2014 Travel Resolutions #2: Take on a Challenge

Runner. Image from mashable.com

We’re a couple of weeks into 2014 now, and chances are you’ve made a few resolutions. I’ll even go as far as to wager that you’ve been considering ways to improve your health and fitness over the coming year. But the gym can get boring after a while and classes become repetitive, so why not combine the desire to get fit with your love of travel with my second travel resolution suggestion?

#2. Add an active challenge to your travel bucket list.

Some of the best adventures require more than a little bit of exertion, but once you’ve reached your goal you find that the rewards greatly outweigh the effort put in. So whether your thing is running, hiking, biking or swimming, here are 5 ideas to get out and get fit. Continue reading

Shh… it’s a Christmas Present!

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*Bethlehem, USA, that is.

A few days after Christmas, just before New Year, I received an extra present in the post. It even came from Bethlehem*, so was extra festive!

It contained a lovely gift from Sarah, who writes the fabulous fitness blog Shh… Fit Happens! I’ve been following her advice and tips to help build up my fitness and running skills as I train to complete the 2014 Virgin London Marathon in April.

It contained some awesome shocking pink shoelaces, as Sarah is a #sweatpink ambassador for the Fitapproach blog community and agrees that “kicking ass is best done in pretty shoes”. If that’s going to make me a better runner, I’m all for it!

#sweatpink. Image from Shh… Fit Happens!

Now, time to get my shoes on and go for a run. Thank you Sarah!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit

I’m cheating a little with this week’s Photo Challenge theme.  Instead of showing something that is a habit, this picture is showing something I’m about to make a habit.

IMG_2068In 20 weeks time, I’m going to be lining up at the start of the 2014 London Marathon.  I received notification at the end of last week that I have a charity place running for Whizz-Kids, an organisation that provides wheelchairs and mobility vehicles for children, and campaigns on their behalf to provide access to facilities.

I’ve been going to a military-style bootcamp fitness session twice a week for a month or so, and have just started running three times a week.  I’ll build up my distances over the next few months, and try out other types of training too.  Now to make sure it becomes a habit that sticks.

Lust for Life

Oi! Cancer, we’re coming to get you.  That’s the official tag-line for this year’s Race for Life campaign by Cancer Research UK, a series of events across the country where women of all ages and abilities, shapes and sizes join together to don their pinkest outfits, have an amazing time, and raise tonnes of money to fund cancer research and save lives.

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Got your number!

I’m joining the race again this year, and in acknowledgement of the supposed effort I’ve been making to get fitter  and less fatter, have signed up to run the 10k race (my first at that distance, and first longer than 5k that isn’t a  novelty event involving climbing, scramble nets, and rolling in the mud).  I’ll be running on 15th July in Stevenage, so there’s still a few weeks to brush up on my running, perhaps follow the end of that 10k for beginners app I found a few months ago.

If you’ve never taken part in a race before and don’t feel that confident in your running abilities, then a Race for Life is exactly what you’re looking for (sorry, ladies only though).  The emphasis is on taking part and having fun, and the atmosphere at each event is amazing.  You can walk, jog, run, skip or dance your distance, with the support of a fantastic crowd to cheer you on and inspiring runners taking part alongside you.  There’s still time to take part, so find out where your nearest event is, and why not give it a go?