Where have I been the past month, tough decisions and some soul searching…

So first things first…

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I hope you all had an amazing time during the holidays, I know we certainly did! Even though because of my experiment I couldn’t leave the lab and take the extra 2 weeks off like everyone else (BOO!!) we still made the best of it! Stayed home for Christmas and went out to an AMAZING dinner (Thank you “The Gun“) for NYE and we met the awesomest (is that even a word LOL!?!?!) people!!

Just a few snapshots from the holidays…

Oh and @mymamus got me the BEST christmas present that I ‘ve been wanting for soooo long! Thank you 😉 ❤ I totally love it!

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Now topic number 2… Where have I been?

I wrote my last blog post literally a month ago. I have never taken such a big break of blogging since I started (a year ago yesterday…)

I have to admit it’s been a few hard days for me around here. Apart from a complete writers block for the past few weeks I had to deal with the fact that I can’t run anymore for a while…. 

I had plans you know? I was training for the Manchester 2017 marathon I was on a roll… And then my foot got totally out of whack! What happened to it is that the bunion on my right foot has hurt the tendons on the top of the foot and after anything more than 2 miles the pain gets seriously bad… something like that (i ‘ll spare you the grossness of my own feet that’s why the cartoon):

So all I could think about was… “but i have a running blog, if I can’t run what the heck am i gonna talk about….?” and this made my block last even longer.

This is a photo of my last run on December 31st…


It all felt great after my last 7 miles till the next morning when I felt like someone was tearing my foot apart 😦 Tried again once and ended up coming back after literally 5 minutes…

So at the moment i am at a back and forth with the doctors’ trying to sort this out (and if you now NHS you’ll now that if you are not on your deathbed the referrals come for two months later…) till then i m on a non running diet doctor’s orders…

Did I accept it? I had to.

Did I like it? I am hating it.

Have I cried and been mad? Like there is no tomorrow…

But at the end of the day I am still here, still healthy (foot aside) and I can do another million things! I hate being stuck and (mentally) immobile. So I have started the BBG program and I have spent countless time on my static bike – once the weather gets a little more forgiving around here I ‘ll break out my normal bike as well!

Accepting the fact that I have to stop till further notice was a very hard decision for me (please don’t get me wrong, I am fully aware that the world has way bigger problems than me can’t run and I am grateful to still be generally healthy…) but running has been my outlet, the thing that has kept me sane the past year being a place not compatible with me and my personality (i am sorry London it’s not you it’s me…)

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I am grateful for all my races and experiences last year… Running has taught me so much! How to be resilient, believe in myself and trying my best for my goals, how to be patient and how to dig deeper…

Other people made NY resolutions to start running and mine had to be to stop… Life has a funny sense of humour…

On a happier note, Happy blogiverssary to my little corner of the internet!!!

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Yesterday was one year since I started sharing my life, travels and running stories with you all. I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU! For all the support and the comments!! It’s been an awesome year, and I am so very happy and grateful for all the amazing people I got to meet through my blog!!

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Running through 2016 & I crushed my goal!!

I DID IT !!! 12 (13!) RACES IN 2016!

Ok, ok, maybe I should back up a little… for all of you who don’t remember, back in February I set a goal for myself. 12 races in 12 12 months…  and I am happy to yell scream  announce that I did!! Totally crush my goal 😀

And here it is…

  1. 10km in Regents Park, my very first race in London ❤


2. 10km in the Olympic Park – OMG it was freezing cold!



3. My first ever half marathon (21.1km – 13.1 miles)! Oh I was riding that high for days!! 😀


4. London 10,000. A beautiful route through London’s landmarks – but one of my worse races…


5. First Decathlon 5km in Canada water and first race with my running buddy Corey ❤ Kinda started out for a “fun race” – are they ever LOL?? – and they we both PR’d of course… 😉


6. 10km Parallel London race. An awesome experience, running along all sorts of runners! First race in the UK where pushchairs, wheelchairs etc can all run together!


