15 times Friends understood your attempts to lose weight

So, I have a confession to make.  I have an almost encyclopedic knowledge of Friends – I must have seen every episode multiple times over the years. Tonight I’m heading to a Friends trivia night (this trivia night, in fact), and I’m quietly confident for a high ranking score.  And on that note, here are 15 times that our favourite 6 characters perfectly summed up all of your attempts to lose weight.

1. The one where you decide to lose weight

It’s never a fun moment, that day when you realize that no, it’s not your washing machine shrinking all your clothes.  It’s your months of neglect, beers and chicken kebabs taking their toll on you.   Time for a change!

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A year of running in New York, and some other places too

2015 running new york

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I did a LOT of running in New York this year.  I’ve completed my NYRR 9+1 race/volunteer requirements this year, which means I’ve got guaranteed entry into the 2016 marathon.  


I’m already excited.  I’ve never run a marathon before, but I’ve been running short distances for over a year now so I’m ready.  It’s time for the next big challenge.

It seems like a good time to do an end-of-year review of my races (only a month late!). Between my running in New York and also in surrounding areas, I’ve completed 19 races in total – nearly 2 a month!  It’s been a good year, and going into 2016 I have built a good base to build on with even more challenging goals.  With that, let’s recap on my busy running year!


Race 1: Scotland Run 10k

4th April 2015: Finishing time 1:16:18, average pace 12:17min/mi

Running in New York City
Posing with the Edgewater Running Divas (and honorary diva) before the race

This is my favourite NYRR race in the entire race calendar – although I think I’m the only actual Scottish person to run in it!  The Scotland Run is usually my first 10k of the year, spring is in the air and the icy chill of the winter months is starting to subside.  Weather is perfect for running at this time and everyone is in great spirits.

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12 races you need to run in 2016


We’ve said goodbye to 2015 and welcomed 2016 with open arms and ambitious goals.  With the end of every year comes the internet stampede of ‘review of 2015’ posts, including my own review which is sitting in draft on my computer at home while I’m travelling – oops!  So instead of looking at what’s been done in 2015 (which will be published later this month when it’s no longer relevent), let’s look at what to do in 2016 instead.

This is my bucket list of races for 2016, the races I’d choose if I could pick one per month, if money and travel were of no concern.  Some of these I’ve run before, most I haven’t, but all are known to be races you don’t want to miss out on!



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Diet forgotten, match abandoned. 2016 is go!

Happy new year everyone!

I haven’t written a blog post in a few weeks, for a couple of reasons.  I’ve been really busy with work, I’ve done some travelling and had a business trip to France which was much more stressful than I expected, and had some personal issues too. All in all, December was a split month for me, in some ways it was not the best month for me, but in other ways it was awesome. However, I did have some successes with running, so all was not lost!  I completed two more races since my last post, bringing my 2015 total to 19.

Ted Corbitt 15k, 9th December

It had arrived, the big race. My longest distance of 2015. The race that marked the final cell of my excel-spreadsheet-training-plan. It was an unseasonably warm December morning, which meant a last minute change to my running clothes. Running in one short sleeve tee was a nice novelty for mid-December!


Ready at the starting line with a running friend
Ready at the starting line with a running friend


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Pain is temporary. Internet race results last forever

Truer words were never spoken
Truer words were never spoken

Yesterday I ran the Garden State Plaza 5k, a quick flat race round the perimeter of the largest mall in New Jersey.  Not gonna lie, I struggled to add on another 2 miles after the race (as I had 5M in my training plan) – not from exhaustion or injury or laziness, but because a shopping mall doesn’t exactly have anywhere to run!

It was fine when we had the road closed off for the race, but afterwards I resorted to weaving up and down the car park aisles to get my extra distance in.  People kept looking at me like I couldn’t find the finish line so had resorted to just running up and down in neat little lines instead.  Let’s just say it wasn’t one of my favourites!

Car park selfie. I really need to start bringing people with me to these races, get some better photos!
Car park selfie. I really need to start bringing people with me to these races, get some better photos!

Anyway, I digress.  One of the supporters had a sign that said ‘Pain is temporary, internet race results last forever’.  It made me chuckle, and pushed me on to run that little bit faster as I approached the end of the timed race.  When I got home I decided to test the theory – do internet race results really last forever?  

To test it out, I searched for results from a 10k I’d walked in 2011, before I’d taken up running as a hobby.

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