High on Highover

September 30, 2013

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I’ve just spent a few absolutely glorious days in a corner of the world so effortlessly simple yet stunningly beautiful, that I can’t even type this without hiding an irreversible smile and a feeling of complete and utter contentment. Of course, the company is the greatest reason for this but beyond that, there’s just something […]

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Go Gretchen

September 27, 2013

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In the last couple of weeks, I’ve found myself on several occasions, sharing some of Gretchen Rubin’s ideas from her fabulous book, The Happiness Project. This brought me back to a post I wrote at the time of reading it. I defy anyone who claims that these two takeaways haven’t applied to their own lives […]

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Calling all Sweaty Betty’s

September 21, 2013

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In the past, I always considered myself a bit of a camel when it came to drinking during training and races. Perhaps that’s come from living in the desert for so long. Being a self-confessed purist, who turns her back on any formal training programmes or data analysis … and someone who’s only really now […]

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Lessons for life

September 14, 2013

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Robin Sharma’s emails never fail to make for a fantastic and thought-provoking read. Nor do they ever fail to make me question how his words, thoughts and suggestions apply to my own life … what would Tori’s take have been? A recent email was about the things he wishes he had learnt years ago … […]

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Going solo at Kamalaya

September 10, 2013

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The Personal Yoga Synergy programme at Kamalaya has given me great opportunity to enjoy intensive one to one yoga classes. Perched at the top of a hill, surrounded by wild vegetation and azure seas hugging tropical islands as far as the eye can see has been a pretty awesome backdrop for these. On the contrary, […]

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Food as fuel

September 8, 2013

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This visit to my Kamalayan paradise couldn’t have come at a better time for me from a food as fuel point of view. Over a month into my plant-based journey and I continue to feel inspired and amazed at all that I’m learning and experiencing. I feel wonderful … full of vitality and energy … […]

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My Kamalayan paradise

September 6, 2013

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Yesterday, I arrived in Koh Samui at the simply stunning Kamalaya. It is absolutely sublime and despite several months of wistful daydreaming about what to expect, even my over-active imagination fell short. It all started after an introduction to the place via my friend Andrea Oschetti. Andrea is a fellow runner, writer, North Face adventurer, food […]

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Beauty on Bromo

September 3, 2013

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This past weekend I ran the Bromo Marathon in East Java, Indonesia. I was heading east anyway, “working” in Koh Samui next week so what’s an extra four hour flight, I figured. Besides, seeing as my little sister lives just 100k or so from the race venue, it seemed crazy not to include it in […]

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Pursuing plants

August 26, 2013

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It’s been a few weeks since I made the decision to adopt a mainly plant-based diet. I think it was a long-time coming really. I’ve been intrigued about plant-based lifestyles for some time and have listened to no shortage of podcasts on the subject. I’m fascinated by the fact that many of the world’s leading […]

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Learning from Latin

August 22, 2013

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Much of yesterday was spent with my head in a Latin dictionary as I scoured for inspiration for a new business name for a client of mine. There’s something about Latin words that just seem to denote power and prestige. As for Latin phrases, they’re often beautifully wrapped thought-provoking philosophies or simple reminders of how […]

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Support in sport

August 18, 2013

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A couple of weeks ago, I put a quote up on Facebook that said: “There are friendships that have been forged by dedication and by pain, by defeat and by accomplishment, by mud and by sweat, by laughter and by tears. Friends who have seen each other when we look our worst and when we […]

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The magic of meditation

August 13, 2013

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This morning I had one of the most magical runs in a while. I left home late, after 8am and the sun was already beating down, so decided to hit the beach where I could catch some wind and tire myself out more quickly on the sand. Bypassing the beach in the end, I opted […]

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My two feet

August 11, 2013

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I met a friend running around the Marina yesterday and we chatted about it being nearly a year since I went carless. You see, last summer I made the decision to sell my car with the intention to change or upgrade. It sold quickly and then various adventures got in the way of sorting another. […]

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The rainbow diet

August 8, 2013

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We’re all so bombarded these days with news and views re what to eat, when and why. Everyone wants a quick fix and common sense is all too often replaced with unsustainable regimes and nonsense fads. So when my mum sent me this cool little infogram on phytonutrients the other day, I absorbed it like […]

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Going social

August 4, 2013

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Whilst I personally am just a little introverted, in my element getting lost in Tori-world in place of being a social butterfly, there are many whose greatest sporting mojo is found when getting and keeping fit with others. And in Dubai, there’s certainly no shortage of options for going social when it comes to sport. […]

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Tricks of the trade

August 1, 2013

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It is totally normal for me to have race wobblies. In the days or weeks prior to any event, I suddenly have a breakdown in confidence … wonder whether I can finish, ask myself why I didn’t train with a little more discipline and structure, berate myself for succumbing to that extra glass of vino […]

