Now that I got to know more and more runners, I noticed some of them being in a state where they either wish to improve their performance but hit the plateau or whenever they push themselves all sorts of cramps take over their race. The starting point I was a “5k in 30 minutes” type of runner. I was running twice a week during lunchtime at work, along with other runners in Chiswick, London. Even when I was topping up with more parkruns or other random runs, they were still not enough for my performance to improve. Whenever I was pushing, my legs were hurtingRead More →

If you’re anything like me, you won’t be in the mood to eat anything when you have a cold. Which is a big mistake because our bodies need help with fighting the terrible state they’re in. So if you can only eat or drink a bit, let that bit be these foods right here. Garlic Help fight bacteria with this small, but mighty food. All you need is 3-4 cloves of garlic. Mince them, add a few drops of olive oil, a pinch of salt and a bit of water. This will make a great dip or sauce for your food. And because you’re sick,Read More →

We’ve done it; we added one more medal to our collection. Our second half marathon, but this time in the city that we know best. We went back home hoping for PBs, time with the kid and a relaxing weekend. And this is exactly what we got. Half marathon running aside, we had a nice time. The flight We’re British Airways fans, so on Thursday the 12th of May, we were at Heathrow airport, terminal 5. We always fly to Bucharest from there, so we always eat at Giraffe restaurant before our flight. I’m a creature of habit; I like to do the same thingsRead More →

If you haven’t read Part 1 of the series, you should do that. Long runs are just one of the many things you do during marathon training. But it’s a rather important one. During these awfully long runs, you build your endurance, and your legs get used to long distances. About long runs What do I call a long run? Anything more than 15km. How did we increase the distance? We started with 15k and each week we tried to increase with 3-5km. We had 18, 20, 25, 28, 32. How often did the long runs happen? Every other week. We also had a few consecutive ones, butRead More →

You can run and run and run, but if you’re not pushing yourself, you’ll hit the plateau. You might think you don’t need performance, you’re happy with where you are, but it comes a time in anyone’s life when you just want to be better. Or you want to maintain being at the top. This is where workouts come in place. I’m sure it’s not just me who has a love/hate relationship with high-intensity workouts. Because you need to push and then push even harder, sometimes to the maximum and some other times you need to do it for longer and even repeat it. ItRead More →

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 →

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 →