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The Spartan Beast Race

November 22, 2016

Remember that I promised you that my next adventure was going to be a BIG one? Even describing it as “physical suicide”?
True to my word, My poor body has been put through the wringer yet again and pushed into the latest intensely savage Spartan Beast race held in Sharjah, UAE.

My previous Spartan race was the ‘Sprint’ level which was approx 6km – this time I went a little crazy and supersized to the challenge of the ‘Beast’, more than triple the distance of the Sprint. In all honesty my fitness level was questionable whether I would be able to complete such a momentous physical challenge without exhaustion or injury. Signing up was maybe ambitious or possibly just plain stupid, either way I’ll blame peer pressure for this one.

After some bullying I found myself signed up for a 20+ km race involving 30+ obstacles in the unforgiving rolling sand dunes and craggy mountain heights deep in the Sharjah desert. Ahh jeez.

‘What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger’ – This is my moto in life and quite fitting for an event such as this. Both myself and Sarah agreed our moto for this would be ‘Complete, not compete’, although it’s a race we aren’t there for perfect times or to beat anyone – we were taking part for our own personal achievement to complete the course and survive it.

Together with 4 other slightly insane team members we kept each other motivated through the build up of training and preparations, even going so far as to have team t-shirts printed. Who doesn’t love a naughty novelty t-shirt?

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Through the course there are some intense moments that really test every ounce of your physical strength and mental determination. Weighed down with sand bags whilst climbing almost vertical sand dunes drains every ounce of energy and sends your quads into cramps. At times you want to just say “F*ck it” and give up. But you don’t because you are a Spartan, you have come too far to give up now. You shake it off, regain your focus and keep on going.

Through the 5 hours on the course I swore like a trooper, sweated a bucket load, drank 4-5 litres of water, 4 energy pouches, dislodged a toenail, flared up a knee injury, got sand everywhere and experienced every kind of muscle pain possible. But you know what, it was worth every single second. Through every moment I thought I was almost defeated my tired legs just kept on moving and my brain stayed on course for the end goal and I kept powering through.

Previous to the event I doubted my own fitness and mental strength whether I could complete it or not so crossing that finishing line and collecting the medal made it all sooooooo worth every bit of effort. It might have taken 5 hours and 16 minutes but the high of knowing that I’m stronger than I gave myself credit for is an amazing, powerful feeling. Not bad for a Mum huh 😉

The all important fire jump picture! Could I be anymore girly?!

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What I can’t put into words, you can watch on this video and get a feel for the race without my rambling. So get yourself a cuppa, settle down and experience a Beast race without even having to break a sweat.

Hopefully you enjoy the video, let me know what you think!

Heather x

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Al Khoudh Adventure

November 17, 2016

It has been two years since I last visited Wadi Al Khoudh, doesn’t time fly?! And two years since I blogged about it, click here, This week I returned for a late afternoon visit bringing both my dogs along for the ride.

We arrived a little later than planned, mostly because I misread my own directions and ended up somewhere completely different resulting in an extra 30 mins detour. As we pulled into the Wadi it was a beautiful afternoon with the heat of the day subsiding and the sun making its final journey across the sky heading behind the craggy hillside.

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The dogs did what they do best – Run, sniff, run, jump and then sniff a bit more. At the first sign of a pool of water Penny, the German Shepherd, was straight in there attempting the dogs equivalent of a belly flop closely followed by Luna the nutcase Husky. They both loved having a change of scenery from their usual neighbourhood walks.

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As the golden sun disappeared out of sight it was time to head back to the car, neither dog protested and were happy to jump into the car and rest their weary legs.

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Now that the amazing winter weather is upon us I hope to venture outdoors for many more adventures this season and get this tired old blog page back up and kicking.

Until next time,

Heather x

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The Spartan Sprint, Muscat Oman

November 3, 2016

Fatigued, messy hair and sweat running in to your eyes… and that’s before you even reach the event. Recently Muscat was the host of the world famous Spartan obstacle race. It has been the talk of the town for weeks as people gear themselves up for the event in Oman for the first time. The fit, the determined and the insane were there and ready to channel their inner Spartan warrior and push their bodies to breaking point.

This has been an event in my calendar that I have been looking forward to! It has been the focus and training goal to be “race ready” on time. With 1,500 competitors trained, primed and conditioned for most people this isn’t exactly a weekend fun run – this was serious business.

