Tonight I stumbled upon a video called Marathon Road. Lasting just over ten minutes, this is a mini documentary, produced by Ideatap Studios, about a group of runners training for the US Olympic marathon trials race, this weekend in Houston. The reality of elite marathoning I think that the video is really well made – [...]
New year: new ambitions or resolutions. That is the way many, many people mark another revolution of our planet around the sun. I have read hundreds of blogs and tweets and facebook updates listing plans for 2012 as well as quite a few people criticising the glut of new year’s resolutions. Those cynics might have [...]
Since reporting a few weeks ago that Galen Rupp, the US 5,000m record holder and Mo Farah’s training partner under Alberto Salazar, had decided to enter the US Olympic marathon team selection race (here) at the Houston marathon, it has now been announced, by Ken Goe in the Oregonian, that Rupp has decided not to [...]
Today in the Sunday Times there is a very small article about something that is undoubtedly a very big issue in the country in question: the problem that the Kenyan Olympic selectors have in choosing a team to send to the 2012 games in London. The [...]
In the first of what will become a series of interviews with Runners At The Sharp-end or the R.A.T.S (for an explanation of what I am defining as a runner at the sharp end have a read here), I had the opportunity to ask Nate Pennington (or 1st Lieutenant Nathan Pennington of the US Army, [...]
Like any athlete at the absolute pinnacle of their sport, elite marathon runners are amazing. As a massive fan of athletics and in particular running and especially marathon running, I love reading about the greatest runners in the world – past and present – or seeing and listening to interviews with them. But I almost [...]
Up to November last year, I never really thought much about my feet, much less the socks I was wearing when I went for a run. Generally I’ve been blessed with low maintenance feet and aside from the odd toenail lost though a lazy lack of adequate trimming, I have not suffered from blisters of [...]
First and foremost I am a runner. But I never considered myself to be good enough to be totally one dimensional and so I have dabbled in sports alongside running, most notably the two seasons that I competed in triathlon. I was not very good at triathlon (arguably my best result was 10th in an [...]
Tonight is the BBCs Sports Personality of the Year awards show, live from Salford Quays, Manchester. I can confidently predict that a man will win the award and that the odds are that it will be a golfer… or Mark Cavendish. I think that the chances are that I will be disappointed in the award [...]
Recently Michael Shelton went from marathoner to ultra-marathoner when he tackled his first race over the classic 26.2 mile distance. He was kind enough to share his thoughts with me on a number of subjects, from nutrition to reasons for running an ultra. In this, his first post, he writes about the things to consider [...]
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