How to start cycling to work

What if I told you there was a magic pill that would make you healthier physically and mentally as well as saving you money. By taking it, you’ll also be saving the planet and if you’re a Socialist, help the NHS. It could also get you to work quicker.

If you could, would you buy that pill?

That pill can be cycling to work. Continue reading “How to start cycling to work”

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”

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”

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?”

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”