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How does a Spartan Sprint race work? Basically, you begin at the starting point and if you are tough enough you will finish at the end. In between those two points is the unknown, anything could happen throughout the course as you tackle the terrain and the obstacles.

As race morning arrived I awoke feeling slightly nervous but healthy and ready for the challenge ahead. Through breakfast and on the way to the event the nervous butterflies in my stomach were building and by the time we reached the holding pen to start the race I was downright terrified.
Quietly eyeing up the competition around us everyone appeared to be pumped up athletes ready to tackle the course ahead. I began to psyche myself out and doubt my ability but as the starting noise was sounded the nerves were forgotten and auto pilot switched on, one foot on front of the other and start running.

With 6.5km of Sprint course ahead the initial 1.5km portion was running on soft sand and across the dunes and really testing cardio endurance and leg strength. From there the first four obstacles came in quick succession and soon we were up and off again.

As we ran from the dunes down onto the beach and into the water, just to get your shoes wet to slow you down, the course looped onto the craggy beach rocks as you loaded up with sandbags to weigh you down even further. Funnily enough I was totally ok with this bit, A sandbag is a lot easier to handle than a 16kg toddler mid tantrum.

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Snaking away from the beach the uphill sprint took us on to dusty and rocky terrain where the cooling beach side breeze disappeared and the cardio impact was intensified by the heat and humidity. (The temperature was around 33 degrees C with humidity of 47%) The sweat poured from my head as I shake it off in an oh-so glamorous wet dog kind of way. Fortunately for me, and unfortunately for them some runners are less glamorous and stop to vomit at the side of the trail as others disappear behind rocks to release the “runners trots”.

Making my way through obstacles like tyre flips, muddy water pits, barbed wire crawls and up over 6 foot walls. This is no easy task as my heart pounds in my chest but the legs on auto pilot just keep going.

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As your brain starts giving up before your body it tells you “I can’t do anymore, I just need to rest”, everytime I started to slow I could hear people shouting words of encouragement and it gave me that boost to keep going…and not look like a total, well, girl.

Despite practicing monkey bars before race day these were my main weakness on the day. As I jumped to start the first rung I slipped off the wet bar. Composing myself and attempting it again I just couldn’t get the momentum to swing to the next bar as they are placed far apart. And so it was to the burpee station for me.. Already fatigued the energy draining 30 burped penalty was a tough punishment.

The last push to the finishing point was via huge A-frame structures, not ideal for those with a fear of heights, through an ICE COLD water bath leaving me with crippling cramp in my quads and then up a slippery mud wall to the very last obstacle and the finale….

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The fire jump looks like a great photo opportunity but believe me, fresh out of that ice bath I was struggling to get my legs to cooperate never mind jump a fire pit. As I sprinted towards it I could feel the heat radiating. I’m pretty sure there were a sea of expletives leaving my mouth as I used the last bit of energy my legs had to stop me from tripping into the fire itself.

And that was that. My first ever Spartan Sprint completed. Phew!

My finishing time was 1 hour and 12 minutes, not too far from my initial aim of around 1 hour. From the Sprint race stats I placed 100th overall, bringing me to 12th place in my age group. On the day I was delighted with those results and felt happy, now that I am rested and semi recovered I know that I can do better than this.

From the amazing beach front location to the party atmosphere and community spirit I loved everything about this event. This is a pretty huge deal for Oman to host such an event and I hope that every year it will grow bigger and stronger as it brings so many new people together with the aim to be healthier and stronger.

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I know that you, my dear readers, like to live vicariously through me, and that’s totally ok.. I’ll do all the hard, sweaty stuff and expensive part and you can be entertained and amused from the comfort of your house or office. Sounds good, right? So then comes the question “What is next?”… And ohhhh boy it’s a big one. You will probably be glad to not have to actually take part in this. It is a little crazy and could be classed as physical suicide… Watch this space.

See you soon,

Heather x

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The Road To Spartan

September 24, 2016

Four weeks from now Oman will host it’s first ever Spartan obstacle race. This is a big deal for the fitness community in Oman and I am so excited that every part of my fitness training, nutrition and sleep is geared towards this event – When my husband told me to get a hobby I’m sure that he didn’t expect me to be exhausted and asleep every night by 9.30pm.

