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The autumn and winter seasons are without a doubt my favourite time of year. It’s everything from the burnt orange leaves that litter the floor to the crisp blue skies that can be seen shortly after dawn. These seasons are filled with so many magical moments but they can sometimes be detrimental to my health and fitness routine. It’s hard to wake up and workout when the sky is still black.  And sometimes it’s hard to eat healthy when all I want to do is eat bread, a loaf of bread… just give me all the bread! My wedding falls just after the New Year so this year I’m focusing on keeping my skin and body in optimum condition. Here a few fitness and health tips to help keep you on track during the winter season. It’s much easier than you think.

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As I write this blog post I can’t help but smile. The Amsterdam half marathon has left a handprint on my heart. I’d completed my first half exactly 7 days before I took to Amsterdam but this race was different. On the outside looking in, not much had changed. My pace was identical to the previous race but I felt different when I crossed the finish line. Last week I was in pain, this time I felt overwhelmed with a huge sense of relief.

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Running a half marathon is probably one if the biggest mental and physical challenges that I have had to face thus far. It required commitment and relentless dedication, especially when an old injury began to resurface on race day. I wanted to quit but I was 3 miles from home and nothing was going to stop me crossing the finishing line. The fighting spirit that I saw on race day has taught me a lot about myself and what I’ve learned about life on my journey to running my first half.

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10 years has passed since I first visited Berlin and as expected, a lot has changed. What I once remembered to be a gothic looking city that was a little bit behind in the terms of fashion, style and perhaps even culture, has become a metropolitan city that almost looks like a cleaner New York. Only the buildings aren’t as tall and the roads are nowhere near as busy. Berlin has everything that you want city life to offer. Great food, wine bars and a beautiful riverside view. Last weekend I got to experience the new Berlin, as I travelled with HERE for the Berlin Marathon.

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Indonesia 295In less than 5 months time I will be getting married. I can’t believe I just said that. It feels like it was just yesterday when I had tears streaming down my face as I said “Yes”, in Bali. And now 11 months on, the big day is just around the corner and all I can think about is wearing my wedding dress.

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10 weeks have passed since I decided to sign up for my first half marathon and in that time I have signed up to another one, had some amazing running sessions and had some not so great ones too. And with just under 4 weeks until I complete the Royal Parks Half, the thought of crossing the finishing line after successfully completing a 13.1 mile course is starting to feel a little bit real.

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I absolutely love the Olympics and the Summer of Sport.  It’s by far my favourite sporting event and although it only lasts a mere 14 or so days, it leaves me feeling inspired, motivated and determined to do something extraordinary…long after the games have finished.

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