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Boston Marathon: An amazing experience

Having trained really hard for Boston Marathon I really believed my training would allow for me to beat my personal best from 2014 of 3:27 – unfortunately the weather had a different view.

We started race day early and the hotel really got behind it by providing an early breakfast. We were told to make sure […]

7 tips for the marathon taper

I have hit my favourite time of marathon training – the taper. And given I work for House of Running I am also surrounded by others who are just two or three weeks away from their marathons. Personally I am quite shattered so it is important I do this well.

What is the taper and […]

My Own Encounter with Pain Psychology

I have a real interest in the psychology of pain and have written a couple of blogs about it (check them out here and here). Last week I had my own brush with pain psychology that I want to share with you.

At the time I was 6 weeks out from running the Boston marathon and […]

Boston Marathon Training Update

Earlier this month Boston Marathon were showing on Facebook and Instagram that they had already painted the finish line. At the moment I don’t feel the finish line is quite in sight. But training is definitely going well and has included a cross country.

As the year changed to 2017 my training took a turn […]

MAF Training for Boston Marathon

After having made a video of my session with a Sports Psychologist I thought it would also be interesting to interview my triathlon coach Matt Warnock to share the type of training I have done in the first 3 months of training for Boston Marathon.

It is called MAF training – that stands for Metabolic Aerobic […]

Tip for more movement throughout the day

As you know, I find movement really important to keep your body healthy and prevent injury. I came up with this tip after having to get a lot done one day. It uses the Pomodoro method so it will also keep you working productively.

Here is the link to the Pomodoro method tool I use.

Client experience – getting back to training after pain

Here’s the story of one of my clients, Filiz, who I am so proud of working with!

Filiz used to be super sporty and fit. About three years before she came to me she had run the Dam2Dam (a popular local 10 mile run from Amsterdam to Zaandam) with perhaps not the correct training and […]

Core training – 4 Reasons to Question Why We Do It

OK, so this blog could be controversial and is probably the opposite to your expectations from a Personal Trainer. I decided to write this because I often get asked: “can we do lots of core today? I want a flat stomach”.

The more I learn, the more I challenge and question things. One of these subjects […]

Pain – extra thoughts

A few weeks back I went on a course about pain and I find it an interesting subject. Last month I wrote a blog about a few things I learned that I found very interesting. Today I want to share what other factors can influence pain.

1. Previous experience

If you have previously experienced an injury, your brain […]

What a pain! 3 things I learned about pain

I have recently been on a course about pain and have been finding it a very interesting subject. So today I thought to share three things that I’ve found extra-interesting.

1.Pain is normal

Pain is a normal part of our life. No one will go through life without it, and actually, even if at first glance you […]