Tough Mudder Countdown: 5 sleeps and I need a rest day

5 sleeps until the Tough Mudder Half. I’m tired. I’m also a little annoyed that all of that lovely cash Tough Mudder receive isn’t spent updating their website. There are lots of pages that have only half been updated, leaving event dates set at 2017. This even applies to the drop down list on the…

Tough Mudder Countdown: – 6 Days

Tough Mudder is in 6 days. 7 sleeps. I should be more excited. But I feel totally bogged down by the admin caused by planning three people to complete a tough mudder, two adults to watch and two children to wait until we are done. It’s not been much fun – I’ll try to suppress…

Why you should climb with a buddy

I can’t quite believe my climbing sessions keep getting better and better. Progress isn’t in a straight line, it’s almost unpredictable. I think that’s part of what I love so much about it. It’s thrilling. This week, I was early. I know, what?? Well it’s true, I was. Which meant I could park further away…

How I improved by ten seconds per mile

In one run, I took ten seconds off my per mile pace. This isn’t an epic run, it was all over in under half an hour. When I started out, it didn’t feel like it was going to be a fast run. I was hungry, I could have easily bailed out and just eaten dinner…

7 Steps to Bouldering Success from a Beginner

I had another amazing bouldering session at the gym this week. The routes had been reset, so there was more figuring out what was going on than tackling the super challenging routes. That said, I had some major achievements and I am super happy about the progress I’m making. The highlights this week were: Mastering…

7 More Ways to Keep Running When You Hate It…

I ended up running in the rain yesterday. I can’t quite decide if this was a positive or negative experience. I know it was inevitable, it’s raining all the time. I made it through my route, with a consistent (dry) pace. Note: This is probably me being optimistic – the ground is so wet, even…

Name your climbing walls

Two days before my climbing session I received an email from my climbing buddy. It was a photo of all of the routes being reset. What?! I have been dreaming about the blue cave route and how to get across to the next bit. I felt a bit sad, but also excited, because now I…

BEST CLIMB EVER: Analysis

This week’s climbing session started like any other, with me being late. Being late doesn’t bother me, but the lunch time session at my climbing place is 12 – 14:00, so if you’re late, you miss out on your climbing time. Bummer. I was in good spirits, I’d sung along to my current car playlist…

7 Ways to Keep Running Even When You Hate It…

I am not a fan of running. I think a lot of people say that, but I┬áreally mean it. I haven’t run for four weeks. My knee is better. I had started telling myself that I didn’t need to do any running training ahead of the Tough Mudder (TM). Because I was avoiding it… Once…

The Joy of the Hula Hoop!

I have a new hula hoop. WOOP! I have a few. But none that I take seriously, they are for my daughter to play with, and I play along with her. Mostly, we trot around the garden holding them between us, pretending to be a train – complete with sound effects. It’s possible I get…

When I met…Eddie Izzard

I used to love Eddie Izzard. I thought Definite Article was hilarious. I had it on vhs – complete with the fuzzy red jacket on the box. To be honest, I thought he went off a bit after Dress to Kill. But I still had a soft squidgy place in my heart and my memory…

Constant justifications are exhausting

I have been struggling to feel inspired. Or to think of something worth writing about. Or, to think anybody else would be interested. To be honest, everything has been a bit of a struggle lately. I seem to have to fight for something every day. I keep having to explain my decisions or actions to…