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.

Going Cross Country.

Photo by Daniel Sturgess on Unsplash The cross country portion of the running season is maybe my favourite portion of all, but this year we are having to do without.  Cross country isn’t a British-only concept, not by a long stretch, but something I’ve noticed when comparing my own experiences with some of the races… Continue reading Going Cross Country.

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.

Runners Book Club: The Runner.

Markus Torgeby was an extremely talented teenage runner, but he could never quite get things together in races. The potential that everyone could see - his family, his coaches, himself - was struggling to come into fruition. Running was Markus’ solace, a way to make his body and mind sing together. He struggled in school,… Continue reading Runners Book Club: The Runner.

The Importance of Flexibility (but not like that).

Last week I said I was going to run the 1-mile time trial that I missed during the last training block, and I didn’t.  I don’t feel bad about this, in fact I feel pretty good about it.  My body hasn’t been feeling particularly fresh recently, so with races cancelled it makes more sense to… Continue reading The Importance of Flexibility (but not like that).