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Race number transfers – who is going to blink first: runners or organisers?

Race number transfers – who is going to blink first: runners or organisers?

I was talking to a race director yesterday and the subject of race number transfers came up. It was in the context of race insurance and the race director suggested that this was the reason that races regularly refuse to allow people to transfer their numbers to someone else. I’m not sure that is true, [...]

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You don’t want pain and suffering? Do something else then.

Imagine the scene: a group stands on tiptoes, peering over a thick stand of tall grass. It is morning. Warm, but not yet hot. And still. Very still. Ahead of the group, a herd of antelope are grazing. Tails twitching and alert, they move slowly across the dry, flat earth. The group have seen other [...]

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Effortless or effortful: what’s the key to superiority?

Effortless or effortful: what’s the key to superiority?

Many of you will have heard the very sad news that Sir Christopher Chataway (right) passed away today, at the age of 82. The reactions from athletes, politicians, business associates and friends and family, have all told of a man who was exceptional in whatever he turned his hand to, including his amazing, albeit relatively [...]

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A feeling of not-foreboding

A feeling of not-foreboding

With training for the London Marathon underway I have started really looking forward to it. Which is new.

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Come one, come all? Or keep it to yourself? What is you opinion about the popularity of running?

I saw a tweet this morning which made me feel both a little sad and a little bit angry. It was from a blogger with 5,500-odd followers, whose tweets and thoughts I usually enjoy reading. His tweet this morning was: That Hal Koerner on the cover of Outside magazine? Crap, you know what this means. [...]

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Learning lessons and defying critics

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who [...]

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The ultimate training package for the ultimate London Marathon?

As regular readers of this blog will know, I am a huge fan of the London marathon. I really think that it is the best of its type in the world and as much as I love the New York marathon and the Berlin race and the Paris marathon, London is where my heart is. [...]

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The best of friends, the best of enemies.

Where do you get your motivation from? Do you have a seemingly endless source of internal fire that you can call upon to get you up and out for that threshold session or tempo run on a cold, dark morning in the rain? If you do, then you are a rich man or woman indeed. [...]

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Is scarcity and discomfort good or bad when it comes to marathon running?

Is scarcity and discomfort good or bad when it comes to marathon running?

I have recently been reading a book, called Kings of the Road, by Cameron Stracher, about the golden period of marathon running in the US, around the late-1970s and early ‘80s. This period followed on from the publication of Jim Fixx’s book The Complete Book of Running, and witnessed Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers and later Alberto [...]

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Banning headphones in races: music to your ears?

For many people music and running are a winning combination: they go together like rhubarb and custard or tea and biscuits or running and pretty much any food that is in the fridge… so what do you think about races that ban personal music players? This post was inspired by something I saw as I [...]

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