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Fitness, Health, Travel

New Zealand (spell)bound

June 14, 2018
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At 6AM on May 5th I landed in Auckland, New Zealand for the first time. From the sky I’d got my first glimpse of the other-worldly Lord of the Rings land, all majestic green mountains and meandering rivers some several thousand feet below. The grey skies and light rain which enveloped my landing signalled Autumn had arrived. Having come from the humidity of Hong Kong and Thailand I imagined I’d have to hot-foot it to buy a suitcase of cashmere. Sundresses and bikinis certainly wouldn’t suffice these new chillier temperatures. But then, just 30 minutes later the sun came out and melted the clouds away.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health, Travel

My Super Lux Stop-Over at The Siam Hotel, Bangkok

June 13, 2018
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En route to New Zealand I had one very special night at the spectacular The Siam Hotel. It is to Bangkok what The Eden Roc is to Antibes. The grounds extend three acres along the Chao Phraya River, (Thailand’s equivalent of the French Rivera) in Bangkok’s royal Dusit district. And you really do receive the royal treatment here with your very own Butler who will cater to your every desire. Accommodation Images of The Siam Suite where I stayed The Art Deco inspired retreat, offers a spacious suites within the main hotel building, private pool villas (accommodates three) or even the century-old Connie’s Cottage which has been transformed form a traditional Thai teak house to a luxurious modern pool villa for two, whilst retaining it’s historical charm.… Continue reading...
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...
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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, 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...
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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...
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Temporarily Closed for health maintenance

January 24, 2018
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We’ve all seen that Instagram caption that spread like wildfire over the festive period. “Temporarily closed for spiritual maintenance”. It’s a goodie. To those who took its message on board and stepped away from social media to enjoy precious moments with family and loved ones, I salute you. I’m sure both you and they benefited from the lack of phone interference. Given how beneficial this little caption was, I want to introduce an equally important one… No one wants to be ill. But fit people especially loathe the lethargy and inevitable lull in training that comes with contracting any illness. I’m a prime example.… Continue reading...