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Sober Summer: Part II

September 21, 2018
Encouragement from friends    Before I left for Mykonos I spoke to a friend who’s been sober for four years. Carlo Carello, ex Boujis manager and now managing partner and owner of Albert’s Private Members Club and Mahiki Kensington. Carlo knows exactly what it’s like to be submerged in drinking culture day in, day out yet stay stone cold sober. And he’s learnt from painful experience. Being a self professed “all or nothing” character, in the past, when it came to alcohol Carlo just couldn’t call the shots wisely. Pun intended. He had a toxic relationship with alcohol and it came to the point of seriously affecting his health and friendships.… Continue reading...
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Sober Summer

September 20, 2018
According to Albert Einstein the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Despite the flaws in this aphorism (since practice can make perfect) I’ve always appreciated its invitation to keep moving forwards and not stagnate on a road to N-O-W-H-E-R-E new.  My reasons for going sober I became injured seven weeks out from the London Marathon which forced me to withdraw my place. I was gutted. On Sunday 22nd April all I could do was hobble to the side lines of arguably the greatest marathon in the world to support and cheer on the champs who ran the hot heroic 26.2 miles.… Continue reading...
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Soakin up Sydney Life

July 27, 2018
Post half marathon I gave myself a week to sample Sydney life. It had been non-stop since my arrival and I hadn’t had a chance to actually be in the city and take it in properly. I’d visited once before but years ago so it was time to get reacquainted. I shacked up with another old friend and we had a blast. Of course a trip to Double Bay (scene of my childhood and the rest of the western world’s TV obsession, Home and Away) absolutely had to feature! I’d been before but never hiked up to overlook the whole double bay and it really is breathtaking.… Continue reading...
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Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon

July 26, 2018
From Balmain I went with my bestie to her home in Berry – about two and a half hours from Sydney by car. Berry is like a town from a different era. It is so simple and wonderfully so. We hiked Fitzroy Falls, had wholesome country time, ate, drank super smoothies and were very merry. A week later I was back in the city gearing up for the Half Marathon. I knew my training had been far from optimal no thanks to my injury, but hey – I was here and I was going to give it my best shot. The night before the race I stayed at the QT, just a short walk from the start-line.… Continue reading...
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New Zealand (spell)bound

June 14, 2018
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...
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My Super Lux Stop-Over at The Siam Hotel, Bangkok

June 13, 2018
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 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...
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Recovery advice for Marathon Runners

April 28, 2018
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...
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Marathon Recovery help from GelpacksDirect

April 19, 2018
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...