5 things I learnt this week

Training with Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man, and Never Stop London, c/o Ben Read Photography

How can a 4 day week feel so long? Honestly, this week after the Easter holiday has really dragged and I’m so happy it’s finally Friday!

There have been lots of good distractions this week though to pull me away from the tornado of work and it began with a very special Never Stop London training session on Tuesday with guest Dean Karnazes. Ultramarathon Man Dean, as his title should read, is a running legend and his stories have inspired many runners and non-runners to get out there and enjoy running for its’ simplicity and joy. I was a little ashamed to say that I didn’t know much about him before meeting him on Tuesday, but now I am just a little obsessed. In a good way. As Dean himself says “obsession drives passion.”

After my solo adventure to Snowdonia on Easter Sunday, I have felt empowered to do more for myself. It’s not selfish as I found going solo can teach you so much more about yourself. Try it. Here’s a few things I’ve learnt this week after taking more time to think about what I love and how I can make more time for these things –

  1. Sit less – Dean’s number one tip for a healthy runner. 10 years ago he transformed his work space into a standing only area and he said he swears by it to prevent injury and stay strong. I’m standing up at my desk writing this and I’m going to try and implement this into my routine more.
  2. Drink more (water). I am the worst at keeping my fluid levels up but I feel the effects of dehydration pretty quickly so I’ve been trying to add a cup of caffeine-free tea into my morning tea to improve this. As well as my usual Earl Grey tea I’ve been enjoying a herbal tea with my breakfast and tea specialists Heath and Heather very kindly sent me some of their new organic Super Teas* to try out. My favourite is the Root Remedy with turmeric, ginger and galangal – perfectly spiced with cinnamon to fire up your taste buds in the morning.
  3. Sign up for something that challenges you. I’ve discovered recently that I’m definitely goal orientated but that I also need some smaller challenges along the way to help me reach that bigger goal. My A race this year is my first attempt at a mountain marathon, the Cortina Trail in June, and so I’ve signed up for a few more hilly trail races between now and then to prepare.
  4. The only person holding you back is you. I think I always knew this but it’s only recently I’ve remembered it and tried to take control of more things. Hearing from Dean during the week and also speaking to friends running the London Marathon this weekend made me realise that if I want to do something I can, it’s only me stopping myself from achieving things.
  5. Make more time for Pilates and Meal Prep. Weekly Pilates classes have really helped me balance my training and meal prepping on a Sunday evening has meant that I always have a nutritious meal at lunchtime, usually ahead of an evening training session. My favourite go-to is to roast a whole chicken or a few salmon fillets and then have these throughout the week with quinoa, roast butternut squash, miso aubergine and salad leaves. Yum!

Have you learnt anything new about yourself this week that you’d like to share? 

Squeezing a herbal tea into my morning routine c/o Heath and Heather

* Many thanks to Heath and Heather for letting me sample their new range of teas. I’m a huge lover of teas and can’t make it through the day without one so loved trying these out but as always all opinions shared are honest and my own.

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