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?”

Running from your discomfort – try reflecting on it

iphone notification discomfort

Do you ever have times when you should be “doing something”, but you find yourself scrolling through Facebook or Instagram?

The scrolling and the “likes” give you a dopamine hit. Dopamine controls the brain’s reward and pleasure centres. It also gets blamed for addiction. Continue reading “Running from your discomfort – try reflecting on it”

I need just one more thing! Take the right step.

London 10 Run Step

You think to yourself

I’m not really progressing with my running. What do I need? I need some new running shoes!

The shoes arrive. They look all funky and super and you can’t wait to try them out. After a few runs, the glow of the shoes wears off.

It’s getting cold and dark now. I need a fancy running jacket so there’s no excuse not to go out running. Continue reading “I need just one more thing! Take the right step.”

Travelling – healthy, comfortably and thoughtfully

Berlin Stadium Outside

I recently went for a weekend away in Berlin, carried on (a small 22 litres backpack) and took as little as possible. I still ended up not wearing my smart shirt (just in case of possible nice restaurant outing) or my long sleeved t-shirt (just in case of cold weather). The Kindle was not touched once.

Whilst travelling, I‘m always intrigued by how some seem to make it a real effort and jealous of how some have it sorted and stay so calm. Continue reading “Travelling – healthy, comfortably and thoughtfully”

adidas city runs – Shoreditch 10km – 8/10/17

Shoreditch 10km start

The Shoreditch 10km was the inaugural adidas City Run.

The blurb says –

The first in a brand new series of 10k runs across your capital. The Shoreditch 10k takes in some of east London’s trendiest haunts and favourite neighbourhood hotspots. Explore the city with thousands of runners.

I’m not quite sure what the concept is. Is it about making running trendy and urban? Is it about adidas marketing and controlling their own events? Maybe its about participation? Continue reading “adidas city runs – Shoreditch 10km – 8/10/17”

Coming back stronger

GNR Stretch
Not really relevant to the post. Just funny! I’m stretching after the GNR, not clearing up!

In my post about the 2017 Ealing Half marathon, I explained a little about the challenges of running. Even though I had the physical side covered, the mental side got to me.

Whenever I have struggles, be it running, cycling or BMF (especially BMF) I think of the phrase –

“It doesn’t get easier, you just get faster”

The guy who was leading the Ealing Half (heading in the opposite direction) who started 30 seconds before me but finished 35 minutes ahead (he was at mile 9, and I was at mile 6)  looked like he was finding it challenging. If we flip places when I was at mile 9, the runners going the other way looked to be having their own battles, but also lots of fun.

Running can be humbling. Continue reading “Coming back stronger”

Ealing Half Mini Recap – Sept 2017 – The Mental One

Ealing Half 2017 Start

A shorter recap of this year’s Ealing Half. You can read a fuller review from last year here.

I’m not sure why I entered the Ealing Half this year. It’s a great race and fairly local, but following the Great North Run two weeks ago and a weekend chugging beer and demolishing schnitzel in Berlin, I was not feeling fully “on it”. It was likely an early bird email deal that I just could not resist! Continue reading “Ealing Half Mini Recap – Sept 2017 – The Mental One”

Great North Run – Sept 2017 – The Iconic One

Great North Run Bridge

The Great North Run has been on my bucket list for many years. Just like the London Marathon, you wake up on a Sunday morning, make a cup of tea and switch on the TV to find its Great North Run day. You watch the coverage, get all inspired, swear that you will do it next year and then go for a run. This year, I held myself to it and did it. Continue reading “Great North Run – Sept 2017 – The Iconic One”

12 mistakes about running and made by runners

There are the general running/life tips that help– get quality sleep, stay hydrated, eat good food…..

Then there are the training tips – actually take time to warm up, don’t go too far too soon, don’t go too fast in training or a race…..

I like the little tips that sometimes you don’t think of, or take for granted and turn out to be really damn useful. Here are 12 pointers covering starting running, training, kit, racing and belief.

  1. It’s like cross country at school

Continue reading “12 mistakes about running and made by runners”