Killian Jornet is one of the greatest athletes of our time. He is a sky runner, a trail runner, and a ski mountaineer. He is a winner, and a record holder. He is not the greatest storyteller of our age. Above the Clouds is Jornet’s third book. It is a lightly structured collection of musings… Continue reading Above the Clouds, and Training in the Modern Age.
There is no magic bullet when it comes to getting better at running. When it comes right down to it, being an excellent runner is a combination (mostly) of two things: commitment to training, and genetics. For those willing to commit to the training (regardless of whether or not genetics are on their side) there’s… Continue reading Runners Book Club: The Lost Art of Running.
When lockdown restrictions were first put in place in March, I assumed that my work would be deemed non-essential and I’d be off. This did not happen. In fact, what happened was that I ended up working more than usual. Things have now calmed somewhat. The country is attempting (perhaps prematurely, but time will time)… Continue reading Reflections on Running through Lockdown.
Emil Zátopek (September 1922 - November 2000) is one of the greatest Olympians of all time. He is one of the ultimate distance runners. Why? I don’t know. Or, I didn’t. All I knew was the name, and a place. Emil Zátopek. Czechoslovakia. Having read this book, written by Richard Askwith, I now know what… Continue reading Runners Book Club: Today We Die A Little.
This weekend I will be participating in the closest thing I’ve had to a race in a long, long time. I will be running as far as I can within a one hour time limit, then I will submit my time towards a 12-man team effort. Each member of the team will be setting off… Continue reading Work In Progress
This book isn’t about running, that much I’m sure is obvious, but still I was interested in seeing if the lessons it had to teach could be extrapolated into some useful wisdom for our running ways. I have a bit of a background in philosophy having studied the subject at University but the truth is… Continue reading Runners Book Club: The Little Book of Stoicism
Since I’ve been injured I’ve been writing less. Although I consider running and writing, and reading, to all be complimentary, I did not necessarily think that the lessening of one pillar would also so significantly weaken another. In fact, I would have guessed that it may have made the others stronger as I would have… Continue reading Endure, and The Rise of the Ultra Runners (Runners Book Club)
When I discussed Born to Run last week there was no shortage of topics to talk about. There was bare foot running, mentality, diet, travel, everything and anything which you can imagine surrounding the running world because although the book was very much about one writers journey, in the grander scheme of things it was… Continue reading What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Runners Book Club)
This is a blog primarily about two things: Reading, and running. Mostly I talk about those things separately, although for me there is natural connective tissue between the two subjects. Running and reading promote the thing I crave most: focus. It is a common enough expression: To get lost in a book. You can get… Continue reading Born to Run (The Runners Book Club)
When I sat down to write my last Runners Corner post on this blog, I found myself suddenly booking a last-minute 10k at the Silverstone Racetrack in Northamptonshire as I discovered its fast approaching start date when I scoured the race listings for the Race Focus section. This time, I don’t think I’ll be doing… Continue reading Silverstone, Farah Back on Track, and a Motor Circuit Marathon.