Category: Inspiration and Motivation

A brand new course for you… 5K Comeback!

Last year Shauna and I met in Amsterdam to have a brainstorming session. We both really enjoy taking ourselves out of our everyday surroundings to switch up thought patterns and get the ideas flowing. That particular afternoon called for Mexican food. Nothing like a good burrito washed down with a vanilla horchata to help out… [Read More]

If you don’t like running

Yesterday as I was doing some social media scrolling I came upon a paid Facebook advertisement that caught my eye. It was a targeted advertisement about a running app. I was only able to snap a screenshot but I wish you could have seen it. It featured two semi-deranged looking, well endowed young women in… [Read More]

How to run faster

In the last year there have been a lot of trending articles in the fitness world on what the experts now consider to be the best way to stay fit and in shape. It’s hard to keep up with their ever changing minds! One year they advice us all to practice yoga, and the next… [Read More]

“Non c’è due senza tre”

“Non c’è due senza tre” is an Italian proverb which means if you do something twice you’re bound to do it a third time. Yesterday I signed up for my third Ironman, IM Cervia in Italy. There are a few long distance triathlons in Italy, one is even really well organised which is kind of… [Read More]

Dipsea Trail Adventures

April 2016 will forever be known as one of the suckiest months I’ve had in a really long time. It started out with the two back-to-back fevers and just as I was starting to feel like I could move on I got a phone call from my Dad. My stepmother had passed away. I got a… [Read More]

Another great reason to run

For three days I was a bundle of nerves. Zero attention span, butterflies in my stomach, working until late just to make myself drop dead tired so that when I finally went to bed I’d be out like a light. No time to contemplate anything while I lay in the dark, just deep sleep. I’d wake the… [Read More]

Giving your training purpose

Last week I was invited take part in my very first swim meet. I took swim lessons as a child and can still remember my Mom driving us to the pool in the San Francisco summer fog. We learned the basic strokes and how to dive off the board. I’d stay in the water so… [Read More]

Join us next week for the Clare 5K

Last September our wonderful friend Clare passed away from ovarian cancer. She was a treasured member of the Up & Running community – always up for a laugh, a weekend away, a long walk and/or a gin and tonic. It’s impossible to put into words just how much we miss her wicked wit and sparkling kindness,… [Read More]

Running out of time? Here’s some running gift ideas!

In case I’m not the only one who’s been in denial that Christmas is this week, for crying out loud… I wanted to mention we do have some nice wee last minute presents ideas here for your consideration! Gift Certificates The ultimate for those who choose to fly by the seat of ones pants – gift certificates! They’re available for our… [Read More]

Tea and Inspiration for 2016

I’ve been training my local group of ladies for five years now. What I love the most about working with them is seeing them evolve, physically and mentally. They all began with a 5K race and have gone on to longer distance and races. They encourage and inspire each other; no one is ever left behind. I like to… [Read More]