Coping With Workouts That Suck…

⠀Some workouts just. feel. hard. Maybe because of soreness, tiredness, or low motivation or a combination of ‘meh’ that makes the whole thing a struggle from start to finish. ⠀⠀On those days it is totally ok to slow the pace down or reduce the load and check in. ⠀⠀If you exercise regularly it’s possible your…

Global Running Day 2020

A love letter about running 🏃🏼⠀⠀Using this as an opportunity to reflect on how running has completely transformed my life. Not just the actual running either, wanting to be stronger and better at it got me started doing BodyPump and BodyBalance, which eventually led to me becoming an instructor and PT. ⠀⠀From the first time…

How Relaxed Are You When You Run?

Something to think about next time your out for a run. When it starts to get harder do you tense up? That tension in the body can mean we end up using more effort than we need to. Take a moment to breathe and try relaxing muscles in the jaw, neck, shoulders, shake out the…

Miles for Mind 2020

In May last year I signed up to the huge challenge of running 150 Miles for Mind organised by the runr team. You can read more about that here. This year I have done the same again but the challenge is feeling much more approachable. In part because I’m in better running shape and a…

Do I Really Have To Do This?

Exercising when you don’t feel like it. Worth persevering with… probably? Definitely. Sunday morning is my long run day, usually one I look forward to as there’s less time pressure, I can sleep in a bit get up and run and don’t have to worry about being back at a certain time*. Last weekend I…

Exercise is for LIFE

Not just for January. Not just for the post-Christmas weight loss. Not just for bigger biceps. Not just for Parkrun PBs. Not just the #crushedmyworkout Insta-selfie. Although all those things are great. Exercise is about keeping your body active which can help strengthen bones, strengthen muscles, burn fat, boost mood, reduce stress, improve memory, improve…

Managing Intensity

[Repost from Instagram] Working out to increase fitness is going to have to involve some high intensity workouts that challenge aerobic capacity or strength but equally important for growth is recovery and rest in between sessions. Also important to consider is other stressors, such as work, quality of sleep, anything that could affect energy levels,…

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…