Running & Training

Top Tips for London Marathon First Timers

2017 will mark my third London Marathon and my ninth overall. The London marathon is a super special event – one of the biggest in the world with an unrivalled atmosphere. You will be sure to read plenty of tips about the event itself from the excellent brochure for runners and from word of mouth but here are some of the tips that only someone who has run it a few times can pass on. 1) Be prepared to get emotional There are thousands of people running the marathon for a wealth of different great causes, many of which are usually particularly personal to the runner. [...]
Nell McAndrew at Swindon parkrun. Run Mummy Run

Rise and run! Nell McAndrew Shares Her Top parkrun Tips

If you're following a Couch to 5K plan then targeting your local parkrun at the end of the six week plan is a fantastic idea. To get a feel for it, you could offer to volunteer now or even just go down and support other participants. If you're feeling brave enough, why not just join in? You don't have to wait until you've finished your six week plan. Don't worry if you can't run the whole thing as there will be plenty of other people run/walking so you won't be alone. There are hundreds of parkruns taking place across the country (and other parts of the world) every Saturday morning all year round at 9am, and they are all completely free. They are [...]
Woman running at Race to the Stones Run Mummy Run

Ultra Curious? – One Mum’s story of Race to the Stones

Race to the Stones takes on 100km (62 miles) of the 140-km (87-mile) Ridgeway National Trail. Starting at Lewknor in Oxfordshire, it’s a real journey through time, with over 5,000 years of history scattered along the undulating chalk escarpment.  It includes the Uffington White Horse, Neolithic Long Barrows and finishes at the World Heritage Site of Avebury, [...]
Woman running on a beach - Run Mummy Run

How can I run on holiday?

I’m panicking.  I've been taken by surprise that my Autumn marathon is only 12 weeks away and my relaxed, denial will have to come to an end. This summer calls for training and lots of it!  It’s hard enough to fit running in around the kids during the long school holidays but this summer we have a much needed family holiday in France booked. Realistically, I am still going to have to try to run during those two weeks away - despite the heat and hills (not to mention the wine, cheese, bread and croissants). So how can I squeeze in training runs, make them enjoyable and yet not compromise on family time? I turned to the best source of [...]