Five Things Friday-5

Five Things Friday #5…

Five things Friday #5. I am impressed that I am on number 5! I’m not always the best at keeping things going and I have had less time online this week. But here goes and I hope some of these are of interest to you. Let me know below.

Sharing FIVE things that I have been doing/using/found this week that I think are worthy of sharing.

MND Research

If you have been following me for a while, you will know that finding a cure for Motor Neurone Disease is something close to my heart. I run often to raise money and awareness for the MNDA in the hope that one day there will be a cure.

My Dad
My beautiful dad who died of MND back in 2010.

Read more about the trials here. If you would like to donate, you can here.

Virtual Run – Bushfire Relief Run

The fires that are happening in Australia are awful. The photos and videos that are being shared on Social Media are heart-breaking. As usual, the running community has come together to try and raise funds with a virtual run.

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A runner in Australia had teamed up with Strava to host a virtual run. Find out more information here. Be quick as the challenge starts today.

Nike Vapourfly Next%

If you have watched any marathon in the last year, you are bound to have seen that the leading group are almost certainly wearing the record-breaking Nike shoes. Well, an article in runner world says that they are likely to be banned. Read here.

Five things Friday - Nike Vapourfly Next %

So what do you think? Do you think that these should be banned? Or should other brands be stepping up to compete with Nike? They do appear to be giving huge gains to those that are wearing them!


Another blog to follow if you are running the Manchester Marathon and would like to read about someone else’s journey. This Chap Runs (Jack) took part in the Berlin Marathon last year and is now tackling his 2nd marathon training cycle.

If you missed my weekly recap last week from Manchester you can find it here. Better still, add your email to the subscription box on the right and never miss another post.


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Surely EVERYONE has heard about Parkrun? They organise, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. You can run or walk them.

I was lucky enough to take part in a club takeover at Irchester Parkrun last weekend. This is where my club provides nearly all the volunteering roles. My role was to write the run report. If you would like to read, click here.

Irchester parkrun 11.01.2020

So that’s it for Five things Friday #5. Any articles that you think need sharing, please send them my way.

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Running – How To Get Started.

So, you want to start running as you’ve heard how great it is for you physically and mentally, and EVERYONE seems to be doing it, so how do you get started? If you are already running, and are thinking about joining a club, read here.

Let me first just put a disclaimer – I’m no expert, but these are just my ideas from my experience that I hope may help someone start running.

5 Sets of trainers, positioned in a circle.

Download a Coach to 5k (C25K) App

There are many available – I would look at the reviews to decide which is the one to download. Why am I saying to use the APP? Well, I think it’s easy to think that we can all put on our trainers and just run for 10 minutes. For most of us, we would think that we were about to die after 30 seconds and then be put off for life! The C25K apps help you to build up slowly, and when you walk it is part of the programme so you don’t beat yourself up about the walking!

Get Friends Involved.

Running with people always makes it easier and more fun. If you have arranged to meet someone to run, you are less likely to pull out, so it keeps you more accountable. Also, you can encourage each other when things are tough, and celebrate with each other when you have completed the session.

Training with a friend.
Photo by Luis Quintero from Pexels

Get involved With The Running Community

If you can’t find a friend to run with, use the online running community. For me, I love the motivation from the Instagram running community, Uk Run Chat is great on Twitter and on Facebook I am a fan of the Run Mummy Run community. (Just so you know, you DO NOT have to be a mummy to be part of it, but you do have to be female!) Conversing with other runners will allow you to realise that everything you are thinking and feeling is perfectly normal!


They say that running is a free sport, but you can soon break the bank buying new trainers, kit, running watches, fuel etc (read more about that here). But the truth is when you are starting out, find something comfortable to run in. This could be clothes you already have, or Decathlon has running clothes that are reasonably priced. There are also lots of second-hand pages on Facebook where you can pick up cheap running clothes. You don’t want to have to pay out lots of money if you then find running isn’t for you. When you are more committed to running and know that you are going to carry on, then you can get out a loan and buy it all!


You see lots of photos of people running, bounding along and glowing. This is very unlikely to be you. You won’t go far and it won’t be fast, but it is a start. The great thing about running is that you can progress quite quickly. Most people look ahead in their training APP and think I will never be able to do that. But they work towards it, build up slowly and when it gets to that week when they have to run continuously, they surprise themselves.

I remember thinking after my first half marathon, I could never run that again i.e a marathon! And yes it was true, at THAT time, I couldn’t have run it again, but with the right training and progress, I could and I did!

Get Out The Door

Getting out is sometimes the hardest part of the run. Get yourself into a routine. I listened to Adrienne’s Podcast The Power Hour, and she talked about a Personal Trainer who started with clients by building routines. He said that every morning, they had to get up and get their trainers on and step outside the front door. Once they were outside the front door, they could do what they wanted; walk back in, walk around the block, run, it was entirely up to them. They had to do this for three weeks, to establish the routine. Once they were used to getting up and out, then he introduced the exercise. You could almost do this before you start the C25K. Just get into the routine of scheduling time for your runs.

Sometimes the hardest step is getting out the front door.

Set Yourself a Target

Parkrun is a great target to set yourself. Parkrun organise free weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. You have to sign up to get a barcode, but that’s it. Just beware, they can be addictive!

