Running at 50 – and having a blast

In 2016, I hit 50. In 2017, I celebrated a quarter century of being a runner. Two pretty major milestones: running’s been a Significant Other in my life for longer than I’ve been a parent, a wife, a non-runner (almost). Yet between those two events, the shift that’s happened in my thinking and my training’s […]

On parkruns and pushy parents

Saturday morning and the perfect way to start the weekend: with a family parkrun. My 14-year old got into running last year after joining me in my sprained ankle rehab training, and he’s been bitten by the parkrun bug. Plus the sprint finishes that leave his dad in the dust don’t hurt either. It’s fantastic […]

Don’t fear the Reaper

Races tend to bring out the worst in me and my running. Blame it on lack of confidence. Blame it on a fear of looking stupid. Or just blame it on my uber-competitive streak. Yes, I’ve been known to put on a burst of speed just to stay ahead of the school kids doing cross-country […]

Zen racing: Babcary Road Road

A small confession: I’ve had a bit of a problem with racing since I started Chi Running nearly 7 years ago. I can run as chilled as you like in training, but stick a number on my shirt with a bunch of safety pins and suddenly I’m wound up as tight as a piano wire. […]

Chard Flyer: new year, new 10K and a bit of a head mess

Funny how you can get out of the habit of racing. It wasn’t a deliberate choice, but aside from parkruns, I haven’t taken part in an event since the Blackdown Beast in early 2015. I was starting to miss the excitement and community of racing. So 2017 will be a year for more races, and […]

Getting unstuck

Injury. The word that strikes cold dread into the heart of every runner. And then there’s the injury that just won’t go away. When you get stuck, and whatever you do, you can’t seem to get unstuck. It was the most ridiculous of accidents. The weekend before Christmas, with a million things to get done […]

Just a lovely day out in the Lakes…

Ever wondered what it’s like to run 50 miles? Ever wondered if you could? I’ll admit it, it’s a bit of a daydream of mine. So when Paul Waldron got in touch after the London Marathon, asking for a Chi Running refresher to help him prepare for his next challenge, the Montane Lakeland 50, I […]

Favourite trails: Staple Fitzpaine Herepath

This is the first in an occasional series of posts about my favourite running trails. The Staple Fitzpaine Herepath is a roughly 13 mile circular route in the Blackdown Hills just outside Taunton. The Herepath takes you through a constantly changing landscape of forest paths, grassy fields, stone tracks, and quiet country lanes, with plenty of spectacular views along the […]

Chi on the Dorset trails

A sunny Friday afternoon. And instead of gearing up for my usual evening of pizza and wine in front of the telly, I found myself driving through pretty country lanes and villages, heading to a weekend of trail running with Well Trodden Path. With me was Anna, who’d travelled down from London for the holiday. […]

6 things I wish I’d known as a beginner runner

Just in case you missed it, last weekend was the London Marathon. It’s an event that’s had a special place in my heart for a long time. Even though I haven’t taken part since 2001, it’s what first inspired me to get into running. And every year, I still get a little pang that I’m […]