Running –Β  it’s part of me. Maybe it’s a part of your life, too? I hope running may bring us together … and you will join my family. It’s not going to be an easy ride – life just isn’t – and at times I am sure it will get ugly, but if you stretch out so that our fingertips brush against each other and hold my hand, we can travel together away from the mundane and routine somewhere quite different. Who knows where we will both end up? As we look out into the world and marvel at what we see we will be able to look back at ourselves differently. Nothing, NOTHING, is ever going to be the same again.

It may seem that it’s all about running, but of course it’s not really at all. Just like training for your first marathon, it’s about the journey, not the end. My journey so far has been unbelievable. Easy, hard, rough, lonely, hedonistic, intense, academic, sad, creative, isolated, judged, condemned, supported, loved, dark, insightful, confused, wonderful and bleak. I have lived and traveled all round the world. Children have blessed my journey. The brutality of divorce has enlightened me. The sanctity of friendship has pulled back my shoulders and lifted my head during bleak years. Love (unconditional) and it’s invisible tendrils peppers my days. Now it is time to embrace your own greatness and unbind your spirit. I’m probably going to ask you to sweat a little at some stage, but don’t worry, you won’t even notice; you’ll be much too preoccupied with turning the obstacles ahead into happy memories. Are you ready?

β€œThe bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.” Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

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  1. Caroline Wood

    Hi Tina-good to meet you at windy Lee on Solent parkrun yesterday. Am doing a bit of walking/running in Devon for a few days but happy to chat about Masters running
    Take care
    Caroline (Wood)

    1. shewhodaresruns Post author

      Hi Caroline, it was lovely to meet you too. Will definitely get in touch in the New Year about a potential feature, was thinking of training to achieve PBs in your 50s, hope you have a lovely rest of the festive holidays, speak soon Tina πŸ™‚

  2. Erica Quincey

    Hi Tina – Congrats on the Running Awards shortlist (we’re on there too!) and on your inspiring blog. Just spotted that your essential winter running gear list is lacking gloves. Now it’s got a bit nippier, perhaps you’d like to try a pair of ours? They’re here http://www.eglove.co.uk/touch-screen-running-gloves/ and they’re a useful combination of cosy and conductive so you can use your mobile whilst wearing them. If you fancy mentioning them on your fab blog or giving a pair away then we’d be super pleased – just let us know what size and colour you’d like and we’ll post you some. Best of luck with the running and the blogging either way. Erica x

    1. shewhodaresruns Post author

      Hi Erica, lovely to meet you online πŸ™‚ I probably won’t do any more winter kit roundups but if I do I will mention them – will def review them for next winter in Women’s Running though, so let’s keep in touch. My hands were freezing at last night’s club session for sure! I see you do hydration packs too; I write the gear pages, including trail gear so could review one of those in the mag – and good luck with the Running Awards, maybe see you there? Tina πŸ™‚

  3. loulahhLauren

    I’ve just discovered your “the Road to London” and it is amazing, and so nice to see that someone else experiences similar problems, although mine are training for a half marathon! I just wondered if you had any hints / tips as to how to get your speed up? I did a 9:12 minute mile the other day and for me that was a personal best, so your 6 minute miles are incredible! Good luck! x

    1. shewhodaresruns Post author

      Hi Lauren, yes there are lots of things you can do to improve overall speed, most importantly intervals or hills, so do a session of 10 x 1minute running up a local hill/incline to get your heart rate up – the more you get used to it the more you can do, and the faster you can make your recoveries on the way back down. Also a good session is a pyramid, so you warm up then run 1, 2, 3, 4, 3, 2, 1 minutes at a good pace, faster than normal, and have about 60 seconds rest after each effort (with maybe 2 mins after the 4 minutes of effort). You need to get into the discomfort zone and out of the steady running zone, if that makes sense. You can do 10 x 1 min faster than average on the flat, or 6 x 2minutes (with 60 seconds recovery in between) then 3 or 4 x 4 mins fast. Then, a really tough one is either doing a full 1K or 1mile at a faster pace, so it’s a long effort, and you only want to do a few at first, then eventually you can string together these longer Ks or miles in a short race. Do you run with a club – this is a great place to go and find out more about speed sessions and run with others = then you really start to push yourself as you have others to chase πŸ™‚ Does that help? x

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