BodyPump 111

BodyPump “Triple one” is a strong release. The playlist has all the expected energy shifts in all the right places, a sing-a-long warm up track into a high energy squat track, maintaining the pace through chest into a ‘heavy’ back track track. Singing again through track five to help distract from the seemingly endless reps…

BodyCombat 81

What a release!  I loved 79 and 80, the choreography and music were really well put together, and participants said they loved the greater emphasis on aerobic conditioning and getting the heart rate right up in track two.  81 continues in the same way and more so… moving right across the floor within the first…

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

A busy start to the year with LOTS of running around then quickly slowed right down with two months of yoga teacher training (with Spiralling Crow at the YogaVenue studio on Cowley Road, Oxford). Now, two months after having completed and passed the training I’m getting to start practicing what I’ve learned. On a Thursday…

Miles for Mind

A new month and a new challenge. May 2019 is the second offering of ‘Miles for Mind’ a virtual running event set and supported by the team at Runr (a running lifestyle brand) to raise awareness of mental health issues and raise money for Mind the mental health charity. The idea is to pick a…

Chasing Dragons – Great Welsh Marathon 2019

Marathon attempt number two! Exactly one year after the first. I learned a lot from the whole process of preparing for and running Brighton Marathon 2018 – the most important being that I can actually run that far so this time around the worry about ‘will I finish?’ wasn’t there. The second big thing was…

Run Up To Christmas 2018

What a great challenge this was!  A brilliant way to round off a year full of running.  The idea of the challenge is to set a target distance (50km, 100km, etc) and log those miles and kilometers in your own time between 1st and 25th of December.  I set a target of 150km (about 93…

Long Run Mis-Adventure

Over recent months I’ve been finding myself more and more inspired to do more trail and off-road running and thanks to Instagram I have access to endless beautiful pictures to fuel the obsession.  Most of my running happens on suburban roads or on the cycle network through the park but I’ve been trying to see…

Summer Running…

… had me a blast.   Unfortunately this time referring to ‘blast’ as in the destructive sense.  Throughout April and May I was feeling inspired, energised and actually getting on with running a consistent schedule achieving slightly ahead of plan.  The excitement of this and an upcoming event, the Maverick Race Gloucestershire on 30th June, encouraged…

Post-Marathon Re-Focus

In the first couple of weeks post-marathon – brimming with renewed enthusiasm for running and training ‘properly’ this time – I kept my runs to short distances of 3-4 miles and focused on going out regularly and consistently.  I also took the opportunity to do some non-running sessions to give me some different movements to…

2018 Training Plans

Over the past couple of years a lot of my focus and physical energy has been on gaining new fitness instructing qualifications (e.g. BodyPump, BodyCombat) but with all that starting to tick along nicely I decided it was time to set a different challenge and revisit what got me really into fitness in the first…