7. My very first TRAIL RUN! It was incredible and I can’t wait to do it again!


8. OMG now THAT was fun! My first 10km obstacle race! Finished soaking wet but totally happy – my trainers and clothes were stinking for days…yikes!


9. 5km VIRTUAL charity run for spinal research! Organized by @Pennyplainfit and myself!


10. Royal Parks half marathon. Hyde park is beautiful at this time of the year 🙂 And yes, I was as tired as I looked in that photo… Also got my half marathon PR there 1:59:35 😀


11. Trick or Treat Halloween 5km Race! Had so much fun on this one…


12. Decathlon 10km race in Belfast! My very first “runcation” …! Had a blast!


I know that was 12 races but there is one more. One very special race! My lucky 13!

13. Athens Marathon 2016! My very first marathon! 5:08:11 and proud of it! I underestimated it and came back and bit me hard but i learnt so many things during that race… I wouldn’t change a thing!


So all and all I have to say I TOTALLY SMASHED MY GOAL and it feels awesome!!!

Miles and miles were logged, I met awesome people, run through amazing places and I learnt so many things about myself… So thank you running, thank running buddies, thank you family and friends and @mymamus ❤ Thank you all for running along with me this year!

On side note, I had one more race planned. I wanted to do a christmas one like crazy… I mean just look at that bling lol 🙂


But I am afraid I have to sit this one out… I have been so sick with a very nasty stomach bug since Tuesday and I can barely keep any food down 😦 Yeah it’s been a pretty yikeee few days. So there you have it, another first for this year. The first race I have to sit out… But it’s OK, I promised myself I ‘ll catch this one next time.

I hope you are all enjoying the holidays! ❤

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Athens Marathon 2016…(part 2)!

(Very long post alert)

So where were we?

Oh right! I lost my phone (again…) While I was on the bus I looked EVERYWHERE for it! But no luck… and that was the moment when I had to accept the fact that I’ll be running my first full marathon WITHOUT my music 😛 … Epic fail I say… So for a while I focus looking out the window. The bus route was on the marathon route and I managed to get a full view of all the uphills to come. Yeah, that didn’t really help with my anxiety and nerves…


Remember Maria, the girl I mentioned @mymamus and I met at the meeting point? Well she was being an angel and she was talking to me, and introduced to me to another woman Vassiliki. Both of them were so nice to me, telling me how it’ll be OK and that it ‘ll be an amazing experience! And it was right then and there that Maria totally saved the day!!

“WHAT? No phone? No music?? Don’t worry girl I got two MP3s on me, and you can totally have my back up one!!!”

Jaw dropped! This awesome lady that didn’t know me offered me her music! Thank you SO MUCH Maria you are a rockstar…. And we have very similar taste in music! – save #1!

After this was settled we started to get ready on the bus – taking off extra clothes, putting on shoes etc – and this is where Vassiliki saw me putting on my long sleeve yellow t-shirt.

“Are you out of your mind???” I heard… “You will melt!! It’ ll be so hot!!! Don’t even think of wearing it! Keep only your tank top! And (thankfully) I listened … – save #2!


The bag drop and walk to the blocks was a blur… I ‘ve never seen so many people gathered in one place! It was like a party! Everyone was smiling and it didn’t matter who you know and who you don’t, you ‘d get a supportive look or a thumbs up a pat on the back anyway…Both Vassiliki and myself were on block 7, so we decided to stick together. We both hugged Maria (she was at a faster block), wished her good luck and went our way. We were pretty much in one of the first rows of our block. I was looking around totally amazed, thinking to myself –this is it… You made it! You are here!! Vassiliki looked at me, we high fived and held hands for a second and smiled to each other!

And then the gun went off and we were running….


I felt so full inside those first minutes! Pride, honour, happiness…!


We passed by the tomb of Marathon (5-6km) where the 300 brave soldiers were laid to rest and I could barely hold back the tears – and trust me I wasn’t the only one… You could feel that the atmosphere was a little heavier there… the crowd was thick there and they were handing out olive branches. I grabbed one and it was like I felt the history and the essence of the place running along with me.

