Not sure whether to enter the 2019 London Marathon ballot? I’m here to persuade you to do so. Why would you even consider missing out on one of the best days of your entire life? Trust me, you will not regret it. If you need a little encouragement, have a read of my honest experience below. Continue reading
With the London Marathon weekend fast approaching (eek!), it’s time to start paying a little more attention to what we are putting into a tummies in order to optimise race day performance. For more detail on why you should carb load and how you can do it, head to my previous post here. This lentil bolognese is a go-to meal for me when I’m carb loading and can easily be made in batch. You can also switch out the pasta for courgetti/high protein pasta (edamame or lentil) if you’re undergoing a lower carb diet/focusing on fat loss. Continue reading
First thing first: Intervals are for everyone. You do not need to be a professional athlete or run a sub-40 minute 10K to incorporate a 20 minute HIIT session into your weekly workout plan. Not only has HIIT/sprint training been scientifically proven to enhance performance, it will boost fat loss as well as save you a load of time. Here, I will go into the details of what interval training is, its amazing benefits, and how to plan your next session. Continue reading
Just 3 weeks to go until the 2018 London Marathon. Half of me wants to squeeze in another 20+ miler, half of me wants to make the sofa my new home, sleep 12 hours every night and eat pasta for every meal. But what is the right thing to do? When I ran my first marathon in 2016, I was terrified of resting and relaxing in those last 3 weeks. Surely I will lose some fitness? And all those carbs… won’t I put on weight? No, no and no. If you taper correctly, not only will you maintain the strength and stamina built over the past 6 months, you will optimise performance, giving you the best chance of absolutely smashing that PB on race day. In this post, I go into my three-week countdown. Continue reading
Sick of spending £3+ on energy bars? This recipe is for you.
Although I don’t usually rely on solid food during my long runs (I often just carry gels for emergencies), I sometimes get a little peckish around the 2-2.5hr mark. Rather than carrying expensive shop-bought bars from Clif or TREK (don’t get me wrong, I love a good macadamia & white chocolate Clif bar), I decided to start making my own energy boosting, deliciously satisfying, simple-ingredient bars.
Full of both fast- and slow-release carbs, these bars will give you an instantaneous boost, as well as increasing overall energy stores for those demanding 15 mile+ runs. Continue reading
On the 22nd April 2018, I will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon for the second time. I first took part in the race in 2016; my first ever experience of running 26.2 miles. While it remains to be one of the most challenging days of my life, it is also one of my most memorable. And that is exactly why I cannot wait to run it again. But this time, I want to do it faster, and with more ease. How? Continue reading
World Vegan Month is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than to make this ridiculously naughty stack of deliciousness. The pancakes themselves use my simple protein pancake recipe (using vegan protein instead of whey), and are topped with the most insane vegan toffee sauce. These make a great weekend treat, but can also be stored overnight in tupperware, meaning you can have the most enviable breakfast in the office. Continue reading
On 15th July 2017, I was lucky enough to run my first ever ultra marathon: Race to the stones. In the months leading up to the race, I spent weekends testing out all the gear & nutrition while attempting to come up with some sort of pacing strategy for the big day. For those who are currently in preparation for an ultra or are just considering doing one, here are 10 things I wish I knew beforehand. More info on the race itself can be found here. Finally, keep your eyes peeled for a full blog post on the day itself later on this week. Enjoy! Continue reading
Choosing your pre or post workout snack can be a stressful ordeal. You walk into the local health food shop and find yourself bombarded by hundreds of brands and variations of protein bars, snacks, powders and gels. Faced with so many, I often end up grabbing the one that most resembles my favourite chocolate bar or has “peanut butter” on the packaging; the one that is also probably the most unhealthy. So which bars are the best for you? And does a “good” protein bar really have to taste like sand? I went to Holland & Barrett and picked up 7 protein bars and tested them all to find out the answer. Continue reading
Don’t get me wrong, holidays are meant for eating, drinking and general indulgence. I’m not about to tell you to track your calories or steer completely clear of alcohol; but instead give you my top tips to ensure you feel your absolute best throughout your holiday; not just for the first 3 hours. Otherwise, what was the point of eating salad for lunch every day for the past 6 weeks and all those sweaty hours spent in the gym?! Continue reading