Monthly Archives: June 2014

That’s more like it

It has been a good month. The last few days have been a little light on mileage due to an impromptu trip to the lakes and a minor rib injury, but I have managed to put together a solid month … Continue reading

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Happy days

I have just spent a delightful (if slightly 3G deficient) weekend in the Lake District in the company of some utterly charming, and very experienced, ultra runners. I am a lucky, lucky sloth.

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Keswick parkrun

“Will you know anyone there?” “I wouldn’t think so – Keswick’s fairly remote and I’ve run very few parkruns near there.” “Oh – hello Tom!  Fancy meeting you here.” A couple of weeks ago, I managed to wangle myself an … Continue reading

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Loss of faith

After unceremoniously bailing out of Thursday’s mile reps, I decided to have another go on Friday morning. To say my heart wasn’t really in it would be an understatement, but I was determined to give it a go. It started … Continue reading

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Wimping out

I had a speed session in my plan for today. I fully intended to do it. I put on my kit, left the house, waited for my Garmin to find a satellite and then set off. And then, 41 seconds … Continue reading

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Beware the pixie of paranoia

Feeling smug about how well your training is going?  Congratulating yourself on being niggle-free?  Experiencing a surge in motivation? I was, until the pixie of paranoia came a-calling, leaving me with two broken feet and a broken rib*. She’s an … Continue reading

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If a runner falls in a forest and no one is around to hear her, does she make a sound?

This one certainly did.  A very rude sound which turned the air blue.  Fortunately, there was no one else around to hear. Tonight’s run was one of those that had all the right ingredients – new trails, forest, good weather, … Continue reading

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And the rest

There is a lovely bit in Chrissie Wellington’s autobiography where she is extolling the virtues of rest days. And spending the day shopping or gardening doesn’t count as rest.  It has to involve sitