Finding a balance

One of the things I'm finding hardest while training for the marathon is judging just how much is too much and how much is too lazy. On the one hand, you're trying to tell when your body is actually tired; when pushing yourself further won't do you any good. When that pain isn't gain, but …

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Living through books: The reading list

Because everything that is worthwhile can be quantified (ha), last year I set myself the target of reading 56 books before the end of 2016. Enough to challenge myself, but not so many to be impossible. But, inevitably, I kept choosing books that were less challenging and time-consuming, just so I could hit my target. …

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Running through books #1: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

As any runner will know, often non-runners just don't get it. "Why bother?", they say. "It's boring and painful. And it's bad for your knees." If this is the reaction of my friends to my running, imagine what they think when I say I love reading about running. And not just the ridiculous or inspirational stories of people staggering through the …

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Injury: A lesson or five

Until recently, being injured was, to me, a little like marriage - something scary that happened to other people, but that would probably catch up with me one day. Unfortunately, stepping up my running about 10 months ago revealed some flaws in my form - namely that my right-hand glutes are embarrassingly lazy, and can't be bothered to properly …

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