Every year I am surprised when December arrives. In fact I am always surprised when Winter arrives. Until the temperature drops and the frost sets in, it always feels like a far flung concept.; something that won’t actually happen. But it has happened! And the start of the new month means I have a new 7 Things List – the last of 2016.

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psycle_studio_day-26707London ETC is one of my favourite feature on this blog. It’s the chance for me to talk to some amazing women (and men!) about their love of London and fitness and food – you can read past editions here. This weeks’ edition is slightly later than normal but all for a very good reason. Earlier this morning Psycle hosted a blogger ride – have a look at my Instagram and my Instagram story here for all the fun – and today’s London ETC is with none other than instructor and CEO of Psycle herself, Rhian Stephensen!

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If I ever write an autobiography that will be the title. With my twisted ankle and constantly-in-pain knee, running has become little more than a beautiful dream. I can’t remember the last time I ran without pain. In fact I can’t remember the last time I ran 5k! Usually when the joints get a little too painful I rest, let them heal and then start running again. Only to repeat the cycle. This time I have decided to get them better properly. So that meant physio and a Profeet 3D analysis.

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Leap In by Alexandra Heminsley in the story about a woman, some waves, and the will to swim. She believes that a life fully lived has nothing to do with how much money you have or spend, but one full of experiences. And something she really wanted to do was swim. The way Running Like a Girl was all about her journey to loving running, Leap In is about falling in love with swimming, and I couldn’t wait to read it.

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One of my favourite pictures of all time

Earlier on in November it was my birthday (party time!) and as I turned 29 I realised something – I’m grown up. Older than I thought I would ever be but not because I thought ageing was scary or horrible, but because I never thought enough time would actually pass for me to age. But time has moved on and you know what? I am absolutely fine with that. More than that, I am happy it has.

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