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About Running Happy

Running Happy is a blog about running, exploring the countryside and eating some rather tasty vegan food.

I started the blog as a way of keeping a record of my progress as I trained for my first half marathon (the Great Birmingham run in October 2014). As well as writing race reports, recipes, food and kit reviews I also like to take photos of the lovely countryside I run in. Running outdoors, whatever the weather, means I get to see some beautiful flora and fauna that I just wouldn’t see otherwise.

If you are a new runner or someone who is thinking about a good way to get fit I hope this blog will encourage you to get out there. If you are an experienced runner I hope the blog will get you running some new events and routes. And, whether or not you are already vegan, I hope to inspire you to try some delicious vegan food along the way.

I love to get feedback and hear from my readers so please let me know in the comments if you have tried one of my recipes, signed up for a new to you race or have a running recommendation for me. Or you can email me at ku.oc1500834655.yppa1500834655hgnin1500834655nur@o1500834655lleh1500834655

Why Running?

I started running in January 2014 having realised my level of fitness had dropped a bit since owning and driving a car. Running seemed a good, cheap and accessible option for me. All I needed to do was leave my house and run! No timetables of classes and no traveling to the gym.

I started with a Couch to 5k programme and a pair of sneakers, not even proper running shoes, and just went out there. By the end of January I was hooked and had bought my first pair of trainers.

This surprised me somewhat as I was never very sporty at school. I was always the girl who ‘forgot’ her kit and made sure any dentist appointments fell at the exact time of the PE class. However, running outside in the cold, grey and wintery months really inspired me. It made me happy, got me fit again and helped to lose those additional 2″ around my hips!

Less than 3 years after starting to run I qualified as a Coach in Running Fitness. This has allowed me to pass on my love of running and being outdoors to new and experienced runners.

Why Vegan?

I stopped eating meat when I was 7, once I realised that the lamb on my plate was the same lamb skipping around in the fields. I loved animals (still do!) and didn’t want to eat them. I became vegan in my late teens once I realised that drinking milk and eating cheese still causes suffering to animals.

Not only does a vegan diet eliminate the suffering of animals, it’s also good for your health and the environment. And just because you eat plants doesn’t mean food isn’t tasty, filling and satisfying. If you want to find out more please visit the Vegan Society who can give you plenty of information, recipes and support in becoming vegan.

Contact Me

If you would like to contact me you can email me at ku.oc1500834655.yppa1500834655hgnin1500834655nur@o1500834655lleh1500834655 or follow me on Twitter

Bournemouth Training: Week 7 and 8

Bournemouth Training: Week 7 and 8

It’s a double feature today as I didn’t have time to do my update last week! And looking at the past fortnight I can say I had some good runs sandwiched between two not great runs. Week 7 started off with a Monday morning speed session and I really wasn’t feeling it. I got up…

Bournemouth Training: Week 6

Bournemouth Training: Week 6

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Bournemouth Training: Week 5

Bournemouth Training: Week 5

Another early start for speed work on Monday, this time hill repeats. There were quite a few people out and about, including a lost HGV driver that I had to direct and a rather handsome looking fox who crossed my hill as I was running up it. My repeats consisted of running uphill repeats for…