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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 […]

Safety in numbers

April 25, 2013

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I was listening the other day to a first time marathon runner describe their experience of training for and participating in last weekends London Marathon.  She talked about getting on the train towards the race start and being surrounded by hundreds of runners … all seeming like experienced marathoners, all appearing cool and calm, all […]

Running, wheels & pink slips

January 9, 2013

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I ran this morning on my favourite urban sand tracks and soaked up the words in the final few chapters of Dean Karnazes’s book ’50/50 … Secrets I learnt running 50 Marathons in 50 Days.’ Dean Karnazes is an American ultramarathon runner, author and once named one of the world’s top 100 most influential people […]

Delve into 2012

December 28, 2011

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As published in Ahlan – December 2011 – and seeing as just a few more days remain before registration closes … read, review & resolve! New Years resolutions need not just be pie in the sky intentions with little follow up.  In fact, why not make a decision today to start the New Year getting […]

Passion, pavements & prose

September 1, 2011

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This afternoon I sat in the glorious London sunshine with my mum having lunch. We got to talking about various long-distance running events on the Tori-agenda to which she said I should perhaps try to avoid going down the ultra route and stick instead with marathons in order to preserve my knees and just protect, in […]

Step it up lady B

May 12, 2011

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My friend Briony has made more than one comment of late re not getting mentions in my blog posts so today Briony, this one’s for you, although you might regret having ever said a word when you read on …. I first met Briony boxing. We would both be on the mats, thrashing it out […]

Lessons from letters

May 2, 2011

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Last week, in response to my article in Aquarius a few months back – 9 STEPS TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS, I received this email from a girl called Hafsa: ‘I started eating healthy, and started using the treadmill which my mom gifted to me 2 years back but I never used it. Now it’s been 3 […]

Caribou and Comrades

April 20, 2011

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Yesterday as I was working in Caribou I found my mind wondering as I eaves-dropped on a couple of guys chatting over lunch at a nearby table. Why? Because I heard those two little words that make my heart sing. Negative splits! And of course, that meant they could only be talking about running. Had […]

Girls chasing boys v boys chasing girls

January 27, 2011

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This morning some brief banter with no other than a certain Michael Jackson, led to his making a comment about girls finding long distance running easier than men. Of course, my immediate reaction was to poo-poo this statement and point out that long-distance running, requiring great endurance and mental strength, is equally difficult regardless of […]

Running gadget-free

January 25, 2011

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I’m not running right now due to my ongoing knee niggle but that doesn’t stop me thinking about it … and specifically I’ve been thinking about our obsession with gadgets; in life in general I guess but for the purpose of this post, when training. You just have to look at any runner and they’re […]

Driving determination

January 21, 2011

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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 […]

Jilt the jitters

January 18, 2011

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In the run up to the Dubai Marathon and 10km this Friday, I’ve had more than a few people say to me that they’re feeling a little nervous. And no wonder. Whether you’re running short or long, whether a race virgin or not, everyone I think gets nervous … because it’s simply impossible to know, […]

Train in style for your first 10km

November 25, 2010

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I’m currently rallying up runners to join me on the Women’s Health & Fitness team for the Dubai 10k / Marathon on January 21st. The level of interest has been great – and for quite a few people, it’ll be their first 10k. No surprise then that the three little words, “How to train” have […]

Running from Running

November 16, 2010

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It seems that every time I look on Facebook, I see former fellow ABRaS* members posting pics of new hobbies that have stemmed from their original love for running.  Does road running have a shelf-life I wonder?  Does simply pounding the streets eventually become boring? I guess in Dubai it does – I know that […]