Blog: Running Through My Mind

Welcome to my blog. Here I will talk about all the things I am passionate about, which include, but are not limited to, my love of landscapes, photography, the great outdoors and running.

I also love cooking and eating! I have therefore created a new Recipe section on my site for some of my favourite recipes, including the peanut butter flapjack recipe I have been perfecting. Why not check it out (just perhaps not if you are really hungry ...)

A Complete History of (my) Running


I thought I would keep a little running log (ha-de-har) of my stats and achievements so far ... ...more

How Plans Change ....


A tale of woe - don’t read if you are squeamish! ...more

Beachy Head Trail Marathon 2020


The toughest trail marathon in the UK? ...more

Dear High Street


An open letter from an Amazon shopper to the High Street ...more

The UKRunChat Training Weekend in Eastbourne


When I heard there was going to be a UKRunChat training weekend in Eastbourne, I confess I was more than a little excited. ...more

I Definitely Ran a Marathon … and I Broke the Golden Rule …


I did it. I ran Brighton Marathon on 12 April 2015 in a time of 4 hours 38 minutes and 18 seconds. I went from saying I ‘may’ have signed up for a marathon 11 months ago, to completing my first 26.2 miles. ...more

Taper Tantrums, Maranoia and Denial


In seven days’ time I will be running Brighton Marathon. ...more

Eastbourne Half Marathon 2015


Today I ran Eastbourne Half Marathon and it was great. Really great. ...more

48 days, 14 hours and 8 minutes to go ….


There are only 48 days, 14 hours and 8 minutes to go until Brighton Marathon 2015 as I write this. Not that I am counting, of course.

Or panicking. I am definitely not panicking. ...more

To be, or not to be


... a vegetarian.

This is a question I often find myself pondering. Whether or not to be a vegetarian. Not because I don't like eating meat, because I do, but on moral or ethical grounds. ...more

RunBrighton Marathon Training Seminar – This Sh*t is Getting Real


After almost nine months of denial, shit has just got real.

In 90 days I will be running a marathon. ...more

The Start of a New Year


I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I am put off by the idea of starting out on January 1st with all good intentions, only to beat myself up on January 10th when I have already started losing motivation and momentum. Why set yourself up for a fall? ...more

I ‘may’ have signed up for a marathon – part 2


Seven months ago I wrote a blog about how I ‘may’ have signed up for a marathon.

I was in denial at the time. I hadn’t told any of my friends, because to tell them would make it real. I wasn’t ready for it to become real. ...more

Trail Running – Never a Dull Moment


After a few months of road running in preparation for my recent half marathon debut, I managed to get back out on the trails recently and remembered how much I love trail running. It reminded me of this blog I wrote back in August, but never got around to publishing it.... ...more

Poppy Half Marathon


As I have mentioned in previous blogs, I signed up for Brighton Marathon in April 2015 after running the 10km race at the event in 2014. At this point in time, 10km was pretty much the furthest distance I had run and certainly the furthest I had raced. It was, in fact, my first ever race of any distance (discounting parkruns, of course, as these are timed runs, not races). ...more

Runners are the Nicest People


Since I have got into running regularly, I have noticed something about runners: by and large they are the nicest people I have met. ...more

Half Marathon Training - Learning as I go


Training for my first half marathon has taught me a few things along the way. ...more

Make Your own Luck


People often tell me I am lucky. ...more

Compulsion to Run?


When does running turn from a healthy pastime into a compulsion? How do we know which category we fall into? ...more

I am not a Machine


It occurred to me recently that I am not a machine.

Now this may seem a bit obvious to others, but, as a runner, I think it is something I need to remind myself from time to time. ...more

I don’t remember the name of a single PE teacher from school


I hated sport in school. There is no other way to describe how I felt: I Hated it, with a capital ‘H’ (not to mention with a passion). ...more

Race Report: Brighton Trailblazer 2014


I love trail running and can often be found (or lost, in some cases) up on the South Downs somewhere near Eastbourne. I was therefore very excited when I saw that Brighton Sports organise the Brighton Trailblazer; a 6 mile (or thereabouts) trail run across the South Downs in Woodingdean, Brighton. ...more

Reasons to Run


I have been one of those fortunate runners, who has had very few, if any, setbacks with their running. ...more

Wedding Photography Course in Lacock


At the beginning of July I attended a 2 day wedding photography workshop in the beautiful surroundings of Lacock. ...more

Catching Flies


At the end of last year, when I started getting ‘serious’ about running, I decided it was time to invest in a heart rate monitor. ...more

Have You Seen 101 Dalmatians Pass By This Way?


I took part in the Heroes v Villains run in Brighton on Sunday 18th May 2014. This was their 10th anniversary of the Heroes run, so they decided to mix it up a bit by adding a Villains run option to the day. ...more

Mind Over Matter


I have always been a strong believer in mind over matter and I have found that running has shown me even more clearly just how true this is. ...more

I Think I May be a Victorian Lady


I suspect I may have been born in the wrong era... ...more

iPhone Photography - is it 'Proper' Photography?


I was asked recently, by another member of the Eastbourne Photographic Society Camera Club, whether I used my iPhone to take photographs. When I replied that I did not, I received the surprised reply, “oh, but why not?”. ...more

Found: One Competitive Streak


I never used to be competitive; at least, I don't think I did ... ...more

Why is the bed never made? And other life’s little mysteries


I live alone, except when I have the company of my dog, Wilson, who is a ‘child of a broken home’ and spends half his time with my ex.

I like living alone. It suits me. ...more

Procrastination: Mine Enemy


I wrote a blog yesterday about identifying what is important to me by looking at what I find daunting, as those are often the things that matter to you the most.

However, something else also occurred to me: I have procrastination down to a fine art. ...more

If something is daunting, it probably means it is worth doing


Tonight I was voted onto the committee of my local Eastbourne Photographic Society Camera Club as their new Digital Secretary. ...more

I 'may' have signed up for a marathon


I am in denial (and for once it isn’t about my age). ...more

Athletes eat and train, they don’t diet and exercise


I read this today at the place I go if I want to research a subject, gather opinions, find out what people are interested in/what is bothering them or making them happy currently, or if I just can’t get off the sofa and there is nothing worth watching on TV; you may have guessed already, I am talking about Twitter. ...more

Warning: May Contain Flapjack


Hi. My name is Karen and I am a running addict.

There, I said it. That wasn’t so hard now, was it? ...more

Eastbourne Festival of Arts and Culture 2014


Some of my images will be on display and available to purchase during the festival ...more

The (Not so) Reluctant Wedding Photographer


I am very excited to be attending a 2 day wedding photography workshop organised by the Royal Photographic Society ...more

Getting Involved


I am pleased to be a member of Eastbourne Photographic Society ...more