After spending a couple of weeks suspiciously eyeing up a group of people participating in a gruelling Vew-do Balance Board class from behind the safety of the glass windows of my local gym’s class room, I finally reached my turning point where I could say: now is the time not just to watch this craze, but actually be part of it! This new type of class was launched a weeks ago and is gaining popularity very fast. The balance board was originally designed for skiers and then surfers to practice their skills in the off season and at night. It has now…

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After a couple of weeks in training, it is time to update my blog about how I am getting on so far and reflect on where I am at. I think I have managed to settle into a routine that is compatible with my work and usual gym class schedule. It does not necessarily reflect the original plan, but it works for me. It was not easy at the start to work out how I can juggle and fit the training schedule into my life, whilst battling with increasing workload at work now that summer is over, not to mention…

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The deed is done. I have finally signed myself up for the Marlow half-Marathon!! I know myself well enough to know that if I do not have anything to look forward to or work towards in the form of a mental or physical challenge, I will no doubt succomb to the winter blues, my greatest enemy around this time of the year. This is something I have never done before, and I know that the race itself and the 10 weeks of training ahead will push me well outside my comfort zone. My hope is that the journey ahead will…

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We have all been there before…Easter, Christmas, parties and holidays are often those times of the year when we are most likely to fall off the healthy eating wagon. This can often cause feelings of failure, guilt and frustration. I say treats have their own place in a healthy diet (and I do treat myself from time to time!), but if overindulging becomes a regular habit and results in unwanted consequences such as weight gain, increased levels of blood sugar, mood swings and so on, then it is time to take action. My motto is that prevention is better than cure so I…

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I guess many experienced and new runners are familiar with that little, but rather nagging voice in their head that seems to switch itself on during various stages during their running session or even before the run itself starts. Before going out for a run, I am often confronted with thoughts like “you can always do it tomorrow/in the afternoon, when…”, or “it’s too late now and not safe, someone will rape you in the dark”, “it’s too hot” or “it looks like it’s going to rain soon” or “give yourself a break for f*’s sake”. My experience is that…

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