Obstacles, Acquiescence.

No one wants to make a habit out of giving up, but it is something which I think is unfairly maligned.  I recently read Ryan Holiday’s The Obstacle is the Way, a kind of practical guide for applying Stoic philosophy to your life. Suffice to say it is a book full of interesting thoughts, written… Continue reading Obstacles, Acquiescence.

Pen and Paper

I like Strava. Like all social media, our relationship with it always has the potential to turn sour. Constantly comparing yourself to someone's online presence is inherently unhealthy because you don’t have the full picture. Right now, I just find it quite fun. It also does a decent job of tracking my training, but like… Continue reading Pen and Paper

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

Slow Day in the Woods.

I go to the woods at least once a week now. There are hills there that would be good for high effort reps, but I don’t usually go out there for that reason.  After a tough weekend session I needed a win. I needed some peace. I needed to feel good about running. And I… Continue reading Slow Day in the Woods.

Good, Bad, All in the Past.

If you get to a point where you’re running more days than you're not, you can sometimes get to forgetting just how hard it is to start out.  The gasping for breath, the struggle for form, that desperation when you’re far from the finish and already flagging. Running is never easy, but the more you… Continue reading Good, Bad, All in the Past.

Soundtrack to an Easy Day with Nick and George

Inspired by the Running Punk (Jimmy Watkins) and his energetic on-the-run reviews of high volume acts such as Run the Jewels, IDLES, and Every Time I Die, I decided that on my next run I would vow to ditch the playlist, dodge the podcast, and commit to running with a full album.  Thing is, it… Continue reading Soundtrack to an Easy Day with Nick and George

Runners Book Club: The Little Book of Stoicism

This book isn’t about running, that much I’m sure is obvious, but still I was interested in seeing if the lessons it had to teach could be extrapolated into some useful wisdom for our running ways. I have a bit of a background in philosophy having studied the subject at University but the truth is… Continue reading Runners Book Club: The Little Book of Stoicism

Keep calm and…

Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash Stay at home? Quarantine continues, running continues. Despite some threats. The British public cannot completely behave itself when the sun comes out, this is a fact. The sun rises in the east, sets in the west, and the British lose their goddam minds as soon the temperature pops above 15 degrees. So… Continue reading Keep calm and…

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Runners Book Club)

When I discussed Born to Run last week there was no shortage of topics to talk about. There was bare foot running, mentality, diet, travel, everything and anything which you can imagine surrounding the running world because although the book was very much about one writers journey, in the grander scheme of things it was… Continue reading What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Runners Book Club)

Born to Run (The Runners Book Club)

This is a blog primarily about two things: Reading, and running. Mostly I talk about those things separately, although for me there is natural connective tissue between the two subjects. Running and reading promote the thing I crave most: focus. It is a common enough expression: To get lost in a book. You can get… Continue reading Born to Run (The Runners Book Club)