Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad

Sweet potato and black bean salad

Sweet potato and black bean salad is quickly becoming one of my summer staples! And with the combo of flavours and textures, you’ll be wanting more. I’m a huge fan on sweet potatoes. Most important for me is that they have a fantastic flavour and texture. Second to this is they’re full of the good stuff – potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin B6 which supports energy which is […]

Ultra Training Diary: A Marathon as Training

Marathon in training

If someone had told me 6 months ago that I’d do a DIY marathon as training for my 50k, followed by a run (well, more of a painful walk) the following day, I would have laughed. And that laugh would have been a loud, verging on hysteria. But on Saturday that’s just what I did. But I’m getting ahead of myself… It’s been a strange week. My facet joints in […]

Tamarind Date Cake – One to Try!

Tamarind Date Cake

What is it about runners and cake? I was never much of a lover of cake but I have eaten more since I started running than I did in my entire life before running. Combine this with my fondness for trying out recipes that are simple but offer an interesting mix of flavours, here comes Tamarind Date Cake. This cake is surprisingly light and full of flavour. I got some […]

Baked Sweet Potato

Baked Sweet Potato

Baked sweet potato with haloumi, red onion, spinach and a few drops of chilli sauce – it’s a fab combo of flavours and textures. It’s quick and easy to make and is one of my go to meals. For me, baked sweet potato tastes indulgent – sweet and a little creamy. And they’re full of good stuff for runners – Vitamins B6, C and D, iron, magnesium, potassium and high […]

A Fab Snack for Runners – Fruity Flapjacks

Fruity flapjacks are tasty any time! These are simple, cheap, and quick to make with the possibility of endless variations. Try with other dried fruit and nuts? Or leave them out and dip in melted choc once they’ve cooled a little? So many choices. I made these for what should be called #runningclubcakefest2017 and they went down a treat. I managed to bring none home with me! Given them a […]

Ultra Training Begins …

What have I done

I’ve done it now. Yep, really done it. I’ve signed up to my first ultramarathon – the Chiltern Challenge 50k with XNRG. I did this pre-London Marathon thinking I’d build on all the training I’d done for that. But now, after 2 weeks of doing some shortish runs and being on the ‘see food’ diet, I’m not feeling my fittest. The food was good. There was cake. Since booking, I’ve […]

Race Review – Grand Union Canal Half

Grand Union Canal Half

Review of Grand Union Canal Half: To celebrate 10 years of the Grand Union Canal Half, Purple Patch Running added in a spring ‘special edition event’. This race is otherwise always run in the autumn. This is a point to point race from Cowly in Uxbridge to Cassiobury Park in Watford. I’d decided to run this as a training run and my final 10 mile plus run before the London […]