running playlist

I can't run without music. I hate it, I can hear my own breathing and it sounds like I'm dying, which makes me run slower and makes me want to stop. But when I've got good music, it helps me zone out of the running and into the music, meaning I keep going and giving me a little speed boost if I'm really getting into the song.

I'm amping up my training at the moment in preparation for the Edinburgh Kilomathon in March, so I've been rejigging the running playlist and I thought I'd share a few of my current favourites songs to run to here. Enjoy!

This is an oldie, but a goodie, and will get you through an entire mile more or less.

Always good to listen to Ellie on a run. She's a total babe, obviously, and has an impressive 10k time of 44 minutes.

This mix in general is brilliant for running, but there's a particular Bicep remix of Isaac Tichauer's Higher Level that kicks in between 13 and 20 minutes or so that I am absolutely obsessed with and I NEED IN MY LIFE. Can't find it anywhere online on its own, so I'm just listening to this mix on repeat for the time being. It really gives me a boost when it kicks in around my 3rd kilometre. The mix itself is cracking anyway, so it's hardly a chore.

What do you listen to when you're running, or working out? Any recommendations to add to my list?


2015 in pictures

2015 was a great year, as they all tend to be on reflection. I've had others with more travel, more adventure, more ups and downs, but 2015 feels to me to have been the year in which I fully stepped into my 'adult' shoes. It's a terrifying thought, perhaps intensified by my recent birthday, but in 2015 I did lots of 'adulty' things - I bought a flat, I moved in with my boyfriend and I celebrated a year at work, all things which I would normally associate with proper grown ups, and not myself. A little more than three years ago I had plans for grape picking in the south of France for a month and not much more. But here I am, with a mortgage and pension and life insurance and a relationship that prompts people to ask about babies and marriage and other terrifyingly 'grown up' prospects. 

I mean, I'm even using eye cream and subscribed to The Economist.

It's scary how fast it can all happen, but at the same time, it's all absolutely wonderful and I'm ridiculously happy. Bring on 2016!