A Little Help From A Friend

February 6, 2013

On Sunday morning prior to my first 10k race of the year I tweeted: “First race day of the year. Undertrained, overweight, knackered and have a cold. Will give it a poke anyway!” Whilst I was hustling a little, there was an element of truth in the sentiment. I was about 5 pounds over what I believe is my ideal race weight, I’d only really had a five week spell of consistent training, my darling daughter had been up through the night a couple of times and I had a slight sniffle.

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Life Begins At Sub-40

January 20, 2013

This time last year I set myself three running targets for 2012 with a base and stretch version of each. I hit one stretch target, one base target and missed one altogether.

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2012 Running Retrospective

January 5, 2013

My 2012 Targets

Back in February I set myself three running targets for 2012, along with stretch versions of each.  My review of 2012 begins with a look at how I performed against these targets.

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Three Mo Miles

February 20, 2012

When I started running, pretty much exactly two years ago, I didn’t even know if I’d keep at it for a week. I certainly didn’t imagine that I would go on to complete the London Marathon, run a sub 90 minute half marathon, cajole 40% of my colleagues into running the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge, win an organised, timed 5km run or become a running obsessed, six-day-a-week, gadget loving, pavement junky. Yesterday, I completed yet another unimaginable running first – I ran with Mo Farah, world 5,000m champion, favourite for Olympic gold and one of the greatest British long distance runners of all time.

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…all go hand in hand, hand in hand through their parkrun!

The play on the Blur lyrics is far from original, as is a blog post extolling the virtues of the magnificent parkrun experience, but it has become such an important part of my running life that I felt the need to share a few thoughts.

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The Rough With The Smooth

November 16, 2011

They say that what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.  This is clearly complete nonsense, of course. When my newborn baby daughter managed to kick me square in the happy sack during a nappy change it neither killed me, nor made me stronger.  It made me swear a lot and feel a bit pathetic.  That said, if the saying were true I’d be one strong running mofo right now.  The last few months have not exactly gone to plan.

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Yesterday I completed the Virgin London Marathon. I have so much more to say about the whole experience that I really don’t know where to start.

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