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Motivation: “You must do the things you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt

December 11, 2018
I’ve written about winter motivation in my latest Modern Woman column (previous post) and now, I want to now share what motivates me the most personally to get up on the cold dark winter days and any day of the year to train and push my body hard. Sometimes I wake up feeling tired. I know – groundbreaking right?! Stick with me. This Monday was a perfect example. I’d had a fun, frivolous weekend away from fitness focusing on self indulgence instead to celebrate a friend’s birthday. It was hedonistic and worth it. However..! On Monday morning I woke up early in a warm bed and the thought of going out to sprint or run a long distance just seemed like a bad joke.… Continue reading...
Fitness

Cold Weather Running Kit Essentials

November 20, 2018
Bbbrrrrr! Baby it’s COLD outside! After the glorious sunny autumn weather we’ve been treated to recently these frosty temperatures are tough to take! Today, I so nearly didn’t go on my run. It was 4 degrees outside, raining and I’d only slept 5 hours due to hormone-induced insomnia. I felt tired and I couldn’t warm up even with the heating on. But I had my week’s running schedule already set and I was sticking to it. So I put my (one too many) layers and waterproofs on not forgetting my gloves and off I went. About 5 minutes in my cheeks were rosy and my energy was returning.… Continue reading...
Fitness

Peloton: The hottest new home and studio workout

November 12, 2018
In the last six months I’d heard a lot about Peloton. One of my favourite podcasts – The Tim Ferris show – is sponsored by peloton and that alone was enough to make me eager to try it since I trust Tim’s high reviews to be legit – sponsored or not. But at this point, Peloton was only available in the USA. I forgot about it for a while until my friend and runner extraordinare Becs Gentry, moved from London across the pond to NYC to instruct the studio run classes.  I’ve been captivated by her IG stories where Becs shares snip-bits of the Peloton classes she teaches.… Continue reading...
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Audio-technica ATH-SPORT 70BT: The Wireless headphones that don’t cost the earth

October 23, 2018
I recently ran the Berlin marathon with some wireless headphones with a pretty pricey cost attached. They were worth the investment for me but since then I’ve trialled the Audio-technica wireless headphones which are cheaper yet still high quality. So, since many of you have been asking about a cheaper alternative I really don’t know a better suggestion than these. The ATH-SPORT 70BT wireless in-ear headphones feature 9 mm performance-enhanced, carbon-coated drivers which basically means they deliver clear and powerful audio. When I’m hitting the track especially for my speed workouts this is important to me! The powerful beats really do help to push me to keep faster pace.… Continue reading...
Fitness

Why you need a run coach when attempting your first marathon

October 11, 2018
Before Berlin I was impatient to run my first marathon. Having learnt my lesson that the transition from casual runner to marathoner was not a quick, mind-over matter affair I enlisted the expert help of run coach and tier three trainer at Equinox Kensington, Jane Vongvorachoti. I want to share five top ways my coaching with Jane proved invaluable for completing my first marathon because I hope it will inspire you to also get one-to-one expert guidance with your marathon training and therefore avoid injury and run your strongest marathon. Online marathon programs are flawed and leave so many people like me (pre London) every year injured.… Continue reading...
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Recovery Tactics Post Berlin Marathon

October 1, 2018
The day after Berlin marathon my body felt like it had been beaten up! Getting in and out of the bath was a struggle and getting in and out of cabs proved tricky too. I felt like an old lady! My left knee had taken most of my early fall in the race and both my knees were pretty swollen, sore, bruised and bloody. I had to limp around because my left knee was too painful to bend and I couldn’t stand for long periods of time due to my sore fatigued abs, which surprised me. After I stepped over the finish line My coach Jane Vongvorachoti had stressed the importance of walking back from the marathon to ensure my blood didn’t pool in my legs and slow my recovery.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health, Mindfullness, Travel

Berlin Marathon: Race Day

September 30, 2018
Wake-up I woke up at 6AM after a very sound solid night’s sleep. Funnily enough I didn’t feel nervous. Perhaps it was the hormones casting me into a daze or perhaps it was blissful ignorance of what was to come. Having had ten days off I think I’d forgotten some of the challenges of training and running long distances! But either way I felt good and ready to run. The forecast for the race was 23°C which I knew was on the warm side but I was prepared with a cap and sunscreen and just counted my lucky stars it wasn’t extreme conditions like the freezing rain that hit Boston Marathon earlier this year or the 28°C that was forecasted a day later.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health, Travel

The Berlin Marathon: Two Days Out

September 25, 2018
I arrived in Berlin on the evening of Thursday 13th September – two days out from my first ever marathon. On Friday I walked the two miles from my hotel to the start line situated within Tiergarten park by the infamous Brandenburg gate. I wanted to know exactly where I was going on race day and start psyching myself up for the ever nearing 26.2 miles. My coach, Jane Vongvorachoti, had advised me to save energy so after seeing the start area I caught a bike cab to save my legs, had a super healthy lunch at Avocai food and Pilates studio and then took a taxi to the expo.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Travel

My Berlin Marathon Training

September 24, 2018
The Training I gave myself about two months to train for Berlin marathon. It wasn’t enough but thankfully it got me through. I was super eager to complete my first marathon. After getting injured following an online plan for London marathon earlier this year (please never rely on these because, for one thing, they are completely lacking in strength training and I’ve heard of so many people like me who got injured by following them), I had been successfully rebuilding my fitness levels but wanted expert guidance to optimise my preparation for Berlin. My expert help came in the form of Jane Vongvorachoti, an olympic runner who also trains clients at Equinox London and lead the Equinox team through Boston marathon.… Continue reading...