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.

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.

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.

Racing is Training.

Another weekend, another 10k.  It’s the first time I’ve done back to back races in I don’t know how long, and the first time ever that both of those races have been at the 10k distance. The second event, at Prestwold Hall in Leicestershire, did not deliver quite as satisfying a time performance (37:17) as… Continue reading Racing is Training.

Bedford Autodrome 10k.

When we entered 2020 long, long ago in faraway January, I imagined my year would be chock full of 10k road races. There are loads of little events over that distance in my local area, and I intended on entering as many of them as possible. Obviously that did not happen. Indeed, only this past… Continue reading Bedford Autodrome 10k.