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 [...]

Wellbeing at work

So it may (or may not) have been on your radar, but last Friday was 'wellbeing at work day'. Most of us spend more time at work than at any other place. For this reason, it's so important that we not only feel satisfied and fulfilled by the jobs we do, but that we can [...]

Heads or tails? The flipside of health

While I write a lot about health and conditioning, as well as fuelling the body to optimise vitality, I rarely touch on the flipside of the health coin: the issue of illness. When trying to keep your body fit and healthy forms an integral part of your being, and when you like to be able [...]

Don’t sweat the small stuff, but don’t miss out on it either

It is all too easy find yourself caught up in a whole host of trivial worries and irritations, or preoccupied with concerns that are outside of your control. Whether it's feeling rubbish on a run, grumpy having been caught in an over-full train carriage on your commute, stressed or overwhelmed by a hectic work schedule, rotten after a [...]

Find what feels good

As regular readers will know, I seem to have discovered my inner yogi of late. In fact, while I've been getting over my post-race cold and chest infection (I'm currently coughing like a 40-a-day smoker and even I have to concede that running just isn't a good idea), yoga has been my saviour. I discovered [...]

Life after a marathon

So you train and then you train some more. You eat, sleep and breath marathon. It motivates you on your long runs and it's the intention of your yoga practice. You've read all the books and bought all of the kit and then, suddenly, it's all over. From my (albeit limited) experience, people respond to [...]

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 [...]

Silver linings

Ok, I'm going to be honest with you: training last week was hard. While I'm normally full of energy and over-enthusiastic about pretty much everything, last week was a struggle and I got into, what Scott Jurek would call, a bit of a 'funk'. When I started writing this post I was focusing on all [...]