(Soon to be) Tough Mudder

So there are just 3 more days to go until TM-day and I'll admit I'm petrified and slightly questioning why it was I thought this was such a good idea. On Sunday Sandra, Lucy and I had our second to last training session, on Thursday we have our last. Sunday's session was good fun, but [...]

Miscellaneous bits and pieces

There are weeks when I have a clear idea of what I want to write; when the topic is inspired by an event or conversation during my week and the post is focused with a clear thread, (or at least I  hope this to be the case). And then there are other weeks when my [...]

New York, New York

Just this time last week I was en route to the US, full of nervous excitement having never before set foot on American soil. It seems like a lifetime ago now and I can't actually believe that only seven days have passed. I arrived at midday US time (5pm UK time) and made my way [...]

New mountains to climb

With no x-ray results and a dogged determination to go on press to see my book printed, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, (3:30am early), I got up, took a good handful of painkillers and set out on my trip to Slovenia. With the early morning and with my sleepiness and blood sugar all [...]

Covering new ground

After weeks of trying to run through the pain, this week my ankles finally swelled up and gave up, bringing me, quite literally, to a stand still. I've been suffering from peroneal tendonitis, which began with a nagging pain running along the outside of my lower leg and into my foot and has now reached [...]

Wedding spirit(s) and off-road running

I'm back in a rather hectic London after a heavenly weekend away with my family. We spent four days in North Yorkshire for a wedding combined with country walks, country runs and plenty of alfresco eating. It was the wedding of two of my favourite people in the world: Matt is one of my oldest [...]

Fat is not just a feminist issue

During a post-climb pub trip with some of the guys from The Arch last week I found myself engaged in a conversation about the perennially interesting and almost invariably controversial topic of diet. It was fascinating to have an insight into the male perspective on diet and to hear their thoughts on body proportions and [...]

Climbing out of my comfort zone

In the week post Font I've been climbing more than ever. I'm determined to improve my technique, try new things and move up a grade.On Friday I did some technical training with James, a friend from The Arch, who is an amazingly beautiful climber. He makes every move look effortless and graceful, almost dancing up [...]

First trip to Font

I've just returned from a perfect long weekend of climbing and campfires in Fontainebleau with a group of friends from The Arch. After much planning and anticipation we packed our climbing shoes and chalk bags and set off from work on Thursday evening, making our way down to Calais for a 9pm crossing followed by [...]

What I think about when I think about climbing

I've not been in the mood to write these past few days; I've got another injury which means that running is painful and I've not been able to go as far or fast as I'd like. The positive side is that, in the absence of running, I've been focusing on my climbing. In fact, over [...]