Forgive me for sounding just a little negative amongst all the excitement but I just want to bring up a rarely spoken about topic. Something that might be unexpected and out of character and could catch you unawares. If you’ve had a little warning you can stop this pesky thing in its tracks so let’s just take a bit of time to discuss it, after all being forewarned is being forearmed.
I know, I know, how can I have been a runner for 7 years and never have done a parkrun? I’m almost embarrassed to admit it. Parkrun has become a regular date on most runner’s weekly calendar and Twitter overheats on a Saturday morning with race facts. So, what took me so long and was it worth the wait?
The one thing I’ve always disliked about myself is my feet. My toes are short and stubby and no amount of exfoliating and moisturising will stop my heels looking dry. I yearn to have feet fit for flip-flops and reclining barefoot in a spa. I would never subject a pedicurist to them, that would be cruel! I suspect years of ballet as a child including ‘en pointe’ work started the damage. Now I subject them to miles pounding the streets in running shoes. It’s no coincidence that I have 4 black toenails and ran a marathon 4 weeks ago. Over the years I’ve given them a really hard time.
This is a long overdue post and before you ask, no, it’s not sponsored! I just have to write about and share my most favourite piece of running kit ever. My Nuu Muu dresses.
I teamed up with my school friend from years past to put together some tips for how to deal with dogs you meet on your runs. Justine Schuurmans is co-founder of The Family Dog, a company that helps busy families to deal with all manner of doggy antics. It’s been an invaluable resource for my family as we got our first puppy. My children have loved their video clips and learnt so much about respecting our dog’s behaviour. What better person to give us runners some tips. I’ve certainly had some close shaves on my runs and I was keen to get her advice. Here’s the link to my Women’s Running guest blog on the topic. RUNNING AND DOGS It certainly stimulated some debate on the Women’s Running Facebook page. Have you had any good or bad runner meets dog experiences. Who is to blame, the owners, the dogs or the runners? Image: Janet Woodhouse
I recently posted a silly photo of me on Twitter wearing a surgical mask and bubble wrap as protection against germs and knocks during the week before my marathon. I won’t actually be sporting that outfit (!) but I will be taking some extra care of myself. You spend weeks religiously following a training programme, pushing yourself, making sacrifices and it’s a real shame if it all goes wrong at the final hurdle. I always say the hardest part of running a marathon is getting to the start line healthy, uninjured and ready to run. Here’s my advice for what to do in those last few days.
Come and visit my guest blog on the Women’s Running UK website. I love writing for this publication and have a regular Question and Answer column in the magazine. I write a monthly blog on-line on a running related topic and love your comments and ideas too so feel free to get in touch.
When I became a runner I found my eyes drawn to people’s feet to check out their trainers. A similar thing happened when I was shopping for my first pushchair. Suddenly they’re everywhere and you become acutely aware of the diversity; the colours, the models and the matching accessories. The choice can feel overwhelming.
There’s been lots of talk recently about how menstruation can affect an athlete’s performance. It’s not just the elite athletes who struggle. Many women find their lives are ruled by their monthly cycle. Leaving the house can be hard for some let alone donning lycra and going for a run. Women’s Running magazine asked me to write about the topic last year and with all the recent coverage I thought it would be helpful to take another look at the glamorous topic of running and periods! http://womensrunninguk.co.uk/health/running-periods/ Image “Snail after rain” Robert Michalek cc Albuminarium