December 2020

Welcome to this month’s Brolly Good Ideas newsletter.

Thank you

2020’s been like no other and yet like every other: I always try to make the best of whatever gets thrown at me, although I reckon most of us would like to avoid any more pandemics.

More than ever, I’ve relied on knowing you’re there and hearing what you’re up to. So, whether you’ve read and shared the blog, attended in-person or online running training or had some coaching, thank you for being there.

All change?

As you know, coaching is my life, whether it’s helping runners to reach their goals, teachers to feel more confident with their classroom skills or you to just feel better. I’m delighted that I’m now able to offer ‘personal training’ sessions, as I’ve officially completed my Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training This will form part of my holistic approach to keeping you on an even-keel and you won’t find me yelling, “Drop and give me 20,” any time soon…

During 2021, I’ll be extending the time I have available for one-to-one and very small sessions. Whether you’re into press-ups in the mud or a cuppa and a chat, it will always be about you. If you think that you or someone you know might benefit from a bit of Katie time, drop me a line.


I started November with my diary packed with 1:1 runners, group training sessions and plans to add more sessions; it didn’t take long for all of that to be rearranged! I did host a successful Foam Roller Workshop on Zoom and I hope to do more of these in the future. Watch out for some outruns, too. They will be VERY limited in numbers to allow for physical distancing with each other and the general public.

If this year’s reminded me of only one thing, it’s that my excellent runners are committed, loyal and totally adaptable. I’m not sure I can say the same for my poor old dining table, so hopefully we’ll be able to stay ‘in person’ from now on!


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Beat the January blues?!

The very excellent folk at Sport In Mind have asked me to let you know that they are OFFICIAL partners with RED January. If you’d like to get active every day in January and support the excellent work of Sport in Mind at the same time, you can register on their website.

And finally…

If you’d like to join in with the Tilehurst Runs Together social on 22nd December, more details are available here.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all in 3d very soon. In the meantime, have an excellent festive period, take care of yourselves and keep doing what works for you!


PS Here are some of my recent blog posts which you might find interesting…


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Banana skins

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(Not) Running makes you (un)happy

It’s well-known that running, being outdoors and general activity are all really good for your brain. It’s not just that these things make you feel good, but they can actually have a positive effect on your brain function (references below). Personally, I also uphold the idea that the best thing about running is when it’s…

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