TDS 8

TDS 8Lets be real. I am totally freaking out.

The truth is, there isn’t anything I can do now but prepare my pack, rest, eat and smile.

Yesterday I moved into the Salomon house to join the team and with this always comes inspiration and motivation. I have spent the last week still running most days but a lot of the trails just following the river and finishing before they really start. It has given me a lot of time to prepare but somehow as usual I have found other random things to do and am now feeling like I need to get organised the day before!

Tomorrow at 4:15 A.M. I take the bus through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Italy to then run back to Chamonix via 119 km and 7,300 m of height change. It will be my longest event in time and in distance and with the extra challenge of my first real experience of night-time running. I have always been one to push http://premier-pharmacy.com/product-category/anti-inflammatories/ myself and take on challenges and this for me is the next step up in running.

I am so stoked to be a part of this weekend in trail running history. Chamonix is alive with all the latest Salomon (and other brands too) gear, fit looking people, English and international speaking and a lot of energy that has drawn me back from when I first saw this weekend take place 3 years ago.

I am grateful to have had so many people help me on my journey here, to have a body that has carried me here, to have the freedom to chase my dreams here and the opportunity to share my days with you on this blog. I will stand on the start line smiling for all these reasons.

Tomorrow I run for me, for you and for life. …then I get to kick back and watch everyone else get nervous and take on their dreams.

I can’t wait for that!

TDS 7

TDS course reccy with DadWeek by week and day by day I am watching Chamonix transform with some serious runners, in some serious kit, running some serious kms and hearing alot more English conversations! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… I mean Ultra Trail mont Blanc week.

This week I was super happy to welcome my Dad to Chamonix. Two years ago he popped his Chamonix virginity and took on the best of UTMB (go hard or go home) and now he returns to join me for the TDS race and the holiday after! It’s so nice to share these moments with him and he keeps me sane http://www.buyambienmed.com when I start to freak out about how long and brutal this race is.

TDS - learning to use the polesI moved “homes”, now living in Argentiere with my Dad in a tent “glamping”. It’s a lot of fun and even better to have some new trails around, different peaks to reach and places to explore.

Now into the single digits there are 9 days until race day and I remain both excited, nervous, grateful and proud of where I am and what I am doing.

Time to rest up, eat up, sleep up and smile along the way!

Merci! x

Hakuna Matata

Hakuna MatataMy tattoo, my training outlook and my life motto.

All these things link together and make me, me.

On my right wrist, I have a tattoo—the symbol for “Hakuna Matata”, maybe you know these words from The Lion King movie, translating to “No Worries” in Swahili. For me it’s a reminder, a permanent symbol in a location I see every day to enjoy life, to go with the flow, to not stress, to adjust, and to smile.

There has been many occasions in life, in racing and in training where I have seen this mark and been able to breathe through whatever is happening in these moments. It serves as a reminder that it’s okay for things to not go to plan; doesn’t matter, just enjoy it. No worries.

My training outlook is similar. I love to set a plan, I love to write lists but I am OK with not ticking all the boxes. If something feels wrong, it’s okay to stop. I have been in this sport since I was 15 years old and now I am 21 I finally feel the balance. The internal pressure to complete the training day after day is there but not strict, the external pressure is there but not a heavy weight that I hold; it’s a reminder of where I am and people helping me strive to be my best. In training, you have to be able to to enjoy life, to go with the flow, to not stress, to adjust, and to smile otherwise it’s not a sustainable routine and you’re doing yourself more harm than good for both your body and your mind. No worries.

Training and life for me are together as one. I am currently choosing to follow my passion and travel the world with my running; I am not professional—I am merely on my 4th year of my gap year, collecting memories not things. With this lifestyle, again you have to enjoy life, to go with the flow, to not stress, to adjust, and to smile through the good and the bad. The travelling is amazing but it comes with delays, the training is beautiful but it comes with hard sessions and the people you meet are amazing but it comes with haters. But that’s just it. I have learnt and inked by body with a timely reminder that that’s the life I have chosen and “you can’t have the rainbow without the rain”. We have choices, we can make the best of the bad and we can strive to be out best every day; weather that be in training, racing or life. No worries.

