We started our minimalism journey this summer. You can read a few previous blog posts to see how we decluttered: Becoming minimalists. 7 reasons why you should do it too Decluttering clothes Declutter phase – Bedding Declutter phase – Books & DVDs The true cost of your unwanted things Decluttering done – what’s next? Ditch the disposables. How much I saved in a year But what’s been happening since then? This is a continuous learning journey – we keep experimenting, acquiring new habits and adapting them to our own lifestyle. No one way will work for everyone. Minimalist habits to try out 1. Selling stuffRead More →

As a typical recreational runner, you get into some big races, have some results, and you’re satisfied by the medal count. And then one day you get up and tell yourself: I want to do better. However, to do better, you need a reference. Can you compare your 22 minutes for last weekend’s parkrun with the 4h30 marathon you just did? And that’s where the running scores come into place. Age grading It’s a percentage of your time compared to the world record for the age category you’re in and for the same distance you’ve run. It is obtained by dividing the world record timeRead More →

A couple of weeks ago we crossed the Finish Line of our first Obstacle Run – Rough Runner in Clapham Common, South London. We chose the 5k distance which had ten obstacles – the other option was 10k with 15 obstacles, but considering this was the first time, we decided to start small. Alin crossing the finish line. Intense 🙂 We loved the fact that all obstacles were safe – no electric shocks, no ice buckets, just a pure strength and endurance test. We had to jump over hurdles, climb walls, get through 2 rows of tyres (felt a bit claustrophobic there), avoid things thatRead More →

This post is about what rules I’ve followed to improve my running speed and strength. I don’t possess the universal answer on how to make everyone run faster, although I am naive enough to think that if everyone would follow these rules and not just a plan downloaded from the Internet, they would become a lot faster. It’s not a sub 3h marathon guide, but it might pave your way there. My PBs timeline Even though I was running quite regularly, I had my first parkrun timed at 27 minutes during July 2014, just over two years now. One year ago, my parkrun improved toRead 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 two 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 →

One of the best options for anyone to improve their running and social circle is to join a running club. But there are several options to consider when entering one, depending on your purposes. Benefits of non-affiliated clubs Firstly, there are two types of running clubs. On one side you have clubs that are affiliated with UK Athletics (actually, they are affiliated with the constituent country governing body, for example, England Athletics). On the other side, you have clubs that are run by sports shops or brands. These are non-affiliated. 1. Networking Let’s talk about the non-affiliated clubs. You get the social component – bothRead More →

I learned about Fierce Grace and hot yoga from another blog, but although I was curious I was also afraid. For someone who doesn’t handle heat very well, exercising in a hot room sounds dangerous. And not only because my heart might explode, but the warm muscles might trick me into thinking I’m much more flexible than I am and end up breaking one because I stretched it too much. A few days ago I was walking the Beagles and passed by the Fierce Grace studio (the Old Street one). Something just clicked, so I decided to sign up for a class. For 17£ IRead More →

We’ve been decluttering and sharing our story for the past month. A month! That’s a lot of time spent cleaning. Now that we’re happier with the remaining possessions, what shall we do next? You might say “nothing”, but doing nothing will probably cause the clutter to come back. So we’ve come up with some ideas to keep things from piling up again and continue our journey to minimalism. One thing a day Meaning we’re going to get rid of 1 thing every day for the next year. When I told this to Alin, he freaked out, but after explaining that it’s in fact 1 itemRead More →

Last week I attended a lovely event by WeTrain. Who are they and what do they do? Based in South London, they have small group PT classes (max. 8 people) and they promote exercise as a social activity. Instead of going for a beer with your best friend, you might go for a HIIT session. And I think that’s a great idea. The classes are pay as you go, which is another plus, and all you have to do is get an account on the web or the phone app and you’re all set. The event happened in Brixton and was dedicated to London bloggers.Read More →

On your way to minimalism? You can read the previous posts about our journey at the links below: Why are we becoming minimalists and 7 reasons you should do it too How to declutter clothes Declutter Phase 2 – Bedding and towels Declutter Phase 3 – Books, DVDs & Magazines In this post, I talk about the less obvious costs of the items that occupy your home and constantly need your attention; or, even worse, that you forgot about in your garage and you spend time organizing once in a while. Five costs that you might not consider when purchasing a new item 1. MoneyRead More →