freestak – a plug!

Say hello to freestak Please pardon me for such an overt plug for a project that I am involved in, but as a reader of my blog, I consider you to be part of the group of the most important people for me as far as my two…

Runners At The Sharp-end #5: Mat Chataway

As fellow members of the Mornington Chasers Running Club, Mat and I managed to do a pretty good job of missing one another, but it was inevitable that we would meet. When we did I was hugely impressed with the dedication that Mat puts into his running and…

You choose…

        You choose whether to look forward to a session or to dread it. You choose whether to procrastinate or just get on and do it. You choose to believe you can do this (or not). You choose to be the best you can be…

Feather-weight comfort

I like Adidas – I like the brand, I like the German-ness of the company. I like their focus on performance above all else. And I really like the products, especially the adiZero range. One of my favourite bits of kit – and I have quite a bit…

The power of strength

When I met my coach, Nick from RunningWithUs, he changed a few things in my life and my training – well, you’d expect him to, wouldn’t you. One of them (which I admit I’m still struggling to get to grips with) is core- and, what I will call,…

Show me the evidence

Belief vs. empirical evidence – it’s a bit like a battle between love or magic vs. science or logic. The romantic in me always wants to believe that there is a magic and an art to running, but the truth is, I believe that running is a direct…

Becoming unstuck

Elements in your (my) training plans can be like the patina that builds up on a favourite frying pan, or the layers of paint that an artist adds to a painting, or the ingredients that are added to a dish, one by one. They build up over time…

The power of sleep and food

Usain Bolt raced in the 100m in the Diamond League in Rome last night with an impressive 9.76 seconds, to show that he is back with a vengeance. You can see his run here. But for me, what was more interesting – let’s face it, there are not…

Competing or Completing?

I spent a happy hour browsing running related videos online yesterday and one that I watched really struck a chord with me. It was the highlights of the 2010 Chicago marathon. I thought that the video was rather nicely made with sweeping panoramas of the runners and some…

Runner at the Sharp End #4: Ben Wickham

I first met Ben at the Hackney Marshes ParkRun where it became immediately obvious that we were quite evenly matched. At the time I was living in Hackney so Ben and I were neighbours and ended up running the same races a few times. I was immediately and…
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