Overcoming obstacles to empower women with Spartan

Today is International Women’s Day 2018. It’s a day to celebrate the achievements of women. It’s a day to celebrate commitment towards our #PressForProgress. We want to see a level playing field for men and women. Step forward Spartan Race, the world’s leading OCR (obstacle course race for those new to the term). A race to get muddy. A race to test your endurance. A race to test your mental strength. A race to level the playing field between men and women. Despite the common misconception that OCRs are dominated by men, 40% of Spartan… View Post

Swimming Essentials For Triathlon

This post is in collaboration with Simply Swim It’s that time of year where we are planning our summer challenges. From marathons to triathlons, these events don’t just involve needing to train, but they also involve needing to plan logistics and even your kit. It sounds like it should be simple, doesn’t it? Swimming kit, bike, running shoes, done. But it isn’t, especially for beginners as I found out from my first experience of aquathon. And it was the swimming essentials that I came unstuck on.     Swimming costume Are you swimming in a… View Post

Climbing Arthur’s Seat

I’m currently enjoying a couple of days in Edinburgh visiting a very dear friend of mine. It’s been a stressful few months and that combined with flu has meant that I haven’t been getting as much exercise as I’ve wanted to. I’ve been out for a few short runs, but I have found it very tough on my lungs. Some of that will be due to pneumonia with the subsequent fractured rib last year, some of it is down to telling myself that I can’t when I know deep down that I can. The bottom… View Post

Swimathon 2018: Swim For All

It’s time to announce my big challenge for 2018 and this is something that is really going to push me out of my comfort zone. As one of the official Ambassadors for this year’s Swimathon, I will be swimming 1500m at the end of April. I am a terrible swimmer and long-term readers may remember my experiences of taking part in an aquathon. Confession: I haven’t stepped foot in a pool since. Gulp. (Although hopefully none of that in the pool!)     What is Swimathon? Swimathon is the world’s largest (annual) fundraising swim. Aiming… View Post

How to get the most from your …

The right sports bra is absolutely essential for exercise. A badly fitting bra, the wrong style of bra, or even a worn out bra can lead to pain and irreversible damage. It’s not enough to make sure you’ve got the right style and the right fit. It’s also crucial to look after it. If you’re sitting there thinking “errrr, it’s a sports bra, not a pet dog,” you’ve come to the right place.   Rotate your bras Have you got a sports bra you love? Brilliant. Now go and get at least one other. Rotate… View Post