Find your ‘why’: How to run with purpose and get the most out of your training

Everyone has their ‘why’ that inspires them to do something time and time again. Purpose and action go hand in hand to create something meaningful.   In order to become a better runner and get the most out of your training, it’s important to understand your ‘why’.  Many people battle against themselves to establish healthy habits or achieve their goals. Inner conflict can be largely avoided if you work with, rather than...

How to believe in yourself: Running and self confidence

Running and self confidence go hand in hand. Whether you’re a beginner runner or more advanced, it’s only natural to doubt your abilities as a runner. I’ve heard this so many times from beginner runners. It saddens me to think that people think they have to run a certain amount of miles or run their first race before they can call themselves a runner. I work with a lot of...

Mental strength when running: What running has taught me about inner strength

Mental strength when running is something I’ve spoken a lot about on my blog. I recently came across this BBC article that looked at some of the reasons why people take up running. As I read about some of the experiences and stories of the people in the article, I realised just how incredibly powerful running is for a lot of people, including myself. In the article, you meet a...

Can running make acne worse? 4 skin secrets to help prevent runner’s acne

“Can running make acne worse?” “How do I prevent runner’s acne?” This is often a question I’ve asked myself over the years. If you’re used to running and working out, you know the challenges when it comes to keeping your skin clear and squeaky clean. I’ve had acne since I was a teenager, so I can’t wholly blame running for my breakouts. I’ve lost count of the many skin routines...

How to stop negative thoughts: Stop sabotaging yourself and run your best race

We as human beings are great at doubting ourselves. It’s hard to stop negative thoughts from overtaking our brains. Whether it be in our professional or personal lives, we experience fear and self-doubt on an almost daily basis. I can’t even count the number of times that I’ve had a crisis of confidence when it comes to running. Even though I’ve been a runner for over 10 years, to this...

Running for mental health: 7 ways running can help you overcome anxiety

There’s no doubt – running makes you feel great. And running for mental health is one of the most common reasons why people are taking up the sport in droves. I’ve written about the post-run rush on my blog many times and it’s one of the reasons I love running to this day and continue to run a few times a week. I still remember the moment I crossed the...

10 reasons to go for a run

There are so many reasons to go for a run. Running has so many physical and mental benefits to running. I’ve written about these benefits many times on my blog in an effort to provide some motivation for new and experienced runners to get outdoors and go for a run. As part of my Running for Beginners series, I am writing a series of blog posts aimed at beginner runners...

5 ways running can help reduce anxiety

There’s no doubt – running makes you feel great. If you suffer from anxiety, you may already be running to help you think more clearly and get out of your head. I’ve written about the post-run rush on my blog many times and it’s one of the reasons I love running to this day and continue to run a few times a week. I still remember the moment I crossed...

6 lessons I’ve learnt from running

Running is a journey of ups and downs. There are so many lessons from running that I’ve learnt over the years. Whether you’re building up to your first 5k or you’re an experienced half marathoner, there are so many things you learn about yourself when it comes to running. One of the reasons I love running so much is because it teaches you a lot about your body and mind...

How to practice mindful running

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Mindfulness has become a hot topic over the last few years. With our lives becoming increasingly busy, a lot of people are looking for ways to live in the present. This is where mindful running comes in. Technology and social media have invaded our lives. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of positives when it comes to technology and social media to improve our lives. But they have...