Acknowledge the good things

El Capitan

With the turn of the New Year, you may have made some resolutions. It’s hard to avoid really. Without consciously doing it, I have resolved to –

  • be consistent with my training,
  • take my lunch to work
  • have a clear out at home
  • be proactive about getting things done

If you’re reading this, you are probably pretty lucky. Continue reading “Acknowledge the good things”

The 10 basics of running – How to get started

Ealing Half 2016 Finish

Whatever your level, it’s always good to revisit the basics. If you’re a newbie, a returning runner or a struggling runner that’s reached a plateau.

There are many benefits to taking up or re-taking up running. Physical benefits, health benefits and mental benefits. Sometimes when you run, you float along as if you can go on forever. Other times your heart feels like it’s going to pop out of your chest, and you crash after one mile. Continue reading “The 10 basics of running – How to get started”

Learning to say no more. Simplify your life.

Say no

Do you struggle to say no?

Have you ever end up at the party you didn’t want to go to? Then you want to leave early but get talked into staying.

Someone calls you at work and asks you to do something. You already have too much work, but you end up saying yes anyway. Continue reading “Learning to say no more. Simplify your life.”

The cost of a running race – Is it getting too high?

Race - Adidas

Following Christmas, runners minds are turning to think about their goals and the races they want to take part in next year. Race emails are flooding into your inbox and following the excess of food and drink it’s ever so easy to sign up and pass on your card details without thinking about it. Continue reading “The cost of a running race – Is it getting too high?”

Being honest – Life’s not a highlight reel

Frozen-turkey-dinnerI want honesty from the blogs I read. I also want to be honest myself.

Some blogs can seem like they’re all about product launch parties, free gear and trips abroad. But what I want to really know is – are they in the trenches grinding it out and that the perfect Instagram posts are….well, not all that perfect and really they‘re just like me. Continue reading “Being honest – Life’s not a highlight reel”

Better Sore Than Sorry – Christmas Gift Ideas

No intro required. A list of stuff I liked across this year and you might too. They could make good Christmas gifts.

Below the belt

Below the Belt
Credit – Below the Belt

Products £6, Lubricant £10 (Bundles £12)

I will start off with my favourite product of the year. I have not used this, but the name and the marketing are genius. Your balls are safe in our hands. Class. Continue reading “Better Sore Than Sorry – Christmas Gift Ideas”

15 ways to manage the Christmas excess

family christmas

Maybe you are already looking forward to Christmas. A week off with family and friends to kick back and indulge a little. There’s no problem with this, but do you want your hard gotten gains to fall away and to be struggling at the start of January?

Here are some ideas to use over the Christmas period to try and mitigate this.

First things first. Either make it a holiday or don’t. Continue reading “15 ways to manage the Christmas excess”

The Compound Effect – Consistency is the key

Consistency

When I’m thinking about what to write at the moment, the same 3 things come into my head – consistency, motivation and the compound effect.

You may not know what the compound effect is exactly, but you’ll be very aware of it generally.

  • Lots of small changes that add up to a big change.
  • Breaking a task down into lots of little steps and taking those smaller “easier” steps instead of one big jump.
  • Starting simple and adding difficulty
  • Small, incremental gains over a long period of time

Continue reading “The Compound Effect – Consistency is the key”

The Four Tendencies – Upholder, Questioner, Obliger or Rebel?

Four TendenciesI’ve just read The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin.

I’ve listened to her podcast before and she’s recently been on Rich Roll’s podcast to promote this book. Luckily my library had the book, and even though it has recently been published, I got it reserved and gave it a read.

The tagline of the book is –

The Indispensable Personality Profiles that reveals how to make your life better (and other people’s lives better, too) Continue reading “The Four Tendencies – Upholder, Questioner, Obliger or Rebel?”

Does Giving Blood affect athletic performance?

Blood ad

I’ve been giving blood for several years now and I’m nearing my 25th donation. I take a massive amount of pride in giving blood and it’s something I’m very happy to do.

There is always a little niggle in the back of my mind about how I’ll feel after the donation and whether my fitness will be compromised. There’s also thought of all my hard earned red blood cells (the oxygen-carrying ones) disappearing. Continue reading “Does Giving Blood affect athletic performance?”