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Run Fest Run – a new UK running festival

RunFestRun poster.

I read about RunFestRun, a new UK running festival a while ago and thought it sounded great, but the cost of tickets and my lack of running fitness meant that I didn’t expect to take part. However, just over a week ago, someone shared a discount code with me that Read more…


Fit and healthy break in Bournemouth

Beach huts with "Fit and healthy break in Bournemouth" superimposed.

I’ve now booked tickets for my big holiday of the year (to Australia for my brother’s wedding), but that’s a long way off, so I’m trying to plan lots of mini breaks and excursions. My first weekend adventure was with my friend Inez. We went to Bournemouth which has a Read more…


My first international parkrun at Amager Faelled

Amager Faelled parkrun

We didn’t arrive in Copenhagen early enough for the Ironman 5k run that took place on Wednesday. I was keen to take part in parkrun on Saturday morning. Denmark was the first country outside of the UK to have a parkrun and we knew that there were three in Copenhagen. Read more…


What’s the most amazing place you have swum, biked or run (or all three)?

For me, it would have to be Japan. I didn’t do a lot of swimming there (I’m not sure that bathing in the onsen [hot springs] counts), but I did plenty of running and cycling. I travelled there in April 2015 with my husband, Stuart and our friend Jez. We Read more…


The impact of World War II on Japan – Hiroshima and Himeji

Close up of the A bomb dome with cherry blossom in the foreground.

Last night’s sleep was a lot better, which was a relief. I went to bed quite early and wasn’t disturbed too much. I woke at 5:45 and decided that I might as well get up as that would give me an hour to get ready for our trip to Hiroshima Read more…


Takayama to Tsumago

My Giant Defy overlooking a cherry tree in bloom

Yet another early start today to ensure that we would have enough time to look around Tsumago. Despite going to bed at 10pm, I was exhausted by the time the alarm went off at 6am, as Stuart was coughing and snoring all night. Breakfast was a pot of yoghurt with fruit and Read more…


Shinkansen to Kanazawa

Tamsyn with some fried yams in Kanazawa

Our train for Kanazawa was at 10:30 this morning, so we got up at 7:30am. This gave us enough time to finish packing before leaving our hotel. Getting to Tokyo Station At 9am, Jez joined us at our hotel and we wheeled/carried/dragged our bikes to Ryogoku station. We had to go Read more…


Jez’s arrival in Japan

Our friend, Jez, arrived in Japan today, so we agreed to travel out to Haneda Airport to meet him. Fortunately, Haneda is not as far from where we are staying as Narita is, so we were able to leave our hotel at 8am. Haneda Airport The weather had been forecast Read more…


Vegan food, clothes shopping, Harajuku girls and some Japanese pro wrestlers

Delicious vegan lunch

Today was the first day since we arrived in Japan that we haven’t needed to set an early alarm. Stu was excited as he thought this meant that we could eat breakfast (a meal we’ve not had yet in Japan). Unfortunately, we were both so tired that we slept until 10:30am and Read more…


Sumo and Sky Tree

Men wrestling at a sumo stable

.It was another early start today, as we had signed up for a running tour that started at 8am. We’d chosen this excursion as we had read that we might be able to see some sumo wrestling. We weren’t sure how busy the subway would be at that time on a Read more…