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Lakeland love

July 29, 2013

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The other day I had a message from the very awesome Gavin Grobbelaar (aka the star behind The Multisport Basement for all you Saffa’s out there). He asked what a good 100 miler in the UK was but having only ever done one race in Britain before, a flat multi-day from Oxford to London along […]

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Beauty & the ‘burgh

July 22, 2013

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One of my greatest joys in life is discovering a new city on foot. I’ve written about this often in the past from cities as far afield as Bangkok to Budapest, Singapore to Sydney, Lyon to Lijiang. Rising at the crack of dawn to discover crooks and explore crannies, watch day break and neighbourhoods come […]

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Running for life

July 19, 2013

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Runners … and indeed any other sports guys and gals, tend to fall into one of two camps. On one side, there are those who train as a means of participation … to work towards events and compete. They love to set goals and have a tangible purpose to their daily efforts. And then there are […]

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Zzzzz …

July 16, 2013

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When it comes to going to bed at a reasonable hour, I tend to score a big fat fail. I get sidetracked constantly, I find myself plotting and planning, dreaming and scheming, I get a second wind, I’m immersed in client work or some project or another … there’s a multitude of reasons. But I […]

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My name is Tori & I’m an addict

July 12, 2013

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I interviewed a climber yesterday for a feature I’m writing and he talked of the addictive nature of his sport. I nodded and found a smile creep up on me as I thought about the addictive nature of running. But then, doesn’t the word ‘addict’ tend to conjure up a sense of negativity, of harmful […]

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Doin’ the Dodo

July 9, 2013

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Apologies in advance … a long post! Every runner would agree that you learn most from the events that were the most challenging. Our takeaways are greatest when we’re tested … and I guess this refers as much to our running as it does our lives in general. And so it was, this past weekend, […]

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Sharing v comparing

July 6, 2013

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I think I have died and gone to heaven. I woke this morning at the gorgeous Le Telfair in marvelous Mauritius. I opened the curtains to a feast for my eyes as right before me lay lush green trees, soft white sand, azure waters and complete and utter silence. Breakfast over conversation about all things […]

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Core conversation

July 5, 2013

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I know I write often about happiness, which may seem a diversion from the running, fitness, health and wellness theme of this blog but in actual fact, happiness is bound so tightly to all of these … and to pretty much everything in our existence.  Only if we are happy as individuals, can we pursue […]

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Nuggets for novices

July 2, 2013

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I was asked recently whether I had any golden rules for being an ultra runner … what nuggets of advice I would share with novices … or indeed, any runner, as even when you’ve done a ton of races, you’re constantly learning new things, about kit, about training, about what works and what doesn’t, about […]

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Flipping failure

June 29, 2013

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I seem to have found myself discussing the concept of failure a lot recently and specifically, not being afraid of it.  It’s a pretty stupid word really. I mean, there is no such thing as failure, provided you give something your best shot and you learn from the experience. We all face so-called ‘failure’ in […]

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Excuse abuse

June 26, 2013

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Here in Dubai, it’s that time of year when your alarm goes off and it’s so tempting to not get out and run … it’s baking hot by dawn and if you’re like me and already pressed snooze one too many times, the sun is shining at super strength, long before you’ve laced up those […]

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The present is a gift

June 24, 2013

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A point raised during my interview the other night on Dubai Eye’s Eye on Careers was that in today’s fast-paced world, we too often forget to live in the moment. We’re so busy either thinking about the past … past experiences, past events, what we should have said and done … or in the future […]

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Eye on Tori

June 21, 2013

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Last night, I was interviewed by the awesome Shane Phillips for his Eye on Careers show.  As always with this sort of thing, the time passed and we covered a fraction of what I anticipated. Still, it was a great discussion amongst three of us … me, an entrepreneur called Samer and Professor Abraham, the […]

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Gratitude is an attitude

June 16, 2013

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I spent this evening at a thought-provoking talk at the Capital Club with life and executive coach, Marwa Karoura. The topic?  “Operating out of Abundance: A Journey into the ‘Never Enough’ Illusion.” I was with my friend Brandy and chatting en route home, we both agreed that whilst we didn’t necessarily learn anything new, we […]

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Supplements for 40-somethings …

June 13, 2013

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As published in Men’s Fitness magazine – June 2013 Do you find yourself hitting a health food store with the greatest of intentions only to leave feeling overwhelmed by the mass cocktail of supplements on offer? If only there was one pill that combined the recommended amount of every vitamin, mineral and nutrient you need. […]

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Pick, plot, plan & prepare

June 11, 2013

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I wrote an article for The Sweat Shop recently about the key elements you should consider when picking a trail race. Here it is … for any of you would-be trail runners. I don’t believe there’s a single soul in the world who’s ever looked back after swapping pavement pounding for the tales of the […]

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