And I kept running. The first 11-12km passed like a blur and I kept a steady pace. But at around 14km the heat started getting to me… It was HOT! It was around 10:30am and the temperature had already climbed up to 25C…. November in Greece hmmm….I told Vassiliki, I’d walk for a bit, take a gel and some water, so she gave me smile and run off… (Thank you Vassiliki! For pacing me for the first 12km, you were awesome!)


And this is when the struggle started… From 14km till 29km there is a slow, steady, painful 3% incline. The fact that I had only trained for hills (aka steep hills) along with the heat totally killed me… My quads locked and I was in pain from 17km onwards.

I run, I walked, I cried, I hurt… At about 26km I knew I had to let got of any time goals I ‘ve had in mind. I cried a little… but I knew this wasn’t going to happen… So I focused on putting one foot in front of the other and my head down so I wouldn’t have to face the uphill. At 28km I heard my name – someone I didn’t know was telling me to keep going and have faith… Thank you!

And then after a while we made it to 30km where FINALLY the downhill started! Still in a lot of pain but it felt so refreshing on my tired quads. But I knew that from this point onwards I’d see my people and my pace started to pick up again.

The first person I saw was my friend George at about 32km!! You can not imagine the joy!!! I screamed (poor EMTs thought something happened to me!) and run towards him and gave him a tight sweaty hug!! He told me I am doing great and I run off. Thank you for my awesome gift George 😉 I ❤ it!!


Next stop… 36km… my family was there! – they were expecting me in a yellow shirt so my mum was so surprised when I run to her and hugged her 😉

I hugged my mum and started crying… I remember telling her that it is so hard and that the heat was killing me! She looked at me and said “You are doing great! We are all here, you can do this!” My dad hugged me as well and said he was very proud of me – I think we were both teary at that point!


Everyone was there, my grandma, my aunt and uncle! And they were cheering for me! After all the hugs and cheers, I run off feeling like a different person! I knew I could do this, and it didn’t matter how long it ‘d take me.

37km. @mymamus and his mum were there waiting for me. I hugged them both and @mymamus gave me a kiss and said “you got this babygirl, I believe in you! You are almost there! Go get it!!”

By that time, I was telling myself that I only had 4 miles to go… Trying to forget the pain and just run! Everything was a blur – and quite – from that point till 41km, where the crowd had thickened again and everyone was screaming and cheering for us!

My other aunt, her son and grandkid where there cheering for me and took this awesome video 😉 It was the last 250m… I couldn’t believe it! I turn the corner and there it was! The stadium… KALIMARMARO (it means beautiful marble) and it was, it was so beautiful! I felt Goosebumps on my skin and tears on my face… I was finishing my first marathon! The AUTHENTIC route, the path that changed the world and helped in upkeeping the values of democracy!!


And before I knew it I was crossing the line… my watched said 05:07:23. But I DIDN’T care, I had made it!

– I have to admit I felt a pinch of disappointment for the next few days…having to let go of your time goal isn’t an easy thing.. especially when you ‘ve put it out there! But then I read this post by one of my favourite bloggers, Charlie from the runner beans, and my perspective totally changed! Thank you Charlie and congrats on running NYC!! –



I stood for a second and took it all in – even writing about it brings tears to my eyes! I feel grateful that I had the opportunity to make my first marathon so special! Thank you Greece!


All the finishers had to walk for about 10’ out of the stadium and into a small side street to pick up their stuff. After I was done with my stuff and having no clue where I was and no phone I was a little lost… – surprise there LOL! So I asked a nice person if I could use their phone (Thank you nice stranger!) and called my mum. I told them where I was – or more specifically where I thought I was hahahaha! And sat there waiting – evidently munching on a banana 😉 !


Before I knew it I had family and friends coming to me from every direction!! Every single person I ‘d consider close to me was there! I couldn’t believe how many people came to cheer for me!! I felt so loved and cherished at that moment!! And then photos, hugs, laughs, tears!! What a blur!

My family ❤ !


All the amazing women in the family!!


Thank you love, I couldn’t have gone through with it without you!


