I ran the Chester Marathon in 2h 56min. The race review has its own blog post, but let’s also talk about preparation. And today in particular, about having a clear mind and warmed up muscles. Sleep well It’s not only your muscles that need to be in a good form, but also your mind. A good night sleep during the last few nights before the race is essential to keep your recovery on track. Don’t let those days pass and leave it only for the night before the race, you might not be able to sleep as well because of all of the scenarios going onRead More →

This is a guest post by Victoria from HowDaily. Victoria is a home cooking mom and a food blogger. She loves to share her recipes and culinary tips from her diversified experience of multi-cuture. She’s most interested in cooking and creating authentic and original taste from traditional recipes. Follow her on Pinterest | Twitter. Fried rice is a fantastic dish for any times where you feel like something deliciously tasty, but you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. Better still, it is one of the easiest dishes to make vegan, as you definitely don’t need meat to make a mouthwatering fried rice. ThatRead More →

I ran the Chester Marathon in 2h 56min. The race review has its own blog post, but let’s also talk about preparation. And today in particular, about nutrition. As I already mentioned, there are many things that can go wrong while running a marathon. Some of those you can’t do anything about (weather for example). But for a few, you can minimize or even eliminate the risk. Hydration I used the loo before the start at Chester, not because I needed to go, but the queue was reasonably fast, and I wanted to zero the risk of having to wee. But I could have skippedRead More →

This is a guest post written by Sarah from The Sleep Advisor.  Sleep deprivation is a massive problem in today’s fast-paced world. We switch off the light but can’t seem to switch off the whirlwind of thoughts, worries and anxieties flying around our minds. What is meant to be a relaxing time, a time for your body to rest and your mind to become calm, becomes quite the opposite. Your thoughts start churning, your mind keeps racing and you find yourself far from Sleepytown. The result? Well, lots of problems, really. From obesity to heart disease, diabetes to depression – poor quality sleep has theRead More →

Finish time 2h 56min 32sec Splits 10K – 41:39 20K – 41:11 30K – 41:32 40K – 42:31 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 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 and followed a self-designedRead More →

Registration for No Spend November is closed. Stay tuned for our next challenge. Want to start right away? Everything I teach in the challenge and much more is in my e-book, The Smart Girl’s Journey to Financial Bliss.  Alin and I started budgeting and taking our finances seriously about 5 years ago. I can’t claim that I know everything there is to know on the topic, but I got pretty damn good at it. We have no debt and we’re able to have some luxurious experiences once in a while because we still live well below our means. We are currently on a journey to saveRead More →

The second month of our savings challenge is gone. If all of them pass by so quickly, we won’t even notice when it’s March 2019, and we need to draw the line! In case you’re new here, we decided to set ourselves the goal of saving £25000 by March ’19, which means around £1390 every month. If you think that’s a lot, you’re not the only one! If you want to know how we did in August, here’s the blog post. September was a concern because it had one big challenge – we went on a 4-day break in Stockholm. Well, a break might beRead More →

Remember my rules of running better races and mistakes I no longer make? Well, I made 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 show 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 →

Expenses we refuse to have A mortgage At the moment, owning a house is almost impossible for us financially. The prices in the UK are way above what any human being would consider reasonable, so we wouldn’t want to purchase a home here. Ideally, we would find a cheap house in another country that we could buy with cash, but we’re not there yet. A house would also mean that we can’t move anymore. We like exploring different places, living there for a while, but then move on. I don’t want growing roots. Four years is enough. From a financial point of view, having aRead 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 →