Grim Reaper experience (the clue is in the name) 70 miles

Curiously, immediately after the race I was feeling unsure about the upcoming race in Sept which this one was part of training for…

However, by the time I got into my bed two hours later, I could not wait to do it all again. I reckon all the springboards, ahem I mean, people I spoke with along the way, have probably also signed up for their next one by now or are thinking about which one to do.

I messaged my friend when I got into bed and said- “why is it that you brain goes arrghhh that hurt like hell! Let’s do another one?” and he replied- “endorphins”.

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Sweet potato cakes/ Golden nuggets (Vegan or Vegetarian recipe)

This recipe is a nice healthier substitute for chicken nuggets.  I tend to make the cakes a big bigger, small-hand held size.  The dip is vegetarian, but you could omit it or make a vegan version (with vegan yoghurt and cream).

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 Cakes

  • 3 large or 4 medium sweet potatoes steamed.  (I usually steam this in the morning then leave draining, covered in a colander in the sink, so that dinner takes only 15 minutes later).
  • Gluten-free flour (around 2 cups, varies on desired consistency )
  • 1-2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (most contain fish however Henderson’s Relish is vegan)
  • 3 spring onions (finely chopped)
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Coconut oil for frying (or olive oil)
  • Frying pan
  • Fish slice for turning
  • Bowl/ plate with lined with 2 pieces kitchen roll

 

 

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Feel better, look taller & slimmer in 1 second…

As you are reading this note, where is you head in relation to your spine? Is your electronic device held in front of your face, or is your head forward of your spine?

The head comprises 8% of total body mass.  It weighs  10 to 11 pounds with no hair (4.5 to 5 kg), yet every inch your head goes forward is an extra 10 lbs (4.5kgs) of weight on your neck.

No matter how well you eat, if you train, if you keep your stress levels in check, this is something we all tend to do more often than not. Everyone.

Look sideways at yourself in a mirror, if your ear is not in line with your shoulder and your hip, then as this article discusses, this can be a sign of forward head posture (FHP). (more…)

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RTTS 100km: Running to help & raise funds to send Alex to Disneyland

Hi all,

I am hoping to put my silly habit of relentless running to some good use by participating in Race to the Stones 2016 on 16th Jul (100km) to raise money for Alex and his family, who live next door to my sister.

Alexander Goodwin is a nine year old boy who loves sharks, dinosaurs and anything to do with nature.

On 8th June the family had some terrible news that Alex had been diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma of his right femur. 

alexEwing Sarcoma is a rare type of bone cancer that affects children. FAlexewer than 30 children in the UK develop Ewing’s Sarcoma each year. 

Alex has had weeks of scans and tests and now faces chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. The surgery will attempt to remove the tumour but the sad truth is that it is not uncommon for it to be necessary to remove the whole limb or part of it. 

Alex has got some really tough times ahead. Some practical adjustments need to take place to make life easier for Alex and the Doctors have said that it is really important that he has something positive to look forward
to as this will help his recovery. 

Alex has many things he likes and wants to do and he needs extra support at home to get around. 

However Alex’s biggest dream is to go to Disney land and Universal studios and this page is about raising money for him and his family to help with practical adjustments and send him on his dream holiday. 

His Dad, a policeman, and his Mum, who has had to finish working to care for him full time, need help.

His 3 year old sister is suffering too: she knows things aren’t right and misses playing with her brother. Alex & Sophia

Now, I know y’all have probably seen a fundraising run on your feed before, but have you seen a person who religiously never broke a sweat before the age of 19 attempting to run 100km of non-stop trail?  

I’m not an athlete, I ‘m definitely not even a very good runner and I don’t usually run for sponsorship.

The more sponsorship I can raise for Alex’s cause the more I will feel the push to the finish line.  I know Alex and his family are really touched by the outpouring of kindness and support, that positivity alone is helping at a difficult time for them all.

Thank you :)  Please consider sharing this post or the below links.

Also, you can also follow along on live tracking: My Race Number is 784

https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/AlexandersJourney?utm_id=62

http://www.alexsjourney.co.uk/home

https://twitter.com/alexs_journey

P.S.  To ensure transparency Alex’s Dad has two trusted individuals double checking that all monies are used as they should be.

