writing

29
Nov

Helen’s Insights: Live to Live

A crematorium bursting at the seams, to celebrate a life that some would say was cut short, and others would say continues in peace.  As Shelley said: “Peace, peace! he is not dead, he doth not sleep – He hath awakened from the dream of life.” Beyond tired, still emotional, the train is gently rocking me back home. When Death

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29
Nov

Helen’s Insights: Death puts Life into Perspective

“Death puts Life into perspective” said Ralph Waldo Emerson back in the mid-19th century.  And he was right.  Is a blog the place for these thoughts?  I’m not sure, but social media is omnipresent in our lives, and as Shakespeare said, “Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak Whispers the o’erfraught heart, and bids it break”. A dear

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22
Oct

Caesar’s Camp 50 Mile Endurance Run 2013 – The Final One

Sub-Title 1: Can I temper the gastric issues that completely obliterated any pleasure at Ironman Frankfurt (race report will never get written – I tried & failed – all too miserable to bother remembering) with my Low Carb High Fat lifestyle & judicious use of wind elimination techniques? Sub-Title 2: Can I write a story without reference to ablutions? DOMS

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15
Oct

Few Know How Good This Is – And Given It’s THAT Good – I Wonder Why?

So I’m working my cotton socks off, and still trying to ‘train’ for my first 50 miler this weekend.  Never mind tapering, I’m still building my distances!  Jobs are having to be done on the hoof, with shopping carried on the cool-down walk, post carried on the warm-up walk and distances ‘created’ by weaving my way round the local roads

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30
Sep

And for my next trick … From Eton Mess to Fat-Burning Glory

So how on earth did that happen? It all started with a random tripping-over of a RunKeto discussion group on FB, via someone tweeting a link to it. I happened to be accepted to join the group when a quick scroll down led me to a link dubbed as “one of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to about LCHF and

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1
Jun

A Means to an End that became a Joy … My Story

‘Pain’ instigated my journey towards Barefoot and Efficient Running.  It turns out that Necessity is the Mother of both Invention, and ‘Taking Matters into your Own Hands’. Shin Splints & Sciatica.  The 3-S’s.  The bane of my life because, either together or alone, they made a misery of the one constant that had kept me sane since I was at

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21
Jan

‘Barefooting’

No, not a typo. And not yet in the Concise Oxford Dictionary. It IS however synonymous with ‘Vibram Five Fingers’ on Dictionary.com and will probably be elected an official word by the linguists before too long. Year 2002 Bizarrely, as far as the regular chap/ess in the street is concerned, the whole concept of shoes that encourage a more natural

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16
Jan

Helen Hall: Posture & Movement Analyst and Efficient Running Coach

Welcome! Welcome to the Helen-Hall website, which ‘umbrellas’ all the different aspects of the work I do to encourage people to use their body’s in ways that are more ‘biomechanically-friendly’.  In running this translates as: more speed: less effort: fewer injuries and in day-to-day aspects of life translates as: better posture: more mobility: more comfort People have come across me

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6
Oct

Vanguard Way Ultra – Picture Diary

Doesn’t it look glorious?  Beautiful skies & 3 intrepid BlackFishes ready for the ‘off’ … James, the tri coach who doesn’t seem to mind the pain; Jason, the consultant surgeon who feels the pain but doesn’t know when to stop; and Helen, the running coach who doesn’t really exert enough effort to ever get acquainted with pain (story goes that

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6
Jun

Barefoot Connections Conference

Photos by Phillipa Newland. I went on another learning journey yesterday – the ‘Barefoot Connections Conference’, masterminded by Matt Wallden, who brought Vibram Fivefingers into the UK, connecting the product to his Chek practitioner work on our primal movements.  The location set the scene – The National History Museum, with the start next to Dippy the Dinosaur – and on

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