Last year I did a 12 days of Christmas Challenge and filmed some workouts for you to join in with. I thought it would be fun to go back there and try them again and reliving those videos through December in my quest to keep fit and earn my Christmas dinner. I plan to run at … Continue reading Earn that Christmas dinner
This week has been pretty positive overall on the running front. With just 2 weeks to go it all finally feels like it is coming together and all the pieces of the puzzle are fitting together nicely. You can watch my vlog here... Mentally I do feel ready for race day but I think subconsciously I … Continue reading Royal Parks Half Marathon Training: Week 13 on the up!!!
If you have all been following me throughout my training you will know the last few weeks have not been good for me mentally and physically on the training front. I am partly putting this down to my bad nutrition over the summer. The majority of the time I continue to eat well but its … Continue reading Royal Parks Half Marathon Training: Week 10 the importance of nutrition!
I seem to have hit a wall this last couple of weeks. Well since we returned from the Lake district really! After having a not so good week on the running front last week and ending it feeling a little disappointed with how things had gone I had hoped for a better week. However it … Continue reading Royal Parks Half marathon Training: Week 9 getting through the bad times!
Taking the next step! Week 8 marks the start of the speed training for my plan. It hasn't got off to the best start but it was a start and I hope by the end of this phase I will be able to maintain a tempo pace of 8.30/mile. The week has been yet another … Continue reading Royal Parks Half Marathon Training: Week 8 getting quicker!
We have just returned from a holiday in The Lake District in an area not to far from Scafell Pike. Our holiday took us on so many beautiful walks and it was so lovely to get away and be somewhere we all love to be... out in the countryside. We are townies wanting to live … Continue reading Beautiful walks in the Lake District Part 2… Eskdale and its valleys.
Training back at home! After spending a week in the Lake District training and climbing Scafell Pike! As well as lots of other amazing walks coming home has had its moments. Like everyone I always get major holiday blues following any holiday but this one has really been amazing. I wanted to get out and run and walk … Continue reading Royal parks half marathon training: Week 7 back to reality
One man, his wife, 2 children, a grandad and his dog! In the weeks leading up to our holiday we had been preparing for the biggest challenge we have ever set our girls and Cookie. We had a dream to climb Scafell Pike the tallest mountain in England and one of the 3 most well … Continue reading The Lake District Part 1… The Barkers take on Scafell Pike!
Training in the Lakes! What a week to spend training for a half marathon. Usually when I go away I would struggle to get up and get going but I had none of that. In fact with heavy rain being my alarm clock most mornings I was awake by 4.30 waiting around for morning to … Continue reading Royal Parks Half Marathon training: Week 6 in the Lake District
The end of week 5 has arrived... I now have just 10 weeks until the big day. This week has been a positive one. Apart from the need to dodge the rain I have felt really confident out there on my feet. I haven't made any grand PB's but I have managed to increase the … Continue reading Royal Parks Half Marathon Training: Week 5 training with the girls!