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
Well. That was a tough one. Marathon number 4, Richmond RunFest Marathon. A small, local race in familiar territory. Why was I running this race again? I hadn't really considered that question beyond wanting to achieve a time goal. I'd booked it almost a year ago in the aftermath of getting around the 4:30 mark … Continue reading Better than Kipchoge (Sort Of..!)
You know that feature at the front of Runner's World, 'Rave Run'? Well I had my very own one of those at the weekend. Mr. Duff and I were up in Aberdeen for a family visit. The purpose of the visit was a birthday surprise, so we were actually hiding out in Aberdeen for a … Continue reading Fit’s Adee – Old Deeside Line
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
Well that's it. Training done, time for rest, hydration and hoping the weather plays ball. For various reasons I only had time to do one weekday run before heading into rest day territory. A friend suggested I just leave my Garmin at home and go for a free run, and this turned out to be … Continue reading Time to Just Start Running…
There’s something a bit funny going on at the moment. I almost don’t even want to say anything about it, in case Fate decides she’s been tempted and it all goes wrong. But here goes… I’m getting faster again. I know, weird! It’s been so long since I was able to run the paces I’m … Continue reading A Bit Fit
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!