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).

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.

2.0.

We all knew it was a possibility. Recently I’ve raced twice, eaten in restaurants, and trained in a group, but those times are once again on hold as the UK re-enter's a national lockdown.  There are more dramatic effects to be felt by others apart from myself, the most immediate impact that the second lockdown… Continue reading 2.0.

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

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

Ivinghoe Beacon

Autumn has kicked into gear in typical British fashion by being completely inconsistent, with the temperatures celebrating the dusky season by kicking themselves up a notch. This is no reason to complain, it is a reason to pursue one of my simpler seasonal goals: to explore some new run routes, ideally involving some hills.  Last… Continue reading Ivinghoe Beacon

Autumn Watch

It isn’t autumn just yet, but the storm strength winds which have been recently blowing through have littered the paths, roads, and trails with leaves, giving the sense that although it may not actually be here, it is most definitely on the way.  It has been a strange summer. Early in the year I was… Continue reading Autumn Watch