I want this training journal to be more of, well, a journal. Which is to say I want it to be more immediate, more reflective, and more...more. That means an increased frequency of shorter posts which look back on a day of training, or even just on my running life beyond the day-in-day out of… Continue reading Beautiful Places
This is how North begins: “Scott Jurek is one of the greatest ultramarathon runners of all time and a living legend. North tells the story of his biggest challenge, undertaken at the end of a career full of glittering achievements: breaking the speed record for the Appalachian Trail, the famous path that runs for nearly… Continue reading Runners Book Club: North
Emil Zátopek (September 1922 - November 2000) is one of the greatest Olympians of all time. He is one of the ultimate distance runners. Why? I don’t know. Or, I didn’t. All I knew was the name, and a place. Emil Zátopek. Czechoslovakia. Having read this book, written by Richard Askwith, I now know what… Continue reading Runners Book Club: Today We Die A Little.
Paul Tonkinson’s 26.2 Miles to Happiness: A Comedian’s Tale of Running, Red Wine, and Redemption has quickly ascended towards the top of my running book podium. It is, admittedly, a relatively small pile, as reading about running is still a newer habit of mine but, nevertheless, it is very good. Trust me. Although that pile… Continue reading Runners Book Club: 26.2 Miles to Happiness.
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
Despite the current circumstances I’m not working from home or anything like that because ha ha ha, retail, am I right? Well. I didn’t realise that memes could be so terrifyingly prescient. Anyway! It might be a good idea if you are stuck in self isolation to check out the glorious world of audio books,… Continue reading On Audible
Since I’ve been injured I’ve been writing less. Although I consider running and writing, and reading, to all be complimentary, I did not necessarily think that the lessening of one pillar would also so significantly weaken another. In fact, I would have guessed that it may have made the others stronger as I would have… Continue reading Endure, and The Rise of the Ultra Runners (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)
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)
Photo by Tim Tiedemann on Unsplash I'm not really a cold weather kind of guy, but there is something about a crisp but clear, ice cold blue morning in the middle of January. It's supposed to be a dreary, long month, but so far I'm actually enjoying it, thanks in no part to my continued routine of getting… Continue reading Sunday Stuff (Disappearing Earth/ Hyper Light Drifter/ Leon Bridges)