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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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Now that I have decided to run a half marathon, the frequency and distance of my runs has increased and upping the intensity means that it takes a little longer to recover. The key to half marathon prep is consistency, and although you may be tempted to quadruple your mileage in the first week of training, it’s only going to end in painful shin splints. Slow and steady wins the race and recovering after each run is just as important as the run itself. If done properly, the recovery process will allow you to sleep more, eat more and rest more whilst running faster and stronger than ever.

As a bid to stay injury free during my half marathon training, here is how I recover after a run.

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As I become older and further my career, taking time out being able to “switch off” is becoming more and more important. In the past it’s not something that I have managed well, but as I develop person so does my ability to be able to switch off from the working and tune back into my world.

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I am running the Amsterdam half marathon! Yes, this is Tashi talking and not some long distance running enthusiast. It’s me, the middle distance runner who fears running further than 10km. But here I am, facing my fears and booking my first half Marathon.

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