Browsing All posts tagged under »Scotland«


February 4, 2014


There is something about running at home that’s like no other run. Just walking even… the familiar sights and smells, the millions of memories that come flooding back as you catch a glimpse of a tree where you once climbed or a flower once planted on a summers day. I thought about this, this morning […]

Wonderful races in wonderful places

November 4, 2013


Yesterday afternoon, despite a rather long-winded ‘to do’ list of client deadlines and demands, I found myself stretched out on the sofa, researching race plans for 2014. It’s something I look forward to towards the end of every year, that chance to write your wish list, to plot and plan wonderful races in wonderful places. […]

Tricks of the trade

August 1, 2013


It is totally normal for me to have race wobblies. In the days or weeks prior to any event, I suddenly have a breakdown in confidence … wonder whether I can finish, ask myself why I didn’t train with a little more discipline and structure, berate myself for succumbing to that extra glass of vino […]

Words from the heart

November 20, 2012


My time in HK is fast coming to an end so despite still feeling a little stiff post last weekends Oxfam Trailwalker, I am determined to get out on to my favourite trails for a little trot! The weather has been cool and overcast but still, running up and around The Peak is as exhilarating […]

Time to push & time to pull

April 2, 2012


I had semi-committed to the G2E 90k some time ago but consequently had signed up for the Paris EcoTrail 80k which fell just a week before.  To hell with it, I thought … I can decide post Paris whether or not I start the second race in Scotland. As it happened, I wasn’t too sore […]

Singapore salutations & mindful planning

July 2, 2011


A few days ago, on my last day in Singapore, I spent a very lovely morning with my sisters and mum at yoga.  We arrived a little late, fell in the door like naughty school girls and immediately lifted the tempo in the room to all-round smiles and animated chatter. Our mats were alongside each […]


May 18, 2011


I read some lovely words recently and today want to share them with you. They were: Start your day with L.I.F.E LAUGH – Do something that makes you feel positive INTENTIONS – Set a focus for the day and give it direction FUEL – Get a healthy nutritious meal in your body to give you […]

My Good Friday treat up Jebel Hafeet

April 22, 2011


This morning my dear friend Cath and I started Good Friday in style with an early morning run up Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain. For those not in the know, Jebel Hafeet is a mountain bordering the UAE and Oman, rising nearly 4,000 ft above sea level. A road winds up the mountain-side rock for […]

Get high on scenery

January 6, 2011


When browsing a running site the other day, I came across a guy called Andrew, a doctor from Aberdeen, Scotland who is currently running an epic 3,000 miles from Scotland to the Sahara in 85 days.* Needless to say, this is an incredible feat and I couldn’t help but feel utterly inspired by his challenge.  […]

Gifts & Presents

January 3, 2011


This morning I ran my last sweet run in bonnie Scotland … not a long one, nor a particularly scenic one.  It was still dark and you could already tell it was going to be a pretty dreich* day. But nonetheless, I was determined to pound the streets and get my fix of cool crisp […]

Time for a one-on-one Q&A

December 30, 2010


It’s that time of year when I for one am setting yet more goals … new year, new opportunities, new focus and so on. And … as I’ve spent the last few weeks back in bonnie Scotland and had some stunningly scenic solo runs, which have made the perfect backdrop for plotting and planning what […]

Pull the plug on procrastination

December 20, 2010


Today I thought a lot about procrastination.  Here’s why.  Right now, I’m in bonnie Scotland which, unless you’ve been hiding on another planet, you’ll know is covered with a blanket of snow … and underneath that snow, sheets of pure blue ice. So … even though I’m finally allowed to start running again, my usual […]

Take a hike …

December 13, 2010


Right now I’m writing a feature for Aquarius on hiking in the UAE. And with only a couple of days until I fly to Scotland, my very own adventure playground, I’m starting to twitch with excitement over the lovely long walks in Yellowcraig Woods, possibly the most beautiful woodland in the world (my family own […]