Browsing All posts tagged under »Training«

From good to great

May 14, 2014


I haven’t written a post for ages, in part because I’ve been writing for SA’s top notch outdoors site, Do It Now and in part because I’ve been online little. Sometimes, we need to disconnect in order to truly connect. Then an email came in from one of my all time greatness gurus, Robin Sharma […]

Peace over pressure

March 17, 2014


This past weekend, I spent at KZN’s Buddhist Retreat Centre. A true gem, the BRC sits on a massive country estate, immersed in indigenous bush and forest and overlooking a giant lush green valley that can’t help but take your breath away. A towering Buddha sits quietly within the grounds, a Stupa marks the perfect […]

My two feet

August 11, 2013


I met a friend running around the Marina yesterday and we chatted about it being nearly a year since I went carless. You see, last summer I made the decision to sell my car with the intention to change or upgrade. It sold quickly and then various adventures got in the way of sorting another. […]

Running for life

July 19, 2013


Runners … and indeed any other sports guys and gals, tend to fall into one of two camps. On one side, there are those who train as a means of participation … to work towards events and compete. They love to set goals and have a tangible purpose to their daily efforts. And then there are […]

Nuggets for novices

July 2, 2013


I was asked recently whether I had any golden rules for being an ultra runner … what nuggets of advice I would share with novices … or indeed, any runner, as even when you’ve done a ton of races, you’re constantly learning new things, about kit, about training, about what works and what doesn’t, about […]

Shades of grey

December 15, 2012


I’m sorry if this title drew you in with promises of slide-off-your-seat eroticism … that I shall leave to the brilliant and beautiful mind of EL James. Rather this post is about the ever-increasing blurred lines that exist between hiking and fast-packing, running and exploring, expeditions and adventures. I’ve thought about this often and I […]

Meals & miles

December 9, 2012


I picked up a Runners World book the other day called ‘the new runner’ by John Bingham and Jenny Hadfield. It’s a great read full of tips and tricks to enable even the most sceptical of runners to discover that running is indeed one of life’s greatest pleasures. The basic message is simple: that anyone […]

Kudos for cross-training

October 17, 2012


Written for Fitness Link, a new online platform for the UAE fitness industry, soon to be launched – October 12  When you tell people you run long-distance, the first thing they tend to ask is ‘how far?’ The runner replies and then the common response is ‘HOW FAR?!?!?’ The conversation that follows normally revolves around the […]

Body beautiful

October 3, 2012


A week ago today, I was in the Blue Mountains with my partner in crime, HK Adventure Baby, and amongst our many discussions covering everything from work and play, boys and toys to hopes and dreams, we discussed negative body image and the constant mental battles that girls can face. We talked about how ultimately […]

Be / do / see / try / learn

September 7, 2012


I’ve never been short of people laughing at my obsession with spreadsheets. I am a very type-A daughter of a very type-A actuary after all! I have an entire folder called Spreadsheet Queen with excel sheets for pretty much every area of my life. On another note, I constantly hear comments from people asking how I […]

Getting hot & sweaty in the sand (Part1)

August 26, 2012


When running recently with Lee aka the Sheikh of Showka from Dubai Trail Running, I recall telling him that I attribute any success I’ve had running with two key elements … training in the sand and training in the heat.  I try to do most of my running ‘off-road’, albeit within the confines of the […]

Shit happens

August 8, 2012


I’m often ‘accused’ of being a little too positive at times … if I were a religion, I’d perhaps be of the happy-clappy variety … so it amused me when I received a mailer yesterday from a motivational speaker I follow entitled ‘A steaming hot turd.’ The article was all about how we can’t be […]

Winning words

August 7, 2012


It seems the entire world is currently gripped by Olympic fever.  I find myself glued to the screens at the gym, swept up by all the excitement and motivated by the guts and glory of these phenomenal sports men and women. From the spectacular opening ceremony through to countless outstanding performances to date, it’s been […]

I’ve been AeroFit-ted …

June 8, 2012


Being the purist that I am in terms of training without schedules, watches, heart rate monitors, gizmos or gadgets, you might think would make me shy away from some scientific performance analysis … but when AeroFit came to town, I read all about it and felt just a little intrigued.  Then when I started seeing […]

Tori’s take …

May 21, 2012


I started putting digit to keyboard some time ago to write the book that is bursting inside me.  The synopsis was developed and some publishers contacted … but now, months later, I am no further forward. A little work, a lot of play, a good serving of training and a large dollop of travel and […]

Plotting & planning

December 3, 2011


This is my final post on RTP but I feel I get asked so much about my training that it’s worthwhile putting my ‘plan’ down on paper.  A week doesn’t go by here in the sandpit, when I don’t get emails from people asking for advice about doing multi-day mountainous events and how best to […]

Organic advantage

October 6, 2011


Published in New You – October 2011 

Clima cool chic

September 6, 2011


Follow Emirates Woman & LOVESTYLE.COM over the next three months for brilliant blogs and fitness fashion from the worlds coolest brand, adidas … 

Cards & corkscrews

August 27, 2011


Our obsession with all things electronic … In our days of Facebook, Tweets, email and texting, we have completely forgotten the value of a hand written message on beautiful stationery … even our bills are now electronic! But the truth is, there isn’t a person in the world who doesn’t love seeing a card on […]

The rules of the road

August 25, 2011

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The rules of the road and the trends of training are forever changing. Much like the dating game I guess … and whilst some stand the test of time, others just get gently modified along the way … tweaked following research reports, extensive observation or blog posts from such ground-breaking resources as fit chicks & […]

A* for effort …

August 14, 2011

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 but is it in vain? The world is full of contradictions. And this weekend … in Abu Dhabi … was no exception. It all boiled down to two key lifestyle choices … diet and exercise. Let me start from the beginning. I spent a lovely chilled out weekend with my dear friend Emily.  We went […]

Caribou and Comrades

April 20, 2011


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 […]

Delicious at dawn

March 7, 2011


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. And […]

InnerFight … can’t fail to excite …

January 26, 2011


I met with the lovely Marcus Smith today … the man behind the super cool and very popular InnerFight concept / website. I’d heard him on the radio recently and was intrigued. He sounded like a male version of me … passionate about health & fitness, committed to supporting others to achieve and succeed, driven […]

Running gadget-free

January 25, 2011


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 […]