Part 2 – Taking Care of Yourself Last time we covered the basics of getting yourself a support network and finding a suitable plan. Today we're going to talk about how to make sure you look after yourself when you're training for a marathon. Time & Motion Training for a marathon takes up a massive … Continue reading The Normal’s Guide to Marathon Training – Part 2
Part 1 – The Basics & the Plan Around this time of year it’s usual to start seeing an increase in runners on the streets, not to mention the sudden upswing in emails and Facebook posts asking for sponsorship – all because of the Spring marathon season. Maybe you’re training for your first marathon at … Continue reading The Normal’s Guide to Marathon Training – Part 1
We are currently about 9 weeks out from the London Marathon. I'm at the tail end of week 7 of my plan. And I am still largely in one piece. So what's been happening? Well, no news is pretty much good news! Largely my training has been going according to plan. This time around I am … Continue reading The Power of the Running Buddy – London Chronicles 2
Follow my blog with Bloglovin Good afternoon everyone! This is a super weird post, so it needs an explanation. I recently discovered that someone had added my blog to a website which people use to keep all the blogs they follow in one place. It's called Bloglovin'. You may have heard of it. I hadn't, … Continue reading Claiming What is Already Mine
Coram is probably the best known charity you’ve never heard of. Heard of the Foundling Hospital in London? That’s the one. As I’ve mentioned, in April I am running the London Marathon for Coram. As one of my company’s corporate charities they often come along and give us a presentation at our work functions. Last … Continue reading #ReasonToRun – Why Coram?
I've just walked in the door from a club committee meeting to check my Facebook and find messages from friends telling me to check my emails and posts letting me know some amazing news... Duffrunning has now been shortlisted in the blog category at the 2017 Running Awards! I'm staggered. I'm really proud to have … Continue reading Running Awards 2017 – Shortlisted!
When I was in primary school, a teacher of mine tried to put me forward to run a hurdles race at a county schools championship. I wouldn’t let him. Although I really enjoyed the hurdles and wasn’t bad at it (I was tall for my age and the hurdles were quite low!), the idea of … Continue reading One Track Mind
Come on, 6 miles at training pace to get done tonight. Get your kit on. It's dark. Of course it's dark. It's January. It's not late, though. It's cold. Not as cold as it was last night. And you went out in a snow storm two weeks ago so don't give me that. Get your … Continue reading Negative Splits Personality (or Just Get Your Shoes)
This time last year I started a round of marathon training feeling in the best shape of my life. I was coming into it fuelled by 8 months of solid training and PB progress. I'd got through Christmas without gaining weight for the first time in my life. I did a massive 4 minute PB for … Continue reading Running Strong – London Chronicles 1
Hello, my name's Mrs. Duff and I'm a #kitaholic. (Hi, Mrs. Duff) One of my very favourite things about running is the exciting new opportunities it offers to drain the bank balance with the purchase of new kit. Often the unnecessary purchase of new kit. Oh alright then, mostly unnecessary...but it's so pretty! I had promised … Continue reading #Kitaholic