Monday, January 13th, 2014
In January of 2004, as a newly graduated 22 year old, I packed everything I owned into one suitcase and moved to New York. I’d never been there, but figured I’d watched Goodfellas enough times to make it work. I was reflecting with a friend the other day about how it’s been ten years since we made that move. I don’t understand where the time went, but I do know that the year and a half I spent in that great city played a massive part in who I am today. So, what did I learn?
Friday, August 16th, 2013
I’ve done a fair amount of traveling this year. Be it press trips, heading off for a weekend somewhere to run a race or just a good ol’ holiday, I’ve been lucky enough to jet off to quite a few places. While I used to find traveling quite stressful, I have since found my groove. I love nothing more than people watching at the airport (well, the getting-to-another-country bit is alright too). So, I thought I’d share with you a few of my top travel tips that make life a little easier for me when I’m jet setting.
Monday, August 5th, 2013
The first half of this year was a toughy for me with all that bike training for the Etape du Tour. By the time I got that out of the way, I was very much in need of a holiday. As probably mentioned on here before, I was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. My dad’s side of the family still live out there. My parents had booked their holiday to go out there and visit my grandmother, so I thought ‘hey! Why not just hijack their vacation and go along for the ride?!’ And that’s exactly what I did.
Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
Holiday season is upon us. The more I get into my fitness, the more interested I become in getaway locations that allow me to be active while I’m there. So, when the opportunity came up for me to visit the Nira Alpina hotel in Surlej, just outside St. Moritz in Switzerland, I jumped at the chance to explore the area and fitness opportunities out there. You may think there’s no fun to be had at a ski resort in the summer – oh, guess again, my friends!
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.
Friday, July 6th, 2012
This week I was lucky enough to head over to France with Le Coq Sportif to watch a leg of the Tour de France. Having only ever watched bits and pieces of it on TV, I was excited to learn more about this event and felt lucky to be in the sponsors camp with Le Coq Sportif. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint.
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
This past weekend I went to Berlin. It was my birthday when I flew out on the Friday and what better way to celebrate than to run a half marathon on the Sunday? I’d wanted to go to Berlin for a very long time, so the levels of excitamacation involved in this trip were pretty ridiculously high. Not only was it the culmination of months of hard work for my Team Bangs on the Run girls, but I was out there with about 60 members of the crew I run with, Run Dem Crew, so the weekend was extra special.