Hi there! Thank you for visiting The PhD Runner, and welcome to my personal running blog. Grab yourself a cup of tea, coffee or a glass of something stronger (I don’t mind), take a seat and relax.

My name is Emma (aka The PhD Runner), and this is my personal running blog. I share my adventures (and misadventures) as a mediocre and somewhat injury-prone runner. Most runners get faster, I’m gradually getting slower. I was born and grew up in Birmingham and am incredibly proud of the ‘Second City’.

Medal poseMy passions are hydrology (rivers), running, classical music, travelling, running and maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Please join me on my journey as I challenge myself and push myself out of my comfort zone. Although I’ve been running for more than 25 years, I’ve spent a lot of time sitting on the injury bench. After recovering from a metatarsal stress fracture, I’m now slowly but surely building up the miles. I’ve finally learnt how to be patient!

Blog posts are a mixture of race reports, product recommendations and reviews, random musings about my training and progression, rants and raves and hints and tips for new runners. I aim to update my blog 2-3 times a week.

Likes: Diet Coke, tea, chocolate, G&T, running, travelling, classical music, yoga, positive people, disclosure in blogs, laughing, cooking, twitter, rivers, tennis and the countryside.

Dislikes: Coffee, peanut butter,  porridge, the expression’wanna’, uneven pavements, running injuries, hills, having my photograph taken, unreliable people, rudeness.


Although I am more than happy to collaborate with most brands, I will only accept items that I feel fit my blog.

I believe that disclosure matters. Whenever I review a product for a brand I will state that the post is a product review. If I receive payment for a post I will state that the post is sponsored. In addition, I will always highlight whether I was provided a product or race entry for free in return for a blog post.

Review Posts

For examples of my most recent collaborations with brands, please take a look at the following review posts:

Book Reviews

I also love reading and have published a few book reviews:

Please Get in Touch!

Please feel free to contact me to discuss how we could work together by email eneachell [at] hotmail [dot] com or via the ‘Contact Me’ page. I love it when people contact me via this blog, it makes all the hours I spent writing feel worthwhile 🙂

I’m currently based in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham and try to attend my local parkrun in Sutton Park. If you see me volunteering, please say hi!

I spend far too much time on twitter @thephdrunner please feel free to follow me.

Although I love talking about running, I also love writing about running!


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