Browsing All posts tagged under »Aiden«

Deja vous & dominos

September 21, 2012


On Wednesday morning, I went for a run in Sydney’s CBD to stretch out the legs post the Sabah Ultra last weekend. On passing the Opera House, I was overcome by an intense deja vous followed by an immense realisation of how small our world really is and how interconnected we all are. You see, […]

Another cracker from les Francais

September 8, 2012


I remember when travelling around New Zealand a few years back … in what we aptly named the Brown Beast, a huge poo-coloured car Aiden had bought in one of another of his (regular) scams … we used to laugh at all the Fish & Chip shops we passed because every one seemed to have […]

Making magic

September 1, 2012


So last night, my friend Katie and I decided to have a short run, accompanied by a mammoth gossip session followed by some tabata training.  All started without hitch or glitch … neither cancelled or postponed … we met at Montgomerie Golf Club and did a quick-ish loop through Emirates Hills then hit the tabata […]

Stories for Smiles

August 25, 2012


Operation Smile is an amazing worldwide charity committed to providing free surgeries for children with facial deformities and giving them the smiles they deserve. Thousands of lives are literally transformed every year as a result. My first real memory … … of connecting with Operation Smile was a few years ago when my dad raised […]

Debbie & divorce

April 4, 2012


I ran the first few miles of last weeks G2E with a fab girl I met called Debbie.  Her husband was also running … he too an ultra runner and we had a joke about the benefits of being married to another runner. Timely then that a hilarious article in a UK paper yesterday discussed […]

Making waves

March 19, 2012


I don’t want to pooh-pooh our amazing capability of multi-tasking but sometimes, attempting to do it all is completely fruitless. Today, I experienced this first hand.  I rose late … no run as tapering before this weekends race … put on the kettle, sat down at my desk and then spent the next four hours […]

Tis the eve of the marathon …

January 26, 2012


Tis the eve of the Dubai Marathon / 10km and there’s an air of excitement all around. Some will turn up for nothing more than the jolly or a good training run whilst others will have spent months preparing. And if you fall into the latter category, you must make sure to avoid any pre-race […]

New beginnings & majestic mountains

December 30, 2011


How do you plan to spend the 1st of January 2012? Whatever you do, where ever you are, catch some time alone to reflect a little on the year that’s past and the one that’s starting.  I for one, shall be running for 12 hours or so, in the majestic mountains of Annapurna. I know […]

Dead fish

August 3, 2011


Aiden shared a great quote by Malcolm Muggeridge with me yesterday … ‘Only dead fish go with the flow.’ This one will stay with me, I know, because I have forever been a fish who battles upstream, when it comes to training, work or play.  Why? I just like it that way.  It’s more fun […]

Driving determination

January 21, 2011


So this morning was of course the Dubai Marathon.  For anyone who doesn’t know, it’s a popular one, attracting countless professionals thanks to the super fast course and the huge prize money at stake … a million US, tax-free. But for people like you and me, it’s a pretty uninspiring run … one long drag […]

Courage, core & cellulite

January 8, 2011


I’ve written before about how easy it can be to shy away from trying new things for fear that they look difficult or outside our comfort zones. I’ve certainly had my fair share of bouts when I’ve lacked self-belief and opted out of an opportunity for no other reason than fear that I won’t be […]

Pounding Pavements

December 16, 2010


They say running is the greatest therapy. In my case it is, always has been and today more than ever. Because today it is D-Day … and instead of feeling like all my Christmases have come at once, all my stress has instead … I arrived in Manchester last night … met my wonderful and […]