Routes: Arthur’s Seat

“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can”… my chest is thumping, my breathing loud as I drive my legs like pistons, hard into the hill. I pump my arms, and stare grimly at the path ahead. “I think I can”. I silently repeat my new mantra, over and over in…

Race Recap: Foxtrail 13km series finisher

Sitting on the sofa writing this post my legs are aching, in the best way. The kind of ache that recalls long, muddy runs in the late winter sunshine. Today was the last race in the Foxtrail winter trail running series, and the unseasonably warm weather meant soft paths and long stretches of deep sand…

Why I love the long run

Maybe I’m a masochist, but I love the long run. That squat stalwart of every marathon and half marathon training programme.  I dread it too, of course. Filled with enthusiasm at the start of each new training programme I marvel as I write the distances out in my calendar – one hour, two hours, fifteen…

Race Recap: Harvest Moon Half Marathon

Archie is now a half marathoner! I’m so proud of my little guy. He ran his longest ever distance on Saturday, raced his little heart out, and aced it. We’ve previously done lots of 5km runs together, but I wasn’t sure  how he’d get on with longer routes. Like human runners, it’s important to build…

All hail trail

This week Archie and I covered more than 20 trail miles, and are starting feel like proper trail runners. We’ve both completely fallen for the charms of long runs over hills, beaches and forests and away from roads and traffic. Archie has, of course, always preferred the call of the wild to the city streets…

Race recap: Great Scottish Summer Run 10km

I don’t know how I ever survived summers in London. Having returned to Scotland I can no longer cope with summer temperatures. Anything above twenty degrees and I’ll declare a heatwave, take up residence in my new garden with an ice-cream and a white wine spritzer, and refuse to move. I certainly don’t want to…

Getting high

I love trails! I’m a total newbie to off-road running, but already a convert. Apart from a Runners World trail half in 2015 I had never really had the opportunity to head off the pavement and into the woods, but since joining Cani-sports Edinburgh with Archie, my little cocker spaniel, I’ve been dipping my toe…

Marathon dreams

I have unfinished business with the marathon. I ran my first 26.2 miles in Brighton in 2014 and was overwhelmed and delighted just to make it round the course without my lungs bursting or my legs falling off. For the first few miles I was so excited just to be in a marathon race. Me,…