Above the Clouds, and Training in the Modern Age.

Killian Jornet is one of the greatest athletes of our time. He is a sky runner, a trail runner, and a ski mountaineer. He is a winner, and a record holder. He is not the greatest storyteller of our age.  Above the Clouds is Jornet’s third book. It is a lightly structured collection of musings… Continue reading Above the Clouds, and Training in the Modern Age.

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?

The Wind Giveth, the Wind Taketh

It hasn’t been the most eventful week of training that I’ve ever undertaken in my life, but I’m perfectly happy with that. As I have reiterated in previous blogs, my current focus is on building aerobic fitness, and eliminating some of the lower leg niggles that I have been carrying for a while now, so… Continue reading The Wind Giveth, the Wind Taketh

And Suddenly, my Longest Run.

I’d always heard that one of the key components of marathon training was the 2 hour long run, and I always figured that at some point I would start doing 2 hour runs regardless of whether I was training for a marathon or not. Running is endurance, as soon as you come off the sprint… Continue reading And Suddenly, my Longest Run.

Back to Base

It's safe to assume that we won't be racing before April, I think. The end of the pandemic might finally be tangible, with the vaccine providing a slowly unfurling solution to this crisis, but we aren’t there yet. From a runners perspective this makes things very simple: no races, no track, no group runs, so… Continue reading Back to Base

Not Running Music

Some point last year I went running with a couple of albums and really enjoyed the experience, so much so that I intended on starting a segment called Soundtrack to… where I would pair up albums with particular runs as if I were pairing an entrée with wine. This didn’t last long, mostly because soon… Continue reading Not Running Music

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.

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.