Crystal Crazy?

I’ve always had an affinity to stones and crystals.  At the Science Museum I love the gift shop section that has all the tumble stone pebbles, and I have a malachite necklace which has the most amazing patterns on it.

It’s hard to say why I like them, or whether I believe in their healing powers, but what I do know is that the patterns in the stones make me happy.  Perhaps it’s because whilst I love the floral part of nature from a distance (flowers often equal sneezes!), with rocks and crystals I don’t suffer any ill effects.  I can enjoy the way nature takes the elements and makes them into such different substances, all with their own unique look and feel.

CrystalifeI was recently sent a review piece by Taylor at Crystalife as we were chatting about the benefits of crystals and how you can incorporate that into gemstone jewellery.  He suggested that they may be beneficial for me on my long races.  I mentioned that I really like hematite and tiger’s eye as stones, but I guess that they can be trickier to make into the style of handmade pieces that Taylor does.  The necklace I received is a clear crystal (I believe it’s clear quartz but have been unable to get that confirmed) and is hand-set in what appears to be copper (you can tell this by the finger print in the setting).  It’s certainly a unique piece as crystal, although shaped into a hexagonal drop, still has the chips and imperfections you can expect in some crystals.  From my reading, clear quartz is a stone that absorbs energy and then releases back at the wearer (rather than other stones which have their own “powers”), and so I will need to be really careful with it as I don’t want one race’s negativity bouncing back to bring me down in a later race.

Whether you believe in crystals or not, I am sure you can believe in the placebo effect, and so if I believe something will work then there’s a high possibility of it working….if I am negative about it then likely a negative mindset will kick in.

The power of positive thinking is definitely something I believe in, but sometimes my positivity gets carried away (as I demonstrated at the Moonlight Challenge).  It’s also something I have seen work well in others too.  When the Boyf’s mum was diagnosed with a brain tumour (thankfully successfully treated), I bought her a small crystal angel at the Munich Christmas Market.  She took it to hospital and placed it on the side so it could watch over her.  She recently let the angel to a friend who was going into hospital, so that it could watch over them as well.  A simple act like this can make someone feel loved enough that it improves their state of mind and this in turn can help whatever treatment is taking place work better.

If someone wants to get well, then thinking positively about the outcome is certainly going to make them feel a lot better than focusing on everything that could go wrong.

AngelsI’ve recently bought myself some little angels from the Wisdom of Wellbeing shop, they’re keeping me company on my desk right now.  Mostly because I like the stones they are made of, but also because who doesn’t need a bit of extra luck or super-power to improve productivity, abundance and prosperity!  The teeny-tiny goldstone angel is said to enhance drive and ambition, whilst the larger opalite is for soothing frayed nerves and providing inner peace and calm.  Sounds like the perfect home-office combo to me.

Whether or not they have actual super powers I don’t know, but they add a bit of colour to my room and I like them….so there’s my mood improved right there!

Do you have any crystals or stones that you keep in your room or in your pocket?  Do you have them just because they look pretty?  Or because you feel some kind of benefit to having them?

Smoothies, potatoes and waffles!

Here’s this week’s round up of smoothies and other yummy foods that the Boyf has delivered to me in the last 7 days!  Things may be shaken up a bit in future as we are testing out to see how I get on with intermittent fasting.


Feed me!

The Boyf and I thought it would be good to share some of the food related creations he comes up with, as I know people often struggle for ideas for smoothies, healthy snacks and recovery food.  I’ll be posting these up on my @iamkatruns Instagram as and when he makes them, but will also try and do a regular round-up on here for those of you who don’t do Instagram or miss them in the daily flow of random stuff!

So here you go!  I hope this gives you some good ideas.


An Audacious Approach to Aqua Acquisition

You may have noticed that I like running, I also like supporting other runners and that means that this year I have a few weekends pencilled in where I will be taking care of other runners rather than running myself.  I am always on the lookout for items that are going to make my life easier whilst I am out and about, so I was stoked when Audacious Rhino got in touch to see if I wanted to review one of their flasks.  I was given a free flask in exchange for me testing and reviewing it for them.  As always all views are my own (and you know I am a bit on the fussy side).

I went for their 800ml Camouflage flask because if I am going to be in a car hopping from place to place for over 24 hours I want as much hot water with me as I can, that extra 300ml could make a big difference!  It has a nice rugged feel to it, with a strong handle and an additional strap that you could use to tether the flask to a rucksack if you were on the move.

Audacious Rhino 800ml Camouflage FlaskI really like the outer design, it has some sneaky inclusions like a rhino image and a heart….but it definitely isn’t girly, in fact I doubt anyone would notice it if they weren’t looking.  The flask itself has a wide neck, which means you can easily fit ice cubes in it.  This is going to be essential for me as I plan on using it in summer races so I always have a stock on ice on hand if I start to over-heat.  After last year’s issues I want to be as prepared as I can to keep my core temperature down and allow me to get a long, long run done.

