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Running an ultramarathon has been on my bucket list for way too long, and I finally decided that 2019 was going to be the year to cross off this item from my list of goals. Running an ultra as the mum of a 6 month old baby seemed like a crazy idea, however, I convinced myself that circumstances were never going to be perfect to train for or to complete such an event, so I might as well do it whilst I am on maternity leave…Besides, according to research carried out by Duke University, “pregnant women are endurance specialists, living…

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The last Sunday of April 2019 appeared to be super popular for running races – it is not only the iconic London Marathon that took place that day, but also two local races to me: the Danesfield Dash 10k and the Ibstone Circle 10k. I had not got into the VLM through the ballot and I had run Danesfield twice already, so I ended up toeing up the start line at Ibstone Common on that cloudy morning. I am always on the lookout for new races and I have to say that this small-ish and very friendly multi-terrain event near…

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I would like to kick off this blog post with some breaking news! I have finally joined a proper running club after having been a runner for over 10 years. Now that I have got my running mojo back following my pregnancy, I joined the Marlow Striders Club in March. My Hubby has been a member for about a year now and I have also met lots of people through their various social events and get-togethers over the past year. Therefore it was a straightforward decision for me to finally don the club colours. My first formal outing with the…

The post Turning Up the Gear: Datchet Dashers 20-Mile Training Run appeared first on Train Strong, Live Strong.

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After having Alex last November, I decided to focus on taking my running off the roads and into the countryside. My motivation behind this initially was to take off the pressure to be able to run at a particular pace whilst getting back into shape after pregnancy, and being able to focus more on enjoying the scenery. The beauty of running in nature is that the challenge is navigating different terrains and weather conditions, not necessarily racing against the clock. Having participated in many types of running events in the past, I can honestly say that I won’t be returning…

The post My First Maverick Running Adventure: Original Buckinghamshire Half Marathon appeared first on Train Strong, Live Strong.

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After completing the inaugural Wendover Woods Half Marathon the weekend before, I toed up the start line of this 16.5 mile race in the heart of the stunning Ashridge Estate next. This run is organised by two guys called Anthony Kent and Andy Neill who are both keen runners and members of Tring Running Club. They have run the route many times and its one of their favourite local runs so they turned it into a race. This is a relatively low-key event with just under 400 runners each year; it is not advertised very widely at all, I only…

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My first official running race this year was a brand new half marathon at the picturesque Wendover Woods in March, organised by Nice Work, as part of the Wendover Woods Running Festival. On the day itself, there was also a 10km run and a kiddies’ ‘fun run’ (1km and 3km to choose from) which would have been the perfect day out for families and runners of all abilities, had the weather played ball… Moreover, there was a Canicross race the day before – something for the four legged competitors! I can honestly say that this has been one of the…

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It’s been a good few months since I updated my blog, but I have a very good excuse for being absent. I am very pleased to announce that in the early hours of 4th November 2018, I gave birth to a baby boy, Alexander William, by C-section, in Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Alex was exactly a week early and weighed a healthy 3.1 kgs. He is absolutely perfect in every way and I have been so much in love with him from the first moment I held him in my arms! I had such a very smooth and straightforward pregnancy with…

The post He is Finally Here! My Birth Story appeared first on Train Strong, Live Strong.

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Continuing my series about staying fit during pregnancy, here is the last article bringing you my insights, as I am about to ‘cross the finish line’ during my final weeks of the third trimester. At the time of writing this article, I have about 2.5 weeks left until Bubba’s official due date, so technically speaking, I could go into labour any day now! A very exciting and a very nerve-wrecking period, if you ask me – I better get on with this article! If you have missed the first two articles in this series, you can catch up on my…

The post Top Tips to Stay in Shape During the Third Trimester of Pregnancy appeared first on Train Strong, Live Strong.

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I have been working out with kettlebells over 10 years now and they have remained my favourite piece of fitness equipment ever since I first picked one up in the gym. In fact, I love them so much that I even went on to complete a kettlebell instructor course in addition to my advanced personal trainer diploma with Future Fit in 2017. Kettlebells are perfect if your training goal is a balanced blend of strength, mobility, power and endurance (general fitness) but they also deliver when it comes to designing sports specific training programmes (for example, for runners, golf players,…

The post Your ultimate kettlebell buying guide appeared first on Train Strong, Live Strong.

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Whoa, I can’t believe how quickly time flies! I have just started my third trimester so it is time to prepare a new blog post about how I was getting on managing my fitness and health during the second trimester. If you missed my first blog post in this new series called ‘5 Top Tips to stay in shape during the first trimester’, you can read the full article here. How did I find the second trimester overall? In fairness, I found the second trimester to be a much more rewarding and an easier period in comparison to the first…

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