As we move into the last week of 2016 I have been reflecting on the highs (that would be the aces) and lows (you guessed it, the double faults) of this past year. Looking back I can happily say that the highs far outweighed the lows, and I have finally found the perfect work-life balance thanks to my discovery of tennis and blogging. Aces My partner and I bought our first apartment and moved in at the beginning of the year. After extensive refurbishment we were able to create a clean, bright, modern space that I enjoy both living and…

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Have you ever gone for a run in winter? If not, why not – is it the cold that puts you off, or perhaps the dark mornings/evenings? Before I went for my first run in the winter, I was a bit apprehensive. I knew I hadn’t enjoyed doing sports at school during the winter and I couldn’t see why it would be any different now. But I wanted to go running, as it is so easy to put on a pair of trainers, step outside the door and run. From getting my kit on to stepping out of the shower after a run, it usually…

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Last Christmas I weighed about 5 kilos more than I do now. Before losing weight I had been training three to four times a week for about 6 months (running, skipping, body-weight exercises etc.). Although my body was more toned and I felt much fitter than I had for years, I hadn’t really lost any weight and I still wasn’t comfortable with my body, especially with my waist and legs. I decided that exercise wasn’t enough and I needed to overhaul my diet. That is when I came across the MyFitnessPal app and decided to install it on my iPhone…

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As I get closer to 40 years old I am the fittest I have ever been in my life. If I were able go back and tell my 14-year-old self that I had it in me to run 5k (regularly!), do high intensity interval workouts and play tennis, I actually don’t think I would have changed my attitude towards sports at the time. I am sure it didn’t help that in those days the PE teachers would make us run around the hockey pitch in all weathers wearing just a tiny skirt. But, to be honest, I think the reason…

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I don’t particularly enjoy running, and that is the reason I do it. Let me try and explain myself better. I find running difficult, and this is what drives me to keep running, as I am convinced that the more I run the easier it will get. And to some extent that has worked out to be true, but not completely. Read on to find out the things I have learned about running. A year ago I began running fairly regularly, a couple of times a week, and I remember that all I was thinking about during those first times…

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