Fitness posts can be tricky, they either inspire you to want to get your lycra on and move your butt OR they can be a massive turn off sending you deeper under the duvet. This post is about positive energy, motivation and beliving in yourself. Who doesn’t want a little bit of that in their lives?!


What is a ‘Spartan’ race?
It is a series of tough obstacles and physical challenges set out over varying distance and difficulty levels. Originating in America it is now held in many more countries around the world. Gruelling challenges include running through different terrains, climbing 8ft walls, swinging high across monkey bars whilst getting very muddy and sweaty at the same time.

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I am by no means an athlete. Like, seriously, I sweat, struggle and complain like every other human.

I’ll rewind a little… My journey began 14 months ago when my husband signed me up for a personal trainer. Yep, he really did that. At the time I was angry and embarrassed that he felt that I needed that but in hindsight I can see that it was the kick in the ass that I needed. I was heavy, unfit, slow and really lacked body confidence.

Fast forward to the present day and whilst I am no Olympian my body is fitter, stronger and healthier than it has ever been. Along the way something clicked in my head giving me a different outlook on life. I no longer strive to be “skinny”, I strive to be strong and healthy.

Why do you want to do a Spartan? Two years ago a friend was set to compete in an obstacle race and asked me to join. Even though it sounded like amazing fun I was frustrated at myself for not being able to keep up with that level of fitness. So when I heard that Spartan is coming to the city where I live there really is no excuse, it’s like a sign from above that I need to get my act together and conquer this!

To compete in a challenge on a Spartan level it requires a higher physical fitness level than I have previously been training so it was time to step it up a gear…or ten…

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How frequently and how hard you train for an event like this is totally up to you.
Whilst I am realistic that I won’t finish in the top rankings of my age group, for me it’s not about that. I plan to do the best I can for my own body and push myself to the finish without feeling like I have let myself down because I didn’t prepare or try.

With only a few weeks remaining my training is a mixture of weight training in the gym, running outdoors on different terrains and attending Spartan obstacle training classes.
My biggest struggle so far, both mentally and physically, is getting outdoors and building up the endurance to run and keep going. Running feels like it just doesn’t come naturally to me and I really having to dig deep for the motivation to keep the pace without stopping.

To sign up for the race visit the official Spartan website. Or if you just fancy joining a free Spartan workout training session it will be held every Friday morning at 9am on the run up to the event, check our the Spartan Arabia Facebook page here for more details.

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The moral of the story is that your body can do so much more than your mind lets you believe! Whether it’s a Spartan race, signing up for a new gym class or even just getting out and going for a run – Get your trainers on, try your best and have fun!

Go get ’em tiger, I believe in you!

Heather x

Ps- Keep up to date on my social media pages for more Spartan fitness and random life stuff.

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The Kilimanjaro Adventure

August 6, 2016

Returning home to ‘normal’ life after an adventure as life changing as Kilimanjaro was never going to be easy. Physically and emotionally it was one heck of a trip and coming back down to earth hit me with a thud. The whole experience was so surreal but how do I convey to people just how awesome it was?!

From start to finish it exceeded all my expectations, it pushed my body to the most extreme limits and gave me experiences that will stay with me for life – I couldn’t ask for much more than that.

Asides from seeing a new part of the world and climbing one of the Seven Summits, What made the trip such an enjoyable experience was the dynamic between our whole team, not just the climbers paying to be there but also with the support team looking after us on the mountain. Being surrounded by fun and positive energy gives you strength to carry on even at the lowest points.

Amr and Julie joined Sarah and I to form “Team Raha”, Swahili for ‘happy’ which fit us all perfectly. We had never met before and they didn’t know each other either. For complete strangers it was amazing that we gelled together in a team by the time we had even reached the camp on day one.

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Our support team on the mountain totalled 15 people from guides to porters, cooks and… well I’m still not sure what everyone did but they did it so well. They were an amazing group of guys who looked after everything we needed and entertained us along the way. I have a huge respect for these guys!

Below is the link to a video I made documenting our trip, sometimes that is easier to show in video and pictures than using words alone. Grab a cuppa, get comfortable and enjoy!

