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…

So you think you can start again

How do I start running again? Tips for mental health, mindfulness, confidence, building up fitness and exploring running again.

Bright lights, dark faces

Bright lights, dark faces, a theatrical stage or an interrogation; which response will this be, paranoia or exhilaration? Tracing my thoughts back to the steep, winding climbs of the Berriedale Braes, the heady heights of the cliffs of Caithness, the storm into the harbour at John O'Groats where even the island of Stroma was hidden in…

Rolling South

I started this blog post less than a week ago and I'm so very glad I didn't post it. If there's something I'm learning (intermittently), it's that I cannot always rely on my own advice and judgement. Much to my own dismay. My opinions, my feelings, my emotions are not merely clouded, they are cloaked in…

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…

Cartwheeling off the Cliff

A post of two parts, feel free to jump to the end where it's definitely more positive, but if you love gloom, guts and gore, read on, my friend. As luck would have it, my little friend smashed the same day as my iMac crashed during a bulk design download, and the boiler has been…

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…

Compassion v Cynicism

Give yourself a pat on the back if you're taking a leap of courage to improve your situation and your health at the start of 2015. Whether it's a detox or a new training programme, doing an action will always reap more results than just thinking about it. I love new starts! It's always good…