Christmas and Running: December Updates

Running Commentary Podcast

With Paul Tonkinson and Rob Deering from the podcast, Running Commentary.

I can smell Christmas! It smells like pine and cookies and anticipation. It takes me awhile to start feeling festive, but it’s hit me now. I’m officially ready to eat, drink and be merry.

My festive Christmas running shirts have been getting lots of use in the last couple weeks and lots has been happening on the running front. Before I dash off to Canada for the holidays, here are a few updates on what’s’ been going on.

Recording an Episode of the Running Commentary Podcast

For a long time, I have listened to a podcast called Running Commentary by comedians Paul Tonkinson and Rob Deering. They record a podcast about running…while running! It’s a funny concept, but it’s a lot of fun to listen to while running alone because it feels like you have two running companions along with you.

This week, I had the opportunity to go for a run with Paul and Rob and record an episode of Running Commentary! Me!! I was so honoured! It was such a fun experience and I was just so delighted that they’d want to interview me! The average girl who runs averagely! I was literally giddy with excitement. I even made Graham go for a run with me on Sunday and record us chatting, so I could hear what I sounded like talking while running!

Christmas Running in London

We went for a run in Victoria Park and stopped to stroll though the market. I wore my festive running shirt for the occasion.

After spending so many of my long runs listing to these guys, it was kind of surreal to be running around Victoria Park with them in real life! We talked about running in Canada, marathon training, successes and failures…feet and toenails! Hopefully we talked some sense! Barring any technical issues, it’ll come out after Christmas. Stay tuned!

Running Commentary Podcast

The Running Awards

THANK YOU to everyone who voted for me! I made it through to The Running Awards shortlist for Best Blog! Out of 76 running blogs, I am now officially in the top 12. And that’s all because you voted for me. Thank you from the bottom of my blogging heart. I do truly appreciate it. I know how utterly irritating it must be to see me grovel for votes across all manner of social media but placing in the top three this year would really mean the world to me.

Yes, this is a button I actually own. Because I am cool.

So, what happens now? Well, my irritating begging for votes needs to continue I’m afraid! To make it to the top 3, which is announced at a big event in April, I need to carry on accumulating votes. They are cumulative, so if you voted before, you can vote again. Here’s how:

  • Go to:
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  • Go to Blogs
  • Go to Personal Blogs
  • Find Thoughts and Pavement
  • Click Vote

You have until March 1st to vote!

Homeward Bound

We’re off to Canada for Christmas. The weather looks mild which is generally good but I will miss my annual jaunt through the snow-covered streets. Last year, I got out for a couple runs when it was -15C. It was totally brutal but it’s a fun novelty once a year.  I’ll still run of course. A run on Christmas day is an absolute must. Even 5K justifies eating and drinking everything. It’s part of the Christmas magic. Don’t question it. 

Hello from Canada-land!

I may sneak in one more post before Christmas, but if not, look out for my year in review post coming soon! 


  1. Darren Smith December 19, 2018 / 9:27 pm

    WOW, wow, wow.
    Guesting on the running commentary podcast, that is incredible, congratulations, I am so pleased for you. I can’t wait until that episode appears on my phone.
    Delighted you have been shortlisted in the running awards, I’ll log in tomorrow and cast another vote. Have a nice Christmas

    • thoughtsandpavement December 20, 2018 / 10:09 am

      Hah! I knew you’d love this! Thank you for your vote, and hope you like the podcast! I’m a bit nervous about it!!

  2. David January 9, 2019 / 12:02 pm

    I have to admit I’ve only discovered your blog via the RC Podcast, and I’m playing catch up with that at the moment. Great blog! I am new reader!
    I’m a blogger too over at and running is one of my subject areas. I’d be chuffed if you found the time to check it out.

    • thoughtsandpavement January 9, 2019 / 12:38 pm

      Well hello! Welcome and thanks so much for reading and leaving a comment. I have lots of ghost readers who never say anything so it’s nice to hear from you – a fellow blogger! I’ve just followed you on Twitter and Insta, and subscribed to your blog! Thanks again for stopping by and saying hi. I look forward to reading your posts. 🙂

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