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“Why Kilimanjaro?” This is a question that I have been asked so many times since signing up for something so ambitious. It’s not the most obvious holiday choice for the mother of a toddler. The simplest answer – it is a challenge that I had seen on TV many years ago and always thought “wow, imagine being able to do that” and after dedicating the past year to changing my lifestyle to become more active, stronger and healthier I realised that maybe I could do this. I made it my focus and my training goal and went for it full throttle. Realistically I would never have signed up for it if Sarah wasn’t interested, right from the initial idea it was great to have her there to go through everything together and to support and motivate each other.

Above is the simple answer, below is the more complicated answer and maybe not something that everyone will understand…
Since my son was born 2.5 years ago I have LOVED being his Mum but at times it can be smothering, you loose a part of yourself as you dedicate it to raising this tiny human to be the best that they can be. For me, I felt like I had lost my spark. I was boring. Something was needed in life to make me feel like ‘me’ again and have something to talk about other than play dates and diapers. Naturally my husband thinks my passion for disappearing off into the hills means that I’m crazy but he quietly supports my ambitions and lets me get on with it.

As documented in the video, during the summit attempt it was a real fight with both my mind and body to get myself to the summit of Kilimanjaro. I felt like everything was against me that night.

Physically I couldn’t have carried on without our guide, Tammy, he was the most amazing help as he did everything he could to help me keep going. Slumped on the edge of a rock hardly able to hold up the weight of my own head my body was shutting down. Tammy fed me energy snacks and water into my mouth when I couldn’t even lift my own arms to do it myself. He wiped the freezing tears from my face and forced my arms to move keeping the blood flowing to the extremities. I’m so thankful that he didn’t give up on me.

After the horrendous struggle of climbing 7 hours higher and higher into the night sky the tiny sliver of golden sunrise on the horizon was a game changer for me. I just knew that things would improve as soon as the sun rose because we could see where we were going and the temperature would rise, through the hike it was MINUS 25 degrees Celsius with a wind chill of minus 40 – no one told us the temperature until we had returned to the foot of the mountain, even now it blows my mind just how cold it was. That tiny golden strip in the distance was my light at the end of the tunnel and from that I took warmth, energy and hope. I’ve never been so happy to see the sun and I swear I will never take it for granted again!

The statistic is that only 66% of climbers who attempt Kilimanjaro will make it to the summit. I was determined not to fail and kept pushing forward.

Everyone had their own struggles that night but at 7.50am all four of us in the group reached the amazing Uhuru Peak, the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro. WE DID IT!
In the most surreal situation running on only adrenaline we hugged and posed for a couple of pictures at the summit before we are advised it’s time to head back down to lower elevation where there will be more oxygen.

As quick as that, it was over!

Cue the headaches, nausea, stomach problems, exhaustion, hallucinations – From the weird to the disgusting it seems that anything is possible at this altitude.

As the saying goes, “what goes up, must come down” – What none of the websites and forums mention is that after climbing almost 8 hours through the hardest night of your life you then have to continue around 8 hours walking more that day on the steep decline passing by the camp from the night before and keep going. You have to draw every single bit of energy and positive attitude you can to keep your legs moving back down to the last camp.

Upon arriving home the affects of altitude and exhaustion lingered for around 2-3 weeks both physically and mentally, longer than I had expected, before we could feel somewhat “normal” and strong again.

Despite the hard times, exhaustion, illness and the effects of altitude the whole experience of Kilimanjaro was amazing! It was worth every hour of training and every penny spent.

Now the question we are being asked “So, What’s next?” That is a very good question. At present I don’t have any plans on such a grand scale, instead I plan to continue with my fitness goals and challenge myself in the upcoming Spartan and Tough Mudder events.

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Thank you to the amazing people who sent love, support and encouragement for the trip. And a big hello to all those who laughed and didn’t think I could do it, you were my biggest motivation to keep going and prove you wrong. Keep watching, there is so much more to come!

And finally…. The biggest, fattest, HUGE thank you goes to my adventure buddy and fitness inspiration, Sarah, for being the best travel companion and ray of sunshine even on the hardest days. You kept me going and made this trip so memorable, even though you ended up so poorly with a wild fever and I was scared you would be quarantined. No joke.

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Thinking of attempting Kilimanjaro? Do it! I have faith in you!

