For those who have no idea what the title suggest, this refers to the running challenge that I completed with a group of adventure-loving friends on Saturday, including my fiance Simon, my friend Jenny from Reading and Steve from my church. “Horseplay” is the name of the finale of the four-part Notorious Night run series organised by Rat Race, in the beautiful Hambleden estate in Buckinghamshire. The 10k run takes place in the dark, where all runners wear a head torch and conquer various natural and man-made obstacles through the woods, over rolling hills and green paddocks. This year’s event attracted just under…

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What can be a better way of spending the day that occurs only once every four years than doing something special at a very special place? For me 29 February has a very special meaning – exactly 5 years ago, on the last day of February, I arrived to England on a grotty winter afternoon to start a new life, with all my possessions stuffed into two oversized cases and my hopes held high. I have to say it has been a challenging but very inspiring 5 years. I feel I have come so far that it feels like I…

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I can’t believe another month has gone by since I last updated my blog about my progress with training. Today I forgot to bring my pants in my gym bag, which I only realised after spending an hour waiting in the gym lounge for the Body Pump class to start… As a result of this rather unfortunate incident, I can fit in some time to reflect on my progress during this month. I have to say, I have made some very interesting and very useful discoveries this month and faced a number of disruptions where I had to utilise my improvising…

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Last Sunday turned out to be no ordinary Sunday. I entered a Facebook competition organised by Nike Running to win a place in a 5K run event with Mo Farah, current 5000m world champion and one of the rising stars of contemporary British athletics, proud owner  of several gold medals won in 3000m, 10000m and other 5000m championships and cross country competitions.  I was actually jumping up and down in the air for about 10 minutes when I saw the email from Nike telling me that I will be one of the lucky ones running with Mo! I caught the…

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The past four weeks seem to have gone really quickly – it feels like I opened my Christmas presents only a few days ago! January has been a great month for running, I have managed to clock in over a 100 miles and I am in great health! I would even go as far as admitting that I have come to like running in the cold. In fact, running in the cold has several advantages. Running in cold conditions will actually train your body to use oxygen more efficiently. A University in Northern Arizona found that regular cold workouts add 29%…

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