no races, no point?
An immense flood of disappointment swept through the running world in March (tinged, I suspect, with some relief) as one race after another toppled under the tidal wave of coronavirus. Not only disappointment but worse, aimlessness, as the rug of purpose was pulled from under our feet. I can’t be the only one whose forward…
why do you run?
We talk all the time about why we run. For clarity, for physical health, for mental health, to get outside, to meet people, to challenge ourselves, for, well, something to do. What it’s not is about how fast you are. But… it is, isn’t it? You and I and that guy over there in the…
new year, new race plan
I like the start of January. I like the clarity, the clean division between one measure of time and the next, the start of a something. I don’t believe in a “new you” (save me, please, from trite lifestyle features and wellness posts), but I do believe in the blank page of a diary, the…
where to run in London: running crews and run clubs in the capital
Want to run with a group in London but not sure where to start? Here’s a brief round up of mostly free London run clubs.
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…
The pull-up challenge
September, with the end of summer and beginning-of-term vibe, is rapidly being acknowledged as the best time of year to set new goals – much better than cold, dreary January when your self-discipline is shot and all you want to do is drink large mugs of tea with full fat milk and heavily buttered crumpets.…
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…