My First 10k

I was running the 5km Parkrun regularly for well over a year before I decided that it was time to push myself a little bit further and go for a 10km run.  I was so nervous to take this step as it is just so much further!  But I found a local run and signed myself up for it before I could really talk myself out of it.

Then I put the date into my Nike running app on my phone, and it set me up on a training plan.  So I ran three times a week just like I had been doing, but now I was stretching my distances that little bit further each time, and also challenging myself to run a bit faster.

In truth, because life often gets in the way, I had only done over 10k one time before the day of the race, so I was still very nervous that I wouldn't be able to complete it!  But I got myself there on the day, packed my bag full of essentials and got ready to try it.

It wasn't the easiest run for me, because it was a smaller event there were a lot of people who ran a quicker pace than me, so I di…

Breathtaking Niagara Falls Run

I was lucky enough to spend most of the summer in Canada, visiting friends and family.  It's where I'm from, but I've lived in England for the past 13 years, so a long visit back there is a rare occurrence, especially now that we have two children.  We wanted to show the kids not only where I'm from, but the incredible wonder that is Niagara Falls.

We arrived in Toronto late at night and drove to Niagara Falls the next morning, so we were still very jet lagged for that first day.  The upside to that though, was that I was still very much on UK time, and it meant that I was waking up super early and I was desperate to stretch my legs after the flight, so I decided to go and run along the falls.

It is very unlike me to do any sort of exercise whilst on holiday, and even less likely for me to run somewhere unfamiliar, so it was a big leap, but I am so glad that I did it.  

Each morning while we were in Niagara Falls I woke up at 5:30am and was out of the hotel at sunrise hea…


It all started with Parkrun.  I had been running off and on for a while, but not very far, maybe 1 or 2km at the most, and I was always exhausted and thought that I couldn't go any further.  So when a friend asked if I wanted to join her that weekend at Parkrun I didn't think it was possible!

But I did a few runs that week, slowly increasing my distance as much as I felt comfortable doing.  I got up to 4.3km on the Thursday night, then took a risk and went to Parkrun on Saturday morning.  I was terrified that I wouldn't be able to do it, but also excited to experience a huge group run for the first time.  Of course I went to Bushy Park Parkrun, which is where it all started and probably one of the biggest.

My husband and both children came to watch and cheer me on, I was practically in tears as I crossed that finish line.  I was in 1110th place and did it in 38:49.  It's silly because it wouldn't be a time to be proud of for most people, but I was just so amazed that…