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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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. …

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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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