Browsing All posts tagged under »France«

Wonderful races in wonderful places

November 4, 2013


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. […]

Priceless friends & pain d’epices

April 15, 2013


Yesterday was the Beaujolais Villages Trail, a pretty brutal run covering 65km along trails, through forests, up mountains, down tracks and via gorgeous little villages in the quaint and gorgeous Beaujolais wine region of France. During the drive back to Lyon late afternoon, I thought about my takeaways from the day.  What had this race […]

Vive le running

July 22, 2012


This morning I took a walk amongst the forests at the back of Chateau Rigaud with my mum and brother.  We talked briefly of the rise in popularity in France of ‘le running’ … it’s huge here.  The sheer amount of races in their calendar speaks volumes and no wonder.  The landscape is breathtaking from […]

Bon appetit!

July 17, 2012


Ever since arriving in France, I seem to have spent a disproportionate amount of time tucking into crusty baguettes, divine dark chocolate and calorie-laden feasts that normally I would steer away from. I watch the chic women around me on sun-filled terraces and street-side cafes and see French women heartily indulge in steaming croissants and […]

It’s all in the name

July 15, 2012


I write this from our fab hotel in Val d’Isere, the coolest place with animal print galore, pink chandeliers and super kitsch accessories.  I am utterly exhausted yet pretty euphoric … you see today was the Ice Trail, a race I fancied for a bit of a jolly combined with a girlie weekend but one […]

Advice from Armstrong

July 11, 2012


“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.” ― Alan Armstrong I’ve written many times before about the importance of preparation and whilst post Nepal and a week of […]

The king of chiro

April 24, 2012


Since my fabulous treatment with the queen of the colon, Kay Vosloo, we met up for lunch last week at Sophies … an absolute find on the Palm Shoreline.  We chatted about all sorts … health, wellness, food, friends you name it … and then a couple of days ago she introduced me to Dr […]

One for the bucket list

March 26, 2012


Last September, a wine-fuelled evening with my fab friend Saz resulted in a plan to meet this past weekend in Paris for the annual EcoTrail de Paris.  Fast-forward six months and I write this post from a sun-filled kerb-side Parisian café, the day after the big run. My legs are screaming yet I have to […]

The Art of Learning

January 23, 2011


All day yesterday I felt a niggle in my knee so my run with Briony last night was replaced with coffee at Paul followed by a long browse in Boutique 1 … just in case we saw anything we ‘needed’. Briony did go for a plod afterwards whilst I stayed firmly in my ballet pumps […]