I’m a pretty average runner. It’s not my job. I don’t win races (actually, I did win one once, but it’s certainly not a regular occurrence). I’m not setting the running world alight with my times. But I’ve got a running coach. Something which two years ago, I probably would have scoffed at. And which… Continue reading Why I use a running coach
I’d put a lot of pressure on myself for this race (as per). It wasn’t a time related pressure this time though – but a performance pressure. I’d completely lost all race confidence leading up to it, with my last race being a DNF and the one before that being London Marathon which didn’t exactly… Continue reading MK Winter Half Marathon
I’m fit. I mean, compared to the average Jo(e), I’m fit. I’d wager that most regular runners are. I can run up the stairs without getting out of breath. I can run around after my son without (much) trouble. I’d hope I could outrun any potential danger. I can bash out a sub-25 5k on demand,… Continue reading Fit and healthy?
I can’t believe I’ve only raced twice this year.
The Sunday just gone. A mile from the end of a 19 mile run. On the verge of stopping and curling up in a nearby garden. S Club 7’s ‘Don’t Stop Movin’’ starts playing. Not an exhaustion-induced figment of my imagination, but a randomly well-timed track on my ‘Number ones of the 90’s’ playlist. I… Continue reading London Marathon: an update & goals.
Finally. Finally. I had subconsciously been waiting for this moment. The moment I believed that I could actually run this marathon. I suppose it’s logical that it came as my mileage increased, but I wasn’t expecting it. I went into this week’s long run with a relaxed mindset – which was in stark contrast to the… Continue reading A breakthrough
I seem to have fallen into a habit of writing a marathon training update every two weeks. I can’t promise I’ll keep it up though, so don’t get too attached. There’s now eight weeks to go – eek, scary, I’m not ready etc. – and in short, I’m neither where I thought I would be… Continue reading From Here to London
It’s only 10 weeks away for a start. And I definitely do not feel like a marathon runner at the moment. I know there’s another 10 weeks of training to go – and I do feel much fitter now than I did 10 weeks ago – but I just can’t imagine feeling marathon ready in… Continue reading My worries about the marathon.
I’ve talked loads on here about the fact that I’m running a marathon next April, but what I haven’t really mentioned (on here yet anyway, you’ll already be bored to tears of me talking about it if you follow me on Twitter) is that I’m also planning to do a duathlon in January and… Continue reading On ridiculous goals
Before I got really serious about the running thing, I was pretty much all about the strength training thing. Determined to be something other than The Skinny One, I’ve been trying to build muscle and ‘tone up’ for a few years now, and it still forms the bulk of my training – albeit more running specific… Continue reading Bikes and Biceps.