About Me

Hi! I’m Allison, aka The Running Princess, and I’d like to welcome you to my blog…

I’m married to Steve and we live in Perth, Scotland.


We used to share our lives with these two furry friends:

And since we were missing them so much, we’ve now been joined by these two cheeky monkeys:

By day I’m an English teacher, but outside of school my passion is running. People who knew me during my own school days might be surprised by that as I tended to find any excuse to avoid PE, yet here I am, most definitely a runner now! I have also been known to dabble in a little cycling and swimming, but these days I’m really in love with yoga and, among other things, really believe it helps my running.

Why “The Running Princess”?

The “Running” part is easy. Since running became a serious part of my life things have undoubtedly changed (for the better!) When I’m not out actually running, I talk about running, read about running and have even been known to dream about running(!) – the next logical step was to write about running. Not only does this give me a forum through which I can gather my own thoughts about my favourite activity and connect with others who share my views, but it also allows me to lead by example when it comes to encouraging my pupils to write.

As for “Princess”, who doesn’t like a bit of glitter and sparkle? I love any opportunity to put on a pretty frock and a bit of bling. Aside from that I’m a huge Disney fan with the Princesses being my favourite characters (especially Belle from Beauty & the Beast).









Because of these things, I tend to fancy myself as a bit of a princess, and those who know me best will certainly agree that I can be a bit of a little princess when I want to be too!

Why Blogging?

And so to my blog. As my running developed, I became more and more interested in reading blogs, mainly written by fellow runners, and thought, “I can do that!”. I make no claims at all to be an expert on running, but through my experiences of running and training I’ve learned a lot, some of which are things that nobody ever really tells you – especially when it comes to marathons! – which I’d like to share. Similarly, I’m always keen to hear about other people’s experiences and learn from them. Running is a friendly community. I’ve made some good friends through the sport and I hope to continue to make many more…

13 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I used to like PE when I was younger but I didn’t like to run. My sister did though. I now love it and couldn’t imagine my life without it. It keeps me sane and feeling good. My favorite Disney princess is Ariel. Love the Little Mermaid.


  2. To The Running Princess,

    Re: New Running and Triathlon titles

    We wondered if you might be interested in reviewing or running a pre-Christmas giveaway for your readers of two new gift-illustrated titles on Running and Triathlon?

    We are the publishers of Keep on Running: The Highs and Lows of a Marathon Addict by Phil Hewitt which I believe you have reviewed in the past.

    I can email you further information about the two books – but essentially they are large format, hardback books full of stunning photographs and inspiriting quotes to motivate all runners and triathletes.

    As they would make great Christmas gifts, we are more than happy to offer you a set to review, feature or giveaway as you prefer.

    Let me know what you think.

    All the best,

    Lizzie Curtin
    Senior Publicist
    Summersdale Publishers Ltd
    46 West Street
    West Sussex
    PO19 1RP

    Direct line +44 (0) 1243 756900
    Tel: +44 (0) 1243 771107, Mobile: 0750 574 5663
    Discover more at: http://www.summersdale.com
    Follow us on Twitter @Summersdale

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    • Hi Lizzie.
      Thanks very much for your message. I am definitely interested in reviewing the books you mention and have emailed you directly so we can discuss the details.
      Looking forward to hearing from you again,
      The Running Princess


  3. Will have to spend sometime reading your running stories! I would love to take that up but, I play tennis and don’t want to wear out knees! So, I will be on the sidelines cheering you on!


  4. Hi
    Just discovered your blog. I started running later in life (age 46) and found that I just LOVE it! It has changed my life for the better now too. I look forward to reading more of your posts.
    I am new to blogging and have started on called https://travelrunstyle.wordpress.com/
    Hope you get a chance to look at it sometime.


  5. Enjoyed reading your blog and the journey from runner to running blogger (am on a similar path myself, and finding the blogging more challenging than the running!). Also marathon training at the moment as well so enjoyed the weekly updates. Run well…


    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I’m glad you enjoyed the posts.
      Blogging can present its challenges but it’s great fun and I love connecting with others who share my interests.
      I hope your marathon goes well and good luck on your blogging journey!

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