catch me if you can · next marathon · racing · training plans

If nobody comments, is it still worth writing?

I last wrote here the day before I ran the London marathon.  Since then, I went quiet.  First here, and then also on social media. I’ve always been a crowdsourcer.  In the best possible light, this means I am interested in what others think and in their advice.  Less wonderfully, though, I have sometimes listened… Continue reading If nobody comments, is it still worth writing?

balance · coaching · next marathon · racing · training plans

On racing a race you’re not going to win and still not sandbagging.

I’m in London to run the London marathon.  I’ve trained differently for this race than I have trained for my other 11 marathons, and as a result I’m going into it quite unsure of the pace I will hold and the time I will end up with.  I know I haven’t trained at the paces… Continue reading On racing a race you’re not going to win and still not sandbagging.

new direction · next marathon · racing · self help · training plans

When the pupil is ready, the master appears. (It may take the pupil some time to realise this, however).

Over a year ago, I wrote a post called Begin Again.  I knew that what I had been doing for the year before that wasn’t working.  I knew that I needed to approach running with a different perspective and some fresh goals.  But I didn’t know how to. I finished the post by asking for… Continue reading When the pupil is ready, the master appears. (It may take the pupil some time to realise this, however).

next marathon · racing · ultramarathon

Runapy? Or what to do when your mojo is down the drain and all feels hopeless

That drew you in didn’t it?  Yah I know.  I’m probably not the only one out there who is looking at the 2015 racing season and thinking “hmmmmm”.  Or even “bleurrrgggh”.  Or just “I don’t want to do this.  Any of this.  I am so over this.  This is just dumb.  I am wasting my… Continue reading Runapy? Or what to do when your mojo is down the drain and all feels hopeless

racing · triathlon · ultramarathon

On my first ultra, taking a break and then doing something that really scares me.

So. 2 weeks ago today this happened! My first ultra. I  had committed to this race with my friend SuperSal (my running buddy who I introduced to endurance running and who has since confidently beaten me in every race) some time ago and had – in all honesty – kind of pushed it to the… Continue reading On my first ultra, taking a break and then doing something that really scares me.

balance · next marathon · racing

The cult of running or how to stop myself from being such a grouch. And then just a quick update on my training.

I’m sure there are endless semi buddhist quotes floating around FaceBook and Tumblr (I don’t really get Tumblr but I think I may be too old) basically saying that what you resist persists.  Or something to the effect that those things that rile you / get your goat often reflect some kind of problem in… Continue reading The cult of running or how to stop myself from being such a grouch. And then just a quick update on my training.

racing · triathlon

New beginnings and a big juicy slice of humble pie.

I have been awful at blogging for, well, the past year.  Lack of time? Meh – not really a good excuse, I’m no busier than I’ve been before.  Lack of stuff to blog about, more like.  A bit of a meh, inspiration-wise.  But I’ve also been getting really annoyed with the amount of spam I’ve… Continue reading New beginnings and a big juicy slice of humble pie.