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Mourning Run

Mourning Run

I wake up and I don’t have that same excitement as I’m used to. I’m not sure what hurts more. Is it the quite literal pain in my arse? Or the fact that my ambitious… View Post

Pursue Your Passion

Pursue Your Passion

It’s never too late to pursue your true passion. My true passion is sport, fitness and health. It’s easy to fall in to a career that you never really expected to and get stuck in a rut. For me, I spent years studying but never really found something that truly ignited that fire inside me. I ended up working in a job that didn’t inspire me. It didn’t challenge me. So, I decided to start looking for something that would excite me and make me want to get up in the morning.… View Post

Anna Boniface: International Marathon Debut

Anna Boniface: International Marathon Debut

This Sunday, 22nd October 2017, Anna Boniface will be running her international debut representing England over the marathon distance. Anna smashed her PB in this year’s London Marathon to record an outstanding 2:37:07; over 8 minutes faster than her previous best (and debut) in 2016. This incredible breakthrough performance has been rewarded with a call up to run for England in the IAAF Gold Label Toronto Waterfront Marathon. I caught up with the Diet Coke-loving athlete to find out a bit more about her running.… View Post

Are these your next marathon trainers?

Are these your next marathon trainers?

I’ve been really excited to finally review these trainers. I had an idea of what I wanted to write after a few runs but I felt that it was important for me to put at least 100 miles in to them before I released my judgement. The miles have been run, and now I can tell you what I like and dislike about the Nike Air Zoom Elite 9’s.… View Post

2:24 Marathon Week 2

2:24 Marathon Week 2

Week 2 did not go to plan at all, but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. I was still able to get some quality miles in and I feel like I am in a good place going forward. After finishing week 1 with back-to-back long runs, I decided to only run once on Monday. An easy 10 miles along my familiar promenade route.… View Post

2:24 Marathon Week 1

2:24 Marathon Week 1

My marathon training officially started on Monday the 2nd of January. Well, that’s kind of a lie. Unofficially, all of my running through late Autumn and the Winter has been geared towards getting in shape to start this training block. December’s 410 miles was my biggest month and capped off a big increase in miles on the previous year.… View Post

Marathon Madness Begins

Marathon Madness Begins

It’s that time of year again. Marathon training. My blog has been a little quiet of late, which is a shame because I have been training hard and have been involved in some great events. I have decided to blog every week now leading up to the London Marathon. You can all keep an eye on what I am doing and how my preparation is coming along.… View Post

The Highs and the Lows: Part 1

The Highs and the Lows: Part 1

You all know what I’m talking about. Running is a mixture of highs and lows. These highs can come in many forms. It may be that you smash a PB. Or it could be a great training session. Even just a sunny autumn jog along a secluded leafy trail. I run for these moments. The positivity that running brings my life cannot be transcribed by my limited vocabulary. I try to explain..… View Post

We Are All Runners

We Are All Runners

The best runners in the UK. An event laced in history. Olympians, international athletes, an array of top club runners, and aspiring juniors filled the beautiful park ready for a day full of drama. The men’s format is a 6 man relay event. The first runner of each team runs a 5.88km hilly loop before the second man takes off on the same grueling lap.… View Post

Cardiff Half Marathon 2016

Cardiff Half Marathon 2016

At this stage in my running story the half marathon is my favourite distance. However, it always seems to be half marathons that cause me the most grief. My first half marathon in Newport was deemed short. Whilst that was a shame, it can be dealt with, and was, by running an impromptu second half marathon in Llanelli the following week faster than my ‘nearly half marathon’ attempt the previous week.… View Post

Back to Basics

Back to Basics

After the disastrous performances in my most recent races I decided to go back to basics. The plan was to do four solid weeks, looking ahead to trying to salvage some fitness for Cardiff Half Marathon. I would run more miles. The pace wasn’t important. I wanted to spend more time on my feet, and build up my endurance base again. … View Post

London Marathon 2016

London Marathon 2016

I normally control my nerves before a race pretty well, but London was different. Months of hard work had gone in to this performance. So many long runs, so many long tempos. I stood just outside the Championship runner’s tent trying to gather my thoughts and focus. I normally have a good idea of the best and worst scenarios that a race may entail. The Marathon is different. Anything could happen.… View Post

World Half Marathon Champs

World Half Marathon Champs

Cardiff was a big race for me. A huge race in fact. I am training for the London Marathon, my debut run at the distance. Cardiff was my big milestone. I had decided before I even started training for the Marathon that my performance in Cardiff would be a perfect indicator of my current level of fitness, and be the decisive factor in formulating a pacing strategy to use in London.… View Post