My Favourite Running Routes in Cardiff

As someone who enjoys to run outdoors, I thought I would share with you my favourite places to run in Cardiff. I feel very lucky to live in a city that has lots of parks and scenic areas. Within close proximity to my house are so many beautiful places to run. Here are my favourites. Cefn Onn Cefn One Park in Thornhill Cardiff is full of beautiful trees, streams, ponds and woodland. From my house to Cefn Onn it’s a 5k run, so to Cefn Onn and home again, that’s a beautiful 10k. The route up is very varied in terms… [Read More]

I’ve discovered Barre Fitness and I love it!

Earlier this week I wrote a blog post about how I’ll be running the London Marathon next year. As someone who is a keen runner, I’ve decided that I’d like to incorporate some strength training into my running. This is mainly to reduce my risk of injury. Whilst training for the Cardiff half marathon last year, I tore my adductor muscle, and earlier this year I’m pretty sure I had a stress-fracture, most likely caused by overuse. As such, I really want to ensure that I’m strong and at my fittest when I complete the London Marathon. That’s why I’ve… [Read More]

I’m running London Marathon 2019!

When I started running back in March 2017, I never imagined that one day I would run a half marathon, but that’s exactly what I’ve done! Last year I completed the Cardiff Half Marathon in 2 hours 29 minutes. This year, I’ll be running the Cardiff Half Marathon again with my step-daughter, and I’m really looking forward to it, although I have to admit that I’m hoping to run it even quicker this year! Now, many people may know that a few weeks ago, thousands of people took to the streets of London to run the London Marathon. I was… [Read More]

I’m Part of Team Brecon Carreg #TeamBreconCarreg

When I started running, I had no idea how much of a positive effect it would have on my life. Not only have I lost weight, I’ve also had a complete lifestyle change. I eat better. I feel more energised, motivated and most importantly of all, I feel happier. Little did I know when I started running in March last year, that I would end up completing my first half marathon! Who knows. Maybe one day, I’ll pluck up the courage to run a full marathon! Until then, however, I’m happy running around my neighbourhood, plotting new routes and entering… [Read More]

Why I keep a food diary and weigh myself every day

Feeling comfortable in my own skin has always been something of a mission of mine. Last year I managed to lose two stone, and I started running. I even completed my first half marathon and am signed up to do it all again this year. Like many other men and women who have tried to lose weight, I’ve had some pretty unsuccessful experiences. Take 2016 for example. I started the year at a weight I was happy with, but the end of 2016, I’d put all that weight back on again. It’s something of a viscous cycle that felt like… [Read More]

R.E.D January is over! What now? #redjanuary

R.E.D January is over, so what do I do now? Rest? Enjoy the freedom of not having to run every day? Well, I could do that, or I could take on another challenge, and that’s what I’ve done! Planking everyday in February! Although I’m not doing this for a charity nor will I be blogging about this challenge, it’s just something I want to do! Anyway, the purpose of this post is to let you know how R.E.D January went. Well, on the 31st January 2018 I completed my last run, and as you can see from the picture below,… [Read More]

Encouraging Children to be Healthy and Active

As many people know, I enjoy keeping fit and I try my best to eat healthily too. This is something my five year old twins have started to take notice of in recent months. They’ve always know that mummy likes to run and they quite often join me in stretching after my runs. They know the names of the stretches and the muscles that each particular stretch is for! They also know that it’s important to keep fit and eat a varied diet. Now, I have to be honest and admit that when I was a kid, the last thing… [Read More]

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]

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]

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]