Author: Adrienne

5 Ways To Boost Your Mood

This spring I’ve teamed up with VeryUK to share my ‘Everyday Life Goals’ aka the simple things in my life that make a really big difference! My life is mega busy right now! I’m working on lots of different projects, preparing for our next Get To KNOW event, training for a marathon, and Jude is at home for two weeks as it’s school Easter holidays. I am forever trying to ensure a good work life balance but it’s a struggle. If I notice myself getting stressed out or overwhelmed, then I have to take a step back, log out of my email account and spend a few hours doing something fun. Here are my favourite ways to boost your mood and get you mojo back… MUSIC  I absolutely love listening to music! Whether I’m cooking at home, driving to the city, or out running in the morning, I’ve always got a playlist ready. If I’m feeling a little flat, I’ll listen to my diva playlist, turn it up loud and sing along at the top …

My Travel Checklist

Whether I’m going away for one night or one week, I have a travel checklist at the back of my notebook that I always use. Life’s busy and often I don’t have a lot of time to pack, so having this list already written out, makes it mega easy. I’m currently sitting on the Eurostar train on my way home from Paris. I was only there for one night and we had a busy schedule but of course I still had to get out for a run this morning. Space saving tips for your fit kit – Even if I’m only going for one or two days, I always pack my trainers. I roll up a sports bra and put it into one of my trainers, I then roll up my shorts and put them in the other shoe. I also take a thin cotton tote bag so that if my running shoes get dirty or wet, I can put them in the bag before they go back into my suitcase. Another top tip for …

Cosmo Influencer Awards 2018

Last night I arrived at Kensington Palace Gardens to attend the Cosmopolitan Influencer of the Year Awards. I was nominated for the ‘Best Health & Wellbeing’ award. The invitation said ‘dress to impress’ so I thought I’d better swap my running shoes for something a bit more glamorous. Suit & shoes from Topshop.  The room was filled with so many inspiring & creative people, I was so happy to be included and to be nominated. Some of my favourite internet change makers and girl bosses were there too, including Emma Gannon, who is literally adored by everyone that she meets. Chidera Eggerue, aka the Slumflower, a young woman that is making waves, everywhere she goes. Alice Liveing, she is small but mighty! and is just full of good energy. Oh, and I was seated next to my favourite fashionista DJ duo, the Collyer Twins. Not you’re average Thursday night! There were eight ladies nominated for the Heath & Wellness award, so I was absolutely buzzing! (and mega shocked) when the Editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, Farrah Storr, …

Why I’m Running the Berlin Marathon

Within minutes of crossing the finish line of my first ever marathon, I said to my husband, ‘I’m never doing that again!’ and in that moment, I truly thought that London 2017 would be my first and last marathon. One year later and I am about to embark upon my twenty week training program, to complete the Berlin marathon in September. So what’s changed? Why I am taking on another marathon. Well, firstly it’s because I love running and when I’m training for a race, I’m much more consistent with my running and it gives me an extra bit of motivation get up out of bed and lace up. Secondly, I never want to get bored of running the same five mile route around my house. Training for a marathon last year forced me to find new places to run, it brought new friends into my life, and it showed me that I can be incredibly self disciplined. I surprised myself, I never knew how focused I could be. I really enjoyed the structure of …

Veggie Burger Recipe.

Easy chickpea burger recipe … Ingredients  1 onion 1 shallot 1 tbsp tomato puree 1 can chickpeas 2 handfuls spinach breadcrumbs 2 tbsp ground flax 2 tbsp water 1 handful coriander 1 tbsp dried basil 1 egg optional (not for vegans) Method First blend the spinach and coriander, in a food processor. Then blend the onion and shallot. Transfer then into a bowl. Next blend the chickpeas, but only for a few seconds. (Too long and they will be too mushy) Add the chickpeas and all the remaining ingredients to the bowl. Mix together then and make the burger patties. Heat some oil in a pan. Pan fry the burgers for 2-3 mins on each side Bake in the oven for 15-18 mins – 180* Add some salad and a bun Enjoy! I love making these burgers with sweet potato chips and barbecue sauce. You can really taste the onions so it reminds me of summer BBQ’s. Make a batch of these in summer when your veggie friends come over. You can also freeze them …

Keep On Running | Journal from Paperchase

This weekend I received a ‘Keep On Running’ journal from Paperchase, it could not have come at a better time! In less than four weeks, I will begin training for the Berlin Marathon. Last year I completed my first marathon in London and it was tough! I trained for fifteen weeks, a combination of endurance training, hill session, strength / resistance workouts and LOTS of stretching. Throughout my training, I experimented with different ways to fuel before, during and after long runs. This is the part that went wrong on the day, I didn’t take on enough fuel during the first few hours of the race, so I hit the wall at mile 19 and the rest of the race was a struggle. This year I’ve adapted my training plan and I’m meeting with a dietician for advice about fuelling. I’m hope that the second time will be slightly less painful than the first. This time I have a twenty week training plan and I can’t wait to get started! I absolutely love journaling! Every Sunday …