Browsing All posts tagged under »Kathmandu«

Support in sport

August 18, 2013


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 […]

Manaslu madness: part 2/2

November 7, 2012


Click here for Part 1 of my Manaslu adventures. Day 2/4 0330 and the alarm rang … a painful start to the day. Far too early and my legs felt stiff as bricks but once we got going, they started to loosen up. I expected the day to be tough … 43k with mammoth ascents, […]

Matters of the mind

October 31, 2012


Think back to any low moment in your life, in a race or otherwise, when you’ve suddenly and successfully been able to lift yourself up again. On the flip side, think of those low moments when you haven’t done this. In a race scenario, the result would be, at best, poor motivation and a rubbish […]

Forever and for better

June 25, 2012


One of my reasons for loving Nepal is the stark reminder of how little we need and how very fortunate we all are. This trip has so far proved no different. Look around here and you see an extremely poor nation yet an extremely happy one … an acute contrast to the West where so […]

Rise & shine

January 3, 2012


I’ve written before about expecting the unexpected and here in Nepal, it seems these words ring true as the rule rather than the exception. I expect that it’s this that brings me back time and time again … life in Dubai is sometimes just too predictable, too easy.  I thrive on a little drama and […]

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 […]

Like father like daughter

October 19, 2011


A run earlier this week started off in very different spirits than it ended. From 6-9am, I was all smiles but by the final stretch, my vision was skewed by sweat induced tears welling up beyond my control. I had been out for a few hours, running strong, feeling strong and loving the cooler air […]

Catching trade winds

October 11, 2011


This morning I ran Emirates Golf Course listening to an interview with Thom Gilligan from Marathon Tours, a huge US-based travel company catering for runners and adventurers from all four corners.  It was fascinating and thought-provoking, not because he broke any new ground but because the discussion pointed out the absolute obvious. Fact: the beach […]

Running, dating … & not settling!

August 17, 2011

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This morning I peeled myself out of bed a little after five am.  The excitement post puppy viewing last night had kept me up late! But I’d arranged a running date with Fiona and had a 40-minute run to reach our meeting point in the marina. But half six came and went and no sign […]

Catharsis at the circus

April 30, 2011


Women as we all know are the queens of multi-tasking so it follows suit that we multi-task whilst we run … for me, I use runs for catch-ups with girlfriends, debriefs over boyfriends, brain-storming, planning study assignments, listening to self-development audio-books or cheesy tunes and … if that ain’t enough … listening to Dubai Eye […]

Mountains of the mind

February 24, 2011


Despite a very late night resulting in far too little sleep and a not so chirpy 4am rise to get to the airport, when preparing to land in Kathmandu I couldn’t have tried to possibly hide my delight. The sheer size and presence of the Himalayas, dotted with colourful yet raw Nepali villages scattered amongst […]

Make time to date

February 23, 2011


I sent an email yesterday to Roger and Richard, two of my KTM-based running partners, asking them if they wanted me to bring anything over tomorrow. Kathmandu, after all, is not quite the shopping mecca that we’re spoilt with here, unless of course you want to stock up on thankas, lentils or fabulous fashion in […]

Escapades on Everest

January 28, 2011


I first met the famed mountaineer Dan Mazur last year in Kathmandu. We met at the fabulous KTM Guest House and shared a beer; I found him to be nothing short of inspirational, warm and committed. So when Simon, founder and owner of Arabia Outdoors here in Dubai told me he and Dan were friends […]