My problem with the use of the word ‘brutal’.

brutal (adjective) bruːt(ə)l/ 1. savagely violent. 2. unpleasant or harsh. 3. direct and without attempting to disguise unpleasantness. Origin: late 15th century (in the sense ‘relating to the lower animals’): from Old French, or from medieval Latin brutalis, from brutus ‘dull, stupid’ Too many ‘brutal’s It may be…

Avoiding a doping problem in marathon running? Might be too late.

I just read an astonishing – and very disappointing – statistic relating to elite level marathon runners: Thirty-six Kenyans have been confirmed as failing [performance enhancing drug] tests in the past two years. And probably the saddest thing is that I’m not at all surprised. The reasons why…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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,…
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