It's been an interesting but incredibly fun journey and while at times I've questioned my sanity, running has been a wonderful way of improving my confidence - I went from running 5k in a triathlon, to a half marathon, back to 10ks, and then to a full marathon! Running remains my favourite way to stay fit but also the best way to chase those mental cobwebs away. If I'm ever feeling out of sorts, going for a run - even a very short one - is the best way to feel normal again.
I've been blogging for seven years so I've built up a bit of an archive in that time (!) so if you're a new reader you may have missed some of my favourite SLSB posts about running....so I thought I'd do a little round-up! Enjoy :)
the grumpy run (April 2010)
A log of the thoughts that went through my brain during a run that began quite badly with a wardrobe malfunction! This is one of my favourite posts, ever :)
dial M for marathon (April 2011)
My Virgin London Marathon race report. Get comfy, get a drink and put your phone on silent because this is an epic post and in true Phil style no detail is spared!
making my own magic (August 2009)
Race report for my first ever half marathon. What a fun day that was. I still get a bit emotional thinking about it!
what's a race plan? (March 2012)
My tips for creating a great race plan to keep you calm and focused on race day and enjoy the rewards of all your hard work in training.
helly hansen beauty and the beast half marathon race report (September 2012)
This was the toughest race I have ever done. It really reminded me that just finishing a race is an achievement in itself and if you stay strong mentally you can do anything!
why I didn't run a half marathon today (November 2011)
Sometimes your heart just isn't in it and that's okay!
up and running, the podcast! (August 2012)
The lovely ladies behind Up and Running, online running courses for women, Shauna Reid and Julia Jones were my guests on this podcast where we chatted about everything from setting up an online business to running with prams to outrunning zombies!
These two podcasts (Vicky and Anna running 8 marathons in 8 days and Martin Yelling's inspiring motivational tips ) are also among my very favourites.
how to break out of a running routine rut (September 2011)
Bored with your running? Sick of listening to the same music or running the same stretch of pavement? Unsure how to breathe some life back into your routine? Here's some of my top tips for getting out of a running rut!
no meat, no problem: endurance training and vegetarianism (February 2012)
A few people asked me whether I've found training for long distance races more of a challenge because of my vegetarian diet. Here are my thoughts on being a plant based athlete.
retro friday: where it all began (January 2012)
My reflections on my first ever run back in October 2005!
do you remember the first time? or, how I hated running at first and then quite enjoyed it (May 2011)
A guest post from my husband Tom after he ran his first ever 10k, with me!
Have a happy weekend....hopefully I've inspired you to go for a run? :)