while I write about lots of things on this blog, running is something that has always featured. Do check out the running and shoes for previous posts

Running ambitions

At 16 I tried running. Well, I had no choice, it was part of an entrance exam for the college course I wanted to do. Somehow I made it round the 3M course within the prescribed time but I hated it. It wasn’t that I was unfit – I was cycling around 100 miles a week, boasted a resting pulse of 42, its was just running made my knees hurt.

Roll forward 10 years to the early 2000s and I tried again. For a period, I ran around 12-15 miles a week and it was ok, but I never really committed to it. Then, in 2008, shortly after my birthday, I kickstarted by running efforts one last time.

I started running proper in May 2008, and while this has had its ups and downs and fits and bursts, this year is turning into a good year! Despite the whole coeliacs thing and the enforced break that created, I am finding form and rhythm and have not experienced any significant pain / injuries. I put this down to working on a good mid foot form.

On average I am now running around 40 miles a week and have an average pace of between 8 and 9 minutes per mile. I am hoping to get this up to about 50 miles.

I am running the Great West Run this October (2013) and am planning on more events through 2014. I just need to figure out how to fit work, family, voluntary work and running together! So true to the name of this blog, more things to hold in tension!

I am also happy to receive shoes, clothing, accessories on my running journey. Send me something and I will use it and blog about it.


I love blogging but it can sometimes be hazardous to my health.  I say that in jest but in some ways it is true.   I do suffer from dyslexia, and while I read my posts over and over for clarity, hopefully making my points clear, it doesn’t always happen that way! Be patient and also please be nice if you comment!

Ethics Statement

Of course, everything on this blog is my own view and opinion, and I will be clear about stuff that has been sent to me to test and use.


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