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Simon Freeman (in) Esquire

I received a lovely email from the people at Esquire yesterday asking me to tell them about a few of my favourite running routes around London. I was delighted to oblige because Esquire always seems to me to have been the best of the magazines aimed at men – none of the nonsense and sleaze [...]

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Take it to the bridge (or bridges…)

Take it to the bridge (or bridges…)

James Brown might have instructed his band to “take it to the bridge” but it was James Poole who suggested that we “take it to the bridges” when he proposed a pre-UTMB CCC training run along the River Thames from Woolwich foot tunnel to Richmond Park – 60km in distance and probably 15,000 steps up [...]

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The Florence Marathon 2010 – a breakthrough moment

I was recently talking to someone involved in the organisation of the Paris marathon and she asked if I had run her race. I said I had and I explained that it was a bit of a breakthrough race for me. The first time I ran under 2:45. But actually if I think about the [...]

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After the run is done: images from the 2014 UTMB

I just returned from a week in Chamonix where I was going to run the UTMB CCC and spend some time in the mountains, enjoying the atmosphere of this unique event. Since starting freestak, I have rekindled my love for taking photographs and Chamonix on UTMB weekend is an ideal place to try a few [...]

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Too near or too far… what is the perfect target?

It is often said – and I believe it to be true – that in order to drag yourself out of a rut, you need a target. I for one can’t train for the sake of training. Apart from anything else it feels like a terribly inefficient waste of time. I need to have a [...]

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Suddenly calm…

In the last couple of days I have suddenly felt much calmer about the up-coming UTMB CCC that Julie and I are taking on in 10 days. I think I was obsessing about the details: >100km 6,000m of ascent A bad summer weather-wise in Chamonix Not knowing which shoes I should wear Not knowing if [...]

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Chris Finch is: Training for the Bupa Great North Run 2014

I love getting suggestions for posts from other people and I especially love it when they then offer to write a piece. This means that (a) I don’t have to come up with a piece myself and (b) the readers of this blog get a break from my monotonous droning! Anyway, Chris Finch, from Fanbed, [...]

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Maintaining not training

Maintaining not training

Training (ˈtreɪnɪŋ/) is defined as the action of undertaking a course of exercise and diet in preparation for a sporting event and I have recently realised that I am not training. Not that I don’t have a sporting event lined up – I do – but I am not really training for it. Certainly not [...]

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Outrun The Sun… did they make it?

A few weeks ago I posted about an event that I was invited to – the ASICS Outrun The Sun. It turned out to be a pretty daring and exciting challenge, especially for those of us who were invited that had run around the Mont Blanc (or indeed done any long distance trail running). There [...]

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ASICS Outrun The Sun: Part Two

ASICS Outrun The Sun: Part Two

Well, best laid plans and all that… I aimed to post an update on the race from Chamonix and yet here I am back in grey and grim London after a much needed good nights sleep, trying to figure out how to cram the story of Outrun The Sun into one blog post. That might [...]

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