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
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!
One thing I noticed when coming back to writing my blog. It’s not as easy as it used to be and I couldn’t quite work out why. I know when I have been off running for a while due to injury it takes time to get back on it but, writing is not the same … More Practising Practice
Do you ever get the feeling that you might have got a bit carried away? I like a challenge but this time I think I may have gone too far. I have signed up for a TiT, 10 marathons in 10 days. I didn’t have the energy to train properly last year, work took up … More Saul Bee and his TiT.
This week after a couple of twitter people suggested it I am going to write about running in the dark. I could warn you all to wear light colours and bibs so that you are easily seen, reminding you that yellow is the most visible colour of all. I remember reading somewhere that statistics show … More Dark Habits
Last week I let you into the ill informed training strategies of this poor deluded fool. To be fair I did warn you all that I probably do too much work on pace and more than is recommended by most articles. The real point that I hope readers took away was that running could be … More It’s all about that pace.
Getting good at running is like getting good at anything. You have to practise. You may never be world class, or even a good county runner level but, if you want to get better practise is the only way. Now there are two ways that people practise things, either they just put in the hours … More Training like a fool!
A few weeks back I wrote about the mental side to running. In the post I talked about dealing with the boredom of spending a lot of time on your feet but, there is another mental aspect of running that needs to be addressed. It came up during a little twitter chat. The idea that … More Mental Training
I was reading through slow runner girls blog this week and we got chatting. Slow runner girl is a bit of a hero of mine(don’t tell her nobody needs that kind of pressure), she has taken heart rate training to levels I cannot even imagine. I tried training to heart rate last year and managed … More Mental Running
I had a big picture for this summer. With no impending marathons and no marathon training I decided to have what I termed a ‘summer of fun’. I would run shorter races, 10k’s and halves, even a few 10 milers. I would give back to my running club for all they have done to help … More Big picture Small parts