Back to Base

It's safe to assume that we won't be racing before April, I think. The end of the pandemic might finally be tangible, with the vaccine providing a slowly unfurling solution to this crisis, but we aren’t there yet. From a runners perspective this makes things very simple: no races, no track, no group runs, so… Continue reading Back to Base

Not Running Music

Some point last year I went running with a couple of albums and really enjoyed the experience, so much so that I intended on starting a segment called Soundtrack to… where I would pair up albums with particular runs as if I were pairing an entrée with wine. This didn’t last long, mostly because soon… Continue reading Not Running Music

Runners Book Club: Range (and a discussion about Grit)

There are a lot of similarities between running books. For instance, the majority of the running books I’ve read have started in the midst of a grueling race, some mountain trek, or a long distance sufferfest, before doing the literary equivalent of spiking the camera and saying "I bet you're wondering how I found myself… Continue reading Runners Book Club: Range (and a discussion about Grit)

Priorities

Last year, during January, I took on a complete dry spell from alcohol and went fully vegetarian.  This year I am doing no such thing. I just have no desire to test myself in that way, and I think this lack of desire comes, in part, from the unseen effects that increasing my training throughout… Continue reading Priorities

Running Through It

I am wrapped in twin layers. Legs, arms, wrists, hands, and fingers, swathed and coddled.  I step onto the road, and I start to run.  This road has been many things over a short period of time. It has been crisp with white overnight frost, slick with ice, flooded with torrential rain, and utterly lost… Continue reading Running Through It

A Run, In Words: 12 Miles in the Chilterns.

I last visited the Chiltern Hills, and Ivinghoe Beacon, in warmer, drier times. My trail shoes got dusty from the chalk escarpments, but they weren’t muddy. My legs were sore from the climbs, but my glutes weren’t barking for working so hard to keep me upright on the slip ‘n slide sections.  The Chilterns is… Continue reading A Run, In Words: 12 Miles in the Chilterns.

Runners Book Club: The Lost Art of Running.

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.

Four On.

I’ve been a little lapse on writing the blog recently, simply because I’ve been training so much. For the last four weeks I have most definitely been On. Which is to say I've been knuckling down and going for it, stretching my peak mileage, and doing at least two sessions a week. At first being On… Continue reading Four On.

Long Run, Best Run?

Photo by Chad Madden on Unsplash A lot of my headspace is taken up with running. There’s this, for instance. Then there’s running books, running videos, blogs. There’s all the running people in my life: my athletics team, my coach, family, friends. There’s all the little things which I do alongside the running to make… Continue reading Long Run, Best Run?

A Run, in Words: Ferry Bridge to Water Newton.

I start the route in a free car park off the road near the Gunwald Lake side of Nene Park. The Milton Ferry Bridge leads me across the river towards Ferry Meadows; the regular stomping grounds for runners, walkers, and plenty of dogs to boot. The bridge is handsome; a Grade II listed structure made… Continue reading A Run, in Words: Ferry Bridge to Water Newton.