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Running tales: A thief and a knight

February 4, 2017

Running in Morocco is always an adventure. Sometimes the trails are long and sometimes they are short, and this morning's run in Essaouira had its fair share of surprises.

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A million miles from ISIS

January 21, 2016

Macro and micro - two perspectives separated by just one tiny vowel. Living in a country which is not your own is a privilege. It gives you the chance to look at things differently. Every time I go for a run or a walk in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, I get to see Islam at the micro level. The level lived by so many million muslims around the world. This story is about that community of spirit.

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Running training plan

January 14, 2016

January is the month of resolutions. Back on the training treadmill, I want to do it right this time. I hate being too constrained but I am hoping that a bit of discipline and structure will set me free. Here are my running training plans for 2016.

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Ten things I love about running

January 7, 2016

Running may be glorious but it is also very, very hard. I am in no way a natural runner and so just getting myself out there can be a trauma. Worse, I have taken a long break, and now it is time to knuckle down. I have really written this as my New Year's Motivation to GET running again. My own personal ten top running tips!

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I think the snake is dead

July 2, 2015

12 hours 20 mins of hiking. 1300 metres of ascent and 31 kilometres covered. A big day out in the Atlas Mountains, attempting to summit Mount Meltzen

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Behind the scenes at the Marathon Des Sables

April 14, 2015

They came back heroes! The finishers from the 2015 Marathon Des Sables, It is the toughest footrace on earth with six marathons across the desert in six days. Headwinds, sandstorms, blisters, dunes and heat. They battled them all and triumphed. And there I was, waiting at the end with a key to a hotel room complete with soft bed and hot shower.,...

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Three diets for fitness: paleo, vegan, calorie counting

April 4, 2015

I piled on the pounds towards the end of last year. Lack of a clear running, cycling or adventure goal for January, the delights of Christmas and a lack of will power all came together and helped me gain that extra fat. For the New Year, I decided to combine some research with a quest to lose weight. Three months - three diets that different nutritionists swear by - paleo, vegan and calorie counting. I thought that a month for each was a fair crack of the whip.

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Run Until You Drop!

March 13, 2015

The next time Charlie Shepherd says, "Alice, I've found this really good challenge, you should do it and write about it...", remind me to shoot him!

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Because we can

February 26, 2015

My legs hurt, especially my left one, as I come to the last three days of the February Run Until You Drop Challenge. I was feeling sorry for myself, and then life taught me a lesson in humility and gratitude.

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Fancy a cuppa?

February 17, 2015

I'm currently taking part in the Run Until You Drop challenge. You run the number of miles that correspond to that day in the month. Sounds easy. Well it is pretty tough going, and relentless, but, as always, there are moments that gladden your heart.