Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
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.
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
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.
We are women, hear us ROAR!
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).
Right, I’m off to Madison Square Garden to watch the Knicks. Byyyyyeeeee!
Monday, December 31st, 2012
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!
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.
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.
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:
Thursday, October 4th, 2012
Any of you who follow this here blog will know that I’ve been on quite the fitness journey over the past couple of years. This has led to me running seven half marathons (with three more coming up this month), a full marathon, getting into boxing and pretty much throwing myself into any other fitness challenge that comes my way. Because of the role fitness has taken in my life, I started my Spikes and Heels website, dedicated to fitness for badass woman.
I get so many questions here, on Twitter and in real life about running and general fitness-related stuff from how to stay motivated to what kit to wear that I’ve decided to start doing some YouTube vids to answer some of them. The series will be called Fit For Life. My aim is simply to get more women to embrace fitness as part of their lifestyle and stop being scared of it.
So, my first video will be about running. What do you want to know? You can ask me anything – there are no stupid questions. If you’ve been looking to start running and are afraid to go into a running shop to find out the basics, just ask me.
Leave your questions in the comments section below and I will make a video addressing them ASAPtually.
So, ask away!
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Monday, September 10th, 2012
There are times in life where everything just goes a bit ‘blah’. We get stuck in the same old routine and it’s almost like we hit cruise control. We see the same people on the same bus at the same time, we know the order of the guy we see every day in Starbucks (mocha-choca-voulez-vous-couchez-avec-moi-ce-soir-latte) and we’re tired, so very tired. I reached a point recently where I noticed I was just letting things happen around me. I’d become disengaged and this spilled over into every aspect of life. I just felt unproductive. I had to make a change. I decided I needed to address how to be more productive and generally, just how to feel good again. So here’s what I did: