Fitness, Health, Travel

Recovery advice for Marathon Runners

April 28, 2018
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If you follow me on Insta then you’ll know that I’m currently at the luxury international health resort Chiva Som, Thailand. You’ll also be aware that much to my dismay, I was forced to withdraw from last Sunday’s London Marathon due to an injury I sustained nearly two months ago. I travelled here to Chiva Som on Monday to get some expert advice on rehabilitation since after six and a half weeks I was still limping in pain (despite resting, strengthening and physio in London) and I was desperate to see improvement. When life gives you lemons… Much to my relief I am feeling a marked improvement.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health

Marathon Recovery help from GelpacksDirect

April 19, 2018
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Whilst I was training for the VLM I was super fortunate to get sent some gelpacks (compression wraps) to help my muscles recover and regenerate in between my runs. I want to tell you guys about these compression wraps because together with my physio, foam rolling, stretching and rehab exercises, I’ve used them a lot and they really do help in a number of ways which I’ll explain below. Even if you’re not a runner – you can use them after strength and conditioning training, skiing, hiking – basically any activity that’s challenged your legs! So what is this particular compression wrap and how does it aid recovery? … Continue reading...
Health, Supplements

Curcumin to aid recovery for marathon runners

April 17, 2018
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When I started training for the Virgin London Marathon I wanted everything to be “perfect”. I wanted the perfect running shoes, the perfect sports bra, the perfect training plan and the perfect diet to enable me to run the strongest, fastest marathon I could muster. I put pressure on myself to have everything “perfect”. I mean hell I even stressed about which water-carrier vest would be best! But of course attempting perfection has its pitfalls. I was putting a lot of pressure on myself and having made the decision to run the VLM very last minute, I felt anxious already about not wasting a second to become an uber runner.… Continue reading...
Fitness

What I wish I’d known before: My Advice for marathon training

March 20, 2018
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The London Marathon is now only four weeks away. By now, I’d expected to be firing on all cylinders, smashing PB’s and feeling super strong and psyched for my first ever marathon. Instead, I’m now in my third week of not running and still experiencing pain when I walk. Whether or not I’ll be able to run next month is anyone’s guess. Such is life… But it’s not all doom and gloom. Like all things that are sent to test us, I’ve learnt a lot and I want to share some of the most important pearls I’ve picked up because I wish someone had told me before I started my marathon training.… Continue reading...
Fitness

It didn’t quite go to plan: Part III of my quest to test the world’s longest zip

March 13, 2018
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Having now been in RAK a few days and completed our zip line initiation with the Via Ferrata zip,  we were were now ready to hit the big’un. The opening of the world’s longest zip was just a couple of days away. Anticipation was building but we were kept busy exploring RAK by way of action sports (mountain biking), local cuisine, road tripping, light shows, hiking and plenty of water sports. I linked up with journalist extraordinaire Simon Parker –  BBC Correspondent, Telegraph, Lonley Planet, Conde Nast and Independent travel writer. The guy’s got some pretty gripping tales to tell. Give him a follow to see what he’s got in the pipeline.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Travel

Via Ferrata: Part II of my quest to test the world’s longest zip

March 9, 2018
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Days in the Al Wadi desert made for the perfect introduction to the natural beauty, broad bio-diversity and diverse landscapes of Ras Al Khaimah. After spending a few days on the dunes we journeyed a short 45 minutes to the Jebel Jais mountain range, the UAE’s highest mountain, to climb the 1KM zip trail (which includes three zip lines) of Via Ferrata. This was to get our minds in the game in preparation to be one of the very first people to trial the world’s longest zip line – due to launch a few days after. It’s an extremely safe climb.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health, Travel

My quest to test the world’s longest zip line: Part I

March 5, 2018
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If you’re based in Britain and anything like me then last week’s “beast from the east” had you desperately dreaming of hot sunshine and palm trees. My destination daydream was Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE, which I visited just before Christmas. I’d been invited to be one of the first to test the world’s longest zip line, scheduled to open in mid-December and I couldn’t wait. However, as you will discover when you read the following posts, things didn’t quite go to plan… Ras Al Khaimah is less well-known than its neighbor, Dubai, but the emirate is aiming to attract one million visitors by the end of 2018.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health

keep it clean

February 15, 2018
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I’m writing this post in Barbados and since I can’t run outside (for safety reasons) I’m spending more time than usual in the gym, clocking those miles on the ‘mill in preparation for my marathon in April! Because of this I’m finding I have a heightened appreciation for “gym etiquette”, which is hugely important not just because it maximises one’s enjoyment in the gym but also because it plays an important role in maintaining one’s health, hygiene and general safety. Seriously folks, this stuff’s important! I recently partnered with Freya, a stylish brand which creates gorgeous sportswear and lingerie in a B-K cup.… Continue reading...
Fitness

The fitness app to help keep you on track

February 12, 2018
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-As a qualified PT, you may think it weird that I should enlist a fitness app to help me with my training. But everyone needs someone to help push them harder than they would do themselves especially if motivation is waning. So when Vyta app asked if I’d like to road test it I was only too happy to oblige! As you may know, I’m training for the London Marathon in April. So it’s no surprise that my main focus is running – on getting those miles in and working on my speed. Whilst it’s true that any exercise that gets my heart rate up helps with my overall fitness, my body needs to run to continue to improve my running efficiency.… Continue reading...