After conquering the 26.2 miles distance, we started to look back at how we trained, how we prepared for the big day – 1 week or 1 day before, what we learned during the race and how we recovered. Some things worked, some things didn’t, we discovered new brands, we got all sorts of ideas from other runners, and we need to write them down before we forget :). The London Marathon training We got a place in the London Marathon 10 weeks before the event. There’s no such thing as a 10week marathon training plan, the time is too short. So our motto was:Read More →

We dreamed about it for years and trained for it for months. We trusted the training, the nutrition and  we enjoyed the last week before the marathon with good food and good fun. The family was here for a nice vacation to take our minds off the great challenge to come. We will probably post more about the marathon – how we trained for it, how we recovered, things to do or not to do. But let’s start with the marathon story. We dreamed about it for years and trained for it for months. We trusted the training, the nutrition and  we enjoyed the lastRead More →

In running you learn a lot as you go, but I couldn’t find these things mentioned too often, although they’re important to any runner for short and long-term health, and more importantly for performance. Keeping a correct posture during your run will also have an impact on how you see the sport overall because the tenser you are during your runs, the less probable it is that you’ll enjoy it to the maximum. Posture An important posture element is a straight back with just a slight lean forward. Keeping your back straight will prevent the centre of gravity from being somewhere in front of you. Otherwise, yourRead More →

Last Sunday we completed our first Half Marathon. Time results: Andreea – 2h 17min, Alin – 1h 35min. I honestly think these are great times and we will keep improving, so we might see Alin win one at some point :). What did we like, what we didn’t like? Good The course is beautiful You run the most part along the Thames in a lovely area of London. We decided to go for a walk sometime soon and explore more (yeah, more than 21k!?). The theme The medal is hilarious, and everything around the race theme was great – a dude dressed as Henry VIIIRead More →

I knew I wanted to be a running coach at some point. I also knew that England Athletics provided some courses on coaching. However, my procrastinating conscience left the idea in the queue to be picked up later. Hey, don’t give me that look, the procrastinator in me is very good at managing that queue! Like everyone else’s :)… And then, I met some wonderful people at the UK Fitness Bloggers Virtual 5k in-person run. All friendly people, including Mr Michael Brown, a.k.a. @CoachMikeyBee. Meeting him had a significant impact on me and was a huge motivator. We talked quite a bit – about coaching,Read More →

The Finish lines of 2015 (races and life) 24 February First of all, we got married. Twice. The civil ceremony happened in London, at the Enfield Council on the 24th of February (which for us in Romania is like a Valentine’s Day). It was simple and nice and ended with 6 people having dinner at one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants. We were just one month in the weight loss program, so still a bit chubby. 10 May The big fancy wedding happened a few months later in Bucharest, Romania. We celebrated together with all our friends and families in a wonderful location. Ceremony was outside,Read More →

A few weeks ago, we registered for a winter virtual 5k because we couldn’t join any local Christmas themed races. What is a virtual 5k? It’s a race that you can run anytime, anywhere, and you get the medal by post. We joined the one from The Journey To Skinny, called Winter Wonderland. The medals were delivered so we started planning. Where to run? When? The only request from the organizer was to run between the 20th and 30th of December. On the 22nd the Beagles were with some friends, so we decided to make a day out of this event. We had 2 moreRead More →

Why?? We’re members of The Running Bug website, and they had a challenge, organized by running gear brand, Ronhill. By running 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 or 31 consecutive days in October, we entered prize draws. Of course, I forgot to log day 19, so I didn’t qualify for anything more than 15 days, but I did run every day. Update: We didn’t win anything. How was it to run every day, for 31 days in a row? A few facts. We ran more than we were supposed to. Of course, you can’t run just one mile a day. This would mean planning routes andRead More →