My Winter Resolutions

I have never been a fan of New Year’s Resolutions, purely because I don’t see the point in making a resolution just because I feel like I HAVE to. I don’t want to make resolutions based on the expectations of others or the need to conform to societal norms (which is what I have doneContinue reading “My Winter Resolutions”

Malawi Diaries Part 3: Kayak Challenge & Rainbow Hope Secondary School

The third and final challenge was a 25km Kayak on Lake Malawi, around Cape Maclear and Domwe Island. I have never kayaked before, much to the amusement and disbelief of my wonderful and very patient kayaking guide. In fact, I haven’t been in a boat since 2003; 15 years ago, I went on a schoolContinue reading “Malawi Diaries Part 3: Kayak Challenge & Rainbow Hope Secondary School”

Malawi Diaries Part 2: Cycle Challenge & YODEP

The second part of my Malawi Diaries will cover our visit to YODEP Village Community Project and our next challenge – the 55k Zomba Plateau Ride (climbing over 6000ft!) I am a (very) nervous cyclist, therefore I anticipated that this would be my biggest challenge of the three. However, this brutal mountain bike was tougherContinue reading “Malawi Diaries Part 2: Cycle Challenge & YODEP”

Malawi Diaries Part 1: Mount Mulanje & Street Chef

I found it difficult to write this post as I have SO much I’d like to share about my trip to Malawi, therefore I thought I would break it down into three separate posts (which could potentially end up being 86 posts if I struggle to contain myself.) This post will cover two of theContinue reading “Malawi Diaries Part 1: Mount Mulanje & Street Chef”

Running at Altitude

Having only completed 3 sessions at the Altitude Centre, I am by no means an expert on this topic! However, I have been asked to write a post about this, so I am simply sharing my experience thus far. There is a vast array of benefits associated with exercising at altitude, including improved strength andContinue reading “Running at Altitude”

Malawi Training/ I have no idea what I’m doing

Upon recently being accepted onto the ultimate Malawi Challenge: Sport with a Purpose, I frantically began searching for training plans for similar challenges. This raised 2 key issues: The majority of plans were created to be undertaken 6 months prior to expedition, and I depart on 6th October I couldn’t find any similar challenges… ThereforeContinue reading “Malawi Training/ I have no idea what I’m doing”

Is the Great North Run ACTUALLY great?

I was a spectator at the Great North Run 9 years ago, and at the time (whilst off my face on £2 netto wine with all the other young whippersnappers) I remember thinking, “why would ANYONE want to participate in this?” Nonetheless, the GNR has been on my bucket list ever since I started running,Continue reading “Is the Great North Run ACTUALLY great?”

The ultimate Malawi Challenge: Sport with a Purpose

I am ever so excited to announce that in October (i.e. next month!) I will be travelling to Malawi to join Dame Kelly Holmes and a team of 20 on the 2018 Orbis Challenge. The purpose of this expedition is to assist with launching a new campaign, Sport with a Purpose, to raise awareness ofContinue reading “The ultimate Malawi Challenge: Sport with a Purpose”

Thoughts on training plans & the Great North Run

It may seem unusual to post about a race the week before race day, but I wanted to touch on something that is of great importance to me. I am ever so excited to be racing the Great North Run on 9th September and have been looking forward to this race for many months! However,Continue reading “Thoughts on training plans & the Great North Run”

£3,000 down the drain on a PT course

Around 2 years ago, I embarked on a personal training course with a company who shall remain unnamed. * The course cost me over £3000 and I have just paid my final installment (although I dropped out of the course over a year ago), hence the inspiration behind this post. My intention was not toContinue reading “£3,000 down the drain on a PT course”

M A G I C A L running: the power of nostalgia

Yesterday I returned from a weekend in St. Andrews, which is my favourite place in the WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD. I completed my master’s degree at the University of St Andrews 4 years ago, and it genuinely was one of the best years of my life. My initial love for running began to develop in St.Continue reading “M A G I C A L running: the power of nostalgia”

Should I join a Running Club?

In line with my 1-year & 3 weeks anniversary of ‘officially’ joining South London Harriers, I thought this would be an apt post! I attempted to join a running club in Scotland a couple of years ago but was informed that said running club was for MEN ONLY NO LADIES ALLOWED. Being the stubborn characterContinue reading “Should I join a Running Club?”