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 [...]
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 [...]
London Marathon training: Podcast motivation
While mumming and marathon training are not the best bedfellows, this week I’ve started to believe that I might actually make it to the start line of the 2019 London Marathon.
Fit festive fancies
I can't believe that it's almost Christmas again! This year, having been elbow-deep in nappies, as opposed to the usual roasted chestnuts and mulled wine, I feel like Christmas has caught me unawares. Even now I've got my head around the imminent approach of the 25th, my focus has been very much on what to [...]
When I entered the ballot for the 2019 London Marathon I don’t think I really expected to get in. I’ve entered now for a number of years and I assumed that this year, as in previous ones, I’d receive the ‘sorry not this time’ email and, with feelings of disappointment and relief in equal measures, [...]
Mum and baby fitness
This weekend I enjoyed my first session back in the pool since giving birth (full set below). This came at the end of a fun and diverse week of postpartum fitness classes helping me to feel more like myself again. Having had our six week check and been signed off by the doctor on Monday, [...]
A postpartum comeback?
I am acutely aware that for a blog ostensibly about exercise I haven’t written much on this subject in a little while. The various changes over the past ten months to my life, lifestyle and body as a result of pregnancy and childbirth have resulted in a shift in my fitness routine, with a significant [...]
Taking the ‘work’ out of ‘workout’
On those occasions when someone remarks on how 'good' or 'disciplined' I am to exercise on a regular basis I always feel like a little bit of a fraud. It's not like I have to drag myself to the gym, or force myself to lace up my trainers, shunning a favoured spot on the sofa [...]
Podcast episodes to enjoy while you are…
I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that the discovery of the Serial Podcast a couple of years back changed my listening habits for good. I was training for the Paris marathon at the time and found myself chain listening to episode after episode on my long runs. From that point on, podcasts rapidly [...]
Good run? Well that depends on your definition of good…and run.
Good run? It's amazing how two seemingly innocuous words can stir up such a array of emotions. I know when my husband poses this question he is just taking a casual interest in my daily activities, and yet when he asks, for some reason so many feelings - embarrassment, anger, upset and irritation - well [...]