Bedford Autodrome 10k.

When we entered 2020 long, long ago in faraway January, I imagined my year would be chock full of 10k road races. There are loads of little events over that distance in my local area, and I intended on entering as many of them as possible. Obviously that did not happen. Indeed, only this past… Continue reading Bedford Autodrome 10k.

Running on Beetroot.

Enjoying food and drink with relative freedom is one of the joys of regular exercise. Sticking a 50 mile week in the bank puts you in a hefty calorie deficit, which means that you can be fairly indulgent when it comes to what you put in your body. Greasy, fried food, full of saturated fats… Continue reading Running on Beetroot.

Tapering

Tapering is a strange but necessary phenomena. To a non runner it may seem strange to make a reduction in training right before a big race, but for runners it is vital to go into a peak effort as rested as possible.  If you aren’t familiar, tapering means to decrease mileage and intensity in the… Continue reading Tapering

The 5 before the 10.

Photo by Jake Blucker on Unsplash Running does not necessitate racing, and being a good racer and being a good runner do not automatically go hand in hand. To be a good racer you probably need to be a good runner in the first place, and although I’m too inexperienced to confidently say that I… Continue reading The 5 before the 10.

Race Day

Photo by Daniel Olah on Unsplash About a year ago the race that I had returned to serious training for was supposed to happen.  The weather was dreadful; the skies were leaden, leaking. The grey pavements were soaked. I sat in my car, windows steaming, spiralling into the zone. I had arrived early, nervous energy… Continue reading Race Day

The Progressive Run

You don’t need to race to enjoy running, in fact I’m sure there are some people out there who find more joy in the sport without the push of the competitive side interfering with their hobby. Indeed, although I just called it a sport, it is a hobby as well. It is both, for me,… Continue reading The Progressive Run

The Lessons

There is only so much experience a 25 year old can have at anything, and when it comes to running I’ve only spent 5ish years of my 25 invested in the sport. For 3.5 of those 5 years I was just turning up to track sessions, doing the workouts, and then going home and not… Continue reading The Lessons

Racing (?)

My training of late has been good. Maybe too good, according to a twinge in my quad, and a slight ache in my fascia. They aren’t injuries, thankfully a few days off cured them both, but they could have been. They were niggles, warning signs resulting from a pushing of the running envelope. Careful now,… Continue reading Racing (?)

Track and Trail

This week I was back at the track for the first time since early March. Sadly however, I was not actually on the track, I was running on the grass around it. It’s early days, but for now our group is making do with this situation as other track-dedicated groups take up the Covid-limited space… Continue reading Track and Trail