Why?!?! Why do I do these things?? I have entered my first half marathon 😱😂 .
It's next year so that gives me plenty of time to get lots of 10k races in and lots and lots of training under my belt so, if you're planning on entering, make sure to give me a wave as you pass me collapsed in the middle of the road at mile 3 🤣😂🤣😂🤣
I’m pleased with this. Only my second ever run! The first I ran 2k without stopping and now I’ve just completed 3k without stopping. Hills too!! Did it in under 30 mins too! Next target is 4K in under 30 mins do that a couple of times and then 5k. I actually can’t believe I’m doing this!!! I’m proud that I can run for this amount of time without stopping. Feels good!
Thursday throwback 🎉
4 years ago in Ibiza ➡️ last weekend 😁
This was my first holiday after I'd started losing weight and I felt good 👍 weightloss is not just about an end goal it's about the journey getting there ❤ enjoy your journey ❤
This week in 2014 and then in 2015 were incredibly special and emotional, and bring back such memories.
The first two photos are from July 2014 when my sis and my bestie ran the Pretty Muddy Race For Life. It was my first ever race after starting running when my wonderful Mum was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer earlier in the year.
The next two pics were from July 2015. My mum sadly passed away in the April, just over a year after she was diagnosed. This weekend in 2015 my sis and I did the Pretty Muddy together in Cardiff before heading to Portsmouth on the Sunday and running the 10k with a group of my Mum’s amazing family, with more friends and family supporting us, raising a shed load of money in the process.
It gives me chills just typing this. There was so much love, and pride, and so many other different emotions that weekend. 🌈 💖 🌈 .
Doing a few different things this week which are completely pushing myself out of my comfort zone. The worry has been keeping me up at night and I keep going to pull out, but I know how good doing these sorts of things is for me so I'm going to warrior on 😅 I do enjoy my little comfort zone bubble but I know by pushing myself, I am allowing myself to face fears and grow and a little. Heading to an exciting conference Friday where I am representing Plymouth (this is Dietetic related not running) and then spending the weekend trail running and camping in Wales learning all about the trails and how to prepare for ultras. Both events scare me, mainly because I won't know a soul, which is ironic seeing as I managed to travel South East Asia alone not knowing anyone 😅 time to get that confidence back in me! Also...who is going to be at the @thelondonrelay Friday night?! Think I might be signing up to run a bit...looking forward to being reunited with top dawg @rachaelayre tonight and then run twin @thisbunnyruns tomorrow! 🤸🏼♀️🏃🏼♀️
18 July 2018 - Mandela Day 🖤💚💛💙❤
100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela - a remarkable man who achieved miraculous change against insurmountable odds! 😊
This is one of my favourite quotes not only because it's powerful message of never giving up but because I live my life by it - never under estimate the incredible strength of the human spirit and it's will in the face of adversity! ❤
So is this a Run Happy post? Absolutely because I apply this in all things including running... and particularly with the array of injuries this year. Never give in and find a way for there is always a way! 😊
Feel Good Inc Brings You Run Happy (and there is nothing more to add - this amazing gentleman is missed! ❤) 😞
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Throwback to doing my first ever Trail run with @maverickrace company 2 years ago, choices where 8k,13 or 23k 🏃🏽♀️
I went for 8k, having not done many normal runs further than 10k before, and knowing this was going to be super hilly. 😱
It was so beautiful, we ended and started at the Amberley Chalk pits museum. I ran with a couple of people who where in my running group I was in at the time, and I probably wouldn't have survived that course without them 🙌🏼
I had not long been told by my Physic to have a break from running, having done the dreaded IT Band injury and runners knee, but as most of us runners do, I ignored him, did the run, loved it, and then spent about 2 weeks icing and being in agony, but it was totally worth it, and I cannot wait to do it again hopefully next year 🤞🏽🤕
This weekend I am doing a trail running workshop with @runwithKaribu which I can't wait for. I normally do road running, so I am really looking forward to learning properly how to do trail runs, from the experts. Excited and nervous, totally out of my comfort zone, I don't know anyone doing the course, so am feeling a bit anxious, but I am 99.9% sure I will love it once I have done it 💗🏃🏽♀️
Have a lovely Thursday whatever your plans and remember to do something that is outside of your comfort zone, which scares you a little, life is for living!! Go Live! ✌🏽
🏃♀️My Run, My way 🏃♀️ - almost didn’t go out, but then laced up and got out for the park. .
First few minutes I almost turned home, but before you know it 20minutes have passed and you’re almost home.
Not every run will be a good run, but I feel 10 times better for it! Each run is a chance to get a little stronger, and I surprised myself.
Pace getting increasingly faster. 5.15/km average, not ground breaking. But for me that’s improvement for just another run. .
Thanks for giving me the push I needed @tomhaswell 😘
Who else got out in the fresh air for a little bit today? #myrun
My face appropriately looks like a fiery circular sun 🌞 for @runthroughuk ‘s Chase the Sun in Vic Park tonight!
