I meant to write a separate blog post for each one of the above races I did this May, but I could not find the time. All in all, I think it is better this way as I now have a greater perspective to look back on the whole month which turned out to be one of the best months’ I have had so far as far as racing is concerned. Regents Park 10k Having renewed my confidence at the Richmond Half  Marathon in March, I embarked on my next challenge aka a 10k run in Regents Park. This 10k in May was actually…

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Like the majority of runners, I like to analyse my race performance to establish how well I have done. In the past I have drawn on a variety of methods to decide whether I can give myself a congratulatory pat on my shoulder or whether I had better hide and train more. Some of these methods included for example comparing myself to certain individual’s race results, comparing myself to my own performance at previous events, checking whether I was in the top half/third etc. of the total number of finishers or just having an ideal target time in my head that I…

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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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