running on air

My radio show running on air has been broadcasting for a few weeks now on South Leeds Community Radio. I have been enjoying making it and already I have been getting some encouraging feedback and involvement from other people. Alongside the radio show I am running a group for people to get started with running, and last week was the first session. I was a bit scared about how it would go and if anyone would turn up, but it was fab!

Jill joined me to record my show in the morning and then stayed to help me with the group. As we were getting ready to go my friend James put in a surprise appearance – complete with a tin of his yummy Ginger Crunch for us to enjoy afterwards! Big thanks to you both for support – it was much appreciated.












Most of the group were fellow volunteers from SLCR who had been cajoled into coming along, and there was one lady who, although already a runner, was seeking additional support and guidance. She had heard about running on air through a friend, who in turn is a friend of a volunteer.









So our little group headed off towards Cross Flatts Park. It’s about a 10-minute walk, so we chatted on the way, and then did some warm-up drills when we arrived. Then it was a 1-minute walk, 2-minutes jog session, covering a mile in total to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Roger Bannister’s four-minute mile. We did our mile in 13:46, so we now have a benchmark to improve upon.

After some stretches we walked back to the station for snacks and pats on the back.












Everyone did really well, and there were a couple of people in particular who surprised and impressed me. They all said they had enjoyed it and promised to come back. Some were even asking about races and there were parkrun sign-ups going on while we were still there!

It was really fun for me to share something that I enjoy so much, and it was great to help others discover the joy of being active. I’m excited to see everyone progress over the next few weeks and months, and I hope they continue to enjoy their running journey with me.


ARGGGHHHHHH!!! There’s going to be a lot of that in the next two weeks. Yep, just two weeks until I run my first marathon. And right on cue I am starting to experience taper madness, also known as maranoia. As well as worrying that I’m doing marathon training wrong, I’m also eating everything in sight, reverting to my lazy ways and generally being a weirdo.

The past week has been nice and steady. By which I mean I haven’t done much.

I managed to get out with the Kirkstall Harriers in what felt like the first time in ages, and ran two other days without worrying too much about where I was going or how fast.

I’ve had more rest days than usual with life getting in the way. On Tuesday I recorded my first radio show for South Leeds Community Radio – check out my running on air page for details. And with our county WI annual meeting on Saturday and Sunday spent watching Formula 1 I had the weekend off from running.

So it’s been a big drop in mileage very quickly, and more taper madness to look forward to! I have felt bad for missing two runs, but on the other hand it won’t do me any harm as such. The only risk now is bursting out of my running kit after eating too much!

Total: 19 miles

(all distances in miles)

Week 15

Monday: 4 (easy + strides)

Tuesday: cross train

Wednesday: 5 (race pace)

Thursday: v short intervals

Friday: rest

Saturday: 3

Sunday: 8