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Kick it Forward

April 28, 2011

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If you are already a runner, how many times have you had someone say to you that they would love to run but don’t know how, or that they find it really hard to get beyond their comfort zone, or that they would love to run a race but wouldn’t know where to start. Often […]

Formulas & frogs

April 27, 2011

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The other day my friend and running buddy Fiona swung by my place. I was showing her all my fabulous new running gear from adidas and we started chatting about the importance of looking good while you train. We agreed outright … look good = train better = feel better.  A simple formula. This is […]

Swimming with sharks

April 25, 2011

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I mentioned to a friend the other day that as soon as things are running super smoothly in my life, when I reach a nice level of comfort, it’s time to shake things up. I guess I thrive on challenge and excitement and without an element of both, I feel restless and without drive. Similarly, […]

Mantras, miles & meditation

April 24, 2011

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Today I chatted at length with the very inspiring Aden Hopkins from Caveman Fitness. We talked about my recent Life Coaching course and my now wanting to study Sports Psychology. Why he asked? For what reasons … I answered with the simple truth that I am forever intrigued by the power of the mind. I […]

My Good Friday treat up Jebel Hafeet

April 22, 2011

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This morning my dear friend Cath and I started Good Friday in style with an early morning run up Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain. For those not in the know, Jebel Hafeet is a mountain bordering the UAE and Oman, rising nearly 4,000 ft above sea level. A road winds up the mountain-side rock for […]

Goodbye to Grete

April 21, 2011

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Earlier this week, Grete Waitz died after a six year battle against cancer, aged 57. A nine time winner of the New York Marathon, Grete was not only a great long distance runner but a champion for women runners of all type and distance, leading by example of what a mother, wife and teacher could […]

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 […]

Runs, rain & relationships

April 13, 2011

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This morning I had a gorgeous run with Anja …. the first I hope, of many. Three things have played on my mind since my return: Familiar faces & friends I have seen Anja on Beach Road runs for a year or two. Always running solo but with a very consistent pace, I’ve often wondered […]

Ironing out the kinks

April 5, 2011

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It’s no secret that yoga is great for running … any high impact, intensive sport really, but I find running in particular benefits, thanks to the improved breathing, alignment, posture and balance that yoga brings. In fact, I’d go so far as to say it’s a pretty great antidote to life full stop, the day-to-day […]

Good vibrations …

April 3, 2011

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This morning I started my second week of a month-long course of Power Plate training at Body Smart in the Meadows. The rationale behind it was to strengthen my hamstrings and my bum in the hope that I’ll start having less running-induced knee problems … so three times per week for four weeks, I have […]

Three days gone in a haze …

March 20, 2011

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Click here for Part 1 of this post. Day 2 Distance: 53km with a vile hill to end Weather: Rain, wind and cold Thoughts: as follows I woke up stiff. Not surprisingly since I ran 50km yesterday. I have come to a stark realisation that the way to combat these long multi-day’ers, the way to […]

Bulletin from Balaton – Day 1

March 17, 2011

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50km down My thoughts are these: Following dinner last night of lashings and lashings of Hungarian Ghoulash – delicious – and then a breakfast of Kings this am, I felt fuelled up and ready to go but we had to wait till the start time of 11am! It struck me that until moving to Dubai, […]

Mile-high meals

March 16, 2011

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I arrived at the airport last night, excited and prepared (or so I thought) for a fairly smooth sailing journey to Budapest via Vienna with 12 or so hours of uninterrupted bliss to read, chill and listen to some good tunes. The purpose of my journey is to run the 200km Balaton Supermarathon that starts […]

I like it RAW

March 9, 2011

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At the Taste Food Festival last weekend, post a few delish samples and pre a cheeky vino or two, I fancied a coffee. And there, in front of me was the RAW stand. Perfect. Now I love coffee … and am no stranger to my regular fix. But in terms of fitness, I am also […]

