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.
What better way to kick off the New Year than entering in for an organised 10k run in one of London’s finest parks?! The Battersea Park 10k is one of many runs organised by Run Through. Me and a few unsuspecting victims (friends visiting for the weekend) turned up bright and early on Saturday morning all confidently claiming we were “PB ready”. See how we got on..
GoodGym is a running club dedicated to doing good in your local community. Why do I run with GoodGym? Well, because there’s always time to help someone who really needs it.
January fitness aspirations are nearly in jeopardy because of the ferocious temperature drops, instead of running in the dark and cold streets we are running baths. The freezing temperatures are yet another battle to face in addition to the darkness, the return back to work and the potential Christmas tummy which is extra noticeable when leaning to put on socks in the morning. How do we get motivated when this happens?!
Earlier this year I decided to step away from a permanent job into the world of self-employment, it was fair to say my future was a bit up in the air because my plan was improvised everytime I answered the question “What are you going to do next?”. The truth was, I didn’t really know. I didn’t have a Gant chart for this decision, I hadn’t done a risk assessment of the situation and I definitely didn’t know what the end result would be, all I knew was, I wanted to be my own boss.