There’s no ‘i’ in ‘team’

After this morning's pre-work swim session and with the smell of chlorine fresh on my skin I'm feeling rather nostalgic for my university water polo days today. I have a sneaking suspicion that this nostalgia may also have something to do with the rather wonderful wedding of one of my polo teammates at the weekend, [...]

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Exercising, eating…and chemotherapy

An inspirational Monday morning post from my foodie, fitness friend and fellow blogger Ruth Chesworth on diet, exercise and chemotherapy: So in 2011 I was diagnosed with a rare type of tumour in my abdominal wall, by that time it’d taken over the left side of my not-so-6-pack. Having had it, and the muscle it [...]

One glass or two?

Lately I've come to realise that, quite alarmingly, I seem to separate my otherwise obsessively healthy lifestyle from my love of wine and my sometimes rather frightening intake of alcohol. By Sunday, this week will have involved a toast to a book project, a publishing pub quiz and a wedding, all of which include drinks. [...]

Testing the water

This week I've had some good(ish) news: my x-ray results came back and there was no sign of a stress fracture! It seems what I actually have is bad ligament damage, which I see as a much better state of affairs, not least as one of my worries about the suspected fracture was the doctor's [...]

New mountains to climb

With no x-ray results and a dogged determination to go on press to see my book printed, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, (3:30am early), I got up, took a good handful of painkillers and set out on my trip to Slovenia. With the early morning and with my sleepiness and blood sugar all [...]

Massage, relaxation and leaving the wallowing to the hippos

The Friday fractured foot debacle (FFFD) cast a rather disproportionately large shadow over an otherwise pretty amazing week. I'd spent a lovely couple of days with my parents who had come down to visit, which included a delicious trip to Tibits (our favourite vegetarian haunt - so good that even my carnivorous parents love it!), [...]

The darkest of days

This week I have found myself asking some serious questions about my desire to run and my loyalty to my Vibrams. On Friday I woke up unable to walk. After the latest bout of tendonitis, I took just over a week off and was working on stretching and rehabilitating exercises. I was actually 'taking it [...]