I have done the Reading half marathon twice in a row already, so this year I was looking to do a different spring opener race. I wanted to do something relatively local, scenic and almost completely flat around late-March time. The Richmond Half marathon sponsored by Salomon seemed to be the perfect choice and it indeed did not disappoint! The race started at 9am (which counts as early – most Sunday races normally do not start until 10am) so the best way to get to the venue for those who come from outside London is by car, as it is quite unlikely anyone…

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I wanted to write about what has worked best for me when it comes to working out at home. I still love going to the gym, but sometimes it is simply more practical to exercise at home – for example, when the weather is very bad, it is too late to go out, when the gym is closed or whilst I am trying to multi-task (e.g. I can do a workout whilst still keeping an eye on a slow cooking dish). Or you may be a busy Mum and your only chance to get some exercise is during your kid’s…

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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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