… 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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Autumn is my favourite season. I enjoy observing nature’s incredible palette of autumn colours, as the leaves are turning into glowing yellow, warm orange, golden brown and some even fade to fascinating red. It is a great time to be outdoors and rediscover the local trails and forests, in preparation for the winter cross-country racing season. Unfortunately, autumn also brings with itself the arrival of the flu and cold season – sniffles, coughs, and sick days put many of our plans (or training plans, if you are a runner, too) to a halt. As the old saying goes, prevention is…

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I have made many positive changes in my running and fitness routine since the start of this year, most noteably in the areas of implementing a regular prehab routine to keep my physical weaknesses under control; doing functional HIIT style cross-training sessions to get fitter and to injury proof my body, and most recently, exploring sports nutrition. My primary driver behind this was wanting to get a leaner and more athletic looking body and to become a better runner. I knew right from the start that training more was definitely not an answer to gaining the extra edge in racing and…

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Anita is probably my oldest friend. We used to go to primary school together and despite our lives taking very different directions since we were 13, we stayed in touch and our friendship deepened throughout the years. Anita is one of those people who when you spend time with just leaves you feeling much better about yourself, and everything in general, regardless of how long you have known her for. Her playful energy and friendly smile are infectious, and there is no doubt you are in for a generous shot of positive vibes when you talk to her. By profession, Anita is an…

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