Lots of Love,

Heather x

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Kilimanjaro – Yellow Fever & Essentials

June 8, 2016

Making plans is one of my favourite past times and this Kilimanjaro trip has been a lot of fun to plan- the endless lists, the research, the logistics and the never ending shopping but with only 3 weeks to go my excitement is being replaced with nerves and slight panic – it feels like this is getting serious.

This week we headed along to Al Noor medical centre in Muscat for a medical check up, yellow fever vaccination and anti malaria medication.

Meeting with Dr Latif and his nurse, Mary Lou, they put us at ease straight away as they carried out the medical checks. Dr Latif was also able to give us some great advice on how to stay in the best health during the climb.

We both can breathe a sigh of relief that we seem to be in good shape for the trip and have been given the green light from the Doctor.

Below is the video I created from vaccination day;

We also received an AMAZING and thoughtful care package from Forever Living containing a variety of very useful items like sun cream, SPF lip balms, protein bars and Bee Pollen tablets to boost energy, these have been an essential in my daily routine for the past year and a half.

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The product that I am most excited about is the Argi +, You may have heard of this product already as it’s raved about by athletes, sports coaches and health professionals.

“Argi promotes greater blood flow in the body meaning oxygen and nutrients can reach our tissues, muscles and organs; also, waste products like lactic acid are more efficiently removed.”

For us, the way the body processes oxygen will be fundamental as the higher the altitude the lower the oxygen percentage will drop making it hard to breathe normally.

Forever Living products can be ordered by contacting the amazing Judith on (+968) 9563 5393.

With all of the medications and a green light from the doctor it looks like we are on the right track. Now we just have to stay injury free…. not easy for either of us…

Have a great day!

Heather x

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Climbing Kilimanjaro – Training Preparation

June 3, 2016

When attempting a huge physical challenge, like we are with Mount Kilimanjaro, your fitness is massively important to your success or failure. It’s in your best interests to be in good physical condition to give yourself a greater chance of achieving your goal and actually enjoying yourself whilst doing it.

Standing at 19,341 feet Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain in the world. This is no easy task and even typing that scares the crap out of me. We will be dealing with incredible altitudes and extreme climates which are going to take their toll on our bodies – Especially travelling from the heat and humidity of the Middle Eastern summer (around 48 degrees) to the snow and battering winds on the mountain top (around MINUS 20 degrees).

To put the height and altitude into perspective – my brother just completed an amazing sky dive jumping out of a plane at 13,000ft…. we are attempting to climb to that height and go even 6,431ft higher.

If I want to have a smidge of a chance of achieving my goal of reaching the summit then it’s time to get real and train this body hard. We have been working on stamina, endurance, cardio, balance and strength.

It’s been a really tough, tiring and sweaty few weeks but there is definite progress and we are both on a good track to be “mountain ready” in time.

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Below is the fun training video I put together to give you a glimpse into what is involved with our physical training so far;

It was a lot of fun making the video so I hope you enjoyed watching it.

Have a great day!

Heather x

PS- Click here for the link to our donations page if you want to help support our chosen charity, Omani Paws.

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Kilimanjaro – Kit Preparation

June 1, 2016

The big climb is only a few weeks away and my kit bag is filling up with all sorts of fancy gear and thermal layers that I knew nothing about just a couple of months ago.

There is a new vlog showing my kit so far and a very Scottish accent;

For those who don’t know much about the area and wonder why we require so much kit; As we travel from basecamp up the mountain, hopefully reaching the summit, we will be travelling through 5 different climatic zones each with different weather and temperatures. From sweaty temperatures in the harsh sun to snow, ice and driving winds it’s going to be quite an experience.

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Everything in our kit bags has to see us through these massive changes in weather. This is an example of what I have planned for the journey;

Lower mountain slopes- The weather will be likely to be hot and sunny so light weight clothing like shorts, t-shirt and light layers will suffice but everything must be lightweight and sweat wicking. There is also a possibility of rain so we need light rain jackets, waterproof bag covers, spare clothes to stay dry and things like insect repellent.

Mid mountain- The temperature is starting to get colder and we have to start layering our clothes for maximum heat. The nights can drop below freezing so we have to stay warm to ensure a good sleep. Also as we move higher the sun is stronger so we need to be careful for sunburn.

