R.E.D January Update #redjanuary

Back in December I wrote a blog post (find it here) explaining that I was taking part in R.E.D January. R.E.D (Run Every Day) January is all about raising money for Mind, the mental health charity. By taking part I’m hoping to raise awareness and open up the conversation about mental health. We’re now 17 days into the challenge and I’m pleased to say that so far I have managed to run every day. I’ve also signed up for a 50 mile challenge in January and I’m pleased to say that to date I have run 83.5 kilometres which is 51.8… [Read More]

I’m taking part in RED January for Mind Mental Health Charity

I hope everyone reading this post today, had a lovely Christmas and that you’re all looking forward to the new year. Here’s wishing a wonderfully happy new year! In the new year, January, to be specific, I will be taking part in RED January for Mind, the mental health charity. RED January stands for: Run Every Day January. As an avid runner, I enjoy nothing more than donning my running gear and heading out the door for a bit of me time. What is RED January? Mind have teamed up with R.E.D January as their official charity partner for January… [Read More]

It’s not about the medals

Running has been a passion of mine for around a year now. I’ve played with the idea of running before, but I’d usually run for one month, then stop, then a few months later, I’d run again but it wouldn’t be long before I’d stop again. I always loved the idea of running. Back when I was in high-school, I enjoyed running cross country, but it was never something I was serious about. In March of this year I decided that I wanted to take up running again. However, I wanted it to be a long-term hobby, not something I’d… [Read More]

The Reality of Having Premature Twins: My Story for World Prematurity Day

Today is World Prematurity Day. A global movement to raise awareness of premature birth and the devastating impact it can have on families. I previously worked with Pampers when they first launched their nappies for premature babies. Read about this here. I’m pleased to be working with Pampers again to highlight World Prematurity Day. Did you know that approximately 60,000 babies are born prematurely in the UK every year? That’s roughly 1 in 11 of all births. With so many babies being born too soon, it’s reassuring to know that the survival rate of premature babies in the UK is… [Read More]

I Completed the Cardiff Half Marathon!

I can’t believe I’m actually writing these words, let alone saying them out loud! On Sunday, October 1st 2017, I completed my first half marathon! When I first started taking running seriously, I never would have imagined that I could ever complete a half marathon. My goal was to just to be able to run 5k without stopping. When I reached my 5k goal, I set a new goal to run 10k without stopping. When I achieved that, and after taking part in a few 10k races, I knew it was time to set a new goal. To run a… [Read More]

Back to School Essentials with Chemist.co.uk

School has been in full force for a number of weeks now and our girls have settled into year one really well. It seems the transition from nursery into reception was the most difficult as there were tears, but as I watched our girls walk into their classroom for the start of year one, there wasn’t a single tear in sight. A sign that they’re growing up! Of course, with the new school term that means the inevitable coughs and colds, as well as scraped knees and bruised elbows! Thankfully Chemist.co.uk are on hand to help. I was asked by Chemist.co.uk… [Read More]

Gym and Fitness Injuries: Are You Doing It Wrong?

Earlier this month I shared with my readers that during my half marathon training I became injured. This was a major set back to me in terms of training. As it’s my first half marathon, I need all the training I can get, so being injured was not good. Thankfully with rest and lots of frozen peas, I’m pretty much back to normal! I did however have to take two weeks out of my training schedule and reduce the distance I was running. The half marathon is just nine days away. I once felt confident about finishing, however I’m now… [Read More]

How Your Home is Affecting Your Health

Have you ever stopped to think about what kind of impact, if any, your home is having on your health? Most of us don’t. But it’s clear that many things that surround us when we’re at home could damage our health if we’re not careful. I’m not just talking about the obvious things like faulty wires or that slippery bathroom floor. Here are some of the things we pay less attention to but could still have an impact on your health. Air Quality in Your Home The quality of the air in your home could have a big impact on… [Read More]

Perseverance

Perseverance. That’s not an easy word to spell, and yes, I did google it first to make sure I got it right! This is a pretty spontaneous blog post to be honest with you, and as I sit here typing away, I’m not exactly sure where it’ll lead, but there’s only one way to find out! The date today is the 14th September. I know that’s not actually today’s date as I’ve scheduled this post after I’ve written it, but as I sit and type, that is today’s date. This morning I went for a run. Nothing unusual about that…. [Read More]

Your 30s & 40s: The Most Important Years For Health?

When you are young, your body can handle pretty much anything nature – or you – can throw at it. But once you turn 30 and move into your 40s, it’s a vital time for your long-term health. No more all-night parties for you! But seriously, a lot of conditions can start showing up when you reach this age, and as your body starts to change, slow down, and start revealing more of your genetic history, it’s vital that you sit up and take notice. With this in mind, here are a few ideas for you to keep in shape… [Read More]