Rants and raves #35

**Disclaimer: I’m writing this post after having a stressful day at work. I lost count of the number of times my computer crashed and I ‘lost’ what I was working on at the time. I’m also feeling a little tired after spending a little too much time out in the sun. As a result, I have a feeling that although I’ll do my best to be positive, this blog may be more grumbly than normal. As always, all rants and raves and moans and groans represent my own views. Dozens of far less negative running blogs are available**

Happy Tuesday, I hope that everyone who reads this enjoyed the long Easter weekend. How amazing was the weather, I just hope it’s a little cooler this Sunday; two boiling hot London Marathons in a row would be a tad unfortunate.

Rave: ReRun Clothing

Apologies if you’re already aware that this company exists, but I thought I’d start with a quick rave about ReRun Clothing.

ReRun is described as a Community Interest Company aimed at prolonging the life of running clothes and equipment and saving them from landfill.ReRun ClothingAccording to the ReRun Clothing website, extending the life of clothes by just nine months of active use would reduce carbon, water and waste footprints by around 20-30% each. When my self-imposed buying running gear ban comes to and end, I’ll see if I can find anything I like on ReRun.

Rant: Wasting money

In February, I worked out how much I spent on running related purchases last year, the final total was a bit of an eye-opener.  I’m now monitoring how much I’m spending. Thanks to a persistently niggly right knee, I’ve had a frustrating start to the year. I’ve already missed three races:

  • Big Half £35
  • London Landmarks Half £55
  • Cathedral to Castle Run £25

So that’s over £100 worth of entry fees, and no memories or medals. I’m sure that at some point, the race t-shirt, kit bags and safety pins will come in useful… I wish more events allowed the official transfer of entries. I was offered £60 for my London Landmarks number but I didn’t want to risk it.

Fortunately, being injured means I’ve had a lot more spare time, so I’ve sold a lot of my unwanted running gear online.

Rave: The weather

I’m aware that the weather features in virtually every blog I write, but the long Easter weekend weather was amazing.

I lost count of the number of burnt Brummies I spotted during the weekend. In the words of Baz Luhrmann, wear sunscreen:

“Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99
Wear Sunscreen
If I could offer you only one tip for the future,
Sunscreen would be it
The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists
whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience…
I will dispense this advice now…”

I remember when I first heard Everybody’s Free, I was 21. Now I’m rapidly approaching 40! The lyrics to Everybody’s Free are pretty much guaranteed to make me cry every time.

Rant: Food shaming, the Easter edition

Apologies for another repeat rant, but I was disappointed but not at all surprised to see so much Easter related food shaming on social media. I can’t remember who shared this infographic, but I’d need to complete a lot of push ups after my Easter egg consumption.Easter food shaming 1

 Women’s Running Magazine shared this on Facebook…Easter food shaming 2…and subsequently deleted their original post and published this apology:

“We’re really sorry for our previous post. We want to promote positive relationships with food: after all, it gives us the strength and energy we need to run our best. Thank you for your feedback we’ll take more care with our posts in future.”

So, to summarise, you don’t ‘earn’ chocolate with exercise. Eat what you want when you want. I need to learn to love dark chocolate.

Rave: Boston Marathon 2019

Although I’m such an injury-prone plodder there’s no way I’ll ever get to take part, I still enjoy following the Boston Marathon. Unfortunately, this year I wasn’t able to watch it live because I was at work. I did manage to catch up with the marathon when I got back to my lodgings, so it wasn’t the end of the world.

I loved the sprint finish at the end of the men’s race; I mean how on earth can people sprint at the end of a marathon? It’s incredible; I can barley shuffle at the end of parkrun. I also loved the women’s race; I just wish they got a little more airtime.

I enjoyed watching one of my all-time favourite runners; Des Linden, in the female race. Although Des didn’t come first this year, she most definitely put in a gutsy performance. This interview with Des made me chuckle. When asked if she was tearing up near the finish line (as she waved to the crowds), Des Linden produced a humorous but blunt assessment:

“I’m going to be totally honest with you,” Linden joked. “That was me almost vomiting.”

Des Linden is one of the few elite runners I follow on twitter; she talks a lot of sense.

Quite frankly, the performance of Joan Benoit Samuelson blew my mind. Joan recorded a time of 3 hours and 4 minutes which was within 40 minutes of her 1979 winning time.

Perhaps there’s still hope for me.

Rant: Bad manners

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve completed a product review, have emailed the person I’ve been dealing with to let them know that the review is live, and have heard nothing back. I get that people are busy, but it only takes a couple of minutes to send an email. Where I work, if I failed to respond to an email, I would probably find myself having a conversation with my line manager. I’m starting to think that my product reviews are terrible.

