A wonderful, sunny day. You're running well (it does sometimes happen, even for me) bowling along at a steady pace (even if that feels faster than it actually is), taking in the wonder of it all. The problems of the world simply don't exist in the Utopian bubble of this magical run. You approach a figure … Continue reading The Law of the Ignoramus (third person)
I came across something about the Invictus Games while messing around on the internet. This resulted in me feeling very guilty about trying to make excuses not to go for a jog in the rain. Below is the poem ‘Invictus’ from which the Games takes its name. As its says on the Games website, “Henley … Continue reading Invictus
Here's the first in a series of Unwritten Laws of Running. There's no particular order to these 'laws' - the most important one is always the one which is applying itself to your situation at any particular time. The Law of the Timid Looking Dog – It looks harmless because a) it’s not too big, b) … Continue reading The Law of the Timid Looking Dog
Struggling to motivate yourself? Feel like giving up half way through an activity? Bored of the same gym programme? Then try training with wolves...
So, a few years back I actually achieved something sporting that I'd set out to do. It was just like I'd read in all great-personal-achievement-tales-with-lashings-of-inspirational-and-motivational-qualities - well almost anyway. This blog originally started in 2011 with the intention of documenting some of my journey as I embarked on the challenge of running mile-after-mile at 8 … Continue reading Re-launch
So I've not been able to run for over six weeks now. I'm not going to be able to complete the marathon I was training for. I have some pain in my knee whenever I walk more than a short distance. If I'm lucky, I'll be able to run again in three weeks time. Yet … Continue reading Running Envy
Round and round and round and round and round and round. And round. And round. And round some more and more and more. Seemingly ad infinitum (but not quite). The above opening lines could describe the cyclyical nature of my attempts to become a better runner - indeed my attempts to become a runner capable … Continue reading 105 and a half laps
Seven weeks ago, my last blog entry basically bemoaned my lack of common sense, loss of 'mojo' and bit of laziness, as major factors disrupting my ultra marathon training. For five of the last seven weeks the training has continued to suffer, largely as a result of continued partying and the accompanying alcohol consumption, some … Continue reading Lord of the flies
If I were to ever write about my first attempt to train for and run a 50k ultra marathon, this post would probably represent Chapter 2, and would be titled, rather grandly, 'Losing my mojo' (when it should in fact be titled either 'Lazy, lazy, lazy' or, more accurately, 'Lack of common sense'). Chapter 1 … Continue reading How not to train for an ultra marathon
For some time now, even before reading of the exploits and amazing feats of the likes of the late Caballo Blanco, Dean Kanazares, and Mike Stroud and Ranulph Fiennes, I've often thought of myself as a marathon runner, or even an ultra marathon runner. Much of this has of course been a direct result of The … Continue reading What have I gone and done?