Browsing All posts tagged under »United States«

The rainbow diet

August 8, 2013


We’re all so bombarded these days with news and views re what to eat, when and why. Everyone wants a quick fix and common sense is all too often replaced with unsustainable regimes and nonsense fads. So when my mum sent me this cool little infogram on phytonutrients the other day, I absorbed it like […]

Zzzzz …

July 16, 2013


When it comes to going to bed at a reasonable hour, I tend to score a big fat fail. I get sidetracked constantly, I find myself plotting and planning, dreaming and scheming, I get a second wind, I’m immersed in client work or some project or another … there’s a multitude of reasons. But I […]

Sharing v comparing

July 6, 2013


I think I have died and gone to heaven. I woke this morning at the gorgeous Le Telfair in marvelous Mauritius. I opened the curtains to a feast for my eyes as right before me lay lush green trees, soft white sand, azure waters and complete and utter silence. Breakfast over conversation about all things […]

Excuse abuse

June 26, 2013


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 […]

Urban aventures a Lyon

May 30, 2013


I’ve spent this week in Lyon and have enjoyed some absolutely glorious runs taking in the fantastic Parc de la Tete D’or, exploring the quaint cobbled streets of Vieux Lyon, ambling up and down the river, past canal boats and bars, along graceful tree-lined boulevards with their imposing French architecture and al fresco cafes and […]

1852 – 2013; little has changed …

May 11, 2013


I listened during my run this morning to The School of Greatness, one of my favourite podcasts.  This week’s inspirational character was Ben Nemtin from The Buried List. For anyone not in the know, back in 2006, these four guys, college kids at the time, were feeling a little disillusioned with their place in the […]

Clouds without linings

April 17, 2013


When thinking up blog material, I try as I might to think of a positive spin … top takeaways, lessons to learn, messages to marvel over and so on … but when tragedy strikes, I find myself lost for words.  Sometimes, shit just happens, without rhyme or reason, and it’s impossible to find a silver lining […]

Rekindling the fire

February 14, 2013


There are times when you can’t get enough of each other, you and the trails … when your grass is green as green can be, the sky the bluest blue, there’s bounce in your every step and you feel like you’re running on air. But then there are also times when you lose that spark, your […]

Love & luck

January 24, 2013


Today’s post has nothing to do with health and fitness … it relates instead to wellness  … emotional and mental wellness … matters of the mind and of the heart. Here goes. Earlier this week, I received a call from my ex husband aka H1 to say he was getting remarried.  If truth be known, […]

Sandy toes

January 21, 2013


I first met Emily, the very fit chick behind SUP Yoga at a dinner party end last year.  I immediately fell for her magnetic energy, gorgeous personality and contagious smile. At that time, she was just setting up the UAE’s first SUP Yoga company and I promised I’d be down to give it a shot sooner […]

Food glorious food

January 16, 2013


Signing up for a race in the French Alps this summer, I noticed a very cool question at the end of the registration form. It was: ‘What food would you like to see at the aid stations?’ Brilliant! Now needless to say, I suspect they don’t intend to cater for the diverse needs of a […]

Running, wheels & pink slips

January 9, 2013


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 […]

Fancy a threesome?

November 30, 2012


I write this from Phuket, a mere 36 hours before the start of the Ironman 70.3.  There’s an excitement in the air and a nervous anticipation all round.  I, however, observe with complete and utter race envy. You see, this is my first experience of travelling to a race strictly as a supporter and not […]

Introverts unite

November 14, 2012


I listened to a great interview yesterday with Marshall Ulrich.  Marshall is a phenomenal ultra runner, mountaineer and philosopher. If you’ve never watched his documentary about running across America, do so and you will feel forever inspired to raise your own bar. As for my personal connection with Marshall, the last time I saw him […]


October 24, 2012


I listened yesterday to an interview on TRN with a super cool chick called Jamie Walker. She’s a US-based ultra runner, coach and all-round rock star who recently attempted her first 100 miler. My biggest takeaway was this: a big race is only partly about the running.  There are so many other things to consider […]

AC conquers the Ice Trail

August 24, 2012


The end of August is fast approaching which hails time for one great issue of Outdoor UAE to be replaced by another.  Before the September issue hits the shelves, check out August’s issue and my Adventure Chick column about my running rendez-vous in Val D’Isere with a little race planned in between girly catch up time!


