This is Me

I’m Ally. My social media bio’s read; Photographer. Runner. Green. Vegetarian & proud to run on plants.

I’m a photographer, I take photos for a living, mainly brides, grooms & business people.

I am self-employed & run my own business. I absolutely love what I do, I love being creative, I love that I’ve turned a childhood hobby into a successful career, I love the flexibility of being my own boss.

I don’t carry a camera when I run. All the photos that I post on this blog are shot & edited on my iPhone.

I run. A lot. I started running properly (as opposed to a half-hearted jog round the park in an old pair of Reebok Classics) when I moved to Croydon & gave up my expensive gym membership in exchange for a mortgage. Someone told me running was free.

I’m a trail runner at heart. I like mud & hills & climbing & jumping over things. I don’t like roads or tarmac.

I run with Striders of Croydon where I lead some of the group runs. I’ve not lost anyone yet.

The yellow & green of Striders of Croydon!

I swim. Not so much. I try to hit the pool a couple of times a month & adore swimming in the sea. My main holiday criteria now is, can I run & can I swim in the sea.

I cycle to get from A to B or when I’m injured & can’t run. I used to get injured a lot so I used to cycle a lot. Since I started lifting weights & doing regular strength training I’ve been a lot less injured.

I lift little weights & would like to lift bigger but am a bit of a wuss. I also quite like yoga but have to admit I neglect it far too often.

I like coffee. A lot. Probably too much tbh.

And wine.

And gin.

I’m vegetarian. I eat mainly a plant based diet & fuel all my runs with real food.

A few of the things I like…

I’m Green. In today’s political climate I don’t think that needs any other explanation.

I lived in Romania for a while, speak enough Romanian to get by & my dream race is the Transylvania Bear Race through the Transylvanian Alps in Romania. I have a big birthday coming up. I don’t want a party, I want a big adventure. I think this might be it.

Not running…

PB’s (and yes, I count solo runs as PBs if they were run under race conditions, eg. not stopping the watch)

100 miles: 26:45:09 at the North Downs Way 100, August 2020

50 Miles: 8:50:31 at the South Downs Way 50, April 2019

50km: 4:38:41 in the Virtual Centurion One Love 50km, February 2021

Marathon: 3:36:59 (unofficial) at the inaugural South Norwood Marathon, March 2019

Half-marathon: 1:44:03 The Big Half in March 2018

10km: 45:06 in the Virtual Striders of Croydon 10km challenge, July 2020.

5km: 21:34 at Dulwich parkrun in March 2019

1 mile: 6:36, self-timed mile TT, December 2020 (Garmin recorded time)

Goals (because I’m all for putting out there…!)

Marathon: 3:30

Half-marathon: 1:38

10km: 44:59

5km: 20:59

1 mile: 6:30

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