High Mountain- On the higher mountain and leading to the summit the altitude is extremely high and the weather conditions are freezing with snow, ice and strong winds. We will require lots of different gear to conserve heat – thermals, base layers, down jackets, waterproof/windproof jacket and trousers, balaclava, hats, gloves. Handy other things to keep us going will be walking poles, music with headphones, lots of snacks – yay!

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There are many items of kit required for this and the expense mounts up quickly – you don’t want to cut corners on essentials like good quality, sturdy hiking boots. If you get the essentials wrong your time on the mountain could be miserable.

Keep up to date on all my social pages for more mountain preparation with just a few weeks to go.

Have a great day,

Heather x

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Kilimanjaro – 8 Weeks To Go

May 3, 2016

There are only 8 weeks until myself and Sarah embark on our epic Kilimanjaro challenge and I feel like time is passing by a little too quickly. The climb will be here before we know it so it’s time to get focused with serious training and get these bootys mountain ready.

Physically we are both pretty fit and active but there are many things we have to improve on to give ourselves a better chance, we don’t want to go into this unprepared.
The main areas to improve will be leg & glute strength, cardiovascular endurance and stamina .

Outdoor training will be my priority for the next few weeks with tough hikes and walks before the summer heat here in Oman finally gets the better of me and I have to retreat to the air conditioned gym. The terrain I will be training on is uneven, loose, high step ups and on steep inclines. This is a great way to build up strength in your legs, ankles, improve balance and build endurance.

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All of this will be done wearing my back pack and hiking boots to break them both in.

My training plan for the next few weeks will be;
– Outdoor hike 2 times a week
– Strength training in the gym 2 times a week
– Kickboxing once a week
All of this combined with an active life and daily dog walks.

The fitness plan is fully underway but something else that is very important is buying the all important kit to take with us. Living in the hot, humid Middle East I do not own any cold weather gear at all, flip flops and summer dresses aren’t going to cut it when the temperatures on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro can fall to minus 20.
Unfortunately there aren’t many options of second hand gear here in Oman so have to purchase most of our stuff new from the limited shops here, Dubai or order from the UK. We knew it would be pricey but it is staggering how quickly the money disappears when looking for decent gear, maybe something to think about if you plan to embark on a similar challenge.

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We are raising some money along the way for a great organisation, If you feel generous and wish to donate you can find our Go Fund Me page right here – Thank you!

In the coming weeks if you see me around town or in the supermarket wearing snazzy hiking boots and a rucksack don’t be concerned for my fashion choices, I’m in training 🙂

Have a great day,

Heather x

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Jebel Sifah

April 20, 2016

We always say that we need a family weekend away but due to work and commitments we never seem to get round to actually doing it. When Jebel Sifah invited us for a weekend at their resort I jumped at the chance.

Bags packed and ready to rock we hopped onboard the water taxi at Marina Bandar Rowda – yes a shuttle taxi on the water, how cool! This was Spencer’s first time on a boat and he was so excited!!

Due to my need to over pack luggage every single time I had to tell Colin that he wasn’t invited to join us on the boat, he was instructed to drive with the bags and meet us there. Sorry! As soon as I was on the boat I started to regret that decision as I panicked about handling a hectic toddler on a boat on my own… Thankfully someone was watching out for me that day and the noise of the boat, and wearing a life jacket, terrified Spencer enough to snuggle into his Mama and sat perfectly for the whole 45 minute journey to reach Sifah.

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Approaching the resort from the water rather than road is a fun novelty and a beautiful way to enjoy the amazing scenery of the area. Oman really is the most beautiful place to explore!

We checked into our lovely 2 bedroom apartment overlooking the peaceful marina. Having grown up around boats I feel immediately calmed as soon as I’m by the water, it’s like my happy place.

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Other than the amazing location nestled between the mountains and the famous Sifah beach the charm of the resort is that they have created a little town with everything you would need to relax and spend time there including a coffee shop, convenience store, clothes shop and a dive centre.

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Most of the weekend was spent around the pool with our little water baby. Making friends, running around and splashing made him a very happy little guy.

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Look at this sweet little nugget..

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For adventure lovers like me there were plenty of water activities to partake in. Unfortunately for us Mother Nature didn’t want to cooperate with our thrill seeking plans on the water and the weather was too rough. We stuck to kayaking and jet skiis, with much hilarity it was still a great adventure.

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Thank you to Muriya and Jebel Sifah for a great weekend with family and friends!

Heather x