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 →

We knew that drinks having ginger as their main ingredient are associated with good health, but we didn’t fancy ginger, in particular, so we never used it for anything else other than gingerbread cookies :). We are pretty conservative with foods. Not that we don’t try new ones, but strong spices must be analyzed in detail before liking or hating them, regardless of their health benefits. Eating a vegan diet made us more open to trying new foods, but in general, we remain sceptical by default. Ginger shot experience no. 1 Before one of the classes at the FitMiBODY studio, Andreea was offered a ginger shotRead More →

We thought that just training for a race we never ran before would be too boring, so an additional challenge would spice things up. Andreea was a bit optimistic and she started the challenge in the “spring is just around the corner” spirit. Judging by those freezing nights and single figures daylight temperatures, I’d say a very shy spring arrived just a couple of days ago. A rather long corner. So, we committed to do the 30 days abs challenge together with the crowd from UkRunChat. I would split the challenge in 4 different stages: This is actually all right, we can do it (easyRead 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 →

1. There is no magic pill or tea. Weight loss is 80% what you eat and 20% exercise. Yes, both are important and it’s you who has to put in the work. Sometimes I wish I could workout all day and just eat whatever I want, but unfortunately it doesn’t work like this. 2. The only diet that will work is the one you can keep forever. If you opt for short fixes (“lose 10 pounds in 1 week”), the results will also be short term. Think about it: if you only make some changes for a week, you will only see results for aRead More →

Our first toe-dip in the raw world was a promising success. We know that the best amount of nutrients are preserved with minimum to none heating, so we believe in the raw concept, although far from religiously. But raw protein-rich foods were something we wanted to try for a long time. So here’s the story of our first try. We used the food processor for this task; we can only guess that you can also use the blender. And that’s pretty much the only utensil you need. Ingredients we have popped in the processor: nuts mix (Brazil, cashew, almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans) – 150g datesRead More →

If you have an Instagram account and practice yoga, you’re probably one of Kerri’s 1m followers. She comes to London every year for 3 days of workshops and I was lucky enough to get tickets before they were sold out. Here’s some of the things I took away after 9 full hours of yoga wisdom. Day 1 – Strength and Flexibility Your diet influences how flexible you are. For this reason, Kerri has recently become a vegan (and if you’re not a vegan, do know that dairy is a no-no for flexibility). Being a vegan myself, I’m glad that my decision will also have aRead More →

We’re very excited to tell you that Wren Kitchens reached out to us to take part in the #LittleKitchen campaign. The campaign is all about getting children involved in the kitchen – cooking and eating nutritious, wholesome meals and having fun doing so. This was right down our alley. In a time when fast food consumption is dangerously high, teaching children where food comes from and how easy it is to eat healthily is a simple way to make things better. Update: This recipe made it into the #littleKitchen e-book! Whoop whoop! You can read about the campaign and download the e-book here. We’re crazyRead 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 →