I hope this inspires you to take on challenges; life fuller, train stronger, be better but always remember that if today’s not the day, that’s OK.
There are plenty of days. Enjoy life, go with the flow, not stress, adjust, and smile

Hakuna Matata friends, for the rest of your days!

TDS 6

Training for TDSHello Everyone!

After such a big week last week, I felt my body was in need of all the small things I had become inconsistent… okay, not done at all! Again. This includes the core work, yoga, stretching, nourishing food, and rest.

With my own place in Chamonix I have a kitchen to store produce, cook, room to stretch and roll around on the floor and to rest when I needed to. It has been really pleasant and I feel great for listening to my body’s needs and accepting that I have time to listen to my body and that it is really important to respect what I have put it through… and what http://premier-pharmacy.com/product-category/anti-anxiety/ it’s going to go through (but it doesn’t know that yet shhh!)

TDS trainingThe running has been around the 1-hour mark for these past days with the weekend holding two longer runs but all easy efforts and all including my new best friend—the hiking pole.

There’s not much to say this week; it has been timed perfectly with some days of a lot of rain, very cold and even some snow which was pretty cool to go up high and enjoy this unusual scenery!

I am happy, healthy, smiling and excited for the final hurdles before departing Courmayeur in 17 days’ time!

Lots of love!

Carrot, parsnip, chickpea bahji

BahjiIf you haven’t noticed already… I have my same ingredients that I use but a lot of the recipes can use anything that you like. I think you could grate anything in these: sweet potato, beetroot, etc. just nothing with too much water! The chickpea flour is key to holding these together and make a lot of spice with any combination… even with fresh garlic, ginger, chilli, herbs would be yummm.

Bean Mix Ingredients

  • 150 g carrots, grated
  • 150 g parsnips, grated
  • 120 g chickpea flour
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp each cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp each ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp water
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180° C and line a baking tray with baking paper
  • In a bowl put grated carrot, parsnip, chickpea flour, spices, salt and pepper and use your hands to mix
  • Add in water and mix together. It will look a bit like raw carrot cake mix
  • Roll into balls and place on tray
  • Bake for 20 minutes, maybe turning over half way
  • Serve with salad, my tahini turmeric miso sauce (recipe below) or a homemade relish or however you choose!

Crazy easy!!! You won’t believe it! Have a play and make your own, be sure to tell me how they go!

What is your diet?

What is your diet“What is your diet like?” is probably the most asked question I get. It doesn’t come as a surprise as my instagram story will show you pretty much every meal I consume, a little bit of running and whatever else I fill me day with. I love this topic.

My relationship with food has been as up and down as the mountains here in Chamonix and I thought to answer all the questions I would just write a piece on it especially with rain falling hard outside it’s nice to be inside with a goal.

I eat a plant based diet. Let me make this clear, I consciously choose to eat this way; sometimes, I slip up but I am not sad about that. I try my best and just like in life, that’s all you can do.

I think it’s really interesting hearing what other athletes eat in day to day life. Forget gels and energy bars in racing, mostly it’s all the same, it’s not a passion to consume sugar in these forms for many hours in a day but it is necessary to perform. I care about the other days—where you can create, discover, produce something that reflects you. What you enjoy and show yourself on a plate. I get that for some it’s about quick, cheap meals and creating a meal doesn’t set your heart on fire but either way I always ask this question as much as I get asked myself!

I choose this lifestyle with a few reasons in mind: my body, the environment, the animals and the future of all 3. I grew up eating meat, I went vegetarian 3 years ago and plant based this year. I think it’s an interesting journey. Running through all these choices and listening to my body to find the balance and for now, I am happy.

