How I run: little and fast and alternate breathing

How I run: little and fast and alternate breathing
My first race was a half marathon. I had started running 6 months before, I finished the race in 1:53 and was certain of two things: I can actually run and I am good with long distances, not short and fast ones. Five years later things have changed. This is how I run these days: 1. Short & fast I have become a Crossfitter, a boulderer (is that a word?) and…
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Find Your Summer

Find Your Summer
I love summer. My brain and my body are totally solar powered and every winter/autumn/spring I feel that I'm just muddling through life, waiting for the hot days of summer to recharge my batteries. The weather here in the UK is very temperamental but every day that's above 20°C I consider a summer and therefore a blessing. When there are too many 10°C days in between I go and find summer…
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Paleo Supper Club

Paleo Supper Club
Last Friday night I met up with a great bunch of fit ladies in Greenwich for Wonder Woman Workshops' Paleo Supper Club. The dinner, organised by Suzi, the original Wonder Woman herself and the bestest PT in Greenwich, included 3 courses of delicious, beautiful and healthy food cooked by a chef on-site just for us. I got to catch up with some girls I know from Crossfit but I also…
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Give kids a chance

Give kids a chance
I have a vivid memory from probably 10th grade – a friend of mine who was in the track and field team had a few bring-a-friend days and she invited me to some training sessions. My only experience with exercise had been from PE classes which I disliked greatly. Mostly because I had glasses and was afraid of breaking them (a few times I did break them), but also because the…
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Two weeks of PBs but my brain misses running

Two weeks of PBs but my brain misses running
This post is more for myself than anyone else. My mind's not quite been over the matter in the last 3 days and I've felt a bit frustrated with how slow my progress in Crossfit is. These feelings don't hit me often. I'm usually happy with any PB, even if it's by 1kg. I'm usually happy just enjoying the journey. Slow & steady has always been my game. But I…
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Midlife crisis vol.1 – Done and dusted

Midlife crisis vol.1 – Done and dusted
In case you missed my birthday post, I turned 39 at the end of April. For several months before that date I was seriously struggling with what I think was nothing but a good old fashioned midlife crisis – constant panicking/anxiety (more than usual :), a massive case of FOMO (fear of missing out), feeling completely invisible and insignificant, seeing only wrinkles when I looked in the mirror, constantly doing…
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The weight on my barbell – interesting, the weight of my body – not so interesting

The weight on my barbell – interesting, the weight of my body – not so interesting
When I first started Crossfit it was really hard mentally to handle the fact that I started to gain weight. I could still fit into my clothes (still can) and felt great but just the fact that the number on the scales was going up was hard to handle. Women are so defined by the number on the scales like that. Most of us know that it makes no sense but…
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The best things in life are leafy greens, weight lifting, sunshine (and a few other things :)

The best things in life are leafy greens, weight lifting, sunshine (and a few other things :)
The past week was a bit hectic and annoying at work but this Saturday has been perfect - a sleep-in, followed by some bouldering, followed by lunch at Wahaca, followed some weight lifting in the back yard, followed by some Crossfit Games watching as we speak. And the sun is shining for a change! A perfect day. I specifically mentioned the lunch at Wahaca because I finally, FINALLY have BOTH…
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On what it means to be sporty

On what it means to be sporty
Considering how obsessed about running/cycling/bouldering/Crossfit/swimming both MrB and I are, it might come as a surprise to you that we don't have particularly sporty children. The 6-year old has decent enough hand-eye coordination so he does ok with football and tennis at school, but he's still so little that mostly he just wants to ride his bike, wrestle with his brother, swim (mostly jump into the pool) and boulder on Saturdays.…
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My regular reality check

My regular reality check
Just like I don't read magazines, I don't really read newspapers anymore either. I say "really" because I do flip through The Times every Saturday and Sunday but mostly just to read Caitlin Moran's and Melanie Reid's columns (sometimes Giles Coren, he's pretty good as well). Caitlin, because she's funny as heck and she points out all the bullsh*t in today's society, especially when it's got something to do with women.…
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The one where I get a medal that is not running related

The one where I get a medal that is not running related
Another nice (long) weekend gone by, another medal in my pocket. This time the medal is not running related for a change, this time it looks like this: But let me get back to the beginning – on Sunday I took part of the first round of the London Box Battles, a very friendly competition between 16 Crossfit boxes in London. In this round it was my box, Crossfit Thames, vs…
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No sugar but spice and everything nice

No sugar but spice and everything nice
I'm not English and I don't really drink regular tea. Once in a blue moon in the office I might and now that I've lived in London for almost a decade I might even put a dash of milk in it. I tried it a few months ago and it wasn't actually too weird. I love herbal tea though, especially peppermint and liquorice. The latter is a strange favourite for me…
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Nutrition advice – it’s a minefield out there!

Nutrition advice – it’s a minefield out there!
When it comes to nutrition information available to people these days – it’s a total minefield out there. On one street corner (or magazine/blog/newspaper/book) someone shouts about Atkins being the only way, on another it’s Paleo, on another it’s being vegan, on another it’s intermittent fasting, on another it’s being ketogenic, on another it’s being alkaline, on another it’s Weight Watchers, on another it’s IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros)…
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Hackney Half and feeling sad

Hackney Half and feeling sad
Hackney Half nr. 2 done and run.  This year I hated it a little less than last year, but let's start from the beginning :) --> Beforehand I worried about my calves and shins as they have been really tight and painful when I run fast. I worried a bit about my shoes as I have 2 really worn pairs and 2 very new ones and I decided to run…
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Desperate times call for desperate measures aka Run commuting

Desperate times call for desperate measures aka Run commuting
This week I'm out of my usual exercise routine - I'm doing a training course all week (work related IT stuff) away from my office and therefore away from my Crossfit box. Crossfit withdrawal symptoms have kicked in hard and fast. The struggle is real. I am very aware that I am badly addicted to it. The timing for a Crossfit break is good though - I'm running the Hackney…
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Jawbone UP24 fitness tracker giveaway

Jawbone UP24 fitness tracker giveaway
Hi there, beautiful people, I have a Jawbone UP24 fitness tracker to give away! It's a step tracker, exercise tracker, sleep tracker, nutrition tracker and all with a social element - you can link up to others who have the same device. Also, it syncs with other fitness apps like MyFitness Pal or Strava and I like that it looks like a bracelet and not like a sports gadget. I'm…
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London Marathon made me so emotional and I didn’t even run it!

London Marathon made me so emotional and I didn’t even run it!
Yesterday morning I went to the city to watch the London Marathon. I was so glad I wasn’t running it, after 3 of them I still remember very, VERY clearly what a bloody long way a marathon is. As I walked through the crowds though and listened to the cheering and saw just how many people there were everywhere lining the route I thought – this is so amazing, there…
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I had a birthday

I had a birthday
I had a birthday this week. I ate cake. At lunchtime AND and dinner time. I'm now slowly crawling back from the sugar coma it's put me into. It never ceases to fascinate me just how much my blood sugar drops after I have a decent dose of sugar.  On my birthday afternoon my keyboard all of a sudden started looking exactly like a pillow and I came THIS close to taking…
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Strong is the new black (but only if it’s sexy)

Strong is the new black (but only if it’s sexy)
Most of the time I consider myself to be quite wise now that I'm no longer a spring chicken. I don't do things anymore that don't make me feel good - I don't wear ridiculously high heels because they don't make me feel good, I don't eat certain foods because they don't make me feel good, I don't read women's magazines (fashion or fitness/health) because they don't make me feel…
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