Hello, London Marathon

So, it seems that my prospects of doing a marathon have gone from wishful-but-apprehensive thinking to actual reality. Thanks to a tremendously thoughtful (but somewhat risky) Christmas present from my other half, a place in the 2017  London Marathon is mine. Which means I've had to get serious about training. No more of this "run as much …

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Running through books #2: Heat by Ranulph Fiennes

They say you should never meet your heroes. And in the case of me and Ranulph Fiennes, I think they would be probably correct. Intimidating doesn't cover it. This is the man who got a nasty case of frostbite while on expedition and, when he was in too much pain to wait out the required five …

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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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