One of my favourite people.. my grandma!


THANK YOU THANK YOU EVERYONE! The people who cheered from me from afar, the people who came to see me, everyone for their wishes and messages! THANK YOU! I couldn’t have done it without you!! So…this was it! An experience I will never forget! It wasn’t just about running a a marathon…it was about ideals, faith, support, love, family and friends! I learnt a lot running this race, about myself and about my people!



PS: Aftermath…

For anyone who wonders THIS –> is how bad the heat was. I got some nasty sunburns everywhere apart from my face – thank you mum for giving me this awesome sunblock!

After marathon dinner with the parents! Yup, both sets! First official meeting for @mymamus’s and @taleoftworuns‘s parents 😉 It was brilliant! And yes, i did NOT take off my medal for the rest of the day!


And last but not least… I FOUND MY PHONE! About an hour before I left for the airport the person who found it on the street called my brother! Apparently i had dropped it when I was getting on the car on my way to the bus meet up point…

OMG what an eventful few days! Well, now I am back to London and to the lab, being buried under tons of work for the next few days 🙂 But it was totally worth it!

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Athens Marathon 2016…(part 1)!

It took me a few days to find the words for this post… I felt like simple words were not enough so i decided to just start from the beginning (that’s why I decided on part one and two so you guys wont end up reading a novel LOL).

If there is one thing that I’d like to say is that EVERYTHING that could go wrong, it actually went wrong and… I made EVERY single mistake I tried so hard to avoid! But that being said … It was a LIFE CHANGING experience that I will never forget and I wouldn’t change a thing!

So,  the night before our flight our washing machine decided to go crazy and keep my clothes hostages almost all night (sleepless night #1 – mistake #1: NEVER EVER wash your marathon outfit the day before your travel.)



Our flight to Athens was on Friday the 11th (after  a full day’s work) at 9pm and got there at 4am of Saturday morning – mistake #2 and sleepless night #2! You totally need all the sleep you can get! Also the flight was soooo crowded that it took for ever!


We finally got to Athens and I managed to get to bed at about 6:30am on Saturday morning…totally slept like a log 😉 And I was up bright and early (at about 10:30am) so we could get to the expo on time to pick up my stuff – talking about last minute hahaha – found out later that I could have sent someone else…! The expo was awesome, even though we didn’t stay for too long since i was very – VERY – tired!


One thing to note in the photo above –> me on a proper autumn/winter outfit and everyone else in summer clothes. No i am not photoshopped in the picture LOL! It was just insanely hot for November… but of course I was too anxious/excited/stressed/tired to really think about the HUGE difference in temperature (mistake #3…)


After we picked up my stuff it was time to see the family 🙂 This was one of the awesome perks or running in my home country. Both mums (mine and @mymamus’s mum) did their best to feed me as much pasta as possible 😛 with HOMEMADE pesto sauce (thank you @mymamus’s dad you rock!!) – lunch.


This is the way to cheer pre-race 😉


So, after we stuffed our faces (please note the second plate of pasta in front of me for dinner LOL!) at about 8pm we left the family and headed home for me to sleep. Hmmm well… maybe not exactly! Pre race jitters had me up until 10:45pm which after two almost sleepless nights was waaay too late… So I prepped my stuff, checked my playlist on my phone (twice), laid out my clothes and tried to sleep.


And I guess at some point I managed since I woke up at 5:50 am feeling slightly rested and very, VERY, V-E-R-Y anxious… the one thing I did right was the fact that I brought my own stuff for breakfast. Oats, PB, coconut flakes, well not my own bananas LOL but I am sure they are pretty much the same hahaha!


