Things have been a bit quiet over here at Duffrunning Towers lately because of a post London marathon niggle/injury/pain related situation I'm dealing with, which means there is very little running happening and therefore not a lot to write about. I might do an update about the whole sorry saga at some stage if I … Continue reading Guest Gear Review: Gu 5 Serving Hydropak Flask
How did it go? Are you happy? Did you enjoy it? Three questions you’d think there’d be an easy answer to when the ‘it’ in question is that you ran the London marathon a few days ago. I know how it went, technically. The other two are a bit harder to get my head round. … Continue reading LonDONE!
‘Ugh. Well this is just perfect. Is anything else going to go wrong today? I really should just not bother’. I had just locked the front door about to head out for my last long run before London, leaving my sunglasses on the other side of the same door on a bright day that was … Continue reading Perfection is the Enemy of Good
Hello Taper, my old friend I've made it to you once again For 13 weeks you’ve seemed elusive My longing for you so effusive And it’s tempting to think the work is now all done But still I run… Within the bounds of taper That’s your lot I’m afraid. I’m neither creative nor talented enough … Continue reading Tapertastic
This update might be controversial. Not sure. It’ll be interesting to see what people think. Here’s the thing; I’m pretty sure I’m going to run slower on marathon day than I originally said I intended to...but on purpose. Not something you hear runners admit to everyday. And I promise I’m not sandbagging. When I first … Continue reading Running Happy: Realistic Goals
How do you manage hydration when you’re training? Do you stick to just water? Sports drinks? Don’t bother at all, or drink too much and wonder why you lose all your energy and get cramp with miles still to go? Do you finish runs covered in enough salt to cure a side of beef? Then … Continue reading Precision Hydration Review
It was all going so well... Week 5 of marathon training and I’d been diligently building up the Sunday long run mileage, running up and down hills and doing some actual proper speed work. My fitness and pace seem to be on their way back and I was pleased to be heading into the heaviest … Continue reading The Yamauchi Triangle
What does it take to run a marathon? That’s a question with lots of possible answers. Some more helpful than others. We’ve all seen those memes about the need to be a special kind of idiot and all that jazz. I’d agree, not that marathon runners are idiots exactly, but it does take a certain … Continue reading What Does it Take?
There are times when training for a marathon makes you question your life choices. Lying face down on a massage table in a small room with a stranger’s elbow rammed into places you’d usually slap someone for touching is definitely one of them. I’ve got a confession to make. Since I lucked out and got … Continue reading The Laziness of the Long Distance Runner
Quick Disclaimer: Yep, I know I've gone quiet on you all again lately. And I know this piece refers to something that happened in December...I'm hoping you're all kind enough to bear with me and let me start again like there's been no gap...! 15th December 2018 - Eagles Christmas Party I’m a big fan … Continue reading Ministry of Silly Hats