The countdown to Christmas is on. This usually means that our social calendars are getting crammed up very quickly, and between stuffing our faces with Lebkuchen and choosing our outfit for the next party, many of us find it very tricky not to fall off the healthy living wagon. An abundant supply of family visits, Black Friday shopping frenzy and work do’s often mean that hitting the gym or the trails outdoors may drop down to the bottom of your priority list. Not to mention that with the weather turning grotty and cold, getting out of the house sometimes becomes…

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… in 3 years. The Vitality Oxford Half Marathon has been my most anticipated race this year. As you may have read in my previous blog post, I did not do particularly well in this half marathon last year. In fact I DNF’d, and needless to say, I was determined to make things right this time and earn the finishers’ medal with a strong finish. For starters, I signed up to do this race alone. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find it more liberating to just run on my own, in the spirit of ‘my race, my pace’,…

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The cold, dark, and wet mornings are upon us again as we are heading towards winter. I have to admit, that even for me, who considers herself to be very fit, exercising can become a huge challenge at this time of the year. With each day, I am starting to lose the drive to answer the challenge of dragging myself to the gym or outdoors for a run. I am sure I am not alone with this – it is so tempting to stay under the cosy and warm duvet when the alarm clock goes off in the pitch dark room; or opt to…

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It is exactly a week ago that I stared right into the eyes of my nemesis at the starting line of the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon. Scrolling back to 2015, exactly year ago, I had the most disastrous run to date, at this very same event. Instead of collecting the finishers’medal in 2015, I had to pull out after only a couple of km’s due to my ITB playing up, and limp back to the race village, leaving behind a group of friends who were also racing that day. I felt especially frustrated because at that time, I had barely just recovered from another injury, impacting…

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If you are getting married, I suspect that October is no longer synonymous with ‘Oktoberfest’ in your dictionary, but it becomes the month to indulge yourself in ‘all things wedding’ – wedding fairs, bridal shows and exhibitions are taking over big cities such as Birmingham, London, Manchester, to provide you with inspiration (and plenty of temptation to splurge out) for planning your Big Day. Whilst you are on the hunt for the traditional must-haves, you may also be thinking about this being the right time to get into shape for your wedding photo-shoot. Naturally, you want to look your best, because at the end…

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