I had to try really hard to eat it though 😦 since I really didn’t feel like it… but i knew I had to. Also downed a cup of coffee and then by 6:30am I was all dressed and ready to go! Bus meet up point was at 6:45am and only a few blocks away from home. Double checked I have everything and then out the door we were. @mymamus drove me there and before I knew it I was standing on the side of the street waiting for the bus amongst other runners.

side note: both @mymamus and I grew up in that neighbourhood and it was almost certain that we’d meet someone we knew there and of course we did 🙂 I was very glad to get to know Maria and Vassiliki there, and who would have told me that both of them (in different ways) would save the day later on…

And on the bus I go 😀

Now from here on you ‘ll notice a … hmm… “shortage” of photos… Why is that you ‘ll wonder… Well, that is because on the bus, on my way to the start line I realized that my phone was NOT on me… I knew I didn’t leave it anywhere and I looked EVERYWHERE on the bus… So that was the point I realized that my phone aka my phone, my camera AND my music, was lost…

Stay tuned for the next part 🙂 who saved the day and the actual race!!

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It’s all about the race … -Belfast trip part 2

Hi all 😀

so, as I wrote before, Saturday was AWESOME in Belfast and Sunday was even better! The reason why we were in Belfast to begin with was this race, from the Decathlon running series. I have already completed two of the Decathlon running series races – one in Surrey Quays in London and this one in Belfast – and I have to say I totally loved every minute of both experiences!

From registering to the finish line EVERYTHING had been taken care of for all runners!

We arrived at the Belfast store around 8:40am and with a start time of 9:30am we had plenty of time to spare and we decided on a store tour (and bathroom breaks LOL)!


After registration – which was as easy as… “Hi, please fill out this form” and one minute later… “There you go” and your Decathlon t-shirt (I totally ❤ this one, I have used it for a few races already!) and bib are in your hands! Also another thing that I love? These races are FREE! Yes, you heard it alright…Free! screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-16-16-55

The way that race fees have been increasing lately sometimes it makes it very hard for people to take part no matter how much they want to. Also we might not have gotten a medal but we got a really cool (£10 value) goodie bag, fruits, snacks and water.


There must have been around 1000 people and there were no cues and no confusion and everyone was in great spirits with a smile on their face 😀 We went through registration in a breeze, and the staff responsible for it was knowledgable and polite. Everything was provided…from the snacks down to the safety pins 😉



After registration and since we still had sometime to kill, the blogger in me took over and there were photos over photos LOL! This is one of my favourites!


and of course….


… the traditional Instagram frame because you can not not right…? 😛

At 9:20am we all gathered at the start line, where the loud music (and probably frigid cold temps) made everyone kinda dancing, laughing and moving around. This race had an amazing crowd and some really – REALLY – incredible and fast runners… The race and crowd had an amazing feel.. It was like a celebration of some sort LOL!

Can you spot Corey and I ??!?!


And then before you know it… We were off!!!



The course was ABSOLUTELY stunning!! So incredibly beautiful!!


I did enjoy the race but it wasn’t one of my best. I forgot my GPS watch (brand new – review coming soon!!!) and I decided to run alongside Corey. If only I’d thought that one through…. She is at a much better shape than I am at the moment and also she is at the beginning of her marathon training while for me, this was my last race before the marathon! I am not as fast as I used to but my endurance has developed new limits 😀 So we took off too fast – for me – and by mile 2 I felt really out of it. I told Corey to go for it and I fell back into a slower but steadier pace. Took me a mile or so to feel better but by mile 4.5 I was settling into a nice pace. I finished with 55:59 which is about a minute more than my PB. But Corey…. She totally smashed!!! Proud of you girl!


The next AWESOME thing that happened was … Lindsay (the one with the pink hoodie)!!! This woman is a rockstar! She gave birth about 3 weeks ago and on Sunday she finished her 10km! Impressive??? Hell yes! Helen (purple shirt) paced her and she did great! You should totally read Lindsay’s race recap, its funny and inspiring!


I am so glad and grateful I had the opportunity to do this race! I couldn’t be happier and more excited to have this Decathlon 10km as my last race before my marathon… in 3 DAYS!!!! Thank you Decathlon, you sure know how to throw a hell of a race!

I’ll be definitely going back!

