Sunday 20 March 2011


I can't believe it's been a whole 1 year since I started writing this blog! On 19th March 2010, I began keeping this record of my training and preparation for my first marathon. This time last year, I had just run my furthest ever distance of 14 miles.

The marathon came and went, but the blog continued, and I'm so glad it did. It's been a great way to communicate with like-minded people (mostly runners), and following other blogs has been a fantastic source of information and experience.

Since I felt the first unwelcome beginnings of Plantar Fasciitis in September, the world of blog has been invaluable to me. As I was suddenly stopped from running, when it had become such an important part of my life, it would have been very easy to give up, and sit myself on the sofa with cake and biscuits, and put on a load of weight. I'm pretty sure I would have done this if it had not been for blogging. How could I come back here and post if I had nothing to say? Wouldn't I feel bad if I had to admit to doing no exercise and losing all my fitness? This blog kept me accountable.

I threw myself into cycling and bought Jillian's shred, and worked hard not to lose my fitness. Because I didn't want to stop blogging, and I was inspired by all the bloggers out there for whom fitness is an essential part of life. I want to be one of those people. It was also very encouraging to read about runners who were or had been injured, and follow their progress back into running.

Thank goodness I'm starting to run again now. This week, I've had 3 rest days, 1 due to having as cold, and 2 due to work demands. But I've done 2 bike rides, 2 runs and 1 pilates class. I ran 2.4miles on Tuesday, then 2.7miles on Friday, so my next run will be 3 miles - my goal since I started again! Once I've got to 3.1m (5k), I'll try to stay at that distance for a few runs to check that my foot is ok with it.

I usually run in the mornings, but on Tuesday, I didn't get out until 7pm. When I came in, Robbie was waiting for me to read his bedtime story - I didn't even have time to stretch - imagine. I really like this picture as it shows me fitting running in alongside home life, and I love how involved Robbie is in the story.

Runner / Mum

Thanks to all bloggers and the blogging world for keeping me going for the last 6 months, and I hope my next year of blogging has more posts about running and fewer about being injured...


  1. So glad the blog is helping you. I agree that it can hold you accountable. If I write I am going to do something, I really try to do it. Glad you are running some again.

  2. That photo is you in a nut-shell. I can see why you like it.

  3. Cute pic! I loved reading to my kids when they were little, sometimes I really miss it.
    I know what you mean about blogging being a big help in keeping motivation up - it's wonderful for that!

  4. Congratulations on this momentous occasion! I say bring on another year :)

  5. Happy Anniversary Liz, of your entry into the Blogisphere. And strange you should mention how other people's blogs keep you motivated, I've just been writing the same. Great

  6. One year, that is great and you will surely do more running in the year to come. Keep it going!