I did my first marathon because I was inspired by a Hundred Clubber wannabe. I looked up to her because she seemed so normal, you would never be able to guess she was some kind of super runner who had completed more than 50 marathons. There was no clue that most weekends she was out … More Not bothered!
One of the reasons I like running distances is that it gives me time to think. When I blogged regularly it was my long runs that gave me the space to think and plan. Over the last 18 months though not only have I not had the time and energy to write in the same … More Big Moments.
Last week I was sat on a train on my way to Edinburgh to run another bloody marathon, as if doing 10 in 10 days is not enough for the year. It was crowded and hot and like so many others in that tin box I watched a film. It was called ‘A monster calls’. … More Just sometimes.
I had intended to explain why I have no target on my charity page but to be honest the whole thing makes me feel a little icky. I have never been great with money and talking about it feels a little … erm dirty. Probably a bit of a sad and pointless confession as it … More Starting a Religion
Sometimes in life you witness a moment when somebodies whole world appears to change. At least if their world doesn’t change, your perception of how they deal with the world changes. Such a moment happened this Saturday for me when my daughter did parkrun. It wasn’t a big event, there were no bells and whistles, … More Contracting Runningitis
I have been running with friends across the South Downs recently and found the whole experience very satisfying even though I’m not much of a trail runner. I like a bit of concrete and tarmac but the hills, the scenery and the general sense of acheivement are quite satisfying. I may have softened my outlook … More Up North
Please Donate Here If you have been reading my blog recently you know that I am not a big fan of charities. More accurately it’s the big charities I’m not a fan of. You know, the ones which hoover up all the places in major running events, leaving the smaller do gooders scrabbling about for … More Charity Again
Driving home today it suddenly occurred to me that I have changed a huge amount. I mean intellectually I already knew this but I had one of those moments of brain searing clarity given form by a question. At what point did I turn into a person who really has no qualms about running a … More Growing up
This week I was reminded of a valuable lesson I learned early in my running career. What’s even better is that my daughter learned the same lesson. Things conspired against me over the weekend and when Sunday morning came I was not inspired to run. I knew I did not have enough time to do … More Everyone would be doing it!
I must be some kind of bastard. ‘Never’ I hear you cry, ‘with all that running wisdom you spew forth how can that be?’ Well I am mean and heartless and I don’t agree with running for charity. Well that’s not strictly true, what I don’t agree with is the charity running industry. Any big … More Does a lot of work for Charity