I am going to start this post off with a disclaimer: last week I got a massage. It wasn’t part of any physio treatment but something I was offered to try at Marshall Street Leisure Centre and Spa. It was completely indulgent, very, very lovely (more on that later) and not something I have ever paid for before. And it got me thinking, are massages a waste of money?

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Reaching the top of a wall at Westway Climbing

Reaching the top of a wall at Westway Climbing

I am such a newbie with climbing that until a very little while ago, I thought ‘climbing’ and ‘bouldering’ were the same thing. Both might involve leaving the ground and going up, but that’s about where the similarities start and end. Climbing involves ropes and knots and working with someone to make sure you ascend and descend safely. I couldn’t wait to try it at Westway Climbing Centre.  

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The water was so cold!

The water was so cold!

Tough Mudder. When I think of those words I think of mud, cold, wet, and rain. I see pictures of people clambering over obstacles and helping each other. It’s something I always assumed I’d do one day but never really signed up for. Then my friend Charlie, from The Runner Beans was putting a team together and before I cold talk myself out of it, I said yes.

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A class using the Speedflex machine

A class using the Speedflex machine

I always jump at the chance of reviewing classes. Once upon a time there only seemed to be three in all of London, and they were all targeted to people who weren’t me. Now of course London is awash with very cool fitness classes to try and last week I had the chance of going to Speedflex. Speedflex is a London-based studio where the main draw is this incredible piece of kit used to work your whole body.

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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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