Race report: Seville Marathon

Firstly, let me say I didn’t run this race, but my husband, Jon, did and I had such a fantastic weekend that it would have been rude not to write a race report-by-proxy, for any prospective runner or visitor of Seville. You’re welcome.

Seville is a city that you don’t necessarily expect to impress like, say, Barcelona or Paris. So upon discovering that it was every bit as good, to say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. I really loved Seville, even without any post marathon endorphins. Continue Reading →

Janathon day 18: Home at last

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I nearly broke into a jog on the final leg of my journey back from the airport today, after picking up fish & chips from the local chippie, in an effort to get them home whilst still warm and before my toes froze. But as I was carrying a 65 litre rucksack on my back and a smaller one on my front and also having to watch my footing over the snow I’m not sure this really counts. Continue Reading →

Janathon day 12: Running on Mirissa beach (paradise!)

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A crowded cross country bus may not seem like an obvious place to get an upper body workout, but after hanging on to the overhead railings for most of the five hour journey to Mirissa beach as the bus driver perilously accelerated around corners, by the time I arrived in Mirissa, my arms ached from clinging on for dear life. Continue Reading →

Janathon day 9: Climbing Adam’s Peak

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Today I completed a cool 16k hike for my Janathon activity, climbing Sri Pada, also known as Adam’s Peak. Standing at 2,243 metres high as Sri Lanka’s fourth highest peak, Jon and I were up at 2:30am to complete the ascent up the 5,200 steps to the top. This was one alarm I was not tempted to snooze through, as I had heard the sunrise and views from the summit were a spectacular sight well worth the tough 8k climb. Continue Reading →

Janathon day 8: What I thought about when I thought about running*

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Do any other Janathoners feel their significant others, be they partners, friends and family, are becoming Janathon widows? I certainly feel for my poor Mum (wife of Not just another running blog). As if it wasnt bad enough having her husband out running on most evenings, she now has him blogging daily as well. Continue Reading →

Janathon day 8: What I thought about when I thought about running*

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Do any other Janathoners feel their significant others, be they partners, friends and family, are becoming Janathon widows? I certainly feel for my poor Mum (wife of Not just another running blog). As if it wasnt bad enough having her husband out running on most evenings, she now has him blogging daily as well. Continue Reading →

Janathon day 6 – Three wheels good, four legs bad

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I previously went on record to say that running on Sri Lankan roads was dangerous thanks to tuk tuks and other polluting vehicles. I’d planned to stick to beaches (where possible) and traffic free, smaller roads. However, after a close shave with local dogs on the latter, I’ve been forced to revise my views. Continue Reading →