Finish time: 2h 56min 32sec “Performance is directly related to one’s willingness to experience pain and cope with it” – I don’t know if I heard this somewhere else or my brain became too philosophical during the marathon, but it ran in my mind continuously during the race. And it’s so true. The faster you are, the more pain you will have to deal with and your brain will try to convince you to slow down by all means possible. And in the end performance is all about how you cope with all this. I started to train at the beginning of the summer andRead More →

Remember my rules of running better races and mistakes I no longer make? Well, I did two of those in beautiful Stockholm 🙂 Finish time: 1h 21m 42sec Elevation First, it was the course elevation profile. For some reason, my early research on Strava about the Stockholm Half Marathon only revealed about 70m of elevation overall. I still don’t understand how can the same course ran at the same time can reveal such different elevation results? 70m was nothing, so I viewed this race as an easy one. No longer felt easy when I read the official race leaflets which revealed no less than 370mRead More →

As a minimalist, I’m committed to only making purchases when I really need them and not when there are clearances, or the products look nice or when a new version is out for sale. But it hasn’t always been like this. A tale of two pairs Back in 2015, both myself and Andreea started to train with our buddies at the Marathon Store in Bishopsgate. They had a running club there sponsored by adidas. One of the nicest offerings was the fact that they were giving free running trainers to try during group runs. The trainers were top of line adidas Ultra Boost and IRead More →

It’s our second month of the saving £25k in 18 months journey. August went well, but it’s a constant effort. Every day we do some more research, we hunt offers and plan our spending carefully. We started using a few cashback apps and websites and these are our favourites. Quidco How it works: Before shopping online on your favourite retailers websites, you check Quidco to see if there’s any offers available (e.g 2% cashback). When you find something suitable for you, you proceed to the retailer’s website, but through Quidco so they can track your purchase. You do your shopping as usual and Quidco willRead More →

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 →