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

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: 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!

Ironman Virtual Race Club: VR3

I’ve decided that it’s time to start stepping out of my comfort zone in the comfort of my own home and I’ll be pushing myself to take on a different challenge each weekend during the lockdown period. This weekend was my first experience of the Ironman Virtual Racing Series and a steep learning curve in balcony running, turbo transitions and mastering multiple bits of tech (which I am useless at)! … More Ironman Virtual Race Club: VR3

What the lockdown period has taught me about exercise

We’re currently undergoing a lockdown period in the UK to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and it’s more important than ever that we stay home. But one privilege we have been granted is the freedom to exercise once per day outside our homes.  Before this, I had been deep in preparations for my first half Ironman in June. With my race now cancelled, I decided to explore what has training taught me and what I am learning from the lockdown period?  … More What the lockdown period has taught me about exercise

Big Half Race Recap

On Sunday 1 March thousands of runners took the the streets of London for the Vitality Big Half marathon, a race regarded as the warm up event for the London Marathon later that spring. Starting at Tower Bridge and finishing in the shadow of the Cutty Sark, Greenwich, the route encompasses many of the iconic highlights of the London Marathon. Here is my race recap of my second time at the Big Half. … More Big Half Race Recap

EVERYTHING you need to know about the ASICS GEL-NIMBUS 22

Want to know more about the ASICS GEL-NIMBUS 22? How does this compare to the GEL-NIMBUS 19, 20 (my old favourite!) or the 21 (definitely not my favourite!)? Tune in for my random running shoe ramblings. This is a non technical, review to cover everything you want to know about the ASICS GEL-NIMBUS family! … More EVERYTHING you need to know about the ASICS GEL-NIMBUS 22