Skiing for Exercise #AD

If you’re a regular visitor to my blog and social media channels, then you’re probably well aware that I’m currently training for the London Marathon. I never thought that I’d ever be the kind of person who would want to wake up early and go for a run, but that’s person I’ve become. It’s been as much of a surprise to me as it has to my family too! I started running back in March 2017, and when a friend of mine encouraged me to enter a 10k race, I nervously agreed. That first 10k race was awful. I didn’t… [Read More]

London Marathon Training Update

I wasn’t expecting to write another update post so soon after my last one at the end of January, but needs must! You can read my last update post here. My last two runs of January had to be completed on the treadmill because it was just too icy outside to risk slipping and getting injured. By the time my long run came around on the 2nd February there was still a bit of snow and ice on the ground, but the thought of running 7 miles on a treadmill bored me! I don’t mind running 5k on a treadmill,… [Read More]

My Running Playlist for the London Marathon 2019

Lots of people who run listen to music. I can’t imagine running without music. It helps me to get in the zone, takes my mind off how far I have to go, and it helps me to run faster. I’ve tried running without music, but I just find I run better with it. Plus I can’t stand listening to my heavy breathing! Over the past few months I’ve put together a running playlist made up of my favourite songs that really help motivate me when I run. Some of them are classics, some of them you may think of as… [Read More]

London Marathon Training Update

In just 90 days, I’ll be taking on my biggest challenge ever! The London Marathon! Having successfully completed two half marathons, a marathon just seemed like the next logical challenge. I signed up for the London Marathon ballot, but sadly didn’t get a ballot place. However, I was very lucky that in April 2018 I found out that I had been successful in gaining a charity place with WellChild, The National Charity for Sick Children. With a fundraising target of £1,600 and having to train properly for the marathon, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but what challenge… [Read More]

Review: DEXA SCAN: Body Fat, Muscle, and Bone Testing #AD

As someone who likes to exercise, it’s important to me that I’m able to look after my body properly. In doing so I can perform at my best, so when I was recently invited to have a DEXA scan I was keen to find out more. A DEXA Scan is used for basic body fat measurement. It’s a way to precisely measure body composition such as muscle, fat and bone. It’s often used by athletes to pick up muscle asymmetries between their left and right sides. This is important to me because when I was training for my first half… [Read More]

Weight Loss Duo: 4 Tips for Losing Weight with Your Partner

WWorking out with your partner is a good way to ensure you both follow through. No one wants to let a friend down, but working out with a loved one is more serious. For partners that find it difficult to stay motivated or get enough time together, being a weight loss duo means that you’re each other’s motivator and cheerleader.  Here are four tips to losing weight with your partner.  1. Get in the Mood with Cool Exercise Clothing When you look the part, it’s easier to get out to exercise. However, if you don’t feel dressed appropriately, it can… [Read More]

Review: Tailwind Nutrition UK for London Marathon Fuelling

Before I begin I just want to clarify that I wasn’t paid to write this review. I bought the products mentioned in this blog post with my own money, and decided to write my own review. On Sunday 28th April 2019 I will be completing the London Marathon for Wellchild, the national charity for sick children. It will be my first marathon and naturally I’ve found that I have a lot to learn! I’ve previously completed the Cardiff Half Marathon twice, but knowing that I’m going to have to double that distance for London is pretty daunting. I usually use… [Read More]

How to care for your body in the new year

A new year often means people set themselves a few new years resolutions. Some people will be successful in sticking to these, whereas others won’t. I’ve been at both ends of this experience. For many years I vowed to lose weight at the start of a new year. I told myself that I’d ditch the takeaways, cook healthy food from scratch and I’d exercise. Most years I’d start well, but by February I usually found myself going back to my old ways and failing. 2017 however was the year that I actually to stuck my new years resolution of loosing… [Read More]

London Marathon Training Update

It’s been a while since my last training update so I thought it was about time that I wrote a quick update. In my last fundraising update, which you can read here, I was excited to be able to tell you that I have now reached my fundraising target of £1,600 for WellChild, the national charity for sick children. My last actual training update was back in September. You can read it here. In this post I expressed concerns about being injured. I was due to run the Cardiff half marathon in October and although I was pretty sure I’d be… [Read More]

An Extra Special London Marathon Fundraising Update That You Won’t Want To Miss!

Phew, that was a rather long title for a blog post! It’s worth it though because this really is an extra special London marathon fundraising update that you won’t want to miss! As many people who read my blog or follow me on social media will know, I’ve been lucky enough to receive a charity place at the London marathon 2019 with a wonderful charity called WellChild. WellChild is the national UK children’s charity making it possible for children and young people with exceptional health needs to be cared for at home instead of hospital, wherever possible. When I was offered… [Read More]