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Hello friends from around the world 😉
Today i am super excited to share another “Running around the world” piece, this time from an exotic destination and an elite ethlete!  (No idea what i am talking about? Check it out here)! I know it is not Tuesday (I should probably drop this Tuesday thing right?? Since I have no patience whatsoever…. 😉 ) but I couldn’t wait to share this one, it was too interesting and awesome not to share! So today’s piece is from Joseph Mugekenyi 😀
Let’s see in which part of our world we are going to travel today!
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Today’s post will be a little different than usual and it will be more like an interview instead of the story. That’s because I had like a gazillion questions for Joseph 😉
So here we go! Enjoy!
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Q: when did you start running and why did you start running?
A: When I was in high school in the year 2002, and because there was sponsorship in high school for running.
Q: why did you choose running over other sports?
A: I’m talented in running more than other sports and also it is my passion
Q: where do you run in your hometown?
A: I have run many races in Kenya, like Ndakaini half marathon,laikipia university half marathon,Nairobi marathon and many others places.
Q: if a runner was visiting Kenya and you hometown what advice you would give them about where to run, what to be aware of ?
A: To be ready for a tough workout with hill routes,rough roads,and many beautiful places
Q:  whats the weather like in your country? Does it affect your running? Any advice to other runners who run in similar weather?
A: Weather in Kenya keep changing, hot, cold,windy,raining.It is best to not training during the day when it’s hot but also when it’s raining due to muddy and slippery ground.My advice to other runners is to train early in the morning before the weather is hot and late evening when weather is cool.
Q: how do you train? Do you have a coach? Any big upcoming races for you?  
A:I do my long runs in the morning and usually jogging in the evenings. I do not have a coach I’m my own coach.Yes, I have an upcoming race on 30 October, the Nairobi marathon.
Q:what is your favourite place to run in your country ?
A:My favourite place to run is Nanyuki Kenya.
Q:do you run alone or you have running friends?
A:I run alone but usually during speed work I have friends to run with.
Q:what else do you like to do apart from running? Do you have any other hobbies?
A:I do business to get my daily bread.I have a shop and I sell motorcycle spare parts. I like watching sports and making new friends, usually other athletes.
Q:what type of fuelling do you prefer for your long runs and marathons?
A:I prefer eating a balance diet. In the morning, at 10am fruits,lunch our traditional food’s,4pm porridge, supper Ugali and greens vegetables.
Q:what is your favourite distance to run, marathon, half marathon, other?
A:I like the half marathon
Q:what are your best time (personal record) for the marathon and the half marathon?
A: Half best time 1:04, full marathon 2:12.
Q: what is your favourite running memory?
A:Favourable memory is when I won my first race in cross-country in the year 2003.


Huge thank you to Joseph for sharing his story with us🙂

Till next time with other exotic (and not) running destinations!!


Any one who has a running story from ANYWHERE in the world that would like to be part of these series is welcome!! Shoot me an email to taleoftworuns@gmail.com or send me atweet or a Facebook or an Instagram message! Also if you would like to connect with other runners from all over the world you can join our -open to all- Facebook group 😀

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Decathlon 5km Running Series

Hello people 😀

Hope you are off to a great start this week!

So as promised, this is what happen last Sunday morning on the Decathlon 5km running series at Surrey Quays…

Having had a very active (and busy week) and having done my 12 miles long run on Friday, when I decided to join my friend Corey for a 5km we both thought “Ok, we’ll take it easy…” and THIS was the exact conversation that went on the day before the race after our yoga class …

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So with that in mind we arrived at Canada water station with a little less than an hour to spare before the race. We went there looking like the first picture and then 15 minutes later we were all dressed up in our bright (very nice and breathable) yellow Decathlon race t-shirts and ready to roll!!!! (I don’t know many people who get THAT excited to wake up at 7:30am on a Sunday to go an hour away to run twice around a park LOL but these are runners for you… 😉 We are a bizarre breed!)

I have to admit, I LOVED the race! First of all it was totally free, well-organised, not massive queues and very helpful staff. Totally loved the (free) snack and fuelling table i think every race should have one!

There was a good amount of people of all ages – i love seeing families running together! Mums with toddlers and dads pushing strollers, I always think it is super cute.

