Lock-down with a toddler: Part 2

As the weeks of lock-down tick on I remain on the lookout for new activities to keep (me and) Florence entertained. I was so pleased that a few of the ideas from my last blog post, Lock-down with a Toddler, proved useful to some readers, and so grateful for all of the activities that were [...]

The luxury of time

There was a time, not all that long ago, when it didn’t feel like everything was a rush. I could never claim to be a bastion of ‘slow living’, far from it. I was always busy and efficient and productive, but I also had the spaces in between to pause. I could loiter with a [...]

Mum guilt and other worries

When you spend a lot of time overthinking things you can find yourself getting into a bit of a muddle: and I’ve been thinking an awful lot lately. So often this blog has acted as a form of writing therapy, and yes, this is one of ‘those’ posts. It’s amazing how externalising your worries can [...]

A Search for Clean Air in the City

Running and London. Two of my favourite things. But as fellow Londoners will know, these are two things that aren’t always the most compatible when it comes to the levels of air pollution on some of the city’s most popular running routes. That’s why, when the opportunity came up to join the Tenzing Clean Air [...]

Why you shouldn’t let ‘mum guilt’ stand between you and your trainers

This week I was sent an article headlining with the statistic that 61 percent of mums feel guilty about taking time to exercise. As a mum myself, this was certainly something that struck a chord. The article, published by Sports England, goes on to suggest that around 30 percent of mums have less than an [...]

A belated account of my postpartum London Marathon

When I worked at a literary agency, I remember we would tell our authors to read as much and as widely as possible to help them with their own writing process. The irony is, for me, the more I read the less I seem to write. With my daughter’s nap times acting as my only [...]

Getting Jockey Fit for Grand National weekend

Launched to coincide with the weekend of the Grand National (Saturday, 6 April), Jockey Fit is a fun but intensive workout, designed to showcase the elite levels of fitness required by jockeys.