March 12, 2012 | life

Introducing Spikes & Heels

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ve probably noticed me alluding to a little project I’ve been working on for the past few months. Finally, I am ready to reveal it! Today sees the launch of Spikes and Heels, my new fitness site for badass women. I’m really excited about it and I hope you all will be too.

It’s become clear over the past year and a half that my journey with fitness has meant a lot in my life and personal development. To say it has changed my life would not be hyperbolic in any way, shape or form. I hadn’t realised the impact it was having on others, but the more I ran, the more emails I got from women saying I’d inspired them to start. I’ve probably had more emails about running or people starting their fitness journey after watching mine than any other type of mail. By late last year, it became clear that all roads were leading towards me doing something with fitness.

A few people have said I should become a personal trainer but I’m not quite there yet. Though I do enjoy motivating, supporting and guiding others. So I thought I’d do what I do best and have a dedicated space where I could write about it in a way that appeals to me and others like me (yes, I have heard the grumbles of those of you who dislike me blogging so much about running on here – alas, I can now do all that on Spikes and Heels. Though I will still sneak in a cheeky post on here about running, because well, this blog is about my lifestyle and opinions and running is a huge part of my life).

Spikes and Heels was primarily born out of a frustration with how fitness is pitched to women. The more I got into fitness, the more it bothered me that I couldn’t find much media that didn’t patronise me. It’s all pink and fluffy and about weight loss. The general attitude seems to be that working out is only something we should do on a day we’ve eaten too much cake. I know a whole bunch of women for whom fitness is not simply something we do, it’s an essential part of who we are. It’s how we live our lives. It’s all encompassing. We do it because we love how it makes us feel, not because we’re constantly trying to lose 2lbs.

So, Spikes and Heels aims to speak to women in a real way about fitness. We won’t just show you female athletes, we’ll show you regular chicks, who have integrated fitness into their lives in a real way. There’ll be product reviews, sportswear shoots, the low down on races, reviews of different types of classes. Basically, everything you need to get your fitness fix.

It’s time for us to think about fitness in a new way, to push ourselves, to prove we are capable of more than a bums n’ tums class once a week. A healthy body is a healthy mind. There’s no limit to what we can achieve in every area of our lives when we use fitness as a catalyst for setting and achieving goals.

So, head on over and check out Spikes and Heels. I’d love to hear what you think. Thank you all for supporting my journey this far. I really hope you enjoy this next leg of it.

Remember: Be Pretty on Rest Days.

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Angel Dee

Am lying here half dead from my first half mara and am far from pretty on this rest day but so excited for you on your new venture.

congratulations and proud all the blood, sweat and tears have come to fruition

Claire Nelson

I really feel like this gap in the media was waiting for you to come and tackle it. So excited about Spikes and Heels! xxx

Amma // Beyond Beyond

Well done! Very inspiring and I’ve said before seeing your journey is what inspired me to want to run… emphasis on want as I haven’t done my gait test yet *blushes*. But, good to see a site with such a postive and healthy focus on women and workouts.


Congratulations Bangs!

Looks fabulous! I love the attitude of the site. It’s very very much needed. Anything that sends a healthy/strong/fit/badass message instead of ‘weight loss’ is to be applauded.


Although I do not fit your target market (I’m a man), I felt compelled to share how you inspire, through both blogs Bangs and a Bun and Spikes & Heels, across gender boundaries. As someone who ran a half last May then succumbed to an injury and a new puppy that suffers from separation anxiety, I quickly fell off the running bandwagon. Nonetheless, I have been following you on your running journeys since I last ran in August — that was until today. I read Spikes & Heels this morning, in bed, and said enough is enough. I am going for a run today. And I did. It hurt. It burned. But you know what? I didn’t care. When I couldn’t breathe anymore I thought of my love for running; my need for positive adrenaline rushes; a need to stop feeling sorry for myself; and no-word-of-a-lie … your running successes.

So without writing a novel, I would like to congratulate you on how far you have matured since we last met. And, in particular, I wanted to thank you for your inspiration regardless of where you live and your age, race, gender, or sexuality. Thanks for kicking my lazy ass off the couch and back onto the pavement.

Donna D

I am so excited to see you dedicate a site to the message. I think, honestly, this is one of a handful of truly “healthy living” personal sites I’ve seen in the UK, and I welcome the company and addition – the space is sorely absent over here, especially in an accessible way that speaks to all. Bravo Bangs, Bravo!

Actually Mummy...

Oh thank god! A reason to get inspired to be fit again! I am so sick of fitness videos and weightwatchers fitness programmes. For ages I’ve been feeling like I just want to be fit for the sake of health and energy *heads straight over*

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