Before the start of the race we all gathered to the start line and had a brief warm up session, then counted down from 5 and then we were off…

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Bright yellow and pink shirts flooded Southwark park! What a great atmosphere! And of course both Corey and myself got so carried away that we totally forgot about our “having fun deal”…

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We both run a sub 25 minutes (even though I am not quite sure that was an exact 5km… so this one doesn’t go on my PB list just yet!) and really pushed it at the end sprinting to the finish line.

After the race we walked to the store to pick up our goodie bags -included power bars and drinks, and just have a look around! Well I have to tell you I was Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 11.23.59.pngSHOCKED!! I can not believe I was in this country for 10 whole months and never knew about this store! Where do I start? The amount of sports stuff and variety – HUGE (from running to climbing and from canoeing to paddle boarding)! The people – super friendly AND knowledgable! Prices?? I wont even mention it! Total bargains compared to prices I have seen around town in other places!

I am so going back there soon! They have all you might need for cycling and as you all remember I do need a new tire.. 😉


So all and all it was a great day with a lot of fun 🙂 I totally recommend it to any of my UK friends. They have a few more races coming up in different locations around the country so look it up here and definitely register!

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We might not have taken it easy as promised but we still pushed each other to the best of our abilities. I am grateful to have found such awesome people to run/workout with as it isn’t so easy in a very busy and crowded city like London!

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7 tips for beginner runners

You bought your running kit, you read all about proper form, breathing and pacing, you posted on social media (in order to be kept accountable so you won’t chicken out of it), and here you are… One step before the door, ready to cross the threshold and go totally out of your comfort zone… And you take that step… You are out running your very first mile!

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First of, stop right here and take that in! YOU JUST RUN YOUR FIRST MILE! This is big!! NO matter how hard it was, how long it took… YOU DID IT! But the question is, now what?? You enjoyed running, you are just clueless as to how to proceed…

Here are a few tips that will help you get a good start in this newly found habit :

1. Don’t go all in!

Yes, you did it, this is great! But you have to remember to take it easy and START SLOW. I know it won’t be easy since you are super excited but don’t forget that your body isn’t use to be taking that kind of beating, and it will complain at some point during your first weeks of running. Start slow, follow a plan for beginners such this one, and give your body adequate time to rest and recover.

2. Invest in a pair of shoes.

Having a suitable pair of running shoes is one of the most important things to remember. It is very frequent that new runners get injured because they don’t run in a proper pair of shoes. You don’t have to spend a ridiculous amount on money on the most expensive pair of running shoes since you will not be running a marathon any time soon, but what you should want is a pair that works for you and it will help you create a healthy and correct running form. I would recommend a gait analysis and having your shoe fitted.

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3. Try running in different environments

Since you just started running you are probably not sure what you enjoy more… I mean yes you ‘ve been to the park before you know how it looks like and you have definitely seen a track before (those awful high school days…) but do you know how it feels? how it feels when you run, under your feet? Don’t be intimidated or scared. Try the track, go to the gym and hop on that treadmill, run in the street, don’t just contain yourself running around the same route in the park. This is what will make running boring and potentially not appealing to you anymore.

4. Write it down!

This is very important. If you keep track of your progress it gives you a sense of accomplishment. It is a special feeling to be able to see how much you ‘ve improved over the weeks 🙂  Having a super cute and motivational notebook like this one is extra points 😉

5. Don’t just run.

Try to incorporate other types of exercises into your routine. It will make you feel stronger and perform much better, you could try these tips here. Activities like cycling, jumping rope, weight lifting or simple  bodyweight exercises will increase your endurance and make your core stronger – which is super important for maintaining a good running form!

6. Find a running buddy.

This one is not only useful for beginner runners, running along with other people makes it more fun and it gives you a reason to avoid excuses and get out there. Just make sure you run with someone who has a similar pace with you!

