With the London Marathon only a couple of weeks away, MacMillan Cancer Support treated some of their runners and a selection of fitness bloggers like myself to a fun group workout class. (When I say ‘fun’, I am interpreting this very liberally, as you will find out later :-)) It was no other than Celebrity Personal Trainer, Theodora Valente who put us through our paces in the beautiful and modernly equipped Lomax Gym in Chelsea. Even though I am not doing the London Marathon this year, I have plenty of other running challenges lined up, with my ultimate goal of being able to…

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Do you want more from life than being stuck behind a desk 9 till 5, and living for the weekends only? I want to experience life to the fullest; do something extraordinary with my rather ordinary life, and find something to be excited about every day.  It is probably no surprise that in my late twenties I discovered a real lifeline through endurance sports. Through running and the occasional obstacle race, I have not only been able to satisfy my hunger for adventure and excitement, and find an escape from the daily grind, but I have also developed a resilient mindset and gained more confidence in…

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I really enjoyed tuning into the London Marathon broadcast on the telly on Sunday. I felt completely captivated as the excitement and the drama unfolded in front of my eyes, especially in the women’s elite race – Jemima Sumgong managed to win, despite suffering a very nasty fall earlier as she was tripped by a fellow competitor as they were approaching the water station; and then later on she came very close to colliding with an overly zealous spectator who had invaded the course (and had to be tackled by security). After finishing the race, Jemima told the reporters that…

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Are you looking to get ahead in your career – looking for your next job or have set your eyes on a promotion? Well, forget about turning up immaculately dressed, with your fancy designer handbag/briefcase. Instead, make sure you arrive carrying a big gym bag on your shoulders and a water bottle in your hand, preferably still wearing a glow on your cheeks from a pre-breakfast workout session. Well, apparently this is the new way to ‘dress for success’, according to a recent German study published in the Social Science Research Network, which examined the relationship between employees’ fitness and…

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The memories of my visit to Hungary and the great time I ran at the Budapest half have kept me going for the past couple of weeks. I can’t say these have been happy weeks at work. We entered a very tough period whereby my stress levels have gone out of the roof and I find myself working lots of evenings at home and a couple of hours at the weekends to stay afloat somehow. It is just the worst time of the year when everything seems to be happening at the same time for HR, and this is especially…

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