It’s taken me a couple of days to gather my thoughts about the London Marathon. It was such a surreal experience with such a range of emotions involved. It was only really on Tuesday morning as I was walking to work eager to show my colleagues my medal that it really hit me; I ran … Continue reading London Baby!
Its like the run up to Christmas, when you're excited to see what Santa brings but you're not sure if you're on the nice list or the naughty list. Its like the day after the final dress rehearsal, when you're keen to get on the stage and greet the audience but you're not sure you can remember … Continue reading Almost There
Well that's not a race instruction you get every day is it? A colleague asked me on Thursday if we had anything nice planned for the Easter break. Just a 10 mile race on Good Friday, I responded, in our house that counts as a fun thing to do! The race in question was the … Continue reading Turn Left at the Prime Minister
It happens to the best of us. Even if your training has gone spot on and you've hit every session exactly right, when the countdown clock goes under 21 days there's always room for a bit of maranoia. The week after Kingston, the last week of full training on my plan before taper, was annoyingly … Continue reading Maranoia
It's just over three weeks til Sunday 23rd April, the date which has been looming large in my diary since new year. London Marathon Day! And my charity vest just arrived. As I've mentioned, I'm running for Coram, the UK's oldest children's charity. Originally I was attracted to Coram as a charity because of the … Continue reading 23 Days til 23rd April…
Quite a large part of marathon training can feel like a bit of a slog. There's almost an element of Stockholm Syndrome to it. You're either running, recovering from running, thinking about running, or sitting at work wishing you were running instead. However at some point, if you're really lucky, things start to feel a … Continue reading Turning Points
Take your seats for tonight’s performance An adagio, not a sprint Running a piacere, clearing the reel from the back of your eyelids A soundtrack of masterpieces, concert of youth misspent The baton raps memories to attention Shivers down your spine Not breeze over sweat, but the souring tenor of the tenor Guardi le stele … Continue reading Diminuendo
I had a very special teacher for A Level History who used to say to us 'it's amazing what you can get done in two weeks'. These are words to live by, I've found. Two weeks ago we were hot off the plane from Tokyo and I'd got a half marathon booked. I was knackered, jet … Continue reading Two Week’s Notice
A few moths ago, I got a really rather wonderful message from a really rather wonderful person. This person, an accomplished writer themself, had decided to nominate my blog for the 2017 Running Awards. I was really flattered - I've got a lot of respect for the person who nominated me and I enjoy their … Continue reading Running Awards 2017 – Final Countdown!
What do your feet feel like after a long run? I suppose it depends on how long the long run was…10 miles ok? 15? What about a 20 miler on an uneven towpath? Last year at about this time I was at the business end of training for the Rome marathon, and my feet were … Continue reading Kit Review – OOFOS Recovery Flip Flops