What did I learn running 233 k to work?

”You have to know what sparks the light in you so you can illuminate the world” Lesson No 1: Listen to Oprah! Ok, so I didn’t have to run that far to take Oprah’s advice, but it was an important lesson for me. To be the best I can be and to have the biggest […]

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Don’t limit your dreams..

What did you dream about being when you were little ? We remember our childhood dreams vividly. I wanted to be an painter and a writer but life’s twists and turns took me into law, computer science and Change. I’ve no regrets, but we often stop dreaming when we ‘grow up’.  Children have limitless  energy […]

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How to make dreams come true?

Four months ago on Saturday 25th June, I had a crazy idea to run around the world. From the moment I googled “Run the World” I knew it was going to change my life, and started this blog the very same day.  I rembered how inspired I was after running the Great Wall of China […]

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Risk Mitigation Planning

I was worried I wouldn’t be able to complete this challenge on Saturday night. My shins were very sore and I realised, with the help of some far more experienced ultra runners, that I had “shin splints”. I got them once when I first started running   again since my teens, was overweight and had […]

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A positive mental attitude …

It really can turn your world around, it did mine… My second day started out fabulously with my first sight of a trail as I ran my first leg to Wijk bik Duursterde and it’s quaint cobbled streets. It’s the prettiest town I’ve seen so far and I ambled around for awhile. After the rains, […]

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Tough commute?

Mine was!! It started off well…. I woke at 5am, and started the day with MDS freeze dried granola – 800 calories! It might look a bit basic, but I know it works and there was a calming familiarity cutting up the plastic bottle, just as we did in the desert. I reorganised my bag […]

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Ready, Steady, Go!!

I’m ready to go! First jog in a few weeks with the dogs today and my ankle feels fine, although I’ve decided to tape to be on the safe side. Final kit check and addition of a few things for cooler and rainier conditions – absolutely love my new Inov8 Ultra Shell and mittens!! Bag […]

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The loneliness of the long distance runner…

‘’All I know is that you’ve got to run, running without knowing why, through fields and woods. And the winning post’s no end, even though the barmy crowds might be cheering themselves daft. That’s what the loneliness of a long distance runner feels like.” Colin Smith, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner” What makes […]

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How to avoid getting lost running to Germany?

That has been the question occupying my mind for a few weeks, since I decided to do Run to Work, Leeds to Essen, Germany and how can I make the route as scenic as possible? Well I’ve found the answer..run further!!!! 100 kilometres further to 300 kilometres, the longest I’ve ever run. The Marathon des […]

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