A Penny for your wellness

March 7, 2011

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Yesterday the utterly charming Sean Penny swung by Park Place to put me through my paces with the Nerve Express and Dynamic Express tests. Together, as The Wellness Brothers, the boys are doing amazing things … literally revolutionising the fitness, health and wellness industry as we know it today. They are both super qualified and […]

Fuel for marathons (running AND retail)

March 6, 2011

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First published on LOVESTYLE There might not be huge numbers of LOVESTYLE divas that run marathons but there are no prizes for guessing that all LOVESTYLE divas love marathon shopping sessions so whichever camp you fall into (in my case both!) take note. A healthy balanced diet and a regular exercise routine are vital to […]

Scaling for school kids

March 1, 2011

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Have you got plans for Easter weekend yet? If not, why not plan an adrenaline-fuelled, fun-filled, highly-charged adventure in the Helambu village of Sermathang, Nepal? Last weekend I passed through the village myself, enjoying a weekend of running, laughter and endless hot tea with a fabulous group of people. My Heaven in Helambu post tells […]

Bounce no more …

February 28, 2011

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First published on LOVESTYLE Did you know that during an average aerobics class, your boobs move up to 12cm up and down? This weeks post may seem at odds with the lingerie LOVESTYLE divas are normally concerned with but when it comes to keeping fit, you need to replace the word style with sensible and […]

Mountains of the mind

February 24, 2011

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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

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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 […]

Packing in circles

February 22, 2011

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I must confess that I am the world’s worst packer. Despite travelling all the time, never for work, always for pleasure, I still spend hours and hours trying on everything I own and getting utterly sidetracked making up new outfit combinations. The result is normally a hardly recognisable bedroom of clothes, bags and shoes strewn […]

That one song

February 17, 2011

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Last night I went to Dubai’s Jazz Festival. Standing there under the stars, with the backdrop of an incredible moon and an electric audience, listening to the piano-pounding Jools and his jolly performers make music so blisteringly energetic, they put the m into mojo, I couldn’t help but think about the power of music. (… […]

Long live Wadi Bih!

February 11, 2011

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Wadi Bih. What a day! Despite having risen at 1.30am to get there and despite having a poor tattered knee to contend with, today has been nothing short of fabulous and everyone involved in the day has done themselves proud. Two things now occupy my mind: 1) Wadi Bih is the oldest expatriate sporting event […]

G&T; Life on the rocks

February 9, 2011

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Tomorrow is Wadi Bih-eve. For those not in the know, Wadi Bih is an annual relay event comprising teams of five running a total of 75km over (very) hilly and rocky terrain in Oman. It’s the longest running sporting event in the UAE and an institution amongst those lucky enough to participate. Last year was […]

Everyone’s doing it – are you?

February 7, 2011

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Strength Training … everyone’s doing it …. are you? Having my ongoing knee problem means that most of my running is being replaced with gym sessions. And whilst checking out for hot boys between reps, I can’t help but notice that finally, the mass of lycra-wearing gym-bunnies seem to do taking to strength training. Are […]

Make peace with the plateau

February 5, 2011

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I don’t know how many times I’ve read stuff on plateau-ing and what to do about it. But … as is often the case with me, until I need to know it, until actually experiencing the problem first-hand, my eyes tend to gaze over the copy without really digesting the words or their meaning. But […]

Date a word

January 30, 2011

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If you had to pick one word to sum up your 2011 what would it be? Your one word that depicts what you want out of the year … your theme, your motto. I thought about this after this mornings Run & Reflect with Susan. I thought that if we can just figure out our […]

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 […]

Score 4

January 24, 2011

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Since the marathon last Friday, I’ve had loads of people ask me how I did. And no doubt every other runner has too. We reply with thoughts on the day … perhaps our times too … and the common response tends to be ‘Wow … I could never do that,’ or ‘I can’t run for […]

The Art of Learning

January 23, 2011

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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 […]

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 […]