Monday, December 10th, 2012
I had no preconceived ideas about Shanghai. I hadn’t really thought about what it’d be like, I guess partly because I never imagined I’d be going there. Sometimes you don’t even want to dare to dream. But then all of a sudden, I found myself in Business Class on a Virgin Atlantic flight and it started to sink in that I really was going. We landed at 8am Shanghai time. A driver picked us up and even in the cold light of day, with the dull haze of pollution hanging over the city, there was the unmistakable buzz of the urban jungle – recognisable no matter where you are in the world. I couldn’t wait to dig in.
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
Tomorrow (Thursday), I am flying out to Shanghai to do some running. Nike have invited myself and a couple of other members of Run Dem Crew who I run with to go out and experience running culture in Shanghai. The more I get into this lifestyle, the more interesting I find the way it works when transported to different countries and cultures. I really enjoy exploring different attitudes and approaches to running around the world and connecting, especially with other women, who are doing incredible things to motivate their communities and bond their people together in movement.
If you’d have told me a couple of years ago that my life would involve going around the world to run, I’d have laughed rather heartily in your face. I feel incredibly lucky to have these experiences and to be able to share them with you. On Sunday, I will run a half marathon there and will be there for a week learning how the Dark Runners (a Shanghai running crew) navigate their streets (and hopefully taking in some fashion, food and other points of interest).
I’m not sure what my access to the internet will be like during the next week (due to the Great Firewall of China), but trust that as soon as I have a chance to share some words and pictures with you, I will.
Thank you as always for your support on my running journey and of course, this blog in general. It really means the world to me.
Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
Yesterday, Nike posted a link to this site, Designed to Move, and as I scrolled through it, my jaw hit the floor (take a moment to check it out for yourself so you can see where I’m coming from). Here is all the research needed, slapping us in the face with stats, about the real cost of inactivity. We have stopped moving. A couple of generations ago, movement and exercise were a part of daily life, now we have gadgets and machines that do all the moving for us so we’ve become sedentary, inactive and basically, lazy. Designed to Move details the cost of this, physically, emotionally and economically, if this downward trend is to continue. When I read stats about how inactive kids have become and what that’ll mean for their futures, it hurts my heart. So allow me to reiterate what Designed to Move says, but in not quite such a delicate way: GET OFF YOUR ASS!
Friday, August 17th, 2012
About six weeks ago I did the British 10K with my beloved Run Dem Crew. Other Nike running crews flew in from all across the globe to take part in what we dubbed ‘Bridge the Gap‘ – an exercise in bringing together different worldwide crews to share their love of running and good times. To commemorate this, Nike gave a few of us the chance to iD a pair of sneakers and these bad boys are mine. Never Nike iD’d before? Check out the process below.
Thursday, August 16th, 2012
Check out Spikes and Heels to find out where these bad boys are from.
Monday, July 9th, 2012
So you may think that the life of a runner is pretty boring. All 6am runs and a strict diet. Not so! No siree! As you know, I run with the mighty Run Dem Crew and our runner life is anything but boring, amigos. This past weekend, we almost outdid ourselves in awesomeness. It was the British 10K on Sunday and we had various Nike running crews from all over the world (Amsterdam, New York, Mexico, LA, Paris, Russia, Tokyo, Beijing to name a few) fly in to run it and celebrate with us. This is the second time we’ve gathered the crews (the first time being for the Berlin half marathon back in April) and we call these gatherings ‘Bridge the Gap’. Our aim is to share our lives through running and creativity and make connections with others around the world who share our passions.
This weekend was really one for the books. On Friday night, the first event coordinated by Run Dem Crew leader Charlie Dark was drag racing in the Leake Street tunnel. Maybe you had to be there to really get how awesome this was, but I took as many pictures as I could to hopefully give you an idea of how much fun we have, how much we bond as a crew and how it doesn’t matter where you’re from, everyone understands the language of RUN!
Monday, May 7th, 2012
I figured it’s been a little while since I did a little fashion collage post for you so I thought I’d update you on my current favourite things for Spring. These bits are getting a lot of wardrobe rotation at the moment. I’m all about the basics plus kick ass accessories.
Friday, March 9th, 2012
I came across the picture on the left recently, of me after I finished my first half marathon in October 2010. That look on my face is my ‘I can’t quite believe I just did that’ face. The pic on the right is from a shoot I did for Nike a couple of weeks ago. I put the two shots side by side and it was quite literally right there in front of me how far I’ve come. Running has been the propeller component that kick started this particular journey in my life, but it’s become about so much more than the running.
Monday, February 6th, 2012
How are you gonna #makeitcount this year?
Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
I see so many people wimp out on running when the weather turns a little chilly. Don’t be a punk! It’s all just about wearing the right kit. So I thought I’d put together a few of my favourites and show you how to still look fly even when Jack Frost is nipping at your nose.