Preparing for surgery during a pandemic

Like many people across the country, I’ve had a lot of questions for the government during the pandemic. A question I’d never thought to ask though is ‘What does a major surgery during a pandemic look like? ‘ Two weeks ago, I received a call that means that it’s not…

Heroes aren’t just heroes during a pandemic

Since lockdown began at the end of March, Thursday evenings have been heralded by people standing on their doorsteps and taking part in the weekly Clap for Carers. Undoubtedly, all of our doctors and nurses deserve our praise for their work during this pandemic. I can’t help but be a…

The Freedom of Isolation

Back in March, I had a phone call from my GP telling me that I was on the list of people who were considered to be highly vulnerable due to covid-19. For the nine weeks since that phone call, I’ve gone in to isolation and not left the house. I’ve…

Safety & Sanity

It goes without saying that we’re going through some strange times at the moment. Personally, I’ve not left the house in more than three weeks and I now find myself writing about long weekends of lockdown rather than long weekends of running. I’m not going to lie to you, being…

Be a superhero

I’m a day late with the blogging this week because it’s taken me a little while to process the weekends news. I wanted to take the time to write a meaningful post, rather than an angry rant. Just in case you’ve been living under a rock since yesterday evening, or…

Delays and Deficiencies

Until earlier this week, I’d hoped that I’d never have to write this blog post, but unfortunately the time has come. I’m sure you’ve all seen in the news over the last few days that the London Marathon has been postponed because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst it’s not…

The show must go on

There’s been lots of speculation recently about whether the London Marathon will even take place this year because of the spread of COVID-19. Whilst for many people in the midst of training this is disheartening (according to social media, that is), it’s just another stumbling block for me. My point…

Twenty five for 25

Today is my 25th birthday. In my experience, a twenty fifth birthday celebration typically involves a gathering of friends and perhaps a bottle or two of something alcoholic. As the marathon is now less than two months away and my birthday has fallen on a Sunday, I decided that my…

Nine weeks to go!

I’ve been in a happy bubble for days, all because of the kind-heartedness and generosity of the people of Oxford. On Thursday evening, I hosted Brain Buster – a quiz night in aid of Headway at the Oxford Retreat. I was supported by colleagues, friends and a team from Headway…