Speed is not everything…trust me I know this, but I also know how frustrating it can be to not feel like you are making any improvements with running, and improvements in time over a distance is of course one way of assessing this. Women often refer to themselves as plodders, as shufflers…telling me “Oh I’m…

I’ve never been one for speed related running goals really. When I take on a race I kind of know roughly how long its going to take me to get round based on lots of years of experience. I tend to have 3 time goals 1. Best Case Scenario 2. Will be Happy with 3….

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…

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…

In 2013 shortly after having my daughter Rose, I went along to my local business development agency for some advice about turning my blog “The Fat Girls Guide to Running” into a business. A middle aged man with grey hair and a suit that looked older than me said, That ain’t a business love, thats…

This weekend I ran the fastest 5K I have run in a while, a LONG while. In fact the last time I got anywhere close to this time was about a year ago when I was bang in the middle of my London Marathon training…and probably a stone or two lighter too. Saturdays run was not…

I have always been considered a slow runner, even when I almost dipped under 30 minutes for a parkrun (30.06 Hackney Park Run 31st May 2014) this was still pretty much considered a pretty slow time for a 5K…oh how I long to be that quick these days. But how useful is that S word anyway,…

If I got a pound for every email I got from women about the S word, I would be a rich woman by now…and no I am not talking about SPEED I’m talking about the word SLOW…in fact we have banned the word in The Clubhouse our online running club because its not very useful…

The Clubhouse (our online running club) is almost a year old…yep launched on the 1st February 2015 we have seen more than 200 women take part in our unique virtual running club to date, from as far afield as Australia and the USA, and from most corners of the UK too. So what the hell…

Sorry ladies prepare yourself for a bit of a rant coming your way. Each week at TFTR HQ I receive loads of email and social media messages from women around the world who have just discovered my blog or my ebooks, and their messages often start with something like this…. Hi Julie, I hope you…

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