2014 was my year of coffee and cake. I won’t say there haven’t been some challenges along the way: plunging in at the deep end as a full-time mum on maternity leave has certainly been an adventure; in fact the most rewarding (and exhausting!) of my life so far … but there has been a LOT of coffee and cake.

2015 is going to be a bit different. It’s going to be my year of OUTDOOR ADVENTURE. Being a mum (and loving it) doesn’t have to mean that outdoor adventuring falls by the wayside; I believe there must be room to enjoy both. One life: live it!

The big goal: Mont Blanc Marathon, 28 June 2015. That’s 26.2 miles; 2722m ascent and 1674m descent. It’s been four years since my last marathon, and I’ve never run more than half that distance on alpine terrain – so it’s fair to say that this’ll be my biggest running challenge yet. Yikes. Scary – but in a really brilliant way. Getting a place in last month’s entry ballot was exactly the motivation I needed to get out and plan a diary of races, adventures and new outdoor experiences for the next eight months.

And yes, it’s going to be tricky and even tough at times when it comes to juggling parenting and sleepless nights with a marathon training schedule and a mission to get out more (we’ve already missed at least one race due to a particularly nasty bug from nursery, but that’s another story!) – but the one sure thing is that if I don’t try, I certainly won’t succeed. As for the rest, time will tell! There are still a few gaps to fill and race dates to add (not to mention some training to do and a few babysitting negotiations to make!) but the plan so far looks like this:

Run o’ the Mill, Stirling: 14.5k: COMPLETED, 11th place (female)

Dumyat Dash, 4.8k: COMPLETED, 2nd place (female)
Glen Clova Half Marathon TBC
Tinto Hill Race 7k TBC
Introduction to bouldering
Kendal Mountain Festival 10k Trail Run


Introduction to climbing & ice climbing, Kinlochleven
That’s Lyth! 23.5 miles, Kendal



Spring in Lakeland, 22 miles, Ambleside

Kintyre Way Ultra, 35 miles
Keswick Mountain Festival short triathlon

Mont Blanc Marathon

What more can I say? It feels like a lot of challenges to live up to, but the only way to get started is to start. Life is brighter when you live it to the full. So, bring it on!