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I have…

I have… just finished a 16 mile run with a pick up at the end I have… all the opportunities in the world to become the best runner I can be I have… surrounded myself with amazingly supportive people: my wife, family and friends I have… plenty of kit I have… the best possible nutrition I have… medical support on [...]

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Who the hell am I racing against?

In the second in a series of very self-indulgent posts this weekend (sorry!) I want to answer the questions: who am I competing with? Who am I measuring myself with? Who am I racing against? Watching the best of the best I watched the the women’s World Triathlon Series race that took place in Hyde [...]

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More or less – what is the key to being a better runner?

More or less – what is the key to being a better runner?

Is running a matter of more or less? For many runners, certainly many I know, the usual response to the desire to get better at running is to do more running. But I have recently been thinking about running in terms of balance. Whether more is always better. Or in fact whether sometime less is [...]

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Be brave

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain When it comes to running, sometimes control can become [...]

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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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