When I was asked to be part of the blog tour for Lisa Ko’s The Leavers, I typed a ‘yes’ email back as quickly as possible. I had been hearing incredible things about this book for a while, especially from the US where the book has already been out for a while. On this side of the pond the book is out on Thursday the 26th of April, and in the run up to the release below is my review and mini interview with Lisa!

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Me with my Disney Half Marathon medals

Me with my Disney Half Marathon medals

Medal Monday is one of the really fun hashtags which is all over Instagram. Every Monday people show off their race bling. They proudly wear the medals they ran miles for and sweated buckets for. I love seeing them all and when I’ve run a race over the weekend I always post a picture on the Monday.

But what about after Monday? What happens to all those medals – all that race bling that people collect? I actually don’t display mine. And if you knew how much I fawn over the medal when I get them, you’d be as surprised as I am. I wear them the day of the race, the day after the race, and if that isn’t the Monday then on the Monday too. Then I take the medal and put it in a tote bag which lives in my dressing room stool.

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Spartan Race logo

Spartan Race logo

I know so many of you reading this will have already completed an obstacle race of some sort – I can’t quite believe that I haven’t. Hopefully that’s going to change really soon because I have had my eye on Spartan Race for a while now. Earlier this year Sam Lansdale challenged the country’s ‘couch potatoes’ to give Spartan Races a go; and with more than a million people in 30 countries lacing up, I definitely think people have done just that.

The 2018 UK season kicked off last week with the first race taking place in Kent. To mark the launch I was given the opportunity to interview Sam himself and as General Manager of Spartan Race UK & Ireland, he is the man with the answers.

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Exploring in Halstatt

Exploring in Halstatt

‘We’ve been to Italy before,’ said my Sister, ‘I want to go somewhere new.’

And that’s how the two of us ended up taking a trip to Munich and Salzburg with day trips to Fussen and Halstatt thrown in for good measure earlier this month. We had a week of hiking, and climbing, and chatting. Of eating cake, and drinking fancy coffees, and being in a winter wonderland. It was cold when we arrived but quickly the temperature dropped and we found ourselves being tourists in minus-four degree snowy weather. As much as we wanted to hibernate the whole time we were there, we didn’t and here is my write up of travelling actively in Munich, Salzburg, Fussen, and Halstatt.

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Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong – and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini

Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong – and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini

Science has got a lot wrong about the female sex over the years. This is often because those conducting the research are more biased than I am. While this isn’t actually all the surprising – you can’t help but extrapolate your experiences and your knowledge onto the data you are working with – the sheer volume of biased research which is held to be correct is astounding. In Inferior Angela Saini explores, deconstructs, and explains how so much misguided research has been used to write ‘truths’ about women.

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