Warm Lentil Salad with Wilted Spinach, Roast Vegetables, Goat’s Cheese and Balsamic Glaze

This is a heart and stomach warming salad with a lovely depth and intensity of flavour. The lentils and beetroot give it an earthiness which is then balanced out with the spinach, roast veggies and glaze. It’s also a great way to use up any leftover roast veg if you want a quick and easy version.

And the reason for making this – having friends over for dinner after a run, I needed something that doesn’t require a lot of complicated measuring and this hits the bill. Continue reading “Warm Lentil Salad with Wilted Spinach, Roast Vegetables, Goat’s Cheese and Balsamic Glaze”

Training Recap – 8 Weeks to London Marathon

In 8 weeks, will be running here with 36,000 others!

Last year was a rubbish running year for all sorts of reasons. It was one of those extended periods where running took a dip, I mainlined Netflix and my favourite pair of running shoes gravitated to the back of the wardrobe.  On very rare occasions, I’d look on the scales – the numbers didn’t change much but clothes got a little tighter and I was feeling soggier around the edges.

This brings me to the wonders of London Marathon training. Again, the numbers on the scales really haven’t changed but I’m soon in need of buying a smaller pair of jeans – good times! Continue reading “Training Recap – 8 Weeks to London Marathon”

The Original Hampton Court Half – Report & Lessons Learned


Love the rhinos! Great charity www.savetherhino.org

I love seeing a rhino at a race. That way I know we’re getting close to London Marathon time. So here I was at the start line of the Original Hampton Court Half and a few thousands others, the rhino a little ahead in the pen.

My mate, Peter, had picked me up a few hours earlier and we’d traveled from southeast London to the pre-arranged carpark at Giggs Hill. It was going to be an unseasonably warm day which was a lovely change to the snow and sleet of the week before.

After the bag drop and the all important pre-race bathroom break, we put ourselves in the 2 hr 20m pen. This was going to be more of a training run than a race.

A hundred or so metres away, the speedier folk were off. Continue reading “The Original Hampton Court Half – Report & Lessons Learned”

Training Recap – 9 Weeks to London Marathon

If you’ve made it this far, only a few hundred metres to go!

It’s starting to feel real.

But while the miles are building and my base fitness has improved, I’m getting lazy about everything else. The laziness has to do with core and rolling, life in general, my diet and all the other stuff I need to be doing to get me to start line of the London Marathon.

I blame February, or more specifically, the weather. I noticed last weekend how grumpy so many folk are. I think it’s the time of year and the everlasting and never ending English winter. Every run is in the cold and about 75% under cloudy skies, if not in the rain and/or dark. It’s been pretty grim for months and it’s making me a bit of a grump – sorry folks!

I know running helps but I think it might be time to deploy my ‘how to deal with English weather’ arsenal. Continue reading “Training Recap – 9 Weeks to London Marathon”

Lazy Leek and Potato Soup

I’m a big fan of soup. I’m an even bigger fan if I’ve just come in from a run in chilly weather. This recipe is fast and easy to make, cheap as chips and to top it off, very very tasty.

I make the lazy version of this – there’s less prep and using potatoes with the skin left on is healthier with more iron, potassium and fibre.

This needs to be made fresh Continue reading “Lazy Leek and Potato Soup”

Training Recap – 10 Weeks to London Marathon

Having the lurgy sucks. Having the lurgy while marathon training really sucks. To run or not to run, that is the question? I had to answer this on Sunday morning for which I’d planned a 12 miler.

I’d done Parkrun the day before. I’d woken up with a bit of a tingle at the back of my throat but was otherwise feeling fine. And it was a good run – faster than training pace. After the routine mocha/hot chocolate with my running buddy, Mary, I headed home. I mooched about in the afternoon, did core and rolling and felt OK. By about 7pm, I felt like rubbish. My throat was on fire, the glands on the side of my neck were swollen and I ached all over. Continue reading “Training Recap – 10 Weeks to London Marathon”

Supper Special – Chunky Minestrone Soup

I’m in the midst of marathon training- this means I’m tired a lot of the time. Especially now, I’m conscious of the need for healthy nutritious food to keep me going and to help with recovery – a good balance of carbs and protein and with vegetables thrown in for good measure.

What I love about making a big batch of minestrone is it can last for a few days and/or can be frozen. If freezing, you’ll want to leave out any of the last minutes additions like pasta and cook this fresh when you reheat the soup. Continue reading “Supper Special – Chunky Minestrone Soup”

Training Recap – 11 weeks to London Marathon

Injuries get very tedious very quickly so this year I’m doing something a little different. I’m taking on the advice that seems sensible – exercises that your physio and all the running magazines tell you to do and you tend to ignore it because to be honest, it’s pretty bloody boring.

Yes, I’m talking about core, rolling and general strengthening. I’m never going to be a fast runner but I am working on being a less injury prone one.

So with exercises from my physio, a few pilates moves I’ve learned this year and my trusty foam roller, after a month of doing this stuff pretty much daily, I’m on my way to being a stronger runner. Continue reading “Training Recap – 11 weeks to London Marathon”

Training Recap – 12 Weeks to London Marathon

It’s been a big week – 10k race on Saturday followed by my first run into double digits for almost a year in prep for the London Marathon. And it’s been cold, so cold this week!

I’m not a huge fan of races. I always get twitchy and nervous. I know most folks do. I have a bad habit of comparing myself to others, namely the speedy runners.  It’s hard doing a race at training pace. My training pace is slow – 11 min miles. I’m a plodder. Continue reading “Training Recap – 12 Weeks to London Marathon”

Race Report: RunThrough at Battersea Park

What is it about races that sends me into a tither?

It’s the feeling the night before when you’ve got your kit sorted, you know what you’re eating in the morning, you’ve sorted out how you’re going to get there, you’ve checked the weather at least 15 times, you’ve set two alarms just in case you turn one off but still … what if you’re late, what if they’ve lost your registration … what if … Continue reading “Race Report: RunThrough at Battersea Park”