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Maxine Napal

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The only way is UP.

2019 will be the year I ran a half.

The Big Half - March, Hathersage Hurtle 20 mile - May, Peak District 100k - July, North Downs Way 50k - Sept, Snowdonia Marathon - October. Some other Buzzer stuff...here and there ;-)

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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...

It's a long way on a donkey.

Hey all you fabulous Buzzers! Been a long while since I've posted but life has that way of grabbing you about the neck with both hands and dragging you through it. I'm sort of hanging about in my Ricky Hatton post fight phase, bit more pudge around the ...

6:26:45

I've written before about the fact that I could never have run a marathon in my 20s because I didn't have the mental strength to get through it. I genuinely thought I knew just what I meant by that when I wrote it - mostly because I'd been going through...

End Game.

I think I found the proverbial Realbuzz chimp. Might have known he'd nail down my location one of these days. It was a Wednesday. This past one, in fact. There were 20 miles on the agenda, the second set of 20 - having barrelled my way through the initi...

One Hot Mile.

It's funny the difficulty I've been having motivating myself to write about my training. It's difficult because it feels like 'just something I DO' versus the previous 'great big iron **** and dying of the eternal cough challenge' that I endured over th...

Go hard AND go home.

In much the same way as I wasn't sure of how I'd finish that fabled 26.2 miles through the heart of London on that perfectly imperfect April Sunday, I haven't quite been sure of when I'd get back in the swing of training en route to that other fabled 26...

Relentless. Forward. Progress.

I've been having a whale of a time starting this story and worse giving it some type of order because I am now absolutely certain that there really is no clear starting point and in my head it is not remotely linear. This is attempt number seven. Maybe ...

And so it begins.

I said it aloud as I exited today's Expo, but I wasn't entirely convinced it was an accurate statement. "And so it begins." It. It, being the final journey to that start line and that grand tour of this big, beautiful, old city, on foot. For 26.2 miles....

Of rice and men.

Mini Coach is out cold in bed, gifting us a 7:30 surrender after leaving the witching hour until just before midnight yesterday. He's usually stellar at the bedtime routine so this was particularly inconvenient, being placed on that special and importan...

And let slip the dogs of war!

I had a battle cry raging in my head this morning. After four weeks of coughing and illness and weakness and inability to do much more than sit on my dead **** on the sofa and feel sorry for myself, there were a first three 'return' tentative miles on T...

Bring it, redux.

Good grief, I've only really gone and done it now. Back when I said 'bring it', I didn't mean for the IT to be 'significant health adversity that will chew up my training plan like a dog with a slipper'. But lo and behold I asked for some form of 'it' a...

Get BACK, setback.

Well, I sort of knew it would happen and quietly glad it's now and not next month but here I am on week two of a technicolor chest infection. The bugger of it all is that it has overtaken me on the back of strawng - a cracking 12 miles, followed by a cr...

Bring it.

There is not a snowball's chance in hell I could have even attempted to run a marathon when I was 21. When I was 21, although I'd been a dancer and was still physically strong, I was mentally brittle. I had no steel. I was too afraid to pursue a profess...

And in with the new.

Oh the running the running. I'm back to the running! Ok...well, not this past weekend but still - over the Christmas break there were nonstop 5ks galore, there was a 'trending faster' on Strava, there was a pain free over-10-k. There was a glance at the...

Half speed ahead!

Nearly one month to the day since my heel screamed 'Oy! OFF me you silly cow!' I am beyond happy to report that I am BACK. I'm pretty sure the acute injury I sustained last month and now seem to have got rid of had to do with the heel collar of my shoes...