My first half marathon – The Potters Arf

Yesterday I ran a half marathon. A blumin half marathon! I can’t believe it! I have to remind myself of where I have come from, this time last year I found 6.5km to be a difficult long run, and this … Continue reading

So why did I keep running

As I mentioned in my last post I’ve started running twice before in my life. Both times I followed the Couch to 5k program from start to finish, and then continued running for a little bit but eventually tailed off … Continue reading

Running for a year

On the 28th December 2017 I set out with both dogs along the farm track for Week 1 of Couch 2 5k. My post on social media said “We survived a run all together!… Recent photographs, weighings and talking to … Continue reading

Decathalon haul

Annoyingly there are no Decathalon stores near to me, so when we needed to take a trip to Warrington today I insisted we make an hour (at least!) to pop in to Decathalon while we would be nearby. Decathalon running … Continue reading

I did it! Cannock Chase 10k

Back in March when I was managing about 20 minutes of running, covering 3.5km in total, I saw the press release about Border Collie GB having to relocate due to HS2 running right through their property, and I knew I … Continue reading

Progress!

Saturday! Parkrun day! Finally I had chance to go back to my home parkrun, Cannock Chase. Next week is the Cannock Chase 10k so it was a great chance to test myself around the area. I felt so sluggish this … Continue reading

I finally did it!

I finally ran the whole 5k without stopping! Yesterdays plan was 50 minutes running, but now that my Saturday’s are free again I really fancied doing a parkrun, so I decided to combine the two. I went to The Wammy … Continue reading

My early morning routine

I never used to be a morning person. I would sleep in until as late as possible and then scoff down some breakfast and rush to work. When I moved to the farm with Ash I would often sleep through … Continue reading

My best budget running clothes

I’ve only been running for 5 months but I’ve certainly done a fair bit of trial and error when it comes to running clothes and I’ve now got a handful of go to items that I always reach for. I’m … Continue reading

Chasing the pacer

As I had a Saturday morning free for once I decided I would go to Parkrun this weekend. My local one at Cannock Chase wasn’t running due to a canicross competition being there so I decided to go and check … Continue reading

Neewa Canicross Belt

When I started the Couch to 5k program in January I really started to look in to Canicross with more interest. For anyone who doesn’t know, Canicross is a sport where you run with your dog attached to you. It’s … Continue reading

The Troll Run

What a mad day. I don’t even know where to start. We agreed to do the Troll Run a while ago when I was first getting in to the habit of running and going to Parkruns. Although I’d heard a … Continue reading

The only competition that matters is with yourself

I’m always comparing myself to other people, I’m awful at it. They’re faster than me, they’re stronger than me, they’re more confident than me. As I’ve been learning to run I’ve constantly been comparing my time and pace to others, … Continue reading

Crufts haul

Crufts! Yes! One of the highlights of my year. I love it. So many dog activities, sports, equipment, products, organisations and (of course) dogs in one place! The shopping is actually one of my highlights as there aren’t that many … Continue reading

Newbie runner mistakes

I’m by no means a running expert, but now that I have been running several times a week for over a month and have been along to a couple of Parkrun events I’ve already learnt a few hard lessons about … Continue reading

Running again & new workout clothing

I’ve been longing for a run for a while and have jealously been watching some of my friends progress through the NHS Couch to 5k program recently. I can’t believe it was 5 years ago when I did it. 5 … Continue reading

The best shoes for a dog owner

All girls love shoes right? Well my love for shoes is a little bit different to the average girl. I love all things walking, running, waterproof and mud stomping shoes! Give me a pair of chunky kick-ass leather boots caked … Continue reading

Hands free running/walking belt from CanaDog

I’ve had this product for nearly 3 years and cannot believe I’ve not written about it! I use it almost every week and it’s really made a difference to my running. A couple of years ago I found a CanaDog hands-free … Continue reading

Our Fitness Plan

I’m lazy. There I said it! To be honest I’ve never tried to hide it. As well as being lazy, I’m also extremely busy (odd combination I know!). Therefore I really struggle to implement and stick to a fitness plan! More … Continue reading