MusicMonday #11 Lissyruns marathon playlist!


We have a guest for today’s Music Monday: Lissy! Between the flapjack, the lipstick and the awesome podcast recommendation, you saw on yesterday’s post that I listen to Lissy’s advice. So if she says that these songs are a must for your marathon playlist, I think you should add them to it!

When I was in my teens and early twenties, music was so, so important to me. I went to Leeds or Reading festival every August, spent all my spare money on CDs and always had ‘meaningful’ lyrics as my MSN messenger status (oh, don’t pretend you didn’t too!). The first things that were unpacked in my bedroom at halls when I arrived at uni were my Razorlight and Green Day posters.

Now I just don’t have the time to be so ‘into’ music. I’m not at home for hours on end to listen to the radio and I don’t spend my days hanging out around the jukebox in the college common room (those were the days…) All this being said, I love music. My taste is deeply uncool – I pine way too much for noughties indie and have an unhealthy thing for eighties pop, but it’s what I like, so I think it’s all ACE.

Generally I don’t listen to music when I run, but training for a marathon is long and really bloody boring sometimes, so y’know, needs must. So, here are a few of the tracks currently on my long run playlist.

Shamir – On The Regular

I am obsessed with this track. I’ve tweeted about it about 347 times in the last couple of months. I put it on when I’m in a bad mood and immediately feel awesome – in particular my favourite lyric is “don’t try me, I’m not a free sample”. Damn straight.


Boxed In – Mystery

Just a lovely little upbeat dance-pop song, it always gets me wiggling. Their debut self titled album is a piano infused cracker too.

Rebellion (Lies) – Arcade Fire

This song reminds me of the marathon. It’s long; it builds steadily and ends in a crescendo of noise and emotion. It’s also great to run along to.

Betty Wright – Clean Up Woman


A running playlist shouldn’t just be three hours of purely uptempo dance tracks. After a while that gets annoying. So I love mixing in a bit of soul (as a quick aside, Craig Charles’ Saturday night 6music show is one of the best things on the radio, in my humble opinion) with something classic like this.

Nowhere To Run – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas


Another classic soul track – and it’s always great to shoehorn songs that have the word ‘run’ in the title. Also features one of my all time favourite lyrics: “It’s not love I’m running from, it’s the heartbreak I know will come”, which would absolutely be on my 2015 MSN messenger. If that were still a thing.

Lay It On Me – Smoove & Turrell

At the complete other end of the tempo scale, this fast and furious soul track from last year’s brilliant Broken Toys album is three and a half minutes of sex in musical form. Not quite as good as the real thing but good for the ears nonetheless.

Stronger – Britney Spears

I know that the other ‘Stronger’ track is pretty much a running playlist staple, but this one by Britney is clearly the overlooked and superior choice for the cheesy power track spot.

Holding Out for a Hero – Bonnie Tyler

 What’s on your marathon playlist?

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Bath Half Marathon 2015 race recap

Bath Half marathon 2015 race recap


Today I ran the Bath Half Marathon… and I absolutely hated it. Before we go into the details as to why, I want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU for your support. My running mojo hasn’t been at its best during this training cycle, however I kept going and training hard and your support and word of encouragement today meant a lot.

♥  ♥  ♥ 

What I didn’t like about the Bath Half.

 Too congested. Too.freaking.congested. I cannot remember what predicted time I put, surely sub 2h as it was still my aim at the time of registration, but I found myself in one of the last starting pen. Personally, I did not find my pace at all during this race. Not using this as an excuse as some friends got some massive 20min PB on this course, it’s just a fact that I am a “sail and cruise” type of runner. This is why I LOVED the Bristol Half marathon (read my recap here), I had space.

Bath Half Marathon race report

I wish I could say it was the start but this was mile 4.

♠ It’s a loop. I didn’t look at the race details at all when signing up for the Bath Half Marathon and I did not realise that it was going to be a loop. I was very negative about it at first. Then I thought that it would be a good opportunity to try a negative split race strategy. Not using a watch, just on feel. My plan was to listen to a podcast for the first hour and then to speed up on the second lap and enjoy the various bands (I think there were 6) music. Didn’t happen due to F’congestion.

 It’s a 11am start. I don’t like late start. It makes it awkward fuelling-wise. I like eating a bit closer to the race start. The race didn’t start until 11am today while I had my breakfast at 7am.

♠ I didn’t have my people there. It’s rare that I don’t have my people in the crowd. I can’t blame them, I run a lot, it’s not always possible to come to every race.

♠ It’s still not getting easier. Training was hard because most of my runs had hills (hills everywhere in Bristol) or I run with people much faster than me. I kept going thinking that it would be worth it on race day, that the race would seem easier. It wasn’t. Running a half marathon still feels difficult. It’s frustrating. ♠ I was not 100%.  I woke up on Tuesday with a sore throat. I managed to shift that but had a runny nose this morning, which wasn’t optimal for breathing.

