I’d like to feel safer whilst road cycling

The road bike came out of the shed for a special appearance: my first commute in quite a while. Ok, so it was just a couple of miles to my destination, my rucksack full of clothes and notepaper, some snacks and water. I was heading to a workshop taster session with ION Leadership on what…

If we talk Women, Sport and Media, will you run a mile?

Approaching 40, it's easy to think that I'm going to have to constantly justify why these adventures and challenges are taking place now, with children and responsibilities still abundant at home, no steady job, one career already behind me, when many organisations and initiatives appear to want to focus on supporting only those trying to…

If you think happy thoughts…

Good things come to those who think happy thoughts. Perhaps that's true... What is true for sure, is that since adding PhytoSport After Workout to my training diet over the past two years I've felt a marked improvement in my ability to recover, despite extreme circumstances, and I've certainly noticed when I wasn't using it…

Bright lights, dark faces

Bright lights, dark faces, a theatrical stage or an interrogation; which response will this be, paranoia or exhilaration? Tracing my thoughts back to the steep, winding climbs of the Berriedale Braes, the heady heights of the cliffs of Caithness, the storm into the harbour at John O'Groats where even the island of Stroma was hidden in…

The Philosopher’s White Line

Mental Health Awareness Week Day 2 The Philosopher's White Line Running is an activity that gives me the time and opportunity to draw metaphors of life from it. I often compare elements of the good, the bad and the smelly trails and road slurry spray, with experiences in life, as well as with future aspirations,…

Rolling South

I started this blog post less than a week ago and I'm so very glad I didn't post it. If there's something I'm learning (intermittently), it's that I cannot always rely on my own advice and judgement. Much to my own dismay. My opinions, my feelings, my emotions are not merely clouded, they are cloaked in…

Running up those hills

With less than two weeks to go until this running adventure begins, I thought it time that I put something together from the many videos I'd curated during this recent back-to-running journey. As Kate Bush says it: "If I could, I'd be running up that hill." I am blessed with the chance to explore and run…