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How many times lately did you dream so big that you are frightened to even think about it? That’s where I am now. Ground zero. Only a dream. A big one! After enjoying a chillaxed 3h10 marathon on the hills of the Kauai island, I had to upgrade my dreams. This story is about how my 2h40 marathon story started. It wasn’t too long ago when Andreea and myself were running our first ever marathon, London. It was in 2016. I crossed the finish line after 3 hours and 49 minutes. Not bad for a first one but I failed my target of 3h30 –Read More →

yoga pose

If you’re already a Yogi, high five and please share this with someone who might benefit from it! However, if you’re not yet convinced, this blog post is for you. Any excuse you might have for not practising Yoga, I’m going to crush it! You might already know my story, but if you don’t, here’s the short version. Back in the day, I thought Yoga was weird, mainly because media had painted a different picture than what it actually is. But when I started doing more fitness, I needed something to stretch and relax my muscles and help me avoid injury. I went to aRead More →

fitbit alta hr review

On the fence about buying a FitBit Alta HR? Or any type of fitness tracker? Then this blog post is for you. I still remember my first fitness watch. It was a warm summer morning, I was wearing a bright green t-shirt and my new stylish pixie haircut. I was ready for a morning run and started the activity on my also brand new Microsoft Band. And then I waited… and waited… and then left the house and waited a bit more. Finding the satellites on that tracker was a pain, and it got worse over time. Other than that, the watch was a beautifulRead More →

hitchin hard half marathon blog title

At the beginning of this year, Andreea and I have pinned down a big dream of running a race in Hawaii. We found the perfect marathon and half-marathon combo on the Kauai Island on 2 September. Perfect, because we could make it the celebration of Andreea’s 30th birthday. Where to climb? If you don’t know already, the Kauai marathon has a particular challenge for the average runner: elevation. Even though it’s a road marathon, the course climbs to some of the island’s peaks. With over 2100 ft total climb, it takes the marathon runner to some impressive views. However, this race is “only” the finalRead More →

healthy choices for breast cancer prevention blog title

I’m currently reading “How not to die” (UK/US)* by Dr Michael Greger. I’ve talked about the book before in this blog post back in February, and it’s one of those books that you read with a pen and notebook. I’m learning a lot, and I recommend you get yourself a copy no matter if you’re an omnivore, vegetarian or vegan. The book is full of science-backed claims about the relationship between food and disease. Surprise, surprise, plants are winning. I’ve already devoured the information on heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, brain disease and different types of cancer. But when I reached the chapterRead More →

yoga for relaxation

April is stress awareness month and one of my favourite relaxation techniques is Yoga, of course. Join me on the mat for a quick 20 min yoga for relaxation practice to stretch hips and shoulders, the muscles that hold most of the tension we build up during the day. If you missed any of the previous posts for April, here’s where you can catch up: How to reduce stress. My top tip Time management and productivity tips Don’t want to play the video? Here’s the list of the poses, hold each of them for 5 breaths. Yoga for relaxation poses Seated side bend, both sidesRead More →

It’s week 3 of our March challenge. On week 1 we talked about batch cooking, on week 2 I gave you a simple formula to create meal prep recipes and now let’s talk portion control. The simplest way to put it is this: if you want to maintain the weight you have you need to eat as many calories as you burn; if you want to lose, you need to eat less; if you want to gain, you need to eat more. It’s math anyone can do. If you want to know how many calories you need, we explain it in this blog post. OurRead More →

blog title image with yoga and chakras

A while ago, my Yoga journey opened a new door for me. I started learning about the Chakras and got the opportunity to understand even more about myself, my life and how the body reacts to different events or emotions. The beauty of the Chakras system is that even if you don’t believe in it, you get the chance to evaluate what’s going on with you, find the issues and start working on the solutions. I am now a certified Chakra therapist, and I invite you to join me for a 7 Day Free Challenge to explore and restore balance in all aspects of yourRead More →

Many runners know now that static stretches are not recommended during warm up. Then what do we do to prepare our muscles for a race or a training run? We used the following sequence many times and it had a positive impact on performance and how the body reacted to long distances. Here’s our running warm up, that we used even if we’re outside, next to the start line, in a hotel before a race or just preparing to leave our house for a training run. Running warm up sequence 1. 3 Sun Salutations (if we’re inside or have a mat) – full body warm-upRead More →

After setting our goals for 2018 and signing up for the Kauai Half Marathon and Marathon event, we started training. Both in the gym and on the road. Luckily at the beginning of the year, I was allowed to work from home for two weeks, so I was able to join Alin on 2 of his weekly running workouts: hills and running intervals. Here’s what we did and how we modified for my level. 1. Hills workout This is one of Alin’s favourite type of running workout, and he wrote a few times about the benefits. 1. Warm up with a few squats, lunges and hipRead More →