Adventure Stories

September 8, 2016

Accept yourself

“You don’t need cream, you don’t need this and that. The only way to be beautiful is to accept yourself,”

July 17, 2016

A day of highs and lows: the great glen ultra 2016

I knew from the offset that the great Glen Ultra was not going to be a peak performance for me and had, or so I thought, set my expectation accordingly. 

June 21, 2016

The chimp is dusting off his little red trousers

The chimp is dusting off his little red trousers ready for the Great Glen Ultra where he will undoubtedly put in an appearance or two, and may well run amok again flinging pine cones at us in the woods on the climb out of Drumnadrochit.

June 13, 2016

It’s hot, hot, hot: 27 in 27

Let’s go for a long run, and let’s go for a long run on what is probably the hottest day of the year so far, and let’s just be a smarty pants and tack on an extra 9 miles before meeting friends for the main event. What a marvellous plan!

May 21, 2016

LED Lenser SEO7R – full review

The 100 Miles of Istria race gave a good opportunity to put the LED Lenser SEO7R head torch through its paces over a lengthy night and over some serious mountain climbs and technical terrain.

 

April 30, 2016

100 Miles of Istria: when things don’t go to plan

You have trained, you have tapered, you have a race plan, your lost luggage arrives in time, you eat enough food to sink the Titanic, get to the start line, and everything is on track until …..

April 11, 2016

Chimp chat

The chimp is running around, throwing stuff and screaming.

Me: Chimp, you need to calm it down a bit, how about a foam banana?

The foam banana is flung straight back at me.

The chimp: REALLY? Do you really think you can fob me off with that?

Me: OK let’s talk. What’s the problem?

April 5, 2016

The Zen of laps: Self Transcendence 50k

Around and around and around we go …….

Running 21 laps (or double for the 100k participants) round the North Inch in Perth is perhaps not what most people would want to be doing on Easter Sunday. In my case it also meant ‘taking the pledge’ and leaving a wedding just as the dancing was getting going the day before. But, turns out it was worth it.

March 29, 2016

LED Lenser SE0 7R Head Torch Review

Product review of the LED Lenser SEO 7R head torch.

March 2, 2016

Glentress Trail Marathon Race Report

Glentress Trail Marathon in short: great event; great weather; stunning yet brutal route, but just not my day.

February 19, 2016

Planning for 100 miles of Istria

The thing with enthusiasm is that it carries you along at a break neck speed until you hit that that reality check with a monumental thud. As part of my bid to stretch my wings and do some new events I fell upon 100 Miles of Istria. 

February 14, 2016

A bit of a Wonky Donkey

It turns out that nature built me a bit wonky. For as long as I have been a runner I have had issues with my left leg. It is always tight and always needs more massage than the right, and has always seemed to be either the root of or involved in any injuries that I have had to contend. I am also an over-pronator and it is worse on the left.

December 31, 2015

The 2015 2400

Some serious and not serious reflections of my ultra running year, where I achieved my largest ever mileage and a few other milestones on the way.

December 13, 2015

The Nana Nap

The pure and magic indulgence that is the post run nap.

October 3, 2015

Glenmore 24: I came, I ran, I got the horn!

As ever I was a woman with a mission. I set two objectives for my run at Glenmore this year: to enjoy myself and to bag the magic 100 miles and ‘get the horn’, with the priority being the enjoyment. It was also important to me that Alasdair have a better, more comfortable experience this year too, and with that in mind we headed North armed with a gazebo and brazier.

August 11, 2015

The Devil ‘O the Highlands: A devil with a sting in the tail

I am not entirely sure how I found myself at the start line of the Devil ‘O the Highlands just six weeks after running the full West Highland Way race.

July 15, 2015

The West Highland Way Race: Kinlochleven to Fort William

The third instalment of my 2015 West Highland Way Race experience.

Sarah was supporting me for this last section. I knew as we set out that she would definitely be taking the lead and that her quiet strength and determination would get me through it. During the decent to Kinlochleven and whilst I was in the centre I had been mentally adjusting my expectations and frustrations.  Pace had slowed dramatically and time at checkpoint was longer than I had planned.

July 15, 2015

The West Highland Way Race: Beinglas to Kinlochleven

The second instalment of my 2015 West Highland Way Race.

It took a few minutes to get going as my sore arse and elbow realised that they were not getting any sympathy or respite. More steady progress and passing a few people. Through the sheep tunnel and up the hill and just as I was approaching cow poo alley I caught my toe and down I went sliding along the track: ooft.