Rave: London Marathon World Record attempts

Yesterday, the organisers of the London Marathon released information on some of this year’s Guinness World Record attempts. Some of the 84 attempts sound more challenging than others, for example, the fastest marathon wearing ski boots and the fastest marathon wearing ice skates. My fragile left foot hurts just thinking about running in ski boots or ice skates; I struggle to run in trainers. Also, the fastest marathon dressed as a tooth sounds like a rather random choice.

I’ve shared this before, but if you do watch the London Marathon on the BBC, don’t forget to play Marathon bingo!Marathon Bingo


Rant: People who litter

Apologies for ending this post with a rant. After hearing that Saltaire junior parkrun was cancelled due to there being broken glass and rubbish on a large part of the course, I did a bit of online detective work (cross out) checked out facebook, and was shocked at what I saw.

Littering unfortunately seems to be on the increase. I’ve recently taken part in a couple of organised litter picks in Four Oaks. In a couple of hours, a group of five of us managed to fill 23 large bags with litter. While on the subject of letter, I’d love to see a few ShokzPlog events outside of London.

If you’ve reached the end of this selection of random rants and raves, then “thank-you”. I’m not convinced I would have made it to the end of my rather random waffle. I hope that you think my rants were reasonable. I do feel much better now that I’ve shared my moans and groans with you.

Did you enjoy the long Easter weekend? Did you manage to make the most of the amazing weather? I just hope it’s cooler this weekend.

Do you follow any elite runners on social media? I’m always looking to follow more inspirational female athletes.


7 thoughts on “Rants and raves #35

  1. Liz says:

    You’re human and so it’s ok to rant, but I say yours isn’t making it a gloomy post.
    The weather was good over the weekend where I live and we’ll, the Easter egg have had, in addition to other sweet things I have had, which is more than I usually would makes it shaming. Lots of walking for me and jogging if I ever start to get round to it.


    • Emma says:

      Thanks Liz. I do sometimes worry that my blog posts come across as being far too negative. I do tend to focus on the negatives rather than the positives.
      Now that the London Marathon is out of the way, I’m hoping that the good weather we had over the Easter weekend makes another appearance ASAP. It feels really chilly in Sutton ‘Cold’field today.
      I dread to think how much I’d have to run to burn off all the calories I’m planning on consuming this week. Probably a few return trips from Lands End to John O’Groats!

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      • Liz says:

        It’s feeling a bit chilly here too, so I am hoping the same.
        Focusing on negative can be so easy over positive things. It takes practice to get better at it, but the main thing is you are aware. Practice makes perfect, but it’s still fine to have a rant at times, just to get things off your chest.


  2. Maria @ Maria Runs says:

    I totally agree with you over the food shaming- I saw that post by WR and the apology, and what was crazy was the number of people saying “oh it’s just harmless fun, snowflakes” etc- NO- especially with female sports there should not be some kind of weird punishment and reward thing with running or sports and food. Grrr!
    There’s a parkrun near me that keeps getting vandalised- they have permanent signs up in the woods and they keep getting smashed, and it’s not that near a town or anything so people are going there deliberately to spoil it. What is wrong with some people???
    And onto happier notes, yes, the weather was fab this weekend!


    • Emma says:

      Women’s Running has been getting it wrong quite a lot recently. I don’t know who looks after their social media accounts; I hope they don’t any food shaming posts in the future. I find the old ‘it’s only harmless fun’ argument incredibly frustrating, it seems to be used to justify all sorts of what I’d call inappropriate behaviour.
      I don’t understand people who go out of their way to deliberately cause damage. In Sutton Park it’s usually quite young children, I find myself asking where the parents are.
      I’d love the Easter weekend weather to make a reappearance, it’s pretty chilly here today.


  3. AnnaTheApple says:

    I love that ReRun idea! How fantastic!
    Omg I cannot STAND this whole food shame thing. I could rant until I’m blue in the face. Just enjoy your chocolate and be quiet, people! It’s once a year for god’s sake. Let us enjoy ourselves.


    • Emma says:

      I think ReRun is a great idea. I used to send my unwanted running gear to A Mile in Her Shoes but they stopped accepting donations. The problem with me is that it’s every week. Yesterday, I was genuinely disappointed when I couldn’t find any Mini Eggs anywhere. Once I’ve got my birthday week out of the way, I’m planning to return to slightly healthier eating (and less beer drinking).


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