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Maxine Napal

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The only way is UP.

I like ultras and hills and trails. Buzzers, I love.

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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...

The things I do for bubs.

Knowing full well what I'm about to get myself into this April, having an injury can't be allowed to stop me training, so I have officially converted 'running' into 'cycling' for the time being. I'm really cheesed off at my foot for going wrong but at t...

My heel's on the bus.

Kind of like Christmas dinner with siblings, just when you think everything is going well, the **** hits the fan. Enter my poor overworked little heel. In the midst of a blissful 5k before work the other day there is a sharp pain like something hit a ne...

Glow little glow worm.

The problem with life is it interferes with running. And blogging. And increasing Ye Olde Iron ****. But nonetheless I've done my level best to continue all of these despite a honking three day meeting and a night without seeing my little Dude. Yet I su...

I want a big butt and I canno...

It's amazing how much harder you focus on glute and hip strengthening exercises simply by reliving in your memory the excruciating pain they have the capacity to deliver over the Big Miles. So to prevent a re-run of the great big pain I endured during t...

Hip hip hoor-aye yay yay

I haven't had sore hips like this since I was pregnant. It's day seven after the second of two half marathons in three weeks that I thought I could easily handle (read: it seemed like a good idea at the time) but the last one seems to have handled me. M...

My reason for being. My reaso...

  In April 2016, I'm going to attempt to do something I never dreamed possible for someONE I never dreamed possible - toe the line of the London Marathon and conquer those 26.2 miles in support of the Down's Syndrome Association and my gorgeous son Ruk...