7. Stretch, stretch and stretch some more…

Always stretch after your run to help your body recover, and don’t forget to do some dynamic stretching before your run to loosen up those muscles 🙂


And last but not least don’t forget to SMILE 😀

Be grateful you are able to run, and exercise and enjoy yourself and ALWAYS try to have fun!!! Sweat, messy-haired selfies are totally acceptable after a great run 😉

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Athens Marathon – Training log Week #6

[Minor freak our ALERT] 

My very first marathon is in 96 days…. Just give me a minute to digest that we are already in double digits and then I’ll happily move on to my post….

– slow breath in and out exercises –

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Ok, I am back 🙂 Hi everyone!

Let’s see how marathon training went for me this past week, shall we? Not too shabby if you ask me 😉

Thursday: what I really meant to do was 8×400 RI 2:00, what I actually did was 4×800 RI 2:00. Now don’t ask why, I just realised what I was doing when I was almost done… Well I guess that is one of the downhills of not doing repeats on the track but honestly I don’t mind 😉

Friday: 9.2 miles long run along the river with my running buddy Corey 🙂 I absolutely ❤ this run! It felt perfect!! Can’t wait for longer long runs!

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Saturday: had an awesome bootcamp HIIT style class at 1Rebel along with many blogger friends 🙂 It was really cool and I swear I haven’t sweat like that in a long time! Full review on it will be on the blog soon!!

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Also after the class, the weather was waaay to nice to pass on a run so i did 5x1000m RI 3:00 mins repeats in the park 🙂

Sunday: now this was not a smart move on my part… I did a slow (and supposedly easy) 7 miles. I STRUGGLED through every single step of those 7 miles… The heat and humidity was awful along with a very wrong state of mind and the fact that I didn’t realize it had been 4 hours since I had breakfast and I didn’t have a snack before my run… Well, we live and learn right?

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All and all i am quite happy with how this week ended. It didn’t start off great as you ‘ve probably noticed I didn’t do any exercise what so ever between Monday and Wednesday but kicked into gear on Thursday 😉 I need to work on spacing out my workouts better! So this is my goal for next week 😀

Weekly mileage: 19.70

Total mileage: 100.03

Weekly cross-training session: 1 (plus some cycling)

Let me know how you training is going guys 🙂 Anything in particular you are struggling with? What are you currently training for?

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Train your BODY along with your MIND – Marathon Training

Hello 😀 😀

-I have not run a marathon YET… I will in 13 weeks. And I am scared, anxious, afraid… but also excited and looking forward to it. All the things I am writing here is just what I do to get through, is tips and hacks and advice that might help fellow marathoners-to-be who are at the same boat with me. As for all of you my fellow marathoners ANY advice, anything you might want to add to share the wisdom you’ve gain through that 26.2 miles…is more than welcome 🙂 –

As my coach always says: “Visualise! If you can see it, think of it and dream it then you have already done it!”

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So we all know that “mental  training” is just as important as physical training when it comes to running a marathon. But it is quite hard to do – getting sucked into training runs, tempo runs, speed work…Numbers, numbers, numbers… How long did I run for? How fast did I go? Is that enough? These are only a few of the questions we ask ourselves after (or during) EVERY training run.

But sometimes, dropping it down a notch is what our mind needs! Our minds need as much (if not more) training as our bodies. Because as most of very successful runners have said in the past, a marathon is the last 10km of the distance. Then and there, when your physical reserves are depleted and your MENTAL strength and training has to kick in to to keep you going…

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  2.  Study the route.Find a video of the route or even better visit a part or all of it if you are local. Know what’s ahead and leave NO room for surprises. There is nothing worse (I know from my last half) thinking you are almost there and then wondering where the heck did this 1km steep uphill came from during your last few miles.Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 16.11.50
  3. Find what motivates you 🙂 Is it a quote? A picture? A person? Display it somewhere where you can see it and be reminded of it constantly! For me is a little bracelet with out team’s moto on it! NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE! Given to me by my coach.Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 17.46.59
  4. Cross-train. Not only for the physical benefits of it but to also give your brain a rest from running. To get the chance to do something else you love and to avoid a mental burnt out.

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So these are my hacks whenever things get tough during my training cycle!

What do you guys do to mentally prep for your race?

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