Half Marathon #2

When I signed up to run a 5K back in December 2019 I never imagined I would run a half marathon. Here I am just over a year since I started running and I've just completed my second half marathon. Six weeks ago I saw a message on our work's internal social media saying they had just been offered some last minute charity places for the (virtual) Roy...
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A Year of Running

What a year it's been?! This last year has probably been one of the hardest I've known, but equally I'm so glad that it seems to have zoomed by. Things here in the UK are pretty much just as they were back in March/April last year. We're in a full lockdown, although cases are coming down so hopefully we'll start to have some more "normality" a...
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Staying Safe

Hello everyone, I hope everyone is staying well. I can't quite believe that we're into 2021 now! Let's hope this year is better than 2020! One of the things I've always been very aware of since becoming a runner is my safety, so today I thought I'd share with you some of my tips for staying safe, especially since the mornings/evenings are dark...
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My First Half Marathon: The Great North Run Reimagined

Sunday 13th September 2020. A date that had been engraved in my mind since the start of the year. A date I was aiming for, the biggest event of my running "career" to date. 15th June 2020. The day I found out that the Great North Run had been cancelled, but also the date I made a commitment. I was still going to go out there and give that half mara...
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What I've Learnt from 7 Months of Running

Hello everyone, I hope everyone is staying well. I can't quite believe that this is my 6th blog post as a MedalMad Ambassador! This last month seems to have flown by for me since being back at work. What I also can't believe is that I've now hit 7 months of being a "runner"! Before Christmas I would never have even considered running but now here I...
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Returning to a "New Normal"

Hello everyone! How are we all? How is everyone starting to adjust to life in a "new normal"? The last couple of weeks have been pretty hectic for me, having spent 3 months off work on furlough leave I was finally called back to work! I was so glad to be able to get out of the house again and get back to the place I love, but along with that came a...
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Dealing with a Cancelled or Postponed Race

 Hello everyone! I hope everyone is staying safe and well, and a big welcome to all the new challengers who have joined MedalMad in recent weeks.Has anyone else taken up running in recent weeks/months? Can't help but feel like you've started running at the wrong time? Yep… that's me too… When I started running back in January I never for a sin...
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Life After Couch to 5K... Tackling that 10K Target

Hello everyone! I hope you're all staying safe and well in these strange times. And welcome to all of our new challengers! It has been so great to see so many people earning their medals in this time. Also a massive thank you to the MedalMad staff for continuing to post out the medals for us at this time! Since completing Couch to 5K around a ...
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My Couch to 5K Experience

 If someone said to me 4 months ago I'd now be excited to get out for a run and that I can now run 5K I'd have laughed at you. This week I completed my Couch to 5K journey so today I thought I'd share with you some of the thoughts and feelings I had while working through Couch to 5K, as well as some tips I've learnt along the way. Please remem...
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How Did I Get Here? Complete Beginner to Half Marathon

 Running was never something I enjoyed at school. I used to loathe sports day, I used to loathe when our PE teachers made us run around the whole school playing field... twice! But right now I'm training for a half marathon!I started running last year, but it only lasted around 3 months, when work got busy for me I stopped. I'm determined this...
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