I came to face the biggest physical challenge of my life on the 7th October 2012. After many months of preparation, the Big Day of running the Budapest Marathon has finally come! I still could not quite comprehend what I had gotten myself into as I was nervously shifting my weight from one foot to other in the long queue at the start line on that chilly Sunday morning, together with 19,000 other runners from many different corners of the world. Then I reminded myself that I had not only got myself into this, but I had also recruited my friend Anita (who I have…

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As a keen fitness enthusiast and member of different gyms for several years, just as I thought that there was nothing new under the sun and resigned myself to the universal dominance of Les Mills classes everywhere (Body Pump, Body Combat, Body Attack, RPM etc.), I completely fell for a refreshingly new group exercise class called Kettlercise. In my previous article I talked about why I really like using kettlebells and I did not expect to discover that there IS actually a fitness programme built on using kettlebells! It was “love at first sight”. The guy who is behind this new exercise programme is called Guy…

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They recorded the hottest temperatures in the UK this weekend. What is a better way to take advantage of the Great British Summer being in full swing than visiting a beautiful nature reserve? …I mean, run 13.1 miles around it? Burnham Beeches in Farnham Common is one of the most picturesque ancient woodlands of Britain and is only about 25 minutes drive from me. The Nature Reserve is famous for its beech and oak pollards, many of which are more than 400 years old. The woodland is rich in wildlife – more than sixty of the species of plants and animals here are…

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After completing a number of half marathons, a few months ago I decided that it was time to move onto the next level and take on a bigger challenge. My eyes are set on nothing less than the Marathon distance this time – and where could be a better place to start than my home country? The Budapest Marathon has a convenient flat surface with a route leading through the most spectacular parts of the city, and on top of this, it happens at the best time of the year, in early October when the heat of the summer is…

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With the Olympics and Paralympics on our doorstep, I decided to do a short interview with my friend Mike who has the honour to represent Great Britain as part of the Goalball team. He has kindly agreed to give my readers insight into how the preparations are going, offer some advice and motivation for those who are looking for some inspiration to carry on or to get started with a healthy lifestyle or workout routine. Mike used to be member of my church and home group before he got married and he offers a unique Christian perspective on playing a…

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