I haven’t tested out the claim that cold drinks stay cold for up to 24 hours, but based on my heat tests I have no reason to doubt it.  I’ve been using the flask in an “in office” test as I haven’t had any races in the last week.  This has meant I have been filling it up in the morning and feeding my herbal tea habit over the course of the day.  The fact that it has a pop-up top means that you can pour the hot water without fully opening the flask.  This must help keep the water hot for longer as you aren’t letting cold air in all the time.

Audacious Rhino 800ml Camouflage FlaskI also did a test where I filled the flask before bed, and then used the water in the morning.  It wasn’t boiling, but it was certainly warm enough that if I was tired and needed coffee that it would be hot enough to drink!  All in all I was very impressed with its heat retention properties!  The cup that comes with it is also sturdy and holds a decent amount of water (something that can’t be said for my 500ml flask which would barely make an espresso in the lid).If you want something a bit more subtle, or don’t need such a large flask, you’ll be pleased to know there are also smaller, more understated designs in their range. You can check them all out on the Audacious Rhino Amazon store.

What are you waiting for?  These are great flasks, perfect for use on the move, or at home…I can now happily keep myself supplied with tea throughout a day of back to back conference calls!

Audacious Rhino 800ml Camouflage Flask

Olives aren’t just tasty….

Whilst I have been a bit slack on the yoga front so far this week I am really enjoying it.  Taking some time out from my busy day not only makes me fitter, but it improves my mental health as well.  No matter how much you enjoy your job, or are happy with life, sometimes you just need time out to look after yourself.  This is why I was excited when I heard that the lovely ladies at Naturelle Cosmetics wanted to send me a product for review.  Of course I said yes!  I had visions of something pampery, that I could use to treat myself with and get a bit of “me time”.  All views henceforth are of course my own.

Here’s what the team say about themselves

Naturelle Cosmetics is a private, family-owned and operated business based in UK that aims at popularising natural and organic beauty products in Europe. Through the years, it has been our obsession and passion to offer you only nature-sourced cosmetic products, bringing you only the purest products from organic, certified farms in France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and United Kingdom.

Who We Are

Our beauty consultants are composed of experts in the industry, with knowledge on natural and organic cosmetics. We do not only promote natural beauty solutions but also offer you advice and guidance on the best body, hair and skin care products that suits you.


To provide only organic and natural, body care, hair care and skin care cosmetic products because we in the power of nature in nurturing and healing our bodies and giving us our desired beauty and purity in the most natural, chemical-free way.

Naturelle Cosmetics: Room Perfume ReviewSound pretty cool right?

My parcel arrived and I excitedly unwrapped it, and there was a glass bottle with a funky styled top…I was hoping for fancy bath oil or bubbles, so I will admit my heart fell a bit when I saw it was a room perfume.  OK, let’s be honest, I was gutted!  Then I gave it a squirt and had a good sniff…..I actually really liked it!

Then the panic set in slightly, I had sprayed my home office whilst the Boyf was out, possibly not a good idea.  The Boyf is VERY smell sensitive, and this smell had a hint of familiarity to it that I couldn’t (and still can’t place).  My worry was that it would be a smell that he would instantly recognise, and worse, instantly hate.  I waited with trepidation for him to return and dragged him in to assess.

The good news, he really liked the smell too…..the bad, he can’t place it either, and as neither of us have been roaming in olive groves it isn’t just because the scent is Olive Wood!  We haven’t been to Provence either, and that’s where this was made, so it isn’t some random French school trip lurking in our memory banks.

Naturelle Cosmetics: Room Perfume ReviewSo why, you may ask, did I start this post talking about yoga and then start chatting about a French room perfume with an olive wood scent?!  Well I have been spraying the room with it before my yoga sessions.  Not only has it been encouraging me to breathe more deeply as I really like the smell, but the scent seems to have a calming effect on me.  Whether it’s some deep seated memory or just my imagination starting to picture a gentle breeze wafting through the green of an olive grove as I lay on my yoga mat at 6:30am I don’t know.  I am however really glad that the team at Naturelle Cosmetics sent me this and not something more cosmeticy!  It’s definitely a purchase that is outside my normal comfort zone, but not only do I feel that having it has made me happier, it also lasts longer than a facial or a bubble bath.

They have such a great range of products on their site, it makes them a perfect choice for gifts or self-treats, especially if you are health conscious and like choosing natural organic products.  I’d certainly recommend checking them out, and don’t be afraid to give their Olive Wood Room Perfume a try…it really does have a pleasing smell that will lift your mood!