Eat Grubs

If you were ever wondering what the official term for 'fear of creepy crawlies (insects)' is, it's the endearingly-titled entomophobia. Specific crawler fear can be broken down into more particular descriptions: in the cases of bees it's apiphobia, or ants it's myrmecophobia, and perhaps our favourite, of the reigning creepy crawler, arachnophobia. Sticking with entomophobia…

The GENIE Within

list: a series of items written together in a meaningful grouping. -ography: a writing about or a representation of a thing. I am a list-maker. I write lists that will easily fill up three-quarters of a side of A4 because I love the possibilities of what can be accomplished each day. I am a dreamer,…

If you think happy thoughts…

Good things come to those who think happy thoughts. Perhaps that's true... What is true for sure, is that since adding PhytoSport After Workout to my training diet over the past two years I've felt a marked improvement in my ability to recover, despite extreme circumstances, and I've certainly noticed when I wasn't using it…

Brain Training Part 1

Brain Training for going into the Unknown Recently I was asked to come up with some words about how I am training my brain for my challenge to run 1680 miles across the UK and back again, when the furthest I've ever completed is (just) 32 miles in one day. My first thought was: am…

When the Wizard came to Wales

It's like a dream come true. I'm training at the gym, working to strengthen up my core, my glutes, my knees, my arms and my back because weak buttocks can ruin a runner (I read that in a book), and I don't want a weak butt. And while I'm set with my morning and mid-run…

Mindful Adventures

Two words have revealed themselves to mean something very different to me over the past four weeks. I thought I understood adventure. I thought I understood what it meant to be mindful. We often hear that phrase (mostly from our parents or teachers), to be "mindful of that step", or "mindful of the traffic". And…

Footfalls and Fellows

In Mid-November, the calendar of running days was added to the wall, the countdown to lift off is slowly ticking by, and every day sees extra mileage added to the muscle bank. I am twitching my fingers, fiddling my thumbs, feeling not quite anxious but more fidgety and slightly irritable about what to do next, not…

Raw, Inspiration

I woke up today wondering how I could restore some of the belief that I once held in my own dreams. You see, lately, they've become wishy-washy, a hope rather than a goal, dimly lit and hazy. I'm not sure when that happened. It certainly wasn't overnight, but instead a gradual erosion of self-confidence and…

A Zesty Refreshing Change

Marathon mileage is picking up, a fifth of the way through this month's target, and if the weather is set to continue as it is....happy days!! Of course, more mileage means I need to increase my hydration levels, so I opted for a refreshing change to just plain tap water. Sliced fruits in water! Arbonne…