best!”

The Road to Recovery

Week 4 – Base TrainingIt’s been a week since turning my ankle and cabin fever has set it. I mean, what did I do before running? Before kids, I used to embrace sofa days watching box set after box set without a care in the world. Weekend TV now consists of Paw Patrol, Peppa PigContinue reading “The Road to Recovery”