Edinburgh Marathon 29.05.22

The big day finally arrived last Sunday. I had followed a strict training plan for five months to prepare for the Edinburgh marathon. I had done all the scheduled runs three times per week, though unlike the training for the only other marathon I have done, I didn’t push myself much beyond the plan andContinue reading “Edinburgh Marathon 29.05.22”

The last leg

I have been in training for the Edinburgh marathon for what feels like forever. Actually I’ve only been training in earnest for just over four months, but now it is beginning to drag. I have lost the motivation to stick to my training plan, but stick to it I begrudgingly am. The last marathon IContinue reading “The last leg”

I’m committed now!

200 miles in, 800 to go. There’s no turning back now! This morning I passed the 200 mile mark on my quest to run 1,000 miles this year. On a challenge like this, the first part is particularly tough. Firstly, because you’ve got to get yourself into a fairly strict routine which is never easyContinue reading “I’m committed now!”

Back on the marathon trail

I’m on the marathon training trail. Again. Just over four years ago I ran my first marathon, in Birmingham. Since then I’ve branched out into doing trail running, experimented with wild running and obstacle races, did some lockdown run-challenges and fundraising with my club (Green Heart Runners), and twice had the Edinburgh marathon postponed dueContinue reading “Back on the marathon trail”

Running one thousand miles in 2020

On Sunday 29th November I achieved something I would have considered two years ago – difficult, four years ago – unachievable, and six years ago – impossible and quite frankly daft to even think it. On this day I achieved my aim of running 1,000 miles in a calendar year. As it happens, I completedContinue reading “Running one thousand miles in 2020”

Running routes around the University

This post is for anyone looking to get out running on and around the University’s Edgbaston campus. There are plenty of short running routes around the campus, and longer routes which incorporate parts of the campus and the Vale Village. All routes below include pavements or paths only. There is no requirement to run onContinue reading “Running routes around the University”

Green Heart Runners’ Winter Challenge #GHRB30

40 participants 25 marathons 200 sponsors £4,200  Read on… The Green Heart Runners has been operating as a virtual club since the first lockdown 8 months ago (8 months!), in March. Since then, save for one official get together over the summer, our members have been running individually and occasionally in very small groups, andContinue reading “Green Heart Runners’ Winter Challenge #GHRB30”

Run of a Kind – a new way of exploring Brum

You’ve all heard of the city walking tour. I have been on many a walking tour in a new city – Edinburgh, York and New York spring to mind. They are generally inexpensive for the time you are informed and entertained, and are a great way of learning about a city, of getting access toContinue reading “Run of a Kind – a new way of exploring Brum”

Inspirational running stories

Charlotte Hall is a member of the Green Heart Runners and will soon be able to support me in developing and growing the club when she becomes qualified as an England Athletics Run Leader. Charlotte has interests and skills in many different outdoor pursuits, but I only recently discovered her flair for writing book reviews!Continue reading “Inspirational running stories”