What can be measured can be managed… probably

I just watched a report on the BBC website about how technology is being used to help people measure every aspect of their fitness and well-being. You can see the report, from the technology show in Las Vegas here. This programme got me thinking. I am not a…

Mind the gap

There are many cliches around training as to be the best runner you can be – that you can bank your training, that pain is temporary and pride is forever or that running a marathon is 90% mental…

Finally getting to grips with the ‘cross?

I’ll readily admit that I didn’t start out as much of a fan of cross-country when I found running all of seven years ago. In fact I wasn’t much of a fan of running off-road at all. I remember going for long runs along the Regents Canal and…

Racing enough or too much?

I don’t think I raced enough in 2012.…

The danger of generic – free – training schedules

One of my pet hates is people providing incorrect information or unqualified opinions without bothering to check what they are saying. I’ll give you an example – I know that the new film in the Bourne franchise is due out on DVD on Monday. I strolled in to…

The value of a target

Like many people, I suppose, I started running to lose weight and keep fit. Somewhere in my cortex was the nagging feeling that I really shouldn’t live such a sedentary life: out of bed, sit down for breakfast, walk to the car or the tube and sit down…

The heart of the matter

I recently was included in a tweet from a friend looking for advice (by the way, if you’re reading this and we’re not yet connected on twitter please do look me up: @simon_freeman) Any running friends use a heart monitor (polar?)? if not how do u tell wen…

The power of the pen (or the keyboard)

I have discovered something about myself and I suspect I am not alone – I need to write things down to really get my head around them. If I don’t I tend to imagine things are better (or occasionally worse) than they really are and that is not…

What I learned this weekend…

I have a confession: I sometimes cause myself quite a lot of stress trying to keep too many people happy. That often involves trying to be in too many places at once or rushing from one event to another with no hope of successfully getting to everything. I…

Some things that a runners should never do (and how to avoid doing them)

This is a post inspired by my own stupidity. I run quite a lot and it is all too easy for me to forget to do things that help to keep me up-and-running: things that I know I should do, but don’t. So today, when I got back…
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