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Maxine Napal

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2017 was crazy but 2018 is going to be insane. 4 March - The Big Half (2:42:48); 17 March - Ashridge Boundary Run (Withdrew for injury);  15 April - Brighton Marathon ; 27 May - Return to Scafell Pike 'Vengeance is MINE'; 16 June - HU5k; 15 July - Race to the Stones (2nd half 50k); 25 August - South Coast Challenge 'Closing THAT loop' (1st half 55k); 7 October - Chicago Marathon Take 2; 27 October - Snowdonia Marathon. Bring. It. ON.

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And 'baby' makes three.

It's now four days later and my quads and calves are still screaming. They're sore. And so was I. They've been ravaged. And so have I. Funny how I expected the climb of Scafell Pike to be the least challenging of all the national three peaks - the shor...

Apogee.

In the wee hours of this past Saturday morning I was awakened with a nudge by a word. Apogee. It never had any meaning to me; I probably saw it in a book years ago (who has time to read anything anymore?!) and once I registered it odd that it was stuc...

When the levee breaks.

Hey Buzzers, I'm so ridiculously sorry I have been entirely absent from these hallowed virtual halls lately but I've been having a pretty soul destroying time trying to manage my hip and didn't want to darken the shine with my self flagellation. But we ...

A dish best served warm.

It is said that revenge is a dish best served cold. Last weekend, I got mine. Warm. As if wrapped up in the embrace of an immeasurable stack of good times, this revenge was on history and self doubt and anger at yet another bunch of people who don't kn...

Armed and dangerous.

I knew this was a whole different kettle of fish after I'd been running comfortably for ten minutes. Now twelve, now 14, all the way to 20 before I needed a walk. Unheard of in this new age of 'learning to run again' where I'd been trying to sustain 3:1...

Dig.

A week since I had the pleasure of meeting up with so many of the legends around here and it has really lit a fire under me. Not only am I inspired having watched the achievements of fellow Buzzers on the day, especially our Head Coach and Resident Rhin...

I did it sideways. (Oh knee, ...

At some point last Sunday as I was trekking over hill and dale to the top of each of the Yorkshire Three Peaks and back again, it occurred to me that in order to improve your endurance, you have to actually endure something. And indeed, the challenge I ...

Balls to the wall.

While some of you legends were burning up the roads in Manchester yesterday, I toed the line far closer to my home (a mere 10 minute's walk in fact) for that first half of my season. I thought of you all SO often, could I have willed you winged feet let...

On being taken seriously.

Although I consider myself fortunate to hold a university degree, the older I get I find it relentlessly unfortunate that I chose to have it earned via an 'undeclared major' from a university in America which was called a 'college' as many are. This las...

Today I learned how to RUN.

Coming up on the fourth anniversary of the day I lost my Dad is not a particularly good time to have a sick kid, after I've been sick, after he'd been sick, and so on and so forth until you rewind the calendar to October for that hint of wellness before...

Shouldering the burden.

Since day one of life as a runner, my historical mid-race disaster tally looks about thusly: Gargantuan calf strain? Check.Excruciatingly painful hip disaster? Check check.IT band blowout? Check. Check and checkmate. But TODAY...today I found out why. T...

Make moves or make excuses.

Apologies again for the huge hiatus. It's so disappointing how life keeps on interrupting my running but that's an affliction we are all suffering so at the very least even though I feel completely exhausted I don't particularly feel alone. I'm looking ...

And the day she knows why.

I recently read as a comment in a Facebook post somewhere that the two most important days in a person's life are the day she is born and the day she knows why. Pretty sure that day came to me this year. And when I realized it, I knew I had to go out an...