How to survive running in the rain

I struggle to make myself go outside and run when it’s raining. My last run was practically in a squall – okay, maybe not. But compared to how it has been lately, it was pretty bad. So I compiled a list in my head. A list to keep me running. And look! I made it…

What is healthy competition?

I’m a competitive person. It’s not a secret either – not something I would or even could hide. Although competitive, I don’t think I’m a bad winner – or a bad loser, particularly. The reason for this is because there’s really only ever one person I want to beat. Or at least, it’s always sweeter…

FrictionLabs Chalk Review

I bought some new climbing chalk. If you’d have told me 6 months ago that I’d spend even 5 minutes researching the best climbing chalk, I’d have called you a nutter. Times have changed. I’ll be honest, I didn’t really know where to start. Then I remembered Brad Gobright. He was my first climbing hero….

How to match your running playlist to your target pace

My friend asked me for some tips to improve his running pace the other day. I’d just totally smashed my 5K Parkrun PB and had sent him an email so that he could congratulate me. His time was 5 minutes slower than mine, which I think we were both a little shocked by. Note: we…

Why everyone should do a Parkrun

If you haven’t heard about Parkrun, they are an amazing network of free, timed 5K runs held all over the world. How it works You register – for free – and are given a barcode. You print the barcode and take it with you on your run. At the end, you are given a chip…

Climbing: How to stop sloppy footwork

I went to a new bouldering place last weekend. It was graded, which is unfamiliar to me, but I loved it. My primary focus at the moment is my footwork. I think it’s the key to climbing efficiently and being as safe as possible. It’s easy to keep this in my head at the beginning…

The Power of Keeping Secrets

Secrets are powerful things. Not just for the person who has been entrusted with the secret, but the person who gives the secret to someone else to keep safe. Something strange happened this morning. I was told a secret. The secret isn’t really that important, but it is to the lady who told me. I…

The right way to refuel and recover after exercise

I’ve been exhausted lately. I knew something was wrong, but didn’t really have any idea where to start. Not enough sleep? Too much exercise? I had a couple of early nights and found myself just waking up earlier. Hmmm. I looked at my workout routine and it’s not really any different to before. I’ve stepped it…

Climbing: My Happy Place

The routes have been reset! Yey! I’ll be climbing by myself for three weeks – what? I’m not sure how I feel about this, but my buddy won’t even be in the country, so I guess he has a good excuse. Now, these routes. They might be my favourite set so far – it’s possible…