Monday, December 17th, 2012
If there’s anything I’ve learned about myself in the past couple of years, it’s the importance of goals being a major motivator for me. We’ll ignore why it took me most of my life to figure that out and just rejoice that I finally have. That said, I have taken on a goal/challenge for 2013 that may just be the craziest thing I’ve done yet. On July 7th, I will ride the Etape du Tour, a 130km leg of the Tour de France, through the Alps (that’s mountains y’all!). Why is this crazy? Well, because I’m not a cyclist. But once we overcome that small hurdle, I’ve got me some mountains to cycle up.
Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
It continues to amaze me that my running journey inspires others. I’ve recently appeared in a few magazines talking about running. If it goes even a little way towards getting people to think about being more active, then hey, I guess my life won’t have been a complete waste of time.
More info on the mags and articles after the jump.
Monday, June 11th, 2012
I’ve said many times before how running has brought some amazing people into my life. One of those people is Jane Hardy. Jane (pictured second from right) was on my second Team Bangs on the Run team and was an absolute beacon of friendship, strength and support throughout.
Jane was very open and honest about her struggles with depression and I couldn’t be happier to see her channel her own experience into wanting to help others. To do so, she has set up a charity, Blurt, to help fellow depression sufferers get the help they need. The philosophy is to ‘Blurt it Out‘ – tell someone about how you’re feeling. Blurt hopes this will go a way towards stamping out the stigma of mental illness, but will also help resolve problems through support, friendship and mentoring.
The charity has been going for almost a year and I’ve seen Jayne pour her heart and soul into it. Her passion for helping people is infectious and Blurt has helped over 500 people so far, with that figure rising daily.
In order for the charity to keep doing the amazing work they do, it obviously takes money. So, if you fancy raising some moolah and doing a bit of running, Blurt has 30 places in the Oxford Half Marathon in October. If you’d like a challenge and to raise money for Blurt, get in touch with them via their website or Twitter (@BlurtAlerts).
If you or anyone you know is going through a hard time, don’t forget to Blurt It Out.
For more information, go to www.blurtitout.org
Thursday, January 19th, 2012
There are certain moments in life where you learn a lot about yourself. They can be brief, fleeting moments that, if you’re not paying attention, can just fly right by without you noticing. I was lucky enough to be present when one of these moments happened for my Team Bangs on the Run member Sarah Mei over the weekend and it’s been replaying in my head ever since.
Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
The Team Bangs on the Run training for the Berlin Half Marathon is now in full effect and the girls are off to a cracking start. Though our official training plans didn’t start til the second week of January, the girls all took it upon themselves to pound the pavements and clock up as many miles as they could so they were ready for whatever the plan threw at them. But being a good runner isn’t just about running. And Team Bangs is about working fitness into your life in a way that you enjoy, so I want to try to give the team a well rounded fitness experience. With that in mind, we are training with Sexy in the City Bootcamps twice a week.
Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
The wait is finally over! Take a look at the badasses above – that right there my friends, is the new Team Bangs. After the raging success of Team Bangs on the Run 1 (in Paris) and 2 (in Greenwich, not quite as glamorous), I have been inundated with people asking me ‘when is the next Team Bangs and how can I be involved?’ Needless to say, I’m delighted to finally get the next installment underway.
Thursday, October 27th, 2011
Here’s a video I made of my experience out in San Francisco doing the Nike Women’s Marathon. You can read my written account of it here. Everyone should run a marathon at some point in their life – yeah, I said it!
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
Sunday 25th September, what an epic day. The day months of hard work paid off for my Team Bangs on the Run divas as we took to the streets of Greenwich to run 13.1 miles in the Run to the Beat Powered by Nike+ Half Marathon. It was an emotion-filled day that I’m sure each Team Bangs member will remember forever.
Friday, September 23rd, 2011
It’s here already. Myself and my badass team of chicas, Team Bangs on the Run 2, will be running 13.1 miles of awesomeness this Sunday at the Run to the Beat half marathon. Back in June, I selected this team to come on this journey with me. And boy, what a team and what a journey it’s been!
Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
I don’t know if you know this, but training for a marathon is hard. Like, really hard. I’m not sure why I’ve been so hell bent on doing the Nike Women’s San Francisco Marathon (apparently I have a deep rooted love of hills?), but I sure as hell wasn’t prepared for the training. With the marathon now just six weeks away (and two half marathons to do in the meantime), panic is starting to set in. I’ve really been struggling with training, thought I’d lost my running mojo altogether, but this weekend, I went out of my way to find it again and get back on track. And I think it worked.