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...
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Sharpen the Saw

May 10, 2019
In Stephen R Covey’s self-improvement book titled The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People he lists “Sharpen the Saw” as one of the key habits. This means that to be effective, we must devote the time to renewing ourselves physically, spiritually, mentally, and socially. I know – it’s a challenge to find adequate time to ensure all spheres are moving along swimmingly  – yet Stephen stresses continuous renewal allows us to synergistically increase our ability to practice each effective habit. The habits are: Be Proactive Begin with the End in Mind Put First Things First Think Win-Win Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood Synergise Sharpen the Saw The seventh habit, Sharpen the Saw, is focused around renewal. … Continue reading...
Beauty

Bondi Bronze in a Bottle

April 29, 2019
If you’ve been following me on Insta then you’ll know that I’ve been lucky enough to have been travelling for the past month. It was one of the best trips I’ve ever done. I started in Japan staying in Kyoto, Hakone and Tokyo (the posts are on the way) before taking off for Straylia. I can’t wait to fill you in but first thing’s first. I had to look the part before I went anywhere – especially Bondi aka land of the bronzed goddesses. Being of a pale Caspar the friendly ghost complexion I always feel better with a lick of bronze on my body and couldn’t think of a better time to sample the infamous Bondi Sands Gradual Tan.… Continue reading...
Health

The poigniant story of how cancer fighting recipe and wellness app wholesome world was born

March 1, 2019
This is a story of an incredibly strong and brave young woman who transformed tremendous loss into an opportunity to help hundreds and thousands of others beat cancer and live healthy lives. Freyja Hanstein, 31, lost her husband to abdominal synovial Sarcoma cancer in 2014 just one month after their wedding. Mercilessly, 10 months later Freyja was diagnosed with a grade III/IV Oligodendroglioma cytoma brain tumour. Despite the odds Freyja beat the cancer and has now launched Wholesome World, a healthy lifestyle app featuring cancer-fighting recipes, treatment options, support groups, products and services and wellness tips. The app’s healthy recipes and wellness tips make it applicable for everyone to use and get inspired to live a healthy lifestyle.… Continue reading...
Food, Health

My Veganuary

February 1, 2019
Since the Veganuary movement started five years ago participant numbers have more than doubled each year and a total of over 250,000 people in 193 countries have signed up. This Veganuary I decided to join them and devote myself to being wholly vegan for one month. I was mostly eating a diet of plants anyway but the occasional piece of fish or cheese did pass my lips. Oh and I can’t exclude the sweet treats I consumed, some of which contained dairy. I’d not touched red meat for ages (years) though and had been repulsed by chicken and eggs ever since watching the 2017 documentary film What the health, which critiques the health impact of meat and dairy products consumption, and exposes the malpractices of  leading health and pharmaceutical organisations which support animal consumption in highly questionable ways.… Continue reading...
Fitness

Warm-up before you run. Here’s a video of some moves that work well!

December 17, 2018
Warming up before the main part of any workout is crucial. You want to gradually increase your heart rate so  your muscles gradually become warmer and receive an increased oxygen supply. This will increase your performance and reduce the risk of injury. Injuries occur more often when the muscles are not warm and tear as a result of going into exercise too vigorously without the proper warm-up. I hope this helps! Usually, I perform theses movements three times after a 5-minute slow jog. After I then jog for another 3 minutes before increasing the intensity for the main body of my run.… Continue reading...