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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