5 ways in which time outdoors can improve mental wellbeing

The benefits of exercising or spending time outdoors are apparent in a wide range of literature and pages on the internet, but why is being outside associated with wellbeing? Exposure to greenspace can promote reduced risks of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, but greenspaces are becoming increasingly associated with mental health benefits and advantages to our greater wellbeing. Here I share 5 ways in which time outdoors can improve mental wellbeing. Please note this is a discussion piece and not here to replace advice from medical professionals. … More 5 ways in which time outdoors can improve mental wellbeing

Safety tips for winter running

Winter running throws up many challenges, gone are the long summer days and for many this means training after dark. Sometimes I feel frustrated that I have to think about (or in this case write) about staying safe when running in the dark, we should be able to run and be safe, but the sad reality is that safety is paramount, especially as the days get shorter. This winter will bring extra challenges of balancing social distancing and safety. So if you’re already thinking ahead to winter running here are some of my top tips … More Safety tips for winter running

Trail Running in and around London

Trail running in London- I kid you not. Moving to or visiting London doesn’t mean you have to hang your trail shoes up. Beyond the concrete jungle, London has some excellent Green Spaces, leading it to become the world’s first National Park City in July 2019. When I first arrived here in 2017 as a northern girl who had grown up surrounded by countryside, I found a city with much more to offer than just high-rise buildings, and what’s more the greater London and South East area have some fantastic spots where you can dig out your trail shoes and get your green space fix. Here are some of my absolute favourite city trails and beyond. … More Trail Running in and around London

My Top Picks: Women’s Tri Suits

A triathlon suit or tri-suit is a multi-purpose piece of kit specifically designed for multi-sports. It has a material ideal for swimming, a small fitted chamois for cycling (wear it like cycling shorts without underwear) and is comfortable and versatile enough to run in. You can get tri-suits in short or longer sleeve versions, or even opt for two piece kits if the all in one look isn’t for you. So if you’re looking at investing in your first tri-suit or want some inspiration for your next purchase, i’ve rounded up my favourite tri-suits in this latest blog. … More My Top Picks: Women’s Tri Suits

Fuelling your summer training and adventures

As warmer weather approaches fuelling becomes an even more critical part of our running and sporting lives. It is important to ensure we are still maintain an adequate supply of carbohydrates to fuel our summer training adventures and stay hydrated too. With this in mind, I have teamed up with NHS Dietitian and good friend Livvy Mason to share some of her top summer nutrition tips. … More Fuelling your summer training and adventures

Uploading your Garmin runs to Strava in 5 easy steps (Windows and macOS)

Garmin users worldwide are facing the existential crisis of, ‘if it’s not on Strava did it really happen?’ as the popular Garmin Connect interface has been down for maintenance since late last week. Whilst many of us will be satisfied with checking stats on the watch itself (or not checking at all) for the Strava junkies here are 5 easy steps for manually uploading data without Garmin Connect. … More Uploading your Garmin runs to Strava in 5 easy steps (Windows and macOS)

Running the Road to Sustainability: How to be a more Eco-friendly Runner

World Environment Day is celebrated each year on the 5th June. It is a day to inspire positive change, highlight key environmental challenges and promote widespread action. The theme for 2020 is Biodiversity. There are strong, but often overlooked relationships between sports and biodiversity. There are many ways in which we, as runners, can positively act to support nature. From changes in diet to making mindful travel choices, I encourage you to do wider reading and have conversations at home about this, but to help get you started here are some brief examples of what you can do to support positive relationships between biodiversity and sport. … More Running the Road to Sustainability: How to be a more Eco-friendly Runner

Running the Road to Sustainability: the debate around finisher t-shirts

Finisher t-shirts, they’re dividing the running community. From issues around sustainability and eco-friendliness to necessity, purpose and practicality. We cannot escape the unsustainable way we produce clothing and the damage this can cause to the environment. But what are these impacts and what can we do? Here I explore the environmental issues, potential solutions and implications of finisher t-shirts. Who knew that such a seemingly insignificant item could spark such debate?! … More Running the Road to Sustainability: the debate around finisher t-shirts

Running the Road to Sustainability: Lets talk about Energy Gels and Welcome to my new blog series!

Welcome to my first of hopefully many sustainability in running/sports focused blogs. I’m publishing this as part of Earth Day 2020 to raise awareness around issues of sustainability and inspire the small actions that lead to bigger impacts in this field. We’ve all seen them, and we all hate them: the sea of discarded gel wrappers at the end of a race, on the trails or in hedgerows of popular running routes. It doesn’t have to be this way, many gel wrappers are recyclable, or you can stray away from gels altogether. … More Running the Road to Sustainability: Lets talk about Energy Gels and Welcome to my new blog series!