Why everyone should do a Parkrun

If you haven’t heard about Parkrun, they are an amazing network of free, timed 5K runs held all over the world. How it works You register – for free – and are given a barcode. You print the barcode and take it with you on your run. At the end, you are given a chip…

Climbing: How to stop sloppy footwork

I went to a new bouldering place last weekend. It was graded, which is unfamiliar to me, but I loved it. My primary focus at the moment is my footwork. I think it’s the key to climbing efficiently and being as safe as possible. It’s easy to keep this in my head at the beginning…

Why you should learn about running form even if you ignore it

I read about how to run quite a lot. Almost as much as I read about how to climb and how to train for climbing. Sometimes I make adjustments to how I run based on what I’ve read, sometimes I totally ignore it. But the main reason I’m saying it’s a good thing, is that…

She climbs – in her own shoes!

I went climbing again yesterday. Alone. Yep, I’m a big brave girl. I woke up, tired and confused having been woken up five times in the night and deciding I’d be crazy to do the park run. So I was a bit grumpy. Okay, a lot grumpy. I was a grumpy zombie – a winning…

Lessons from climbing blind – literally

This week’s climb was interesting. And frustrating. But mostly interesting. My climbing buddy and I made a new friend. I was there super early, so I went around the corner to sit on the step and do some “work” on my phone. I can basically justify anything as work these days. With about ten minutes…

Different Ways to Measure Climbing Progress

This week’s climb was at the tail end of the graph. We have one more week before the routes get reset. “What graph?” I hear you enquire with equal anticipation and excitement – as most, if not all graphs should be met. Well, my friends, this graph: I’m in week 4 or 5 – I…

Out of my comfort zone: a different climbing centre

I’m still on the hunt for climbing shoes, so I thought I’d try a new climbing centre. The website said they had a “shop” but they didn’t list any products. It was on the way to my friend’s house so I left a couple of hours early to give it a go. I was feeling…

How I took ANOTHER ten seconds per mile off of my run

What has two thumbs and just took another ten seconds PER MILE off of her running pace? ME! I can’t quite believe it. I wasn’t even going to go for a run…here’s what happened. I’d had a good day, but I was tired. It was my girl’s birthday today and it had been a busy…

Tough Mudder: The Result and Top Tips for the Day

We did it! We survived the Tough Mudder. We nearly didn’t get there… 8 miles away from the event and we were sat in traffic for more than 40 minutes. By the time we made it through registration, we had at least 90 seconds to spare before being ushered through to the warm up pen….

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…