Five things I like about...

This is a bit of a cheat this time!! One of my students gave this to me. You trace around the person's hand and in each finger write one thing you like about them. You then present them with the picture and they will feel all the love!!! I'm a Miss not a Mrs, but I'll forgive her on that one xx

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Five things to do less often

1.       Worry about what people think of you; it really doesn’t matter! And to be honest, they’re too busy worrying about what everyone is thinking of them!!!! I know it’s easy for me to say it doesn’t matter, and a lot harder to implement that sentiment. That’s ok, practicing the skill of not worrying about it will become easier over time.

2.       Living with regrets; I’m talking about the regrets of what you haven’t done rather than what you have. Be brave, do the things you’re scared of doing!! Life is short, you don’t want to be on your death bed lamenting the awesome things you never did.

3.       Comparing yourself to others on social media; If you follow the point above you won’t have time to compare or be envious!! You’ll be too busy doing all the awesome things. Envy and comparison just rob you of your happiness. Don’t go there.

4.       Never saying ‘no’; it’s like the aeroplane safety rule, put your own mask on first so that you are able to help others. Look after yourself first (and I don’t mean be selfish), and then you will be more capable of helping others. That may mean saying ‘no’ to some people at some times. That’s ok. They’ll get over it.

5.       Thinking that your money and material objects define you; you are not your things. Having more money or better things does not make you a better or more likeable person. Being a good person who thinks of others and genuinely cares for others makes you a better, more likeable person. Be that good person.

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Grade yourself; give yourself a grade for different things in your life.

Sleeping: C (I go through stages where I struggle to sleep, even more so lately because of my shoulder)

Eating: A (I love my food, and I love healthy food!!!!)

Doing too much: A+ (I need to learn to relax and chill out!!!!!)

Reading: B (I love to read but am usually too tired…)

Relaxing: C (Yup, a lot to be learned on this one….)

Drinking wine: B+ (enough said!)


What would YOUR report card look like?? Comment below.

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An A-Z of bad running advice (L-Z) 

L: Left behind; what many runners worry they will be on every single group run they go on.....But honestly, it doesn't matter!! No-one actually cares. Someone has to be last!

M: Money; I thought running would be a cheap sport. What do you need? Runners and some shorts. How wrong I was!! Who would have thought you need so much stuff?? And I mean NEED!!!

N: Never take a rest day. That's right, flog your self completely into the ground so that you are too exhausted to even switch on your Garmin, let alone run 40k. But hey, who needs rest?? That's for soft people! We're far too hard core for rest...right!??!

O: Opinionated: Make sure you tell your running buddy (in a really loud voice so EVERYONE has to hear it) all the latest training tips and tricks and infer that you basically know everything there is to knwno about running. Oh, and everything else. Also make sure you give reasons for why your latest race went so crap, even though you absolutely SMASH it in training every day. And rest days?? Who needs those hey!??

P: Pretend; that's right, if you pretend you don't have an injury it'll go away won't it! How's that working for you??

Q: Quick!! Yes, do all your runs as quick as you can so that everyone can see on Strava how fast you are and then be soooo impressed. Never mind that you're too exhausted to race well, that's not important. You won training, that's what matters!!

R: I bet you think rest should've gone here, am I right? Well, you probably are! Instead it's Remember! make sure you lock all your old PBs in your brain so you can reel them off ten years later to prove what an awesome runner you once were!

S: Sleep; that's for soft people! You can survive on 4 hours a night and still win training! In fact, it's a competition with your mates to see who can survive on the least amount of sleep. The winner is the toughest runner, right!?

T: Trips to the physio/myo/chiro/osteo etc; you have many of these in an attempt to hold your rapidly falling apart body together after you've refused to rest, sleep or eat good nutrition.

U: Up manship ; conversations with you and your mates revolves around who can prove they are the most injured/under-trained/just using this race for training in your pre-race discussions. Each of you secretly knowing you are at your fittest and hoping to crush it (and your mates) come race day.

V: Vegan; or keto, or low carb/high fat or the myriad of other diet fads. And you are always trying to convert your friends to the one true way of your diet cult. Seriously, just eat healthy foods most of the time. It's not rocket science!!!!!

W: Win!!! At all costs, even if it means you have to elbow others out of the way as you head for that single-track, or if you have to leap over that runner who just fell to the ground with a twisted ankle. Your race is far more important than anyone else!!!

X: X-rays and scans; you need a lot of these for stress fractures when you over-train, always run hard, never rest and eat crap.

Y: Yell; at the aid stations make sure you yell out your needs and demands as you enter the aid station area. The volunteeers surely know how important you are and should drop everything they are busy with to attend to your needs. Oh and don't bother to thank them, you are far too important for that!

Z: Zero: the amount of kilometres you can do when you are too injured or burnt out to run. To avoid this horrible number, train correctly! Use a coach (Like me at Peak Endurance Coaching), get lots of sleep, have rest days and eat well. You can do it!!! I believe in you!

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An A-Z of bad running advice (A-M)

A: Always check behind you before you blow snot from your nose....you never know who you might hit!!

B: Breathe...it helps you not to die.

C: Crappy runs happen...and the older you get the more often they happen. Embrace the crappiness. You don't have a choice quite frankly.

D: Don't run with people faster than you. You always want to look like the best runner.

E: Embrace everyone at the end of the group run. Share your sweat and smell! They will all appreciate it!

F: Fudge it; give approximates for your race results that make you seem waaaay better than you are and certainly better than all the runers around you.

G: Gratituous selfies!! Everyone wants to see how awesome your run was so they can all feel shit about their own runs!

H: Harbour envy for anyone who is a better runner than you. It's not fair, you were injured/sick/up all night with a sick child/dog, etc, etc.

I: Ice cream is the best post-race nutrition. Just like chocolate milk is, only colder and much more delicious.

J: Junk food..don't we have a licence to eat as much junk as we want??? Surely we have burnt enough calories to indulge in chips, deep-fried chicken, pizza, burgers and the afore-mentioned ice-cream!!??

L: Lycra, and the tighter the better especially after the above food indulgences...

M: Music: You have two choices here:

  1. Wear headphones and annoy everyone when you can't hear that they want to pass as you hog the whole single track
  2. Don't wear headphones and annoy everyone by blasting your music from a tinny speaker into the peaceful forest.

To be continued tomorrow......

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