August 3, 2012


It really does.  My favourite yoga teachers … Bram and Kasi … have said great things about it and yesterday morning, at long last, I made it to a one-on-one class with yet another cool chick called Helen. Where do I start? Swing Yoga is basically a yoga-esque cross between TRX and aerial silks. The […]

It’s a love / hate thing

July 29, 2012


Poles.  Whether you’re into mountain marathons or longer stuff, when it comes to technical terrain, there are those who use poles and those who don’t with few, if any, in between. Similar to the marmite debate I suppose. I’ve had many a conversation during and post races re their merits but never been quite convinced […]

With running comes reason

July 20, 2012


Today’s post is dedicated to GC.  You know who you are. A brief encounter at last weeks Ice Trail and a few email exchanges since and we’ve fast shared a little of the history and the heartache that have made us the individuals that we are today. And so this morning, as I had a […]

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 […]

First came marriage …

July 9, 2012


This time last year, my dear friend Emily got married.  I remember distinctly being so happy for her in the run up to her special day and had thought long and hard what advice to share with her. The result was the post below.  I have seen her and Simon grow from strength to strength […]

The Last Lecture

June 28, 2012


This morning I spent organising the kids library at Hamro Gaun … we were categorising the books into age levels and creating a borrowing system. I don’t think you can ever over-estimate the power of learning and the joy of reading, especially amongst children. On the wall, in this extremely basic room with world maps […]

Fiats v Ferrari’s

June 3, 2012


Not a week goes by without some fleeting fad that everyone raves about.  And whilst sometimes they prove to be nothing more than just that … others stick and for good reason too. Trigger Point Performance Therapy (or TPPT), I reckon, might be one of these. My yoga teacher, Bram did the course a couple […]

Follow your bliss

May 24, 2012


My yoga fix is pretty much a daily occurrence now. Even if it gets to end of play and I’ve deadlines looming, I strive to get to class because I know how it makes me feel.  BLISS. On which note, the lovely Noura from Yogalates Bliss sent me an article the other day on why […]

Nuts about coconuts

May 12, 2012


Todays post is all about COCONUTS … is there no end to their talent? Not only is coconut water (have you tried O.N.E yet?) the bees knees when it comes to a highly energising, nutritious and delicious thirst quencher … and not only are coconut shells an amazingly effective tool to massage your feet and […]

Yoga is for chicks AND dicks

May 6, 2012


Question: Is yoga just for girls? Answer: No … no no no! When Zak, the king of chiro had me doing a few mobility exercises a couple of weeks back, he seemed surprised at my flexibility and balance despite the mileage in my feet.  Without having to even mutter a word, I answered the question […]

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 […]

Seek & ye shall find!

April 12, 2012


This morning at Flow Yoga, as our legs were screaming after being immersed in Warrior 1 for what felt like an eternity, Bram said to think about what we were doing yoga for … why we came to the class.  Just because it’s ‘cool’?  A fad? Because everyone at work does it? Is it to […]

Doing it in twos

March 13, 2012


Monday morning. Half nine.  My regular fix of Flow Yoga with Bram, except the asanas change every time so no class is ever the same. Yesterday? Partner Yoga. V cool, v fun, v touching! Doing yoga in twos brings a whole new element to the practice. You can only control your own movements, not those […]

Smiles & miles

February 2, 2012


Every few days, I check out my site stats and recently, I can’t help but notice that my post in December, ‘Just like a butterfly‘ continues to have a huge number of visits. The post was about the science of happiness and how happiness comes when and from where we least expect it. “Happiness is […]

Life lessons

February 1, 2012


As published in The National’s m Magazine – January 12 … Tori’s rules to live by aka her Life Lessons!

Victoria gets vertical

December 22, 2011


Have you got friends and family in town for the holidays?   Fancy trying something new, cool, suitable for all and great fun … right here on your doorstep? Last month, I checked out the climbing wall with Dominic Ford from The Vertical Tourist … read all about it here, in my Adventure Chicks column […]