Hannah XxXx

 

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Finale! 4/4: Dini Martinez (& the Sailing Yoga Family) Unconventional Wisdoms

Dini I met Dini aboard her family’s home and sailing vessel “Happy Dancer” to find out more about how this young mother managed to sail, travel, have a career, a family and keep everything afloat, literally.

It was a hot and sunny but breezy September afternoon. We sat up on the deck in shade, our children played quietly below.  It was peaceful and the air fresh and salty.  Dini cut us up a winner of a Maltese watermelon and I felt I would need convincing not to sell all my belongings and buy a boat after this interview.

Dini is 31, an Australian who has travelled a lot (10 countries in her first 18 years) and whenever by the sea she worked on boats. Dini began teaching Yoga at 25, then met and married Pablo Martinez an accountant whom she ‘trained up’ in sailing skills by buying a share in a boat docked in Sydney harbour with a dream one day of setting sail in their own. They have two sons: Noah 4 and Gael 2.5 years (at time of interview).

 

Me (M): The first question I must ask Dini, is, why this lifestyle choice, and why now?

Dini: (D): I have always sailed.  Since I could walk, my grandfather taught me.  I have always been adventurous. My original plan was to buy a really old boat with friends and do it up.  For me it was always an idea centring on community.  No one else at that time seemed ‘on board’ with this plan so eventually I found myself married with an 18-month old son and another on the way.  All our friends were getting mortgages and we just didn’t feel ready for that yet.  We wanted to make our own little world and be cut off from some of the things we liked less about western lifestyles.

When I found I was pregnant with Gael we felt the time was right.  Before that we were worried our older son Noah might feel lonely if we travelled but now our family felt complete we knew it was time.  We sold many of our belongings and gave away the rest.  This wasn’t challenging for us, it felt very liberating.

We chose Happy Dancer because of Moody (the brand’s) good reputation as a safe but also comfortable blue water cruiser.  It’s built stronger than most boats, that was the important thing.  The fact that it was already equipped with solar panels and wind generator was a plus.

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Patrick Sweeney, Unconventional Wisdoms Series (part 3 of 4)

Patrick Sweeney Running Chicago marathon’s a noble achievement.

Running New York marathon in the same year, a life time achievement maybe…

Running both and the distance between the two?  

Patrick Sweeney reckons pretty much any of us can do this.  It’s just a matter of getting into the rhythm of things.

Me (M)- What are you up to tomorrow?

Patrick (P)- Tomorrow I’ll be flying to Chicago to meet with a friend “Barefoot Alex” then onto the Kenyan Embassy to meet some top Kenyan marathoners.  Alex and I’ll then pick up a torch and run from Chicago to New York and then run the New York Marathon.

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Endless Possibilities (2nd half of Unconventional Wisdoms Series)

Sailing Dini & sunset mudra :)
Dini, sailing & sunset mudra :)

After a short break in the series, I have subtitled the remaining two interviews this way, as I wish to convey the under-exploited potential of the human race.

 

Several years ago, my university friend drew my attention to the fact that many of our contemporaries were living in “self-created prisons”.   Luckily, I had already found running as a way of breaking free from the library, or life at my desk, but I understood what she meant.

At a time when we should have been enjoying limitless freedoms, people were living in boxes: a whole world where opportunities outside their windows were left untouched and unexplored, whilst hours were whiled away watching escapist TV, playing on games consoles, or just generally making every effort possible to disengage from the wider world. This habit only worsened as jobs and families became the norm for that generation.  

The notion of adventure seemed too much of an exertion for an already burned-out mind… No wonder the rate of mental illness seemed so disproportionately high… We thought we were happy in our bubbles, but we were scared to break-out of the comfort zone, and that’s a different thing entirely.

The following two interviews taught me that the life of your dreams is possible in the here and now (and here’s the cool bit for me) even with a couple of kids in tow :)  In fact, setting examples for next generations: that we don’t have to live a life of optional limitation, is pretty much a purposeful existence in and of itself.

It doesn’t have to be all rat race and rush hours, it can be sunsets, beer miles and saying “Yes” to opportunities…

Meet Dini Martinez and Patrick Sweeney! Patrick’s interview, regarding his adventure starting tomorrow, will be up later today, so check back for that :)

Patrick (and some random shirtless guy)

 

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