Category: INSPIRATION

The simple joy of running

In October 2019, Louise Read, 37 a lawyer and mum of two, almost died after suffering a stroke. This is the third of her blogs detailing her return back to running strong as she trains for the London Marathon Last night, my resting heart rate was 42. Since I’ve been at work, it’s tripled – and it’s only 10.15am. The joys of being a litigation lawyer. I think I need a cup of tea. To add to my stress levels, my husband has just texted me to say that the gift I left UNDER HIS LUNCHBOX to post for my

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I ran 1.35 when last year I couldn’t walk

Last year, mum of two, Louise Read, 37, a lawyer from Notts couldn’t walk. This month she ran 1.35 for a half marathon as she details her return to health – and juggling duty exclusively for GRTW I write this at work during my lunch break, whilst trying to scoff a vegan Christmas sandwich having returned from a rushed trip into town to get the kids Christmas jumpers for school. ON top of the fact, I was up at 5.50am to squeeze in a 30 minute run for my marathon training before leaving for work at 7.30am. And because today

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GRTW Runderlust – this weekend’s bucket list races

If you love running, travel and food, what better way to explore the world than by cherry-picking up incredible race destinations. Here’s our pick of where we’d love to run this weekend VilNIUS CHRISTMAS RUN Enjoy a magical Xmas themed run through the UNESCO world heritage site of the Old Town of Lithuania. Choose from 3k up to 10k and any festive themed outfit. There is a lot to visit and pack in on this weekend trips; alongside it’s baroque history is the tale of this great city during WW2, which saw over 90% of the Jewish population were murdered.

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GRTW Runderlust – this weekend’s bucket list races

Exploring the world and the people who live in it through running is a great way to travel. Here’s our pick of this weekend’s inspirational destinations Valencia Marathon There are few places where you can enjoy amazing food, a great city to explore, great weather and a PB worthy course as Valencia. We are big fans of this Spanish city with incredible restaurants and trendy cafes in the funky neighbourhood of Rusafa, as a running destination. In 2020, we will be again taking a trip there and running a special Project Marathon training group for this winter race (view our

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GRTW Runderlust – this weekend’s bucket list events

Up this weekend is one event that’s been on the wish-list of most of our team here at GRTW HQ for some time… Bagan Temple Marathon Tucked away in central Myanmar is Bagan, home to more than 2000 temples through which the route of this marathon passes. From the 9th-13th centuries, these temples were the capital of Pagan Dynasty which unified what is know Myanmar. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, it’s a major draw to the slowly burgeoning tourist industry. Should you travel there or not? This is a country that has been relatively untouched, it’s temples and street

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Lou Read recovering from a stroke out on a london marathon training run

My stroke anniversary hit me hard

Last October, Lou Read, 37, a laywer and mum of two suffered a stroke that left her unable to walk or talk. This is the second of her monthly updates exclusive for Girls Run the World about training for the London Marathon 2020 They say getting to the start line mentally and physically ready for a marathon is bigger than actually doing it. This I know is true, and it’s going to ring truer than ever for me this time as I train for the London Marathon. (Listen to our podcast with Lou about how a stroke transformed her life).

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GRTW Runderlust – our top travel bucket list races

Of course, the big Daddy of events in terms of marathon and race destinations this weekend is the New York marathon. But these less obvious events are just as incredible, if not more so as amazing places to visit Lake Maggiore Marathon, Half & 10k We’re big fans of events that offer a variety of distances, which means it’s suitable for a big group of different friends taking part. We are also rather partial to any events in destinations where the food is GREAT. The Italian Lakes offer so much, particularly Lake Maggiore, with its stunning little villages that hug

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GRTW Runderlust – top running travel destinations

From hip artists communities to incredible food, this weekend’s runderlust list brings some perfect Autumn inspiration for a weekend get away  Ljubljana marathon Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia, once former Yugoslavia until it gained it’s independence in June 1991. As one of the smallest cities, in one of the smallest countries in Europe, it perhaps makes for one of the best capitals in which to combine a marathon with a city break. Save your legs and take the glass-walled funicular up to the medieval fortress of Ljubljana Castle , then take a mooch through the Old Town’s maze of narrow

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My marathon journey: from stroke to finish line

Lou Read, 36, a lawyer and mum of two, from Notts was a sub 20 minute Parkrun runner until she suffered a stroke last October which left her unable to walk or even talk. Almost a year on from the anniversary of her stoke, she shares the first of her monthly blog posts for Girls Run the World, charting her training and return to the London Marathon in April 2020.  The marathon and I have unfinished business. After dropping from a time of 3hrs, 26minutes to 3hours, 13minutes between 2016 and 2017, I gave training for the London Marathon 2018

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