The Half Marathon and I

Back in 2019 I was feeling aimless so, in a grasp for purpose, I decided to go whole hog on running. The sport has been in my life for a long time but I had never really given it full commitment. It had always been a passing, but familiar, acquaintance. I imagine quite a few… Continue reading The Half Marathon and I

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.

Present Sense

I followed up the blissful smoothness of my last long run with a low volume day of run/biking, and then had an absolutely storming track session. It was one of my best, ever. I felt in full control of my stride, was able to hold something in reserve on the longer efforts, and then push… Continue reading Present Sense

Runners Book Club: Range (and a discussion about Grit)

There are a lot of similarities between running books. For instance, the majority of the running books I’ve read have started in the midst of a grueling race, some mountain trek, or a long distance sufferfest, before doing the literary equivalent of spiking the camera and saying "I bet you're wondering how I found myself… Continue reading Runners Book Club: Range (and a discussion about Grit)

Race Preparations, Tokyo, and the Great Eastern Run.

Photo by Olia Nayda on Unsplash So here we are in the week of the Great Eastern Run, my first ever half marathon and the biggest event of my running career so far. The weather is looking wet, my immune system is feeling shattered, but overall I think I’m about as ready as I’ll ever be. I know… Continue reading Race Preparations, Tokyo, and the Great Eastern Run.

Mind Games, Self-Talk, and Tolkien.

I often get asked: what do you think about when you run? It’s an interesting question, but not one that I always have an answer for. It’s a difficult task remembering thought, so all that I’m certain about is that it can’t be the same thing every time. I’m no Eliud Kipchoge, I can’t completely… Continue reading Mind Games, Self-Talk, and Tolkien.