If you are looking for a scenic 10k then look no further. On 17th June, I ran the oh-so-beautiful Osterley Park 10k joining 534 other runners as we battled 24°C+ heat to make it round the course. Read my Osterley Park 10k race review to see I how I got on. And on a personal note, find out what nearly stopped me in my tracks and how the power of stranger motivation got me through to the finish line.
If one career change isn’t crazy enough then let’s throw another one into the mix. Only this career change is more of a career bolt-on than anything else. Just 18 months after becoming a freelance writer, I am now a fully fledged personal trainer. This makes total sense to everyone who knows me but occasionally I get asked why I wanted to become a personal trainer. So here’s my story.
When I first turned freelance I felt exhilarated at the thought of choice, being independent, creative, productive and all the positive words you associate with going solo. The reality was far from glamorous. The choice and freedom sometimes crippled me with indecision and left me feeling really unproductive. My frustration was amplified as a freelancer because my productivity is my income.
Something had to change, so I researched ways to improve productivity and help creativity. I had no other choice. I wrote this article to share some of the knowledge nuggets I’ve learnt about time + location + productivity, and to also share the sentiment behind the snap-happy laptop shots from a coffee shop.
Be Fit London is the UK’s only women’s health and fitness event, only one in five women do enough exercise to stay fit and healthy so Be Fit provides an itinerary packed with live group exercise classes, motivational talks and cooking demos to help new and experienced fitness lovers to learn something new. I thought I’d share my personal highlights when I popped in on the first day, see how I got on when I queued unknowingly for an intense HIIT class and got chatting to a number of super friendly (and some not so friendly) entrepreneurs behind the stalls.
Every year, a series of duathlons take place in Windsor’s Dorney Lake which allows athletes, of all abilities, to discover duathlons or to establish a good level of fitness before the summer season kicks in. F3 Events are in their 10th year of organising a selection of different competitor events, including swimming, running (on-road and off-road), duathlons and triathlons but on this particular occasion, I chose to embark upon the Standard Duathlon distance. Find out how I got on…
When it comes to exercise and health data, I find myself going round in little circles. How can I understand my body’s current capabilities? –> how can I automatically measure my physical output and check I’m improving? —> How can I use exercise to detach from all the over-thinking in my life? The dialogue between using fitness technology to help performance and to reject it altogether in exchange for mental clarity is an ongoing discussion in my head and even to this day I’m wondering when we’ll just throw our GPS watches in the bin in protest.
It’s impossible to make sense of the headlines when it comes to health and wellbeing guidelines, do we need two or twenty portions of fruit and veg a day? We read these stories about burnt toast increasing chances of cancer or stories about preparing rice which you REALLY wished you got told about earlier in life and the stories keep coming. The choices we make are now based on a heavy consciousness full of news stories, beliefs held from childhood and emotional feeling. It’s hard to know what’s right and what’s not right.
For some strange reason, I’ve entered in for a standard duathlon in March, I wanted you to witness some of the ridiculousness of my duathlon training so next time I tell you I’ve done a brick session at the weekend – you’ll understand just how crazy the whole thing is!
Feeling guilt is a clear indicator of having a moral compass but it can infiltrate decision-making and social situations everyday unnecessarily, and for what? Whether it’s missing out on a friend’s dinner because you feel unwell, not being productive or even being too productive, guilt seems to rear it’s ugly head again and again. Guilt is an overwhelmingly unhelpful feeling when felt in excess and if the actions weren’t criminal then the feeling of guilt is irrelevant and actually won’t change anything, so why do we feel it? Is there a way to stop it?
Last week saw my return back to the track after signing up for an exclusive training session with former Olympic athlete, Mara Yamauchi organised by the West London running club, Ealing Eagles. The track session pushed me beyond my comfort zone as I ran with others who were faster than me for the longer runs but I came out of feeling absolutely exhilarated. I had a chance to chat to Mara after about her top training tips after, read on for advice and tips for your own training.