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…

What is the truth about men?

There’s always the talk of how guys don’t understand women. That women are always making and changing rules and whatever. I don’t get it. Don’t get me wrong – women are very confusing. I certainly don’t understand many of them. I know that we say everything’s fine when it most definitely isn’t. I know that…

Why you should learn about running form even if you ignore it

I read about how to run quite a lot. Almost as much as I read about how to climb and how to train for climbing. Sometimes I make adjustments to how I run based on what I’ve read, sometimes I totally ignore it. But the main reason I’m saying it’s a good thing, is that…

What Happened: Tempo Running to Improve my Pace

I did something a bit silly – I ran at midday. It was warm and although I was hydrated, it was just hard. I felt good before I set off, positive and I’d decided to try out a tempo run. I’d read about it on Pinterest the day before, and didn’t completely understand, so figured…

She climbs – in her own shoes!

I went climbing again yesterday. Alone. Yep, I’m a big brave girl. I woke up, tired and confused having been woken up five times in the night and deciding I’d be crazy to do the park run. So I was a bit grumpy. Okay, a lot grumpy. I was a grumpy zombie – a winning…

Blank Flanks are Better

This is a bit of a niche topic. Maybe I should give some background for those who aren’t subjected to as much My Little Pony as me. By the way, all the cool kids just say MLP. Okay, so each pony gets a cutie mark when they figure out what they are special at. What…

Lessons from climbing blind – literally

This week’s climb was interesting. And frustrating. But mostly interesting. My climbing buddy and I made a new friend. I was there super early, so I went around the corner to sit on the step and do some “work” on my phone. I can basically justify anything as work these days. With about ten minutes…

How running gave me a super power – well, sort of…

I ran for the first time in ten days today. It wasn’t a great run, but it wasn’t a bad one. I’m only going on what I think happened, my garmin decided to record someone else’s run I think! For starters, it thinks I ran 5 miles – I ran maybe 3 and a bit. Second,…