Posts Tagged ‘running’

International Women’s Day

Sunday, March 8th, 2015



I like to celebrate the awesomeness that is womanhood every day. One of the ways I choose to do that is through movement. I do it through loud, brazen, happy, skippy, unapologetic movement, because I can. I strip down to my sports bra and rock a spin bike like a champ because I have the freedom to OWN that moment. I Instagram my runs because I can keep going, because a mere 48 years ago, women were literally being pushed off marathon courses.


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Marathon Training Your Mind

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

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I can’t remember if I mentioned I’m running London Marathon this year, but there you have it, I am. I’ve kept it pretty low key ’cause really there’s nothing more boring than someone constantly banging on about marathon woes (and I say that as a runner). I’ve taken a head-down-get-on-with-it kind of approach which seems to be serving me well. I thought I’d drop in and leave a couple of wisdom nuggets that have come to me as I’ve run because yes, running is a total metaphor for life and my footsteps have led to some interesting thought bubbles of late.


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The Power of Pacing

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

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At the weekend, I paced a couple of the girls I mentor through the Hackney Half Marathon. It became about so much more than pacing. What’s funny about being a mentor is that you often learn more from those you mentor than you could ever teach them. Once again, running turns into a metaphor for life! Check out my post about what I learned in the race over on my Spikes & Heels site.

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International Women’s Day Run

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

International Women's Day Run

Next Saturday, March 8th, is International Women’s Day and a great time to celebrate the achievements of those of us who possess boobs. Myself and my good friend Elle of run like ‘elle decided, what better way to celebrate than with a run?!

We will be doing a run in London, starting at Green Park station at 9am. It’ll be 4 miles and will stop at three locations along the way to pay homage to some of the great women who have lived in this city throughout history. It’s gonna be a ton of sweaty, awesome fun and we want you all there! Grab your girls and come join us.

We announced our run on Monday and by Tuesday morning, we had emails from running crews around the world who wanted to take this idea global, to which we said HELL YEAH! As of right now, there will be International Women’s Day Runs happening in London, Paris, Copenhagen, Moscow, Istanbul, New York, Chicago, Toronto, Rio de Janeiro and beyond. I’m both flabbergasted and super hyped at how quickly this thing has spread around the world. It’ll make the run all the more powerful on the day knowing that our sisters around the world will be running to empower women globally too.

So please do come and join us on the 8th. This is not a fast run, it’s not about speed. It’s about being together, making friends, empowering each other and learning a little along the way.

If you can’t join us in London, why not do a run in your city? Check out the Facebook page where all the current global runs are detailed and maybe you can add your own.

Follow me and Elle on Instagram for updates (@bangsandabun and @runlikeelle) and don’t forget to check out my other site, Spikes & Heels, for all things fitness related.

We are women, hear us ROAR!

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Off in New York for a Little (Adidas) Boost

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013


Hey there amigos. So, if you follow me on Twitter (or unfollow me due to me tweeting about doing anything exciting, as the case may be) you’ll know that I’m currently in New York for a couple of days. Adidas have launched a new running shoe called Boost and they invited me along to the global launch today in Manhattan to see what all the hype is about. And let me tell ya, it’s like being slapped in the face with technology. There’s a whole lot going on in that shoe. Yohan Blake and Hailie Gebrselassie were there, as were Rosario Dawson and that chick who plays the wife in Homeland (which, hello, total girl crush. Also, I rate anyone who rocks up to an Adidas launch wearing thigh-high high-heel boots).

Anyhoo, I’ve written all about it over on my Spikes and Heels site.

Right, I’m off to Madison Square Garden to watch the Knicks. Byyyyyeeeee!

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A Beginner’s Guide to Running: The eBook!

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Be Pretty On Rest Days

I get asked questions about running all the time, mainly about how to simply get started in it. I do what I can, answering emails and tweeting out 140 characters of advice here and there, but I figured it was about time I put all that info down in one place – an easy to follow beginner guide, if you will, to channeling your inner badass and hitting the streets. And so, over the Christmas break, I wrote a book!


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Bangs Does Shanghai

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.


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Shanghai Bound

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.

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New York Post-Sandy

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Last week, amid all the Hurricane Sandy madness, I flew out to New York. The trip had been in the planning for a few weeks – Nike were flying myself and a few members of Run Dem Crew out and doing some events around the New York City Marathon – but obviously, when Sandy hit, everything was up in the air. We didn’t get word that the trip was definitely on til 9:30pm on Wednesday night and we were on a flight at lunchtime on Thursday. Not really sure what we’d be arriving to see, anticipation built on the flight.


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Fit For Life – Fitness Chat

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

I get asked so many running and fitness related questions these days, I figured I’d just make some YouTube videos to answer them. This is the first one and I hope you find it useful. I’m trying to answer three questions per video and don’t want the vids to be too long, so here are some additional notes that didn’t make the video cut:


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