Forever young with Celergen

September 24, 2014

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When first contacted about trialling a cell therapy supplement that promised to intensify cell regeneration, boost energy and stamina levels, improve memory and alertness, reduce wrinkles, enhance metabolism and alleviate pain, I was a little reluctant to be honest. I didn’t feel my energy levels needed a boost, suffer no pain and my memory seems […]

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The power of restoration

May 22, 2014

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In today’s crazy world, we all travel extensively and there’s no end of holidays we can take. There are times when we need to hit global cities for a retail fix and an injection of culture, others when a stint on the piste is what we crave, when mountain trails beckon or beach loungers quietly […]

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From good to great

May 14, 2014

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I haven’t written a post for ages, in part because I’ve been writing for SA’s top notch outdoors site, Do It Now and in part because I’ve been online little. Sometimes, we need to disconnect in order to truly connect. Then an email came in from one of my all time greatness gurus, Robin Sharma […]

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172 words

April 14, 2014

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I was sent these words today, written by Jeanette Leblanc in 2008. She wrote them one tearful night during a turbulent time in her life. And when you read them, they can’t help but wow you… beautiful and magical, they re-enforce the importance of loving and living with all your might. x Go Now and […]

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Cut yourself some slack

April 8, 2014

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I received a mailer last week from Sue Fuller-Good at Jo’burg’s Body Brilliance. It totally resonated… not so much to as I am now but as I once was. So relentlessly hard on myself… expecting A* performances in everything I did, not settling for anything less than total perfection in everything I turned my hand […]

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Muti for the mind, body & soul

March 28, 2014

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My first thought when sitting down to write this was to liken the SA’s Trails in Motion film festival to a multi-day stage race. But then I realised this was a pretty silly idea. Over more than a day, the events may span, but there were no lows, only highs, no GU brews only beer brews […]

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Hot Yoga 200

March 26, 2014

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In a few short months I start my yoga teacher training here in Durban. I’m excited and have been spending a lot of time thinking about it… in particular, my motivations for dedicating so much time to my practice, even though I don’t really have an intention to teach… My answer, I realised the other […]

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Addiction fiction

March 24, 2014

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Picked up the latest issue of Trail yet? If not, it’s on shelves now and promises a wonderful read of tales from the trail and my words below to make you want to tie up those laces and get out and run… she taps, unable to do so herself, with a pack of peas on her knee […]

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Run or die

March 20, 2014

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At the BRC last weekend, I finished absorbing the words of world-renowned endurance runner and total rockstar, Kilian Jornet. His book, Run or Die, had been on my list for an age, which can sometimes spell disappointment when it comes to actually reading it… you know, when expectations shoot through the roof in the build […]

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Peace over pressure

March 17, 2014

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This past weekend, I spent at KZN’s Buddhist Retreat Centre. A true gem, the BRC sits on a massive country estate, immersed in indigenous bush and forest and overlooking a giant lush green valley that can’t help but take your breath away. A towering Buddha sits quietly within the grounds, a Stupa marks the perfect […]

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On the piste

March 13, 2014

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… so this trip was a month or so ago, but here, a share of an article written recently re how skiing turns out to be quite a marvellous metaphor for life. Who ever thought time on the piste was time wasted?! ; ) I’ve just returned to the sweat fest of Durban from a […]

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wanna make a million?

March 9, 2014

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I’ve just finished writing an article for a client on the habits of the rich. You see surprisingly, those with a high income or a whopping inheritance aren’t necessarily more likely to build wealth than those with mediocre incomes and no family wealth. What then is the key to financial success? The answer is, quite […]

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matters of the mind

March 5, 2014

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Last night I went to a talk here in Durbs by Buddhist teacher Gen La-Kunsang. On the invite were these words: ‘Discover powerful and practical methods to increase happiness and become a more confident and joyous person, capable of bringing real benefit to this world.’ Reading this, I was immediately intrigued. I’m a bit obsessed […]

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‘the Julia way’

March 1, 2014

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Just a few weeks ago, I touched down at ‘home’ in bonnie Scotland, after a trip to Italy. On the face of it, the purpose of the holiday was for time on the piste but in reality, it was a week or so of pure indulgence, one where a calorie-laden buffet was never far from […]

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just run. anytime, anywhere.