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What I liked about the Bath Half

♥ I ran with friends I ran with StephJulie and LivWe had a great day out together and were joined by Claire and James for lunch at Yak Yeti Yak, a great Nepalese restaurant.

Yak Yeti Yak Bath

With Liv, Julie and Steph

I totally copied Lissy and ran this race with bright lipstick and glitters. #ThisGirlCan This girl can Bath Half Marathon

♥ I listened to Call Your Girlfriend. If you haven’t been listening to Call Your Girlfriend, get on board. Another discovery from Lissy. Check out her other podcasts suggestions.

♥ I made Lissy’s flapjacks! I followed her recipe but used Almond butter as I didn’t have any peanut butter and two bananas as I wanted to use up my second one.

Easy banana almond butter flapjack

♥ I can retire the F’ugly shoes. Finally! Leah reminded me this morning that I can finally retire this pair of shoes. I really hope that my next pair will be prettier.

♥ I can run lessThis month, I ran x 2.5 times more than I usually do for a half marathon training. In fact, I even ran more than in my last month of marathon training last year! And the results were the same…   I managed to run more because I am a student again and I had a flexible timetable. However, there were some times when I really, really didn’t want to go running but forced myself too. Next time I won’t. I still need to improve my flexible approach to training and I think that for me it doesn’t mean more running but more cross training. When is Boom cycle opening in Bristol?

♥ I don’t need a watch. I cannot even begin to imagine how much worst this race would have been had I been stressing about my time. I am very glad that I chose to run without one.

♥ I  him. And I thought a lot about it during the race.

Any bad race experience? If so, why?

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Links I’d like to share with you #4


Once again, my friends have been publishing some great articles.

 Jess goes through the controversial article published earlier this month and explains why jogging is NOT bad for you.  She also published a great article on stress management and why injury PREVENTION is the key.

Charlie shows us what a day in her life  is like and proves that organisation is key. It makes me reflect that I have the same 24h and that I could get more done by being a little bit more focused and organised.

Jess just turned 27 and reflects on the 27 life lessons she’s learnt so far.

Steph bakes and eats REAL BREAD and as a French girl, I can only approve. 

Claire shares her progress picture. With all the “fitspo” and summer bikini body diets starting, this is a very inspiring story.

Leah is finally starting her great adventure. I am so happy that I got to share some goodbye runs with her. I cannot wait to support her at the London Marathon.

Ashley did some research on running after stomach illness.

♥ Jemma compiled some awesome workout routines that can easily be done from home.

Caroline Hirons (I wish we were actually friends) summarises perfectly which beauty routine to adopt when you are exercising.

I hope you liked this selection. See you next month for another one.

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Don’t be scared to run the Bath half marathon (or any other race)


Yesterday, the search terms “help me scared bath half marathon 2015 scared” brought someone to my blog. In case this reader comes back, here is what I want to say.

Don’t be scared to run the Bath Half Marathon. I have to say, since studying medicine I have become much more rational. This is just running and there are things more important in life. I know this sounds really harsh but repeating this to myself helps me to contain my race-related stress.

Why are you stressed? I know that I become race anxious when I compare myself to other runners. I have finally stopped that last weekend as I realised that I have never trained as much for a half marathon. This month’s mileage is over double what I usually run for a half marathon. So frankly, I can compare myself to others all I want, there is not much more that I could have done without injuring myself.

Reevaluate your goals. You can run the distance but maybe not as fast as you would like. That’s OK. It’s nice to do a race for fun and not a PB. These are my intentions for this weekend. Once again, I am going to run this without a watch.

Sign up to another race. If you are really after a PB, why not sign up to another race and double your chances to get one this year? My next race is the  RUN Hackney Half Marathon taking place in May, which gives plenty of time to train again. There are still places available for it.

Be smart this week. It’s not the time to try running 18km. It’s time to taper and be healthy in all aspects of your lifestyle. I will be following my 2% strategy

Think of your long-term goals. If you are scared because of an injury, running this sunday might not be the best thing. It’s better to miss one race than not being able to run for 3 months.

I hope that you will have a good race and if you see me, come and say hi :)

How do you manage your race-related stress? Share your tips!

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MusicMonday #10 Salute the Sun

Salute The Sun EP


I am super enthusiastic to present you this MusicMonday as for once, I am the one who found a super cool new band (and can prove Alice than I can also make some great musical discoveries too :P).

Today I would like to present you Salute the Sun. Rob, the singer, is on my course and formed the band with fellow Uni members last January. I find their sound really, really catchy, unique and new, I don’t think there is anything like that out there at the moment. It’s a blend of Funk, Pop and Rock with a hint of Red Hot Chilli Peppers. I thought that my favourite song was “Levels”, but I keep listening to their EP and cannot decide now, I like them all!!

Speaking of their EP, go and get it now. You could get it for free if you wanted, but really you should give a little donation as ALL proceeds go to charity.

Salute the Sun has just released their first music video, check it out.

To buy their EP:
Official band page:
Twitter: @_SaluteTheSun
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