Food, Health, Snacks

A powerful reminder of how food effects our mood and general wellbeing

July 16, 2019
A couple of months ago I returned to London after racing in Riga with some sore muscles. Nothing serious but enough to make me take a step back, significantly reduce the mileage and concentrate mostly on building strength before beginning the next phase of my training. I’m committed to ensuring my legs stay strong so I can nail all the trails and set some super challenges! Yet, it’s amazing how cutting the running so significantly effected me. Running has become so integral to my life and without it I was surprised by just how much my mood and energy dropped. Perhaps this seems counterintuitive to any non-runners.… Continue reading...
Health

Biohacking with CBD lozenges

June 28, 2019
You know those bright, brilliant moments in life where your energy is soaring and your mind and body are firing on all cylinders? Thoughts come quickly and clearly and physical movement happens almost effortlessly. You feel free, unshackled from any of life’s resistances and like you can conquer anything. I frickin love this feeling. Mental and physical effort feels pleasurable. There is momentum behind me and a surge of motivation and purpose. According to positive psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, what we experience in these moments is known as flow state, defined as an “optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best.” Csíkszentmihályi, popularised the term in his 1990 book and describes the mental state of flow as “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake.… Continue reading...
Health

The third and final session of my Hypnotherapy experience

June 27, 2019
During the week in-between my second and third session with Lydia my tickling cough turned into a full-blown bug. I’d managed to keep going long enough to make it through some social and work engagements plus a friend’s birthday fuelled by booze to override the fatigue. Obviously this remedy belongs to the devil and I paid my dues after. But things were still continuing to transform and blossom in my life even whilst I nursed a fever. As I said in my previous post, the credit to which this blossoming belongs to is largely Lydia’s. Lydia, through her hypnotherapy and wise approach allowed me to realise the changes I needed to make in order to move forwards.… Continue reading...
Health

Session two of my hypnotherapy exploration

June 24, 2019
Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese belief that the way your house is built or the way that you arrange objects affects your success, health, and happiness. The morning after my first hypnotherapy session (click here to read) with Lydia I woke up and cleaned and de-cluttered my flat. Cleanliness-wise my flat is always in pretty good shape and I have some helping hands to keep it that way every week. However, when it comes to clutter and “stuff” I’d known for a while that this needed some attention and the morning after my first hypnotherapy session – totally unplanned – the time to get clear (literally and mentally) transpired.… Continue reading...
Health

Hypno knows; how hypnotherapy unexpectedly helped me

June 12, 2019
Life is hard. We know this. And we also know that everyone we meet is dealing with their own struggles. Often, living can seem like you’re a salmon constantly swimming upstream against an unrelenting current complete with menacing bears trying to catch you and eat you just when you’re trying your damn hardest to make it to the top. BUT! Sometimes, just sometimes, life can offer you an easier, rather lovely route where hidden treasures lie in the places where bears once stood and the current is on your side to provide you with gentle assistance along your journey to the top.… Continue reading...
Fitness

Soul Cycle has landed in London – am I soul’d?

June 11, 2019
As a runner, I’ve learnt the value of cross-training to assist in building cardio and strength, reducing impact, engaging and mobilising multiple muscle groups, and keeping flexible and injury-free. Cycling is a great way of covering many basis, yet somehow, the spin classes in London have never really done it for me. I’d always get a bit bored and think it was a bit gimmicky with the rather crazy 1980’s disco-style movements that remind me of someone having a panic attack. “What I’m looking for from a workout are results”, I’d think whilst begrudgingly shifting forwards, sideways, up, back and down on the bike trying to keep up with the bat-sh** bonkers moves whilst wondering when the class would be over so I could go and do a more focused, performance-driven workout.… Continue reading...
Fitness

Salomon Trail Festival; transitioning from tarmac to turf!

June 10, 2019
Last Saturday I hopped on a train out of London and headed for the Surrey Hills in hot pursuit of the Salomon Trail running festival at Box Hill, just one hour away. Skies were grey and showers were intermittent but I was prepared for any weather with my waterproofs and extra layers so a little light rain wasn’t going to stop me. As a road runner I’m highly aware of the high impact that the constant, repetitive pounding on the tarmac has on my legs. Running mainly on the flat road means that the same muscles get used at every step, which puts them under a lot of strain.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health, Travel

My 10k Riga Race in 33 degrees

June 5, 2019
(Latvia Part II) Morning came and with it clear skies and hot, hot sunshine. It had been a sleep starfish in your birthday suit with windows wide open kinda night. Mercury was continuing to rise and with a race time of 12.45pm I knew I was in for a scorcher. A big bonus of my late start time meant I could have two breakfast’s though and boy did I make use of that double whammy! Round one was mushrooms, spinach, toast and a smoothie and round two was porridge and mashed banana. By the time my Latvian mummy arrived to drive me to the start I was ready to rock ‘n run.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health, Travel

Hello lovely Latvia

June 5, 2019
Earlier this month I was lucky enough to have a lovely time in Latvia – as well as a painful one (more on this in the next post)! I’m so grateful to the Latvian tourist board for the invitation to visit for many reasons, not least because without it I’m not sure I’d have ever had the delight of discovering the country’s natural charm and beauty, which deserves to be celebrated. Before my arrival in Latvia, Europe’s second greenest country, I had a pretty undeveloped idea of what to expect. Judging by its location in the Baltic region of Northern Europe (bordered by Russia, Belarus, Estonia and Lithuania) I imagined it would be colder than the UK (wrong!… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health, Travel

sky high in Oman

May 24, 2019
I love adventures. I love all kinds of adventures but my very favourite are adventures in the great outdoors. I love discovering new places and landscapes and the thoughts, ideas, feelings and opportunities they inspire and ignite in me. I love the newness and feelings of freedom and deep gratitude they provoke. (Even without the adventure just being in nature always leaves me marvelling at the miracles of creation!) It’s a chance to deeply connect to the natural world, to myself and others around me, breathe deeply, challenge my body and explore its capabilities whilst allowing myself the time to appreciate the simple things like sunshine on my skin, the current of the ocean swirling around me, the crisp clean mountain air, the grandeur of century old cedar trees… You get the idea.… Continue reading...