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…

So how often should I blog about my mental illness?

I tried to objectively ask myself this question, but I don't think I could be honest with myself, not even in a whisper, perhaps because I am inherently biased. If I were to alter the question to—How often should I write about mental illnesses?—would the answer be different? If you're like me, blogging is a cathartic process,…

Just a wee bit of running

Sorted: the active woman's guide to health

It has been thirteen years since I started running, again. Over the past thirteen years, a silent little (mostly) woman's issue has been swimming about in my thoughts before, after and during running. Predominantly, when I run fast, run uphill, or run downhill. Sometimes I am caught out because I genuinely forget I'm female. Sometimes I plan…

So you think you can start again

How do I start running again? Tips for mental health, mindfulness, confidence, building up fitness and exploring running again.

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…

261- Three very important little numbers.

The image of Kathrine Switzer running from the race director whilst male runners protected her from him has stayed with me for years, a symbol of the refusal to acquiesce to a male-dominant society. But positively, a symbol of strength and energy, trust in others, and a willingness to do something new.
I didn’t pay attention to the number, I probably wouldn’t recognise the lady herself if she walked past me. But the story lodged in my brain and has since grown some roots. Finding this article is a little like those roots finally blooming into a field of tulips. The meaning unfolds as described, and everything about it has altered from a black and white photo to a brightly colourful field of dancing flowers. What a remarkable outcome. #261Fearless

Dr Juliet McGrattan

Yesterday my milkman asked me what the 261 number on my running top meant. I didn’t want to make him late for the rest of his deliveries but I really wanted to tell him about it. You see it means lots of different things, is very important to me and its powerful message will help so many women. It’s a number you’re going to see popping up more and more all over the place in years to come. Let me explain.

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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…