So, that’s it. I am sure I could carry on with lots more ideas, but for now, just try it. Today is Global Running Day, so if I have managed to encourage one more person to try running, it will make my day!

#ThisGirlCanRun Quote.
Photo Credit @thisgirlcanrunning

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let me know if you do try it, just comment below. Also, if you are already running and have other tips and advice, please add them below.

Happy Global Running Day x


MIA: What have I been up to?

So, as the title suggests, I seem to have been Missing In Action! I’m glad to report that even though my blogging mojo seems to have gone missing, my running mojo hasn’t. If you follow me on Strava you will see that I am still running at least 3 times a week, and my other social media outlets have documented some of my training sessions and races that I have been taking part in. If you are not following me the links are as follows Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

I picked up a PB yesterday at Bedford Parkrun which I was really pleased about.

My one running goal for the remainder of this year is to go sub 2 hours for a half marathon. I have booked 3 half marathons, and thought that I would work hard all over the summer and that would be  job done! Well, then I booked a holiday for 3 weeks, and I am now a little worried that the said ‘hard training‘ may not happen!

I am going to a place just outside Marbella, and I have stayed here before, so I know that the place is VERY hilly, and I really struggled to find any distance routes previously. There is a chance, that I was just being lazy, but I find running long routes on holiday much harder. I am sure if you were running with someone, it would be fun exploring, but running off into the unknown does worry me. It’s also the fact that you have to get up EARLY to get a run in, before it gets too hot! At home that’s fine, on holiday I struggle!

Last time I went, I took a skipping rope and did use it most days, my daughter is now older, so I hope to be able to swim a lot more, and I have my Nike Training App, so hopefully I can keep my fitness up and then crack on with the long runs when I return to the familiar routes.


So, any tips on how to achieve a sub 2 half? 

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Three things Friday – My #FridayFinds #8

Firstly, let me apologise for there not being a #Fridayfinds for last week. For some reason, WordPress decided to play up and I was unable to access my account. By the time the problem was fixed, I didn’t think #Fridayfinds was appropriate for a Saturday!

So, what have I found interesting this week:


I loved this post from @nicsnutrition. For some reason I am very good at developing bad habits; sugar in tea, not drinking enough water and neglecting stretching after a run (I could go on and on and on!) but the good habits, especially when linked to nutrition are hard!

Thinking about it as being ‘hard’ is a funny concept, as when I train to run faster, it is hard, but I can stick to that and be determined. So why can’t I work ‘hard‘ with nutrition? I now need to adopt my running approach to my nutrition. So today I have started to form my first habit; I started the day with a pint of water, and no cup of tea. Only another 20 days of doing this, and it will become second nature 🙂

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June is MND awareness month, so it is only fair that I feature The Motor Neurone Disease Association again. If you are new to the blog, you can read here, and here (To be honest, all throughout the blog) why I support this charity.



I don’t think I really have words for this. I know I don’t go to Parkrun as much as I would like too, but I hope as my daughter gets older, we will be able to go together. The Parkrun community is special and I am assuming the council members that have forced this Parkrun to stop have never been lucky enough to take part and feel part of a very special community.


So that’s my three for this week. As always please feel free to comment/share or email me with anything that you have found and think would be good to share.

Happy Friday!



#FridayFinds #2

Is it that time again already? So three more things I think you might like 😀

Kinetic Revolution – I rave about this guy all the time. Everytime someone needs an exercise, a stretch or asks ‘how to…? this guy has usually produced a video to help. The only thing I find annoying is that I don’t make enough time to fit in all his good advice into my own training. Go check him out on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Instagram Let m know what you think.

Parkrun – You MUST have heard about Parkrun? It’s just the most amazing community! I must admit that I haven’t run as many Parkruns as I would have like too, but after this marathon cycle, I will definitely be attending more! In brief, parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. So imagine the uproar when this was announced.

Please head over and sign the petition.


I feel I am a little late sharing this,  but it’s too good not to share! If anyone is thinking of entering the Paris Marathon, watch this video by @marathonharry. I have no idea how she can run so fast and video herself, but I glad she can. This video really made me want to run Paris next year!

So there you have it #FridayFinds #2 done and dusted.



For regular readers of this blog, you will know I am a fan of Tribesports kit. Last year, they generously donated a £50 voucher for me to raffle, to help raise funds for MNDA.

I first came across their kit, when they were link to Marathon Talk Jantastic programme. Katie and myself used to rival each other all the way through the programme, so when I needed to buy her a present, it was a no brainer to buy her a Jantastic top.


Katie modelling her new top, and I managed to catch her with flying feet 🙂

I was very impressed with the quality of the top, and it was not long after I bought a couple of their long sleeve running tops, and to be honest, I have pretty much lived in them all winter. The are lightweight, comfortable, long and warm. They also come in some really pretty colours too!

They are now involved with the Parkrun community, and I know it’s not going to be long before I purchase one of their Parkrun t-shirts; you can even have them personalised to your home park run!

So, why am I telling you all this? They recently sent me a referral code through, so if anyone is looking for new kit and have not shopped at Tribesports before, you can get 20% off your first order and I get £10 gifted to me for introducing a new customer. Please feel free to share and happy shopping.