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…

A feeling of not-foreboding

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

A stat-attack: the best half marathons in the UK if you want to run fast times

I have a theory that if you want to run a fast time in a race, then you really should find a race with as many other fast runners as possible. I am just reading the new book by Malcolm Gladwell, called David and Goliath and in that…

The Greatest Race in the World and what that would look like

After the success of the Berlin marathon to facilitate another marathon world record, I started thinking about what it would take to create a race with the sole intention of making it the Greatest Race in the World – the GRW. The greatest marathon course possible In the…
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