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Ahead of the race: Asda Foundation Bury 10k

Ahead of the race: Asda Foundation Bury 10k

This is the first of two posts on the Asda Foundation Bury 10k 2017.  To read my review of the race itself, check back in a few days or so! The day is here.  I wake up on the morning of the second annual Asda Foundation Bury 10k, the nerves are kicking in.  To combat the nerves of race day, I always plan a rough guide of how my morning will go.  On Sunday, as with any race day, I…

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How I ran a fast 5k by giving chase

How I ran a fast 5k by giving chase

Giving Chase I didn’t believe that I had the pace to keep up when he passed me.  He slowed momentarily.  When the runner in the blue vest picked up his pace again I decided to start giving chase.  This was going to be a fast 5k. You never know how good a run will be until you start.  At least, that’s what I’ve found.  I only planned on running a couple of miles at a leisurely pace.  I never expected to…

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The reason I love to run abroad

The reason I love to run abroad

Running Abroad:  Paphos   Going for a run in Cyprus is asking for trouble.  When I visited Cyprus for Easter last year it was warm; the sort of temperature that is enjoyable for a short run.  This year I visited at the end of July, when the mercury reaches 35 degrees.  At the height of summer, the soaring temperature makes the heat unbearable if you do so much as move. Going for a run in that heat is either brave…

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Review: Kate Percy’s Go Bites®

Review: Kate Percy’s Go Bites®

An Introduction to Go Bites® Kate Percy is an expert when it comes to making healthy food.  In 2000, Kate’s husband trained for the London Marathon; after he struggled with his training due to a poor diet, they decided that their family’s eating habits had to change.  From that point onward Kate has strived to ensure her family eat only the most nutritious foods.  She has carried her philosophy from healthy home cooking into her brand of energy bites, Go Bites®,…

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The Manchester 10k: This is our city!

The Manchester 10k: This is our city!

The Bupa Manchester 10k Perspective was everything yesterday.  I missed out on a PB in the Manchester 10k by nearly four minutes.  On any other day I would have been disappointed.  Not yesterday.  Yesterday was about more than just personal best times and running.  Yesterday was about Manchester.  Yesterday was about charity.  Yesterday was about giving something back to this great city. The Spirit of Our City A lot has been said of the spirit of Manchester since last Monday’s atrocities at…

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The Protein Bar Challenge…

The Protein Bar Challenge…

In the last few weeks I have stepped up my gym game with the help of my, now long-time, personal trainer Dane.  With the help of a ‘diet plan’ (read:  no bread or sugary snacks!) I have started a twelve week transformation challenge.  I begin the challenge at 9 1/2 stone and with just over 7% body fat, my goal is to tone up whilst also training for the Manchester 10k at the end of this month.  Look out for…

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Words of a Champion!

Words of a Champion!

Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko After his victory on Saturday night, Anthony Joshua would have been forgiven for celebrating with reckless abandon. He had, after all, just defeated Wladimir Klitschko.  Before Saturday Wladimir was arguably the most feared heavyweight of our time since the retirement of his brother, Vitali.  Although Joshua entered Saturday’s fight as the defending champion, Klitschko had reigned supreme in the heavyweight division for fifteen years to 2015. This was the fight where Joshua would show the world…

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What’s for Breakfast?

What’s for Breakfast?

Breakfast The old adage states that Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  I agree, eating a good breakfast gives you the energy and nutrition to make the most of your day and should be able to power you through until lunchtime. Working varying shifts, often getting up at 2am, I have slowly sunk into some bad habits at breakfast time.  A sugary cereal and quick coffee whilst reading the news and catching up on people’s lives on apps on…

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Running through the darkness

Running through the darkness

It’s cold and dark and I’ve lost my car.  I left it on the same car park that I always do but in the darkness that’s harder to find than I’d first imagined.  It doesn’t help that the sign for the North and South car parks have been turned the same way. Momentarily disorientated, I stopped to try and work out a way back around the park to where I needed to be, the unlit path skirting round the edge…

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