Tried to run it hard effort and managed 23:50 which I’m pretty pleased with. Lovely to catch up with so many friends too ☺️
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I'm stoked to announce that I'm on board as an ambassador for the @Womensfunrun this year! There's 5km, 10km and half marathon distances, so no matter your fitness level, it's a great way to get active while supporting a fantastic cause. Help us turn St Kilda pink on December 2 and support @bcnapinklady and Australians affected by breast cancer. Whether you walk or run, its all about having having FUN! Entries are open now 💕💗💞💓💖 #CarmansWomensFunRun
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About last night... Now, now, now don’t go anywhere rolling ya eyes thinking, ‘oh here we go again, she’s going to talk about being sick blah blah blah.’ Well yeah that comes up. But first... I had a dream! It was 7:50am. I ran into @pohl_pace and @cayla_85 (parkrunners) at a cafe. I was distressed. I was going to miss parkrun at Albert Park. I wasn’t going to get there in time.
They looked at me perplexed. Yes you will, we’ll just run over and join in. Now as I explained, this is a dream. So suddenly I’m in a massive crowd of all my insta-running faves and I’m running with them. I’m bounding off the ground like a Disney animal in the woods. Nothing hurts. I’m not puffed. I’m wearing shorts!! But my favourite part... I’m keeping up.
We made it, we were now at the start line of parkrun and off I go again. Running, running so fast that I feel like I’m a horse at the Melbourne cup or Kentucky derby. The sound of feet hitting the gravel is so loud and so frequent. I could even feel the pebbles hitting my behind due to my knees bending so much with each stride.
If you’ve ever been to Albert Park parkrun you’ll know that the start line begins further back from the meeting point/finish line. In my dream I was anticipating that moment I would run past all those volunteering at the finish line... Then it started to fade. I started to cough, I couldn’t breathe, I needed water... and I was now awake. Being sick woke me up!
After a sip of water and my cough eased I wished myself back into that dream. I wanted to feel that again. I wanted to hear the sound of feet thundering on the ground, I wanted to bend my knee more than 90 degrees, I wanted to feel my breathing in a enjoyable pattern and I wanted pebbles, rock, dirt and whatever else is mashed up in that Albert Park gravel (maybe a few ford drivers tears) to flick the back of my legs and behind.
But I couldn’t find that dream again. It was gone. But not forgotten. That’s it. That’s the lesson. While my dreams seem so lost at times. I must NOT forget them. For they are waiting for me. They visited me last night to remind that they’re still there.
Until we meet again dreams. Thanks for the reminder. 💓
I had a plan for Saturday, I'd put months of work into it, it was the cumulation of weeks of planning and caring for myself . And it didn't go as planned
In 2008 I had my second child. He was due to be a vbac after my first was a scheduled csection, I'd put months of work into it, it was the cumulation of weeks planning and caring for myself. And it didn't go as planned
My youngest was an emergency csection. All those hopes and dreams gone in a second. Months of me planning the perfect delivery gone in a loss of a heartbeat
My race on Saturday was a fast walk in the end. All those hopes and dreams gone in a second. Months of me planning the perfect race gone in a trip and slam to the floor
BUT I still gave birth. I still had my son. I was still a mother
BUT I still ran Stones. I still had my 50k medal. I was still an ultra Marathoner
Sometimes things don't go as you want, and it's OK to feel disappointment. A little bit of me will always wonder what it's like to have a natural birth, and a little bit of me will always wonder what it would have been like to get through that 50k running as strongly as I was. Because I was fit. I am fit. I should have been able to do more. But sometimes things happen out of our control and we have to celebrate what we have got after the dust settles, not mourn what we havent
So I'm starting to come out the other side. I enjoyed Saturday so much, thanks to amazing people . Thank you to everyone who messaged me and commented and raised me up since as well. The race recap will come, it will be positive. Because I AM a mother, I AM an Ultra Marathoner
Standing on the start line. Day 1 of shredding for the wedding has commenced with an hour on the cross trainer and overhauling my eating habits, banished the sandwich and crisps in favour of chicken salad and watermelon at lunchtime 👰🏻💦🍉
Earlier this spring, I invited Bailey to join me for a trail race that I was looking to do while we were on the road for summer travels. To my delight - she said yes. Turns out that yes led us both to one of the most challenging but fun races we’ve ever done. This girl can crack a joke, giggle til the sun goes down, and put her head down to grind it out when least expected. She’s the only one I know who makes running uphill look easy. So proud of her for not only crossing the fish line of Run the Peak, but killing it with a 9th place finish for all ages women.
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Absolutely smashed my PB at Bramley parkrun this morning and managed pretty even splits. Guess I’ll be chasing sub 27 next 😳 can’t believe I’m already two minutes down from the first time I went back in May. I can’t believe I’m looking forward to going running having only decided to give it another go in March. Nice to feel like I’m actually achieving something. So yeah...feeling good. I was also third in my age category (with the other two finishing 53rd and 54th) and 9th female 😊 #parkrun#loveparkrun#runmummyrun#thisgirlcanrun