Everybody makes mistakes in all areas of life. When it comes to running, I made quite a few during my first marathon, half marathons, parkruns, club league, or whatever races I did. But the most important achievement was learning from these mistakes, as I pointed out in my Great North Run and London North Half reviews. Starting off too fast Probably the most common mistake is going too fast. For me, this is caused mostly by bad or no planning. If I don’t know what pace I’m going to run at, “too fast” loses its full meaning. You know you started too fast when you’reRead More →



As some of you may know, this April I became an Arbonne Independent Consultant. I want to have my own business, but until I have my own product to sell, I wanted to grow a business with an already existing product. And what better product than something that I’m really passionate about? All Arbonne products are vegan, gluten free, the ingredients are sustainably sourced and they are on PETA’s list of cruelty free companies. And before I let people know that I’ve joined Arbonne, I’ve set myself up with A LOT of products to test them myself so I can give advice and advertise themRead More →



I love trying new things, experimenting keeps fitness fun and gives your muscles a surprise every now and then. As a fitness blogger I was invited to try SUP (Stand Up Paddle) Pilates with Ruth Tongue at WakeUp Docklands in London during their class launch day. Pilates on water on a shaky board? Count me in! Getting there Once I arrived in London Liverpool Street, I took the Central Line to Bank and then the DLR to West Silvertown. Royal Victoria is also a good station on the DLR or if you’re not so afraid as I am you can get the Emirates Cable Car fromRead More →



Two months since we left London. We left behind the stress, the crowds, the tourists and the bloody tube. But we also left the abundance and possibilities that the big city brings. Finding a yoga class in London is trivial, in a small town outside London – not so much. Not for someone so new anyway. As you know I started doing my yoga teacher training(s) and I need to try as many classes and teachers as I can – not only to get hours of practice in the bag, but also to learn tricks and ways of explaining poses. And, right on time, aRead More →



Our May Bank Holiday weekend started with a short trip to London for the Country Living Magazine Spring Fair. We got our tickets for free in exchange for this blog post, but what we’re super happy about is that someone else also had free tickets after the giveaway we hosted on the blog. YEY! Hope our winner had a day as nice as we had, putting a smile on someone’s face is always rewarding. Getting there was pretty easy, Alexandra Palace having its own train station, on a direct line from Hertford North. We dropped off our Beagles with a friend and had a few hours toRead More →



If you’re following me on Strava, you’ve probably noticed that I described my North London Half race with words that I almost never use :). The reason for that was that it was both a hard and an enjoyable race, all this goodness concentrated in a wee bit over 1 hour and 24 minutes, an unexpected outcome, so I had to share this state of mind with the world. The pace. My greatest weakness so far in big races, especially longer ones, was starting off too fast. Not this time. I believe that keeping myself from going too fast during the first 5-10 minutes ofRead More →



A few weeks ago I received a trial pack of Omni Superfood to try out and review. I’m usually reluctant when it comes to products labeled “superfood”, but why not give it a go? The product has 2 versions, male and female, so of course I got the one designed for women. Why use supplements? You know we always promote a healthy diet, rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, nuts and seeds and healthy fats. And of course exercise, for both your body and your mind. But that doesn’t always happen as planned, we don’t eat enough of the good stuff, some minerals areRead More →



Wow, this went by fast! Everywhere in the world, 2016 was a year to remember. Some things were awesome (the Rio Olympics), some things not that awesome (Brexit, the US president election and a few horrible events). For us? A lot of firsts and a lot of lifestyle changes. The first half of the year was definetely dominated by running, whereas the second half was dedicated to minimizing everything. So far, we have nothing planned for 2017, so looking forward to see what the year will bring. Goodbye, 2016! Races 1. 1st of January – Family Parkrun We don’t really care about New Year’s, soRead More →



At the beginning of September I joined Lesli from Fit and Happy for a 30 days yoga challenge – get on the mat for at least 15 minutes every day. And you know me, when I commit to a challenge, I do it. I didn’t miss any of the 30 days. So what did I do these 30 days? Basic Yoga classes. I’m not a beginner, but because Alin joined me for a few classes I had to choose beginner ones. And don’t regret any of them. With each class I learned new tips and sometimes they were focused on just a few poses thatRead More →



One short year ago we were watching the Great North Run on BBC. And it looked so much fun – the atmosphere, the weather, the happy runners. We immediately did some research and registered interest for the 2016 run. A few months later, we were both lucky enough to win ballot places. At the moment of registration, we hadn’t done any half marathon. When we got there, we already had 2 halfs and a full marathon in the bag. Such a difference a few months make!? Although the running part was well taken care of, having trained all year, Newcastle is far far away soRead More →