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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Having followed the London Marathon events on the telly today, I learnt that both the male and female winners are fromAfrica. Kenya’s Emmanuel Mutai won the men’s race in 2 hours 4 minutes and 39 seconds – breaking the Londonrecord. Compatriot Mary Keitany won the women’s race in in 2:19.17, the fourth fastest women’s marathon ever. After all, I started to ponder if their exceptional performance can be at least partly attributed to them having been born in a particular part of the earth. I am sure  they have put in a decent amount of traning and they also have an admirable background…

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