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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

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

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...
Mindfullness

Waking Up: Guided Meditations and Lessons with Sam Harris

November 14, 2018
Until six months ago I had no idea who Sam Harris was. Little did I know then how much this neuroscientist, philosopher, and bestselling author would enrich my life with his philosophical wisdom and meditation techniques, (the former available for free by subscribing to his podcast and the latter as well as some of the former available by subscribing to his Waking Up meditation app). I owe an Aussie for telling me about Sam Harris earlier this year when I visited Sydney and ever since discovering him I’ve listened to his podcasts, read one of his books (Waking Up) and more recently, followed his lessons and meditations via his app.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health, Travel

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...
Fitness, Health, Travel

My quest to test the world’s longest zip line: Part I

March 5, 2018
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...
Fitness, Travel

Climb Mount Kilimanjaro with me this October!

January 18, 2018
I am super excited to announce that this October I will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and I want YOU to join me! Please read the below to find out why this will be a trip of a lifetime. To book please call/email the contact at the end of the post. I cannot wait to conquer this challenge with you! Why climb Kili? The harder the climb, the greater the view. Life is for living to the full and that means you have to push yourself to achieve the greatest heights. I’m all about growth and personal development and I know that climbing Kilimanjaro, the world’s largest free standing mountain and the only place on land where you can clearly see the curvature of the Earth, will act as a gateway to many enriching personal transformations.… Continue reading...