Race Report – Nuts Challenge

Although I’ve been focussing a lot on the Marathon des Sables because, to be fair, it’s more of a challenge, my fundraising efforts for The Lullaby Trust actually include another event. That was the Nuts Challenge, an obstacle/adventure race which I did with my sister.   I’ve done the Tough Mudder before and the Nuts Challenge, while shorter, is arguably a bit tougher. There are more obstacles packed closer together so you spend less of your time simply jogging around a track and, if you actually go over the course at a decent pace, it gets pretty exhausting in places. … Continue reading Race Report – Nuts Challenge

San Francisco Marathon – Race Report

And so it’s done. A freakishly early start (my wave was at 05:32) which fortunately didn’t bother me too much as I was still on UK time, some absolutely spectacular scenery, and some genuinely gruelling hills and I’m done. Happy to report it was by no means my worst marathon, but nor was it my best. In fact, it’s exactly my median marathon. Woo. I take some credit for the fact that it really was bloody hilly, but I’d also freely acknowledge I didn’t train as hard as I should have done. Anyway, it was an unusual marathon in many … Continue reading San Francisco Marathon – Race Report

San Fran Marathon – Expo

Got up early this morning, inevitably given the time difference, and had a lovely morning walk down to the Marathon Expo at Fort Mason, in time to see Dean Karnazes leading a pre-marathon jog. I have mixed feelings about packet pick-ups the day before the race at an expo. On the one hand it’s obviously not realistic for the marathon to post all the packets out, or to do on-the-day pickup, but it can still be annoying to have to factor in an extra day before the race to find your way to some conference centre, usually on the edge … Continue reading San Fran Marathon – Expo