“No-one actually likes the taste of green tea” my brother said after I’d placed my order in a local cafe. “Umm… yes they do, I do!” Until three years ago, I felt the same way as him. The only hot drink I ever drank was hot chocolate. I have never drunk tea or coffee and hated the taste of both, along with green tea.
With a week until the London marathon, there’s no more training to be done. It’s taper time. Whilst the body rests, now is the time to get your mind into gear and prepare for the challenge ahead.
If you are starting to worry, feel fear or contemplate doubts, that is totally normal, you are not alone. I am doing the same. If it was easy everyone would be doing it! If you knew you could do it, it wouldn’t be a challenge. What happens in the mind during those 26.2 miles cannot be predicted or controlled, but it can be managed and we can prepare for it.
This year I will be joining 36,000 people running the London Marathon on April 24th as part of the Lucozade team. Not only is it my first time running it, but also my first marathon. Having completed ultra marathons and Ironman triathlons, the challenge for me is not going the distance but upping the pace.
“Get the girls some tea” the mountain rescue team stammer, as we walk into the CIC hut half way up Ben Nevis. After a week in Scotland on my own, Lorna North, Founder and writer at Queen of the Mile, boarded the Caledonian Sleeper Train from Euston to Fort William to join me for three days of unadulterated adventure in Scotland.
This was day two and we’d decided to go for a run up Ben Nevis. At 1344m The Ben, as it’s known by locals and climbers, is the highest mountain in the UK. In March, much of it is still covered in snow, beckoning climbers and skiers to adventure in it’s shadows and and dance in it’s light. We were here to run and feel the freedom of nature all around us.
Recently asked by Sport Stylist to name my top items of kit. I made a list of the items I love and wouldn't want to be without - my MUST-HAVES - it was so fun compiling it that I thought I'd share it with you.