Since I first laid my eyes on the UGI ball watching home workout fitness videos produced by Body Rock and Zuzka Light, I have wanted to own one desperately. The only trouble was that for a long time, it was not available in the UK, so I was left pining after one. The UGI ball is a modern twist on the old school medicine ball and Swiss ball. It is weighted, squishy and very sturdy – it comes in a variety of lovely colours (depending on weight) such as pink, purple, green, grey and teal. It was created to be a versatile…

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So here we go again, summer is way over and the world is dressing into bronze and golden colours to salute the arrival of the new season. Autumn is not only my favourite season (the only thing I resent is much less daylight) but also the beginning of the cross country race era. So I say bring on the mud, foresty trails and the kiss of the morning chill on our cheeks! After completing the Up Tow, Down Flow half marathon with Bori in the summer, we embarked on a new challenge – a local 10 mile village race between Marlow and…

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As soon as the euphoria of completing the Milton Keynes marathon wore off, I turned my attention to the next challenge. It was without question it had to be another half marathon and that it had to be a scenic route in the countryside. The ‘Up Tow, Down Flow’ half marathon by Purple Patch seemed to be the perfect choice and at the perfect time, exactly 12 weeks from earning my marathon finishers’ medal. I decided to follow a plan which I found in the Runners World magazine, going for a target time of 1:40 – 1:45, which seemed to be an…

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Two days ago I successfully completed my second-ever full marathon, on a hot spring bank holiday Monday in Milton Keynes. Even though the adrenalin has worn off by now and all that is left as a reminder are my very sore muscles, I am still feeling on a high, as if I had been drugged. Marathon running does have rather pleasant side-effects, too. In this blog entry, I am looking to capture some key moments and share some learnings… The first thing I want to point out is that purely just getting there felt like I had accomplished half of my mission…

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I love running because it is sometimes the only time I can be alone and have the space to ponder important matters or just completely switch off, giving my brain an escape from the grindstone. When I run, I experience a unique sense of freedom, inner calmness and oneness with my surroundings that I cannot find anywhere else. As a result, I find that running invigorates me, helps me overcome emotional stress and awakens my creative side in my thinking. Until this year, I looked at my running as purely a solo activity. I was convinced that joining a club…

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