I've got a bit of a bad habit with my long runs when left to my own devices. I'll plan out a route for the distance I want to do, usually starting and finishing at my front door. Then invariably I'll get a few miles from the end and decide I really don't want to … Continue reading Stick to the Plan!
Ah, Saturday. Or, if you like, parkrunday. Glorious, wonderful parkrunday, which always seems to bring something to be happy about. For the last couple of weeks with this horrible bout of poorliness I've been feeling pretty sorry for myself. I finally made it to the doctors on Tuesday to have it confirmed that yes, it … Continue reading Our Friend Parkrun
It’s a good job I don’t really believe in New Year’s resolutions. Not really. I mean, I’ll do the usual thing of resetting all the Christmas gorging and making an effort to be generally healthier, but you can do that at any time of year and I know it’s inevitable that I’ll have to. I … Continue reading Choose Your Attitude
Do you remember that advert last Christmas for Apple, with Frankenstein’s Monster joining in the carol singing? He sang ‘Home for the Holidays’. I love that ad, even though it makes me well up with homesickness every time. If you've never seen it, have a look here and then come back. I'll wait. It makes … Continue reading Home for the Holidays
No, not that sort of streaking. Get your mind out of the gutter. We've all heard tell of runners who finish their marathon training and suddenly find themselves in great shape for shorter races, PB's falling all over the place. I wasn't sure it was really going to be a thing for me. After Rome … Continue reading Spontaneous Streaking
Recently I wrote about running in the dark alone at this time of year and how it can be a bit hairy for various reasons; you feel more vulnerable, you can't see where you're going, and people can't see you. I always wear something hi-viz in the dark and last year I ran with heel … Continue reading Kit Review: RunLites
Folks, duffrunning needs you! The voting for the first stage of this year's Running Awards closes on 29th NOVEMBER! duffrunning is nominated again in the blog category, under 'publications and online'. Last year I was shortlisted which was a great honour, and it would be wonderful to be shortlisted again this year! Please follow this … Continue reading 2018 Running Awards – duffrunning Needs You!
Slight departure from the usual today; I discovered a basic recipe a while ago for flapjacks which had lots of nuts and seeds in them, and have since adapted it with different dried fruits to change the flavour a bit. I've made these loads of times recently and they always go down well, and I've … Continue reading Flapjack Power – Running Recipe
Where were we? Oh yes, the first damn bridge. The course profile for the New York City Marathon looks, shall we say, rather undulating. The marathon course runs through all five boroughs of New York and the first of the significant undulations on the profile was the first bridge, the Verrazano Narrows bridge which takes … Continue reading NYC Part 2 – Last Damn Bridge
New York, New York – it’s a hell of a town! I’d completely forgotten how much I like New York. I’d been once before about 12 years ago and loved it then, and there was loads more I wanted to see this time as well as the minor business of running the marathon… We arrived … Continue reading NYC Part 1 – A New York State of Mind