Tag: fitness

Fifty per cent cholesterol spike: Time to quit my low carb diet?

D’oh! My blood cholesterol level has soared by 50% in the past year. It came as a bit of a shock when I discovered this a few weeks ago. But I know what’s to blame: it’s the Homeric amounts of pork scratchings (and bacon, butter, ham, cheese, etc) I’ve been putting away as part of my low carb diet. I…

Why all runners are really stoners at heart

A lot of dope gets smoked on Brighton Seafront. In fact, I rather enjoy the fragrant clouds that drift from the occasional beachfront shelter or parked car as I run past; they mingle rather pleasantly with all the other seaside smells. And it’s not like I’m inhaling. A deep breath through the nose as I pass doesn’t count, does it?…

The first 300 miles: hypos, hope and scavenging Snickers

I’m not proud of myself. Seven miles into a recent 12 miler across the South Downs, I came across an unopened Snickers bar in the mud, picked it up, stashed it in my bumbag (not proud of that either, but being a diabetic runner makes one necessary) and went on my way. I was getting desperate. Hypoglycaemia has snapped at…

Running on Air review: Three ways this book could help you run better

Three; two; three; two; three; two. For every three steps you inhale. For every two you exhale. Up your pace and switch. Two; one. Inhale for two. Exhale for one. Want to really leg it? Then switch again. Two; one; one; one. Inhale for two; exhale; inhale; exhale. This simple formula – outlined in Running on Air by Budd Coates & Claire…