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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… 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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This is the first part of a new series which has been inspired by the two week road trip my Hubby and I undertook in California in September 2016. Quite unconventionally, I have decided to start this mini-series with the final two destinations of our trip, Carpinteria and Santa Barbara, purely because we both felt the end of our holiday was the most relaxing part. (‘Holidays’ in our dictionary are not synonymous with just putting our feet up and doing nothing! ) We arrived to Carpinteria and Santa Barbara at night, after a 10-hour drive in our trusty Mustang, coming from the cool…

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