Fit friends: My secret weapon for winter training

When it's cold, dark and rainy in the winter months it's really easy to let your motivation for exercise slide. A lunchtime run suddenly seems less appealing when it involves getting soaked through, and the pool seems less alluring when it's subzero outside. What I find makes things even trickier is the running routes I [...]

Child’s play

Last weekend I spent an afternoon with a friend and her two young daughters (NB not the image above which is of my two nephews!). Having arrived just after they had returned from their respective gymnastics and dancing classes we were greeted with a display of handstands and cartwheels across the lawn and a rendition of [...]

Why it’s ok to have a girl-crush (or two)

While I was at the climbing wall this week I spotted a girl with the most amazing abs. They were magazine-quality abs, the kind you only see in Women's Health or on Kayla Itsines's Instagram account, but here they were, in real life, without the help of any filters or Photoshop. And her arms, well, [...]

Lazy weekends in London

While I love weekends away, there are times when all you need is a lazy weekend in your own home and this past weekend I indulged accordingly. After a long, hectic week at work, the weekend started on Friday evening with a rocket yoga class at Yogarise in the Bussey Building, Peckham. Although I do [...]

On running and writing

Regular visitors to the site may have noticed that I've been doing a little blog housekeeping of late. I've refreshed the layout and organised my posts to make it easier to view them thematically, whether you are interested in Running, Yoga, Swimming, Climbing, Recipes and Nutrition, Marathon Training, Mind and Body, or Guest Posts. This menu is [...]

Waking up forgotten muscles

With exercise, as with all routines, it's easy to get into a rut. You find yourself going through the motions but not really pushing yourself; lacing up your trainers or rolling out your yoga mat, but not fully engaging in the activity you are doing. When this happens, it's easy to plateau, or worse, to [...]

Well, where to start…

Regular readers of this blog might remember a post in which I mentioned a friend of mine who is currently in hospital after a rather dramatic fall from a tree at work. After much pestering on my part he has very kindly written a post for me about his experience and his first (metaphorical) steps on the road [...]

Maybe it really is the taking part that counts…

So this next post comes with a warning: I think I might be getting a bit hippy.  (Ok, I mean a bit more hippy than being a tree-hugging, coconut water-swigging, tofu-eating, animal loving vegan.) You were warned. During my run on Sunday I experienced something new: the ability to watch my pacer go ahead of [...]

It was the week that…

It's funny how some weeks seem to take an eternity, with each day ambling on without haste, while others just race by and before you know it's the weekend again. This week most certainly falls into the latter category. After a week like this, it's nice to take a minute to reflect on the goings [...]

Mud, Mettle and Mind over Matter

I am now officially a Tough Mudder! Yesterday we ran 12 hilly, muddy miles interspersed with 24 obstacles to cross the TM London South finish line. The day began at 5:00am with a quick shower, cup of tea and a banana before layering and warming up with a 2.5km run to the train station to [...]