In preparing this year I have really focused on my diet. “Okay so if I choose to eliminate another food group, how can I fill this area with the nutrients I might need?” and “What does the body require and how do we get these nutrients?”. I researched a lot, I took the time to make http://premier-pharmacy.com/product-category/cholesterol-lowering/ sure that this wasn’t going to be a short-term adjustment and that I was actually helping my body not hindering it and its ability to perform—not just in running but in life. I want to glow with health on the trails and off and I want to be the best version of myself that I can be—on the inside and the outside.

I eat a lot. I am known to impress people with my ability to eat the foods I enjoy in mass quantity… I think I blew my Mum away this year with her constant need to take the compost out and restock the fridge! I also find a lot of joy and comfort from cooking and creating. For me, it is my ‘off’ time away from exercise. More than cooking for myself, I love to cook for others, to show what is possible. Nothing I make is super fancy and not with too crazy ingredients but it’s honest food that reflects who I am (People ask how many does the recipe serve, I say it’s just for me…)

For the daily messages on what my diet includes, you can find the answer on my website with recipes and my staples or you can follow the days live on instagram. It’s a joy to have this passion, it benefits me in every way and I encourage anyone to try to find some time to enjoy to process and the rewards (eating it!).

I don’t want to sound like a lot of articles you read of false claims but this year has been my best year of running, I am stronger and happier than any other times and I feel, for once, totally at peace with my mindset towards food and embrace any moment I can share this, and some trails with anyone.

I like to think I am going in the right direction, I am making changes and learning along the way… I believe that’s the best way to approach anything and the most important thing is listening to my body and adjusting along the way—just like in any ultra.

Bon appetite and enjoy your meal!

TDS 5 – diary of a TDS recce

TDS 5Hello Everyone!

After such a big week last week, I felt my body was in need of all the small things I had become inconsistent… okay, not done at all! Again. This includes the core work, yoga, stretching, nourishing food, and rest.

With my own place in Chamonix I have a kitchen to store produce, cook, room to stretch and roll around on the floor and to rest when I needed to. It has been really pleasant and I feel great for listening to my body’s needs and accepting that I have time to listen to my body and that it is really important to respect what I have put it through… and what http://premier-pharmacy.com/product-category/pain-relief/ it’s going to go through (but it doesn’t know that yet shhh!)

The running has been around the 1-hour mark for these past days with the weekend holding two longer runs but all easy efforts and all including my new best friend—the hiking pole.

TDS 5 with MajellThere’s not much to say this week; it has been timed perfectly with some days of a lot of rain, very cold and even some snow which was pretty cool to go up high and enjoy this unusual scenery!

I am happy, healthy, smiling and excited for the final hurdles before departing Courmayeur in 17 days’ time!

Lots of love!

TDS 4

TDS 4 - SantoriniAnother week down and now it all gets very real as tomorrow I make the journey to Chamonix!

If you follow me on any social media you would have seen that I have spent this week in the very hot and sunny Santorini, Greece. Here, I was with my Mum to celebrate our birthdays but I still managed to complete some good training days on a very exposed, dry and rocky mountain; I say mountain because there was only one that was tracked and I just made summits from different angles. It was hard work but I know a lot of strength has been gained.

I even began my experimenting with poles which was something new to me and a good focus. I felt very uncoordinated and a little silly to start with but towards the end I see that maybe they can be useful, I just need more practice and maybe a little friendlier terrain!!

TDS 4 - SantoriniI managed to train everyday rising with the sun, performing the session and then http://premier-pharmacy.com/product-category/asthma/ recovering by the sea. For me this is the ideal life… I very much enjoyed this time and as much as I was training, I feel refreshed and re-energised to get back to some more training and begin the final preparations for the big race.

Finding plant based food was probably the hardest challenge of the trip but this is not uncommon with traveling and I have learnt to enjoy the challenge, test the waiters and make it possible. I enjoyed a lot of fresh fruits (taking figs off every tree that I walked past), fava bean dip and a place that served salads that were up to my normal serving size (meant for 2 people).

It was a great week, I leave with a good tan line from the Suunto, a newfound appreciating for the Salomon Speed bob bucket hat, strong and scratched legs and many good memories.

On to Chamonix and the first thing… a TDS recce!

Until next week!