6 of the best virtual running events in 2020

Thanks to the rise in virtual running events, it’s now possible to take part in some of the world’s biggest running challenges online. In this blog I’d like to highlight some of the best virtual running events in 2020. If your race has been cancelled and you’re trying to isolate yourself, then a virtual running challenge like the ones listed below are made for you. All you need is a...

How to start run commuting

If you struggle to fit a run into your day, or would like to find ways to get outdoors more during a busy working week, then run commuting could be for you. Run commuting is about replacing your normal commute in a car or on a train with a run for all or part of the way. With our lives getting ever busier, many runners have found that running to...

First half marathon tips: 10 things I wish I’d known before running my first half marathon

My first half marathon was a physical and mental roller coaster. There are so many first half marathon tips out there, it’s hard to know what to believe. After all, everyone’s approach to training and preparing for a half marathon is different. And running the race itself. One minute I loved it, the next I hated it and questioned why I was putting myself through this self-inflicted torture! Through all...

8 safety tips for running in the dark

running in the dark

It’s that time of the year again – the seasons are changing and the days are unfortunately getting shorter. Which means more running in the dark! Your morning or evening run, once done in the sparkling sunshine, is now shrouded in darkness. If you’re lucky, you get the remnants of the day in the form of a beautiful purple sky – one of the best things about running in Autumn...

“How do I run faster?” All your common running questions answered!

As a running coach and running and fitness blogger, I get asked a lot of questions like “How do I get faster?” and “What should my pace be?” So I thought I’d put a blog post together with some of the most common questions I get answered with the view of sharing my knowledge not only as a running coach, but as a runner myself. Running is actually quite a...

Guest blog: 5 tips to have a healthy marriage when training for your next race

Confession: some of my biggest (post-kids) arguments with my husband had to do with my needing/wanting to run. We both wanted our time but time would, well, run out—so he’d let me go and resentment built.  This is a common scene in many households. The husband and wife get home from work and the demands of life continue to pile up (sports practices, homework, dinner, packing lunches, cleaning, lingering work...

How to run a 5k in 25 minutes or less

Being able to run a 5k in 25 minutes or less is a common running goal for a lot of runners who have a few races under their belt. There’s a decent amount of training that needs to go into your training plan in order to get you where you want to be. When I first started running all those years ago, 5k was a distance that I enjoyed building...

Thoughts while running: 45 thoughts every runner has while out for a run

I have many thoughts while running. After all, it’s just you and your mind for well over half an hour. Running offers you that much needed peace and quiet, away from our modern lifestyles. Wow, what a beautiful day for a run. Oh my gaaadddd I’ve been running for less than 1 minute and I already feel out of breath. This feels awful! My body just doesn’t want to run...

5 ways running can help reduce anxiety

There’s no doubt – running makes you feel great. If you suffer from anxiety, you may already be running to help you think more clearly and get out of your head. I’ve written about the post-run rush on my blog many times and it’s one of the reasons I love running to this day and continue to run a few times a week. I still remember the moment I crossed...

How to motivate yourself to go for a run

How to motivate yourself to go for a run, especially when it’s the last thing you want to do, is something that a lot of people ask me. We’ve all been there. You set yourself a goal to go for a run but you just can’t bring yourself to do it. You think of a million and one reasons NOT to go and quickly convince yourself that extra 30 minutes...