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.

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

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