Run Hackney 2014

Half marathons are few and far between in good old London Town and that is for a number of reasons, but in part because logistically it is very complex and expensive to close off roads in the city that pretty much doesn’t sleep. But during the London 2012 Olympic games a lot of boroughs learnt … Continue reading

How to end parkrun fear FOREVER!!

I have been doing parkrun since 2008 when a friend encouraged me to go to Wimbledon Common to take part, I didn’t realise at that point that there were ones closer to me, but it was worth the early morning schlep across town and signalled the start of a new way of spending my Saturday … Continue reading

Why you should always run your local Half Marathon

So the half marathon is my absolute favourite distance when it comes to races and today I have been tallying up just how many half marathons I have done over the years, and in fact it is less than I thought. A grand total of 9 (unless I have forgotten some) Run to the Beat x … Continue reading

Just look how far I have come

In life when you have been on a very long journey, one which has spanned over ten years with numerous ups and downs and the odd moment which has taken you off track all together, its easy to forget just how far you have come…and difficult at times to even remember where you started in … Continue reading

Who says FAT girl can’t run track?

I had an email yesterday from a 16 year old girl who was looking for some running advice. She told me that she weighs close to 300lbs and her biggest ambition is to run track. Now from this I gathered she is from the states, because here in the UK we don’t really use that … Continue reading

My Local “Olympic” Park

I live in Stratford. Not Stratford Upon Avon home of the bard, or Stratford Ontario home of the Beaber…NO. I live in Stratford, East London the birthplace of petrol (yes that is true) and home to the London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics. In fact I live less than 10 minutes away from the Olympic Stadium … Continue reading

Longest Run of 2014

It said on my training plan…Long Run, but in all honesty anything over 5k is kinda long for me right now. I haven’t been out for a self-induced long training run since about November last year and that was just shy of 10k. So today I decided I would try for something around the 12 … Continue reading

Perfect Parkrun

My times have not come through yet but I know I did a PB today simply because I was trying a new course. What I didn’t expect to do though was go sub 34 – Something I haven’t done since early 2012. My home run is Wanstead Flats, but it is ridiculously muddy at the … Continue reading

A list of excuses

Whoever said there is no such thing as bad weather only bad clothing choices was wrong. This morning was definitely filled with bad weather. The alarm went off at 7.45 but I needn’t of bothered setting it as Rose had me up at 40 minute intervals through the night anyway. There lies excuse no 1 … Continue reading

Why don’t you just get lost?

When I was little my mum had quite a laid back approach to keeping an eye on us during the long summer holidays. We were allowed out to play, until we got hungry and could pretty much go as far as our little legs could carry us, and although we got into a few scrapes … Continue reading

Back to the Stadium

Long before I became Mummy Ju to Baby Rose back in January this year I actually had a very different type of job, a full time job which was equally as time consuming, stressful and demanding, but for completely different reasons. I spent the last 8 jammed packed years working towards the London 2012 Olympic … Continue reading

Lee Valley 10K

On the hottest Sunday in July (well for as long as I can remember) whilst most people were just waking up and thinking about where to go to max and relax in the sun, I was on my way to run in a 10k race. “What’s wrong with you?” is what my sister politely asked … Continue reading

Itchycoo Park

I was going to call this post – I love my Running Club (Part 2) as a follow on to a post I wrote nearly 2 years ago when I first joined the mighty East London Runners, but I decided against the title for 2 reasons 1. ELR might think I’m after something with all … Continue reading

It’s all going on in Stratford Park tonight

This evening, seeing as the weather was still so nice I decided to go to my local sweatshop stores running club. I went to this for a while last year before getting pregnant and quiteenjoyed the 5K route, which went from Westfield in stratford to Forest Gate and back again, and fancied some of the … Continue reading

I am an East London (parkrun) Runner

I was so exhausted after yesterdays Juneathon exercise I didn’t manage to blog, so here goes!! I was up at 7am getting Rose ready to be dropped off to my sisters for the day, her first full day without me and then I was off to Walthamstow for the start of the longest parkrun. The … Continue reading

Mobility Scooters, Lavender Chocolate & A Cheeky Jamaican

So Friday is swimming day, well for Rose anyway, I just walk around the baby pool like a crab getting cramp and sing the odd nursery rhyme. But as discussed in a previous post I do normally walk the couple of miles there and back, but today I had to pop to the bank so … Continue reading

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