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)

Priorities

Last year, during January, I took on a complete dry spell from alcohol and went fully vegetarian.  This year I am doing no such thing. I just have no desire to test myself in that way, and I think this lack of desire comes, in part, from the unseen effects that increasing my training throughout… Continue reading Priorities

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

Runners Book Club: The Lost Art of Running.

There is no magic bullet when it comes to getting better at running. When it comes right down to it, being an excellent runner is a combination (mostly) of two things: commitment to training, and genetics. For those willing to commit to the training (regardless of whether or not genetics are on their side) there’s… Continue reading Runners Book Club: The Lost Art of Running.

Four On.

I’ve been a little lapse on writing the blog recently, simply because I’ve been training so much. For the last four weeks I have most definitely been On. Which is to say I've been knuckling down and going for it, stretching my peak mileage, and doing at least two sessions a week. At first being On… Continue reading Four On.

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?

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.