Archive for May, 2012

Girls are Champions

May 22nd, 2012

We are the Champions! We are the Champions!

Yes, you’ve guessed it – my team – the Girls, won the Breast Cancer Campaign’s Girls v Boys race in Southwark. The atmosphere down at Southwark Park was amazing with a real sense of camaraderie and many people running in memory of friends and family that have been affected by Breast Cancer. The lovely Chris Cracknell was extremely gentlemanly and decided to run with me, rather than take off and lap me several times, as he could easily have done being the international athlete that he is! It was great also to meet MP Simon Hughes who was the official race starter.

It was a great end to a week in which I went to Belgium to work with the lovely people from HealthCity who run an international chain of sports facilities. I was there to pass on the wisdom of the NIVEA on-the-go workout program.

At the weekend we went to see a new baby and we all fell in love with Nina, I was very worried by the gooey expression on Mr M’s face when it was his turn to hold the her!

In the evening we went to a special birthday party, getting into the party spirit as I always do, I decided to get up on the dance floor to ‘throw some shapes’ when I was accosted by a gaggle of pre-teens who saw it as their solemn duty to teach me to dance properly! I proceeded to do some very shocking *Bad parent dancing*

Happy to see some sunshine this week and looking forward to some warm outdoor workouts at long last. I have a list of things to do as long as my arm but due to lack of Vit D potential in the UK lately I’m off out!

A quiet week

May 10th, 2012

This week has involved working from home, being Mummy, Wife, Animal trainer and Cleaner.

I was doing really well on a few levels and was feeling rather in control of life’s Merry-Go-Round, UNTIL …
I managed to embarrass myself massively midweek – well actually it was Gary’s fault not mine! – Some parents (whom I hadn’t met before!) turned up to collect their offspring from a playdate, I bounded out of the door in my dirty wellies enthusiastically waving hello just as Gary decided that it was time for me to try out hurdling as part of my fitness routine – he blocked my path and I went flying, landing in a bedraggled heap right at the feet of the most immaculately dressed parents I have yet seen! Startled but very gracious, they very kindly offered me a hand up, but my hands were so muddy and grazed that I couldn’t possibly accept and spent the next 5 minutes floundering around on the wet driveway trying to get up!

I now have a blackened and swollen knee that’s almost the size of a football, this has put my training on the back burner for GIRLS V BOYS race for Breast Cancer Campaign on 20th May

Happy Birthday to my lovely Labrador Sophie who becomes a teenager today – at least there’ll be no teenage trauma about spots and boyfriends with her! I never ceases to amaze me how an arthritic dog can leap on onto a worktop and eat the contents of a bin in under 1 minute!

We also move again house in seven weeks time, I can’t believe we’ve been here nearly a year now, our tenancy has come to an end and it’s time to make a more permanent move. I’m looking forward to it with a mixture of dread and excitement – there are lots more country walks around the new house which will be even better for the dogs, but the downside is the logistics of moving the entire Maxwell Zoo which of course now includes an extra dog and two Guinea Pigs!

This week I’m gearing up for The Breast Cancer Campaign Girls v Boys 5k race which will be held in Southwark Park, London, on Sunday 20 May. As you may already know, I’m captaining the girls and Rugby sevens player, Chris Cracknell is doing the same for the boys. It’s a race with a difference: runners will compete against partners of the opposite sex, with both aiming to outdo each other with their race times and fundraising. Of course the girls are going to win but I need as many of you as possible to sign up to make sure! You can register at

I’m also preparing for my trip next week to Belgium where I will be working with a leading health club on behalf of NIVEA, teaching their instructors my fitness philosophy – I’m so pleased that I’ll be traveling on the wonderful Eurostar and not having to queue for hours at the airport!
Tomorrow I’m back in London working for the Swiss magazine ‘Annabelle’. I’ll be doing a training session with a very nice lady who like me is constantly on the go and finds it very hard to fit in exercise. I’ve actually had to set an alarm on my computer this week to remind me to get up every half an hour and move around – I found I was getting back ache from sitting at my desk for so long!
When we moved from London to the country last year I assumed that we would all be living a much healthier outdoorsy life and to a certain extent we are – it’s wonderful to wake up in the morning to a view of fields and to know that I only have to climb over the garden fence to go for a long walk with the dogs. The downside though is the amount of time that is spent in the car going from A to B because distances between things are far greater than compared to London! It does present a whole new fitness challenge – Mr M rose to it splendidly this morning however when he ditched the car in favour of cycling all the way to the (local but still miles away) station! I didn’t like to tell him that heavy hail is forecast for his return!
Another downside to life out here is all the trees! yes I know they look very pretty and are incredibly important to the whole eco system but they’re playing havoc with my Hay Fever! The doctor says it’s because they’re different trees to those in London and my system just needs to get used to them – I guess it will with time – at least the hideous ‘Trout Pout’ I’ve been sporting for the last 2 weeks has gone at last!
Kate brought my handmade Jubilee bunting with her this morning and we’ve decorated the dining room with it just in case Her Majesty should decide to pop in for tea during her travels around the country! To see the bunting go to: