Never let go

In the push to run that marathon, get that next PB, go just that little bit further and faster, Sometimes Running can become a chore, a duty, a punishment. Never let go of the Joy of just moving

Last long marathon run

Marathon training weirdness

Yesterday was my last long training run before the Taunton marathon. Twenty miles round a not-particularly-inspiring circular road route, keeping within a few miles of home. Marathon training’s always a little odd. Each week, you push yourself to the limits of your endurance and just a little beyond. Each time, you think there’s no way […]

Taking the sprain

Sometimes you need to take a step back with training. For anyone who followed my mini-adventure on the West Deane Way ultra last year, you’ll know that I turned my ankle over a few weeks before the event. It caused me some bother on the day, although we made it round and there didn’t seem […]

An end and a beginning

It’s the season of retrospection. When the days of the old year can be counted on the fingers of one hand. And the year just starting is still shiny, new and boxfresh. A time to look back and look forwards. Looking back 2014 for me was full of ups, with just a few downs. I […]

running is my meditation

Running is my meditation

As I step out the door, I leave the baggage of the day behind The PowerPoints and conference calls, emails and to-do lists It’s just me and the ground beneath my feet Tarmac, footpath, forest trail, mud Dodging puddles and tree roots. Winter sunlight weaving through the russet leaves and bare branches overhead Across ploughed […]

After the ultra that wasn’t

The good, the bad and the what-was-I-thinking? It’s been just over a month since our first attempt at going over the magic 26.2 miles. My trashed trail shoes have been consigned to the dustbin and my medal long ago eaten, so now seems like a good time to take stock. Would I do it again, […]

West Deane Way ultra

The Ultra that wasn’t – part 2

2014 was meant to be all about going ultra. My friends Val, Paul and I had trained all summer. We’d learned how to run through mud without losing a shoe. How to run in the dark, while stargazing. How to navigate like a ninja. Or at least, how to get a little less lost a […]

West Deane Way ultra

The Ultra that wasn’t – part 1

2014 was meant to be all about the ultramarathon. Partly to find a new challenge. After seven road marathons, it felt like a good time to try something different. Partly to learn more about my running, and improve technique. It’s when you stretch the mileage that you discover where your weak links are. But it […]

Runners vs joggers: what's in a name?

I don’t usually get too hung up on labels, but last week a piece by Stuart Heritage that appeared on the Guardian runners blog had me pondering. Stuart hates running. He does it so that he can eat cake. And for this reason, he feels that calling himself a ‘runner’ is an undeserved promotion. He’s […]

Taunton Marathon: A race of two halves

Marathons mess with your head. Seriously. Preparations for Taunton have gone almost perfectly. I’ve run longer. Felt stronger. So you’d think I’d be brimming with confidence as race day approached. Guess again. This is my seventh marathon, and only my second since becoming a Chi Runner. After so many years of chronic injury, it’s hard […]