The Fat Girls’ Guide to Marathon Running By Julie Creffield

Fat Girls Guide to marathon running

Ah, the excitement of marathons. It’s hard not to get caught up. If you’ve ever had that crazy thought ‘I want to run a marathon’ but feel too fat, too old, too unfit, or indeed have naysayers in your life laughing at you for the mere mention of it, the Fat Girls’ Guide to Marathon Running is for you. Or indeed, if you’ve had someone say, ‘You’ll never run a […]

Kasim: 7 Marathons in 7 Days for Grenfell

7 marathons in 7 days

What do you say to someone who tells you they’re about to run 7 marathons in 7 days to raise funds for Grenfell? To run from Manchester to London? Added to this was the line, ‘I’m not really a runner.’ My thoughts came in rapid fire, from that’s insane yet really amazing to ooh, that’s going to be tough. What I said? ‘That’s amazing,’ and then of course I asked […]

On waiting for the London Marathon Ballot Results

London Marathon Ballot

WARNING: This is a very silly post. A couple hundred thousand of us are anxiously awaiting the outcomes of the London Marathon Ballot Results. As I write this, folks on social media are sharing their news – You’re in!… or …. Sorry! For me, it wasn’t in today’s post. I’m waiting …. impatiently. Whoever said patience is a virtue…well, it’s not one of mine.   [Update 5 October 2017: So […]

Dealing with the Bad Run

The Bad Run

Ever had a bad run? I mean a run that really sucks? One of those where you doubt your ability to run even one mile. This was me the other day – 7 miles with heavy legs running slower than I have for a long time.  I wasn’t ill and I’m not injured. This run sent me into the dreaded downward thought spiral. Doubt. Fear. A bit of an existential […]

Race Review – Women Can Marathon (Relay)

Women Can Marathon

When I heard about the Women Can race, a women only trail marathon (with the option of a relay) to celebrate 50 years since Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to officially complete the Boston Marathon, I was in. This was a real landmark in women’s sport and one to be celebrated. And the location, Devon, with its rolling hills and trails galore to make any trail runner happy.

Nutrition and Fuelling for Marathon Day (Part 2)

Nutrition

In March, I was lucky enough to be invited to an event hosted by Science in Sport (SiS) on nutrition and fuelling for marathon day. The key lessons from that session can be found here. Now the marathon is done, I thought it would be useful to update on how it went. And how it went on the day? I would’ve like a faster time but given a 5k seemed a […]

Getting over the postrace blues

postrace blues

Ah, the postrace blues. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Surely someone must have written a poem or a song about this. Haiku anyone? It’s that feeling you have when you’ve focused all your energy for months on one week, one day, one moment, and then it’s over in a flash. Reality comes back to bite you in the butt. Don’t get me wrong. It was an amazing day and […]