CROSS COUNTRY: MUD, GRIT & THRILL

Mud, puddles, teeth gritting and sheer thrill – cross country season is upon us, and I’m relishing every moment of it, no matter how tough. I savour this time in the running calendar, when the end to the athletics season is met with the starkly contrasting cross country courses. Both can be brutal, punishing. But…

10K RACE EXPERIENCE

So last weekend’s long run was kind of a big deal. Hint, hint – race no.1 down, bucket list looking a little more complete. I feel I can now officially call myself a runner; I’ve completed my first official race, with a shiny medal to prove it (…plus a handful of blisters along with the dreaded…

HANGING ON TO YOUR TRAINERS FOR TOO LONG?

How long do trainers really last? Those of you who keep up to date with my Instagram feed (@lydsberrypie) will be aware that I recently bode a fond farewell to my trusty Asics trainers, replacing them with the latest model of running shoe: the Asics Gel Pulse 9, in the most striking bright blue colour….

TACKLING FITNESS CHALLENGES

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” This post is a semi-part two from ‘WHY AREN’T [MOST] GIRLS INTO SPORT?’ which sparked a lot of eye-opening conversation. I’m expanding and building on that post currently halfway through a Strava 100km running challenge, whilst also watching the Prudential Ride London 100 mile…

INSIDE THE MIND OF A 1500M RUNNER

The start line: a place where all the adrenaline, nerves and pep-talks accumulate. A place where, however ready, you’re running this race. Where mind games are played as people tussle for position. And you wait for no longer than a mere minute, yet still, enough time for the wild concoction of nerves to bubble up…

BOSE SOUNDSPORT WIRELESS HEADPHONES

I think any exercise, running in particular, is made so much more enjoyable when you don’t have to spend all your time faffing around with your gear. I’ve tried so-called ‘running headphones’ before, although most of them aren’t much better than typical headphones; clunky and uncomfortable. In the search for the perfect pair, I researched the wireless…

MUSCLE RECOVERY: THE FOAM ROLLER

The fitness industry churns out all manner of items to help make our bodies fitter, stronger, bendier (…the list goes on). Amongst the current trends is ‘foam rolling’ – a post-exercise rolling device designed to aid muscle recovery. Foam rollers come in many shapes and sizes from spiky tennis balls to giant rolling pins, each…

GARMIN’S GADGETS & GIZMOS

Garmin Vivosmart HR+ – quite a mouthful, accompanied by quite a high price tag. As with so many 21st century fitness gadgets, it sounds more like an obscure gizmo from Star Trek than an activity monitoring watch. But is it really worth the hype? Of course I had to put this latest addition to the Garmin ‘wearables’ family at…

“I DON’T DO ILL.”

“I don’t do ill.” I don’t want to waste time; life is simply too full. I know what you’re thinking, and no, gulping down green juices in swanky lycra leggings seven days a week does not, unfortunately save a person from being ill; it’s a part of life. As we’re in the thick of winter and the…

SMART STRIDES AHEAD

“Running won’t get rid of your problems, but it will run your problems away.” Whilst I’m sure aiming to have brainwaves as strong as Einstein may be setting the bar a fraction too high, there is a secret that may just help you achieve those A*s. “What, what is it?! Tell me!!” I hear you…

16 STRETCHES FOR RUNNERS

If you’re a runner, you’ll know – probably all too well – the aftermath of most runs. I call it my post-run slump, which consists of returning home and collapsing on the sofa. The next 15 minutes are usually spent checking all the data from Runkeeper (my favourite running app) and sipping on some ice-cold water. After my phone…

THE JOYS OF RUNNING

Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it. – Oprah Winfrey Running — it’s a lifestyle not a sport. I do admit, pre-run I can get nervous. I’m usually worried about how many dogs are going to chase me, yapping at my toes as I…