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Fitness, Travel

Tips for Trail Running in Whistler

September 9, 2019
It’d been exactly one year since I’d visited Whistler, BC and its best residents (my big sis and her family) and posted that Instagram pic running in a bin-liner in the pouring rain. Hey, when your first marathon is just a few weeks away and you have to get your miles in you do what you gotta do. (But just to clarify I do actually own a waterproof but had forgotten to pack it.) At any rate I remember Whistler’s valley trails very well – all 40KM of them – which I’d incorporated into my training runs with the longest pre marathon run reaching 19 miles.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Travel

Making the most of the UK; a weekend hiking, running and swimming Snowdon

August 5, 2019
Sometimes the best things in life are right under your nose and you don’t even know it. I’ll be the first to admit that I can be quick to hop onto a plane in hot pursuit of heat and sunshine. Sometimes a SOS to the sun is needed for my soul as well as my skin and sometimes I just want to be far away from the routine of every day. I want to immerse myself in a different world with different sights, smells, experiences, people and perceptions along with the higher temperatures. Yet, I think that in the past this has come at the expense of neglecting to make the most of the diversity and natural beauty of the United Kingdom.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Travel

My memories of racing 10k through Jerusalem’s Ancient hills out NOW

August 5, 2019
Modern Woman’s birthday issue is now out so I can finally share the monumental memories I made running Jerusalem’s ancient streets for the 10km earlier this year. This was such a special trip for me full of rare sobering moments acknowledging all the history that makes Jerusalem so special. I wanted to pack in the highlights below but I think the most memorable thing of all was running up and down the hills in the heat for the 10km. It was an intense race (heart rate was up to 191!) but so rewarding with spectacular views of Jerusalem and its ancient treasures.… Continue reading...
Fitness

Racing beyond the competition. Why it’s not always about being your fastest

July 24, 2019
Race noun A competition between runners, horses, vehicles, etc. to see which is the fastest in covering a set course. The word “race” automatically commands my attention. This four letter word immediately summons a situation in my mind which requires mental and physical peak performance and adequate prep time. Before I run a race a stress response is subconsciously provoked no mater how hard I consciously try to remain calm. This is actually, competitively speaking, a good thing since adrenalin can give you an edge and help you reach peak performance. It just feels nervy! When I’m standing in a start pen ready to race my heart is usually pounding and I can’t help but premonition the pain and challenge ahead.… Continue reading...
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...