Never has the term 'a blessing in disguise' seemed so pertinent to me as this week, when I finally conceded that the pain in my hip and lower back was severe enough to take a break from running and get some professional advice. Okay, so maybe 'a blessing' is a slight exaggeration, but sometimes it [...]
As someone who exercises regularly, reads and writes at length about sports and nutrition and enthuses (perhaps rather overzealously at times) about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, it might seem somewhat surprising for me to admit that sometimes I feel really low on energy and lacking in anything even resembling 'get-up-and-go' (and today is [...]
As marathon day draws ever closer my fear is tempered with the gratefulness. Sometimes it's easy to forget how lucky I am that I can just get out and run. And keep running. This weekend I completed anther 20 mile race and it felt good. I thought of Clay as I ran, heard his words in [...]
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 [...]
Whether it's going for an early morning run together, snuggling up to watch a movie, lounging in the spa, sharing music recommendations, seeing an exhibition, cooking supper or just going for a cup of tea, appreciate and enjoy time with your friends this week.
There is a slightly irrational part of me that clings to the notion that fitness is a cumulative process, irrespective of periods of rest or injury. I want to believe that somehow our fitness levels go on hold during these stretches of inactivity; that they are suspended while our bones heal and our ligaments and [...]
Amen to that. After three weeks of carbs and cocktails in New York, combined with injury imposed rest, I'm finally getting back into my usual diet and fitness routine. I can tell that I've had a break (and maybe one bagel too many) by the little mound that has developed around my tummy and by the [...]