The runner's Christmas stocking

I'm an adamant believer that running is about the freedom of the sport, rather than just the acquisition of flouro clobber. So I've collated a shortlist of the best Christmas buys for the wannabe runner and the seasoned pro.

The pieces pictured above are some tried and tested equipment that are bound to be welcomely received.

Y-Fumble ipod/key holder: £5.99 Y-Fumble
Thorlo cushioned running socks: £9.79 Specialist Socks
E Glove touch screen efficient thermal gloves: £21.99 E Glove
Stella McCartney for adidas reflective jacket: £115.00 She Active
Sport Beans: from £4.99 Jelly Belly
Nike GPS watch: £70.99 Nike
Personalised playlist: invaluable!

Happy Christmas from run like 'elle. x

Four steps of Christmas from Lucas Hugh

I'm favouring these four steps of Christmas...

Lucas Hugh is a New Zealand born and London based sportswear label, which produces performance sportswear, with emphasis both on function and aesthetic. For more information visit www.lucashugh.com


Run Dem Christmas Crew

For our last Run Dem Crew session of 2011, we wrapped up warm and ran through London's dark streets to King's Cross St. Pancras station, where the giant Lego Christmas tree has finally been finished (I'd seen it mid-build, and was looking forward to seeing the finished piece - I have a long term love affair with Lego you see).

And it all finished with a kiss. x

The month of November

At the beginning of November I came back to London after two weeks away in California. It was a month of seeing old friends and family.

I went to see Tinie Tempah play at the Greenwich O2 Arena, as my good friend DJ Redlight was supporting him on his UK tour.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the press view of the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition at the National Gallery, where several of his drawings - and those of his apprentices, are shown alongside his few finished paintings.
I partied with my friends in Brighton
And I returned to Run Dem Crew!


Joggers by Sacha Goldberger

I spotted photographer Sacha Goldberger’s body of work Joggers a little while ago and wrote this post, which I’ve only just rediscovered! So here it is for you now…

Sacha Goldberger created the first of these diptych portraits in the Parisian park of Bois de Boulogne, where he stopped runners and asked them to sprint for him. It is in the split seconds post sprint that he takes their photograph – in an ad hoc outdoor studio, and captures the intense expressions that are shown here.

Goldberger then asked the same runners to return to his studio exactly one week later to recapture the image, using the same studio equipment and lighting, but this time in their everyday attire and without having just sprinted across the park.

Despite the matching pose, the images are entirely different, and shamed as I am to say it - I think the reason that I didn’t post this initially is because the subjects all look pretty ropey and I didn’t want to discourage people from running!

In retrospect, looking back on the images, I actually think it’s the intensity and sincerity of their expressions that makes the pictures so incredible. Instead of looking ugly, to me they look animated and interesting.

I remember one day during a hard marathon training session, I was on the running machine at the gym and caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror –and I remember thinking that I looked entirely mad. My face was pretty close to puce, veins bulging, hair frizzing all around my face and I had a steady stream of sweat running down the entirety of my top. But what was interesting – to me anyway, was that in this packed out gym (full of fairly attractive men) I didn’t care how unattractive (or borderline insane) I looked, and I also didn’t have the energy to do anything about it.

I was exhausted and giving all my energy to that run, and for me it was a very liberating feeling. When you allow yourself to be overtaken like that, you show your real self. As Goldberger says, "I wanted to show the difference between our natural and brute side versus how we represent ourselves to society".

I really like these images, and I hope you do too.