Welcome to my blog where you will read about my life, my love of running and my desire to get better, faster and stronger and the trials and tribulations I will go through to get there.
I work as a Swimming Coordinator and teacher, fitness instructor and am currently working towards completing my Personal Trainer diploma (watch this space!). Having worked shifts in nearly every job I’ve had since I graduated, I was glad of my first proper 9-5 job. It also meant for the first time in my life I had weekends free and this obviously meant more running!
2013 was my first year of distance running. I smashed PB’s all over the place and felt fitter and stronger than I ever have and I also completed my first marathon at Loch Ness and also my first Ultra Marathon at Glen Ogle in November.
My plans for 2014 were to start the year with a bang and get much stronger on the hills, but after a few months of terrible running and feeling the most tired I ever have in my life, I found out I was highly anemic and put on a course of iron tablets for the best part of the year. That meant standing on the sidelines and cheering on my team mates and having to pull out of various events I had really been looking forward to.
But fast forward a few months and I was back to full strength, smashing PB’s again by quite a bit but I also found myself wanting to go further than I ever have. I upped my training quite a bit and really found my love for Ultra marathons having now completed 15 races ranging from 33 miles up to 95 miles and I’m hoping to complete my first 100 miler (and beyond!) in the coming years.
It’s not just running for long distances that I love, it’s everything that comes with it. The camaraderie, the new friendships, the days out in the hills with like minded people and not knowing where our next adventure will take us.
Anyone can run an ultra marathon, just remember that you get out what you put in and it’s about having fun along the way 🙂