Monday Morning Motivation – Dream Crazy

NFL player Colin Kaepernick kneeling to protest against police brutality. Kapernick features in the Nike Dream Crazy advert.

This week’s Monday Morning Motivation is the Nike commercial Dream Crazy: “Don’t ask if your dreams are crazy. Ask if they’re crazy enough. #justdoit“ If people say your dreams are crazy. If they laugh at what you think you can do. Good Stay that way. Because what non-believers fail to Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: How to run 100 miles

Right to Shine logo

This week’s inspiration comes from Brendan Leonard and Jayson Sime. Do you have 30 minutes? How to run 100 miles is a 30-minute film sharing Brendan and Jayson’s stories… In September 2017, I stepped up to the starting line of the Run Rabbit Run 100 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, alongside my Read more…


Dinton Pastures parkrun

Tamsyn with M and Ellie heading towards the finish of Dinton Pastures parkrun

Despite still having his finger splinted, Stu took part in the Serpentine Swim on Saturday. To help him avoid rail issues and for a faster journey, I agreed to drive him to Basingstoke. This meant that I was able to do some parkrun tourism… something which Stuart tolerates rather than Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Jim Walmsley

Jim Walmsley running against a backdrop of mountains

From 9MindAsylum, “Lighting The Fire: Wrong Turns” tells the story of Jim Walmsley’s eventful start in the sport of ultrarunning. Jim Walmsley was honourably discharged from the Air Force and had several bouts of severe depression. He turned to running to get his life back on track. He moved to Read more…


Six-hour challenge at Revolve24

Tamsyn on her bike at the top of a hill

On Sunday, I took part in the six-hour challenge at Revolve24. What is Revolve24? I’d not heard of Revolve24 before this year (although I knew such events existed), so as soon as it was mentioned to me I was keen to find out more. It’s a 24-hour race around Brands Read more…


Pilgrimage to Bushy parkrun

Bushy parkrun route

I’ve been planning to take part in the first ever parkrun for several years, but have never managed to make a pilgrimage to Bushy parkrun. Last weekend, I had arranged to stay with my aunt in Brockham near to Dorking, so the opportunity arose. Local parkruns Previously, I’ve done Reigate Priory Read more…


Yobike!

Image of two YoBikes

I was fascinated when I saw that bike share bikes had arrived in Southampton in September 2017. I’d read about the success (and failure) of similar schemes in other cities and countries. How would Yobike fare here? Vandalism and theft Bike theft seems to be a particular problem in this city. Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Free

Close up of a woman riding a bike

This week’s Monday Morning Motivation is about freedom and how riding a bike can make you feel free. Free. None of this is free. But that’s what makes the payoff so sweet. Anyone who has ever stuck with a training plan to prepare for a new challenge knows this. Anyone Read more…


Funky Copyiat Medina

Tamsyn in her Copyiat leggings at Medina parkrun with M

This weekend was really good with a couple of firsts for me – a new parkrun and some new Copyiat leggings. I first tried to do Medina parkrun a couple of years ago when I was pregnant. On that occasion, I drove from Appley Park (where I was staying) to Medina Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Four Ninety Three (Vanessa Low)

Vanessa Low

“Four Ninety Three” tells the story of German Paralympic athlete Vanessa Low, her coach Roderick Green and their mutual journey to the Paralympic Games 2016 in Rio. After the London games in 2012 and no results, Vanessa was questioning her place in her sport. She was not progressing and was Read more…