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
‘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
What sort of vacationing runner are you? Do you forget all about getting the miles in when you're on a break, or is the thought of leaving your trainers at home enough to cause you to break out in a cold sweat? I usually plan to get all my usual runs in and throw in … Continue reading Running Holiday
You know when you decide to treat yourself to a new dress? Sometimes all the stars align and you find exactly what you're looking for - right style, right colour, maybe it's on sale at TK Maxx and is therefore so cheap it's practically in minus figures. You try it on and it looks even … Continue reading Kit Review: Stuff with Pockets!