Now I have never been what you might have considered a girly girl, as a child I was far more likely to be found climbing trees or building camps with my older brother, than playing dress up, or pretending to be a princess with my sisters. I wish I could say the same for my…

People often ask me how I manage to train for my races alongside everything else I have to do in my life. I am a single parent, I run a global business, I do CrossFit 2-3 times a week, I can normally be found working on a new book, and I travel a bit to…

Don’t you just hate that word SHOULD??? I am asked about “Shoulds” all the time though in my line of work… How many times a week should I be running? How long should it take me to train for a 10K? How much should I spend on a pair of running shoes? And the answer…

In 77 days 14 nervous but excited ladies from the Too Fat to Run community will be heading to the airport about to embark on adventure….as they join me and my incredible retreat staff for 7 days on the Greek island of Rhodes for a week of fitness, food and fun, and you could be…

The sun is shining in East London and I am contemplating heading out for a run this afternoon. I am attempting a 14 day run streak as part of my FREE For The Love of Running Challenge which is going great…we have over 1000 women taking part of all levels, everything from total beginner to…

I have only just got back into the swing of my running this year in the last week or so, the cold weather has been deterring me so I have been focussing on doing CrossFit 3 times a week. But on Saturday I wanted to check my pace over the 5K distance, as I have…

For such a long time I fed myself bullshit stories about my running speed. I’ll never be fast My default pace is SLOW A sub 30 5K is just too hard My life is too busy to train properly now Running fast is not that important anyway Who was I kidding? I did want to…

I remember the first time I met Jo, we were in posh glass walled offices in Central London having a development meeting and she rocked up looking absolutely amazing. Smashing all stereotypes that if you are fat you are stupid, lazy and unstylish Jo is the smartest most vibrant woman I know…and she is very…

First thing yesterday morning instead of going for a run in the cold, I was sitting at my desk waiting for a call from BBC Radio London to speak to the Vanessa Show about the concept of women being heckled while out running. This was off of the back of an England Athletics survey that…

Urrrrgghhhhh!!!! Arrrghhhhh!!!!! Ahhhhhhh!!!! EEeeeehhhhkkk!!! Whyyyyyyyy???? Any of these noises sound familiar? You know that moment when you reach the end of a 5K and you look at your watch and realise you haven’t run as fast as you would have liked? Yeah me too. For the longest time I used to get really frustrated by…

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