February 21, 2014

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This morning I ran with Regents… a road running club in Durban. Needless to say, a stark departure from the Tori of old, seeing as only since being in Durbs have I actually started to run sociably as opposed to my time in Dubai. There, I loved nothing more than spending hours alone with my […]

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One yellow bike

February 11, 2014

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Last night was the film premiere of a heart-warming short movie about a little yellow bicycle. Said bicycle embarked on a rather long journey from Dubai to Uganda during which it was transformed from a toy to a life-changer. Literally! The film told the story of a little girl, Fay. Fay used to ride her […]

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A life less ordinary

February 8, 2014

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Yesterday, I went to my old boarding school, Edinburgh’s Fettes College, to talk at Careers Day. I rarely say yes to public speaking opportunities… I’m far more comfortable behind my screen than in front of a crowd, but over the years, I’ve become so aware of how fortunate I am to have been educated at […]

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home

February 4, 2014

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There is something about running at home that’s like no other run. Just walking even… the familiar sights and smells, the millions of memories that come flooding back as you catch a glimpse of a tree where you once climbed or a flower once planted on a summers day. I thought about this, this morning […]

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Reaching the sky

January 29, 2014

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I’ve had a few run ins with trails and mountains in the last twelve months… last year, on several occasions, they beat me down and showed me who’s boss. First up, I never made it to a race in Nepal last March due to Maoist road-blocks causing havoc on the road to Pokhara aka Annapurna […]

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A work of art, straight from the heart

January 17, 2014

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Regardless of our background or beliefs, creed or culture, I can safely say that every single person reading this post has at least one teacher from their past that remains etched in their memory… one teacher who just brought a subject alive, kept us engaged, opened up our eyes, inspired us to be the best […]

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Wonderful races…

January 3, 2014

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in wonderful places. Still plotting and planning over your race calendar this year? Check out my feature in the latest issue of Trail magazine on the criteria to consider when picking wonderful races in wonderful places! Happy running in 2014 and remember, when the going gets tough, just continue to put one step in front of […]

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Prana & power

January 1, 2014

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Sipping a coffee at Mitchell Park’s Vida yesterday with my new friend and fellow yogi, Kea, she told me about an amazing initiative called Township Yogi. In fact, I remember before she even shared the details, her words were, ‘you’re gonna love this.’ And indeed I did! Township Yogi is about raising hope and changing […]

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Shoot for the moon

December 20, 2013

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Every year, I write a post about resolutions… the glorious opportunity to take a blank sheet of paper and design the year to come, just as you wish. It’s exciting and makes anything seem possible. Because it is! I know I’ve spent a good few hours over the last few weeks, plotting and planning my […]

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Motion of the ocean

November 24, 2013

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I hummed and hawed whether to go to the final day of the Dubai Yoga & Music Festival at Dubai’s Westin hotel yesterday. As so often the case, my current workload is asking that I perform miracles but then I figured that after a few days of flying back to the desert and then being […]

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Touching the sky

November 19, 2013

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This past weekend was one to remember. I, along with another 350 runners descended on the bijou village of Lady Grey in South Africa’s Eastern Cape for the Salomon Skyrun 2013. I expected a toughie, of that I have no doubt. The press release in the week prior, with talk of the likelihood of puking […]

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Choosing to live

November 12, 2013

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Just last week, a friend told me about a book he was reading called Choosing to Live by Davey du Plessis. “You must read it after me,” he said. “You’ll love it. I’ve read the first 50 pages and I’m gripped…” And then in a moment of complete serendipity, I noticed that on my first […]

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Wonderful races in wonderful places

November 4, 2013

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Yesterday afternoon, despite a rather long-winded ‘to do’ list of client deadlines and demands, I found myself stretched out on the sofa, researching race plans for 2014. It’s something I look forward to towards the end of every year, that chance to write your wish list, to plot and plan wonderful races in wonderful places. […]

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Gold. It’s pure gold…

October 27, 2013

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I rarely read fiction books. Even as a child, I was never a big fan of fictional stories. I just preferred non-fiction, ‘real’ stuff that could be learnt and applied to my own life and thoughts. Non-fiction seemed somehow more grown up and fiction, more the place for faraway fantasies and escapism. But recently I […]

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Check for Cheeke

October 19, 2013

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After another long exodus from the sandpit, returning to flat desert runs devoid of lush nature, tall trees and bright blooms is always tough. This time particularly so, as it seems I left my head and heart in Durban. So I knew this morning’s training had to be accompanied by a great podcast to keep […]

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That ‘v’ word

October 14, 2013

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Dear readers An integral part of my new plant-based journey, beyond the seemingly constant eating of amazingly delicious and highly nutritious foods has been the educational side. There’s just so much to learn and I look back and feel I was living a life totally blinkered to the truth about eating meat. Did you know, […]

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Dicing with death

October 8, 2013

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We’ve talked about it a few times, Deon and I, whether there’s something sinister about doing hill repeats in a cemetery. Despite it looking a beautifully, peaceful place, with swaying palms, lush green grass and vibrant flowers, it remains the resting ground for those loved and lost. Should it be out-of-bounds then, to runners looking […]

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Letting go

October 3, 2013

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When on the move, I hate missing out on my yoga practice, so as well as my usual dose of daily sun salutations, I love checking out new studios wherever I roam. It definitely adds to the journey when you experience different teachers and styles and it really helps you to connect to a new […]

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