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Jen Slater
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Jack of all trades, master of none but never happier. A London-based rock climbing, trail running, outdoors addict, who struggles with cycling (but refuses to give up).
Jack of all trades, master of none but never happier. A London-based rock climbing, trail running, outdoors addict, who struggles with cycling (but refuses to give up).

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How to Love a Marathon (aka That Time I Ran London Marathon)
"FLAMINGOS!" I force an awkward laugh in an attempt to disguise the ridiculous tears rolling down my face, as I watch 'inflatable flamingo man' waving crazily at the couple of strangers holding up mini versions of his wearable race companion. Only four mile...
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How to Hate a Marathon
Three years ago, after watching friends fight their way through London Marathon training, I decided to  never do one myself . Four marathons and two ultras in, I'll admit I may have to eat my words but the reasons behind my declaration still stand. I run fo...
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Blok Rocking
In a moment of courage, I spun on my heels, grabbed a pen and decidedly added up my score on tired, raw fingers. The goal was to take part in a proper climbing competition, yet I'd avoided one thing. Competing. I'd got my first taste of competition a few mo...
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The #2minuteproject
It takes 2 minutes, 17 seconds for my kettle to boil. When I'm working from home, I have three or four teas throughout the day. That's a potential 9 minutes, 8 seconds that I'm waiting around to fill my mug each day. There's not a lot you can do in two minu...
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The Jennest of Jens
I've written this opening paragraph so many times over the past month, without ever finishing it. This 'next post', the one that comes after such a long break felt hard because I just didn't know what to say anymore.  Having stopped flying trapeze classes d...
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Race Report: Vitality British 10k
WHAT: 10k road race WHERE: Piccadilly, London WHEN: 10th July 2016 From nowhere, my eyes filled with tears. Well, not nowhere, someone had said “you can do it, Sonia!” as their friend ran past and waved like crazy. That was enough to set me off. Embarrassed...
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Speedo – Fuelling Fast
Psychology is a funny thing. You could have done all the training in the world, be performing at your absolute best and already have wins under your belt but if you don’t feel fast, you’re not likely to be your fastest. That’s why Speedo have spent the last...
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My New Run Club... Seriously!
It’s taken four years of running, two different towns and a lot of Facebook stalking but I’ve finally found a local run club that suits me! They only run on trails, they like a social pace and they always have snacks. Oh…and they’re a canicross group…and I ...
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Rece Report: Midsummer Race Series, Hatfield House
WHAT: 5-mile run WHERE: Hatfield House, Hertfordshire WHEN: 7th July 2015 Eventually, three miles into the five-mile race, I found a reason for that feeling of familiarity. I’d been here before! The back gates of Hatfield House hadn’t been open when I went ...
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Race Report: Love Welwyn Garden City 10k
WHAT: 10k road race WHERE: Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire WHEN: 14th February 2016 It disappeared. Nothing happened in particular, no traumatising events, but the love I had for running just didn't seem to be there any more. I was in be...
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