Bad day? Strategies to fall back in love with exercise

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 [...]

Active rest

Ok, so I know it's an oxymoron but stay with me on this one. Sleep is one seemingly small factor that can have a massive impact on performance in all areas of our lives. Whether it's feeling on top of your work schedule or hitting your target running times, just the simplest thing of having [...]

Seeing double

On Tuesday this week, when my lunch-date plans fell through, my mind automatically turned to running. As it was such a beautiful day I was all too tempted to get outside for a quick jog along the river. However, my schedule called for a 7 mile run, (which I'd planned to do that evening), and [...]

Red wine, olives and not much sleep, or a lesson in questionable training practices

I'm not sure how long it's been now since I accepted 'tired' as my default setting. Back in March I wrote about our tendency to be 'tired and wired', and although after that post I made tweaks to my lifestyle for a week or so, I seem to have slipped back into the same pattern [...]