and so racing is back, again.

This time hopefully it is here to stay. Hopefully, alongside the hairdressers and the pubs and the restaurants, alongside our good health and lower infection rates, hopefully. About two weeks out from a race is when I have my doubts, and after such a long time without racing they have been more pronounced. I know… Continue reading and so racing is back, again.

Have I ever seen a sheep sleeping?

I’m sure there are some benefits to running in the morning, but I just do it because I have always done it; in the first stage of my running life at the weekends; and now in my second. I’ve heard some things about how morning running improves the way your body metabolises fat for energy… Continue reading Have I ever seen a sheep sleeping?

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?

Taking it Easy.

I’ve been off work for a week in an unfortunate collision with the second lockdown, but hey it’s a good excuse to just train, right?  Well yes. And no.  Training, yes. Training hard, no.  I’ve done no particularly hard training this week. It’s the start of a new block of training, and as always the… Continue reading Taking it Easy.

When Not to Run.

I’ve not run very much this week.  I've done a fair bit of walking, sneaking in a hike in the Peak District before lockdown (since I'm not going there on the day this blog publishes for the postponed Dambuster race) but not a lot of running at all. There are people who run every day… Continue reading When Not to Run.

Runners Book Club: Your Pace or Mine?

Most of the running books I’ve read have looked into the world of the elite. I’ve read about insane ultrarunners, for instance, learned of legends like Emile Zátopek, and have heard all about the intense natural ability of Kenyan marathon runners. It’s always nice to get a different perspective though, hence the enduring appeal of… Continue reading Runners Book Club: Your Pace or Mine?

The Bleeding Edge

Running is an unglamorous hobby.  I will say that the Americans at least give it a good old go, they try to spruce it up a bit, which I suppose is fair to say: as they do with anything, and especially as they do with sport. They embrace the cinematic quality of exercise, the natural… Continue reading The Bleeding Edge

Running Easy is Kinda Hard

If someone could please explain to me why the hardest run that I had last week was a watch free 4-mile jog, I’m open to enlightenment. In the last couple of weeks there have been some grueling sessions: intervals, tempos, long runs, hills, and yes, they were hard, but I knew they were going to… Continue reading Running Easy is Kinda Hard

Easy, Breezy

Photo by Jordan Ladikos on Unsplash I usually come to the page for these blogs with a concept in mind, or maybe something specific that I have learned from the week, something that has troubled me, something particular which has gone well in my progression. This week, I’ve just been running. Yes, the world has gone to hell… Continue reading Easy, Breezy

Plan B, C, D…

Weird times. Is it as bad as it seems? Or is it worse? I don’t know, and chances are neither do you, and neither does the bloke in the bar proclaiming the coronavirus to, actually, be a global conspiracy to install a regime of martial law around the world. Insert eye roll. Anyway. Spend less… Continue reading Plan B, C, D…