Category: wellness

No one is making you

I just read a social media post from one of my athletes, “Sadly, I can’t go to xxx because I have a 12 mile run to do.” Just reminding everyone that very few of us have to run 12 miles; if there’s something you’d…

I’m not built to run

Two people have said this to me recently. What did they mean, I wonder? If you run, you’re a runner, whatever your shape.

Bogged down in the details

Losing sight of the bigger picture is really easy, as we micromanage our lives, trying to get the best out of every moment. I’m trying really hard to leave free time in my diary – saying no to appointments and social gatherings and giving…

21st January

Reflections on last week: A tough training week! Managed everything I’d planned, if in a strange order. Lesson learned? Don’t try to do speed work on mud… This week: Monday 200s; stretch strength work Tuesday & Wednesday rest and stretch Thursday 6 miles HMP…

Just do it

I’m a great procrastinator and so a phenomenal planner. I have to be, or a new shiny thing will distract me. Today, I thought that other people/things were going to get in the way of training, that I’d find other things to do. Then…

Consequences everywhere…

“My diet starts tomorrow and I’ve just seen an advert for a cheeseburger!” A friend posted this as their Facebook status earlier this week. I couldn’t help but feel that they were just writing down their seemingly endless predicament: misery in being unfit and…

What’s my role in this?

This is one of the hardest and most excellent questions I know. When things aren’t quite going to plan, or I’m feeling frustrated, this one usually sorts me out. It helps me to recognise what I can and could do to resolve things. Sometimes,…

I don’t want to be resilient

I want teaching to be less stressful. I want teachers to feel that working their contracted hours is more than enough to be a good-enough teacher. I want Ofsted to disband. I want league tables to be consigned to the dust-bin of bad ideas…

Just being myself

Frankly, it’s all any of us can be. Some will like us; some won’t. Either way, that’s ok!

Guilty feelings

My excellent friend and colleague Joanna (see her fabulous work) once reminded me that I can do anything, not everything. I’m struggling to fit in my running training at the moment. I’m doing the bits I consider hard (speed work, hills etc.), but there’s…

Taking my own good advice

I’ve got a cold. Not a bad cold, but a cold. If an athlete turned up at one of my sessions like this, I’d send them home. So I’m not training today. Mentally, it’s killing me (I love winter training); physically, it’s what I…

What do you do?

When life’s a bit much and things are getting you down, what do you do? I try to avoid getting that far, thinking carefully about what’s coming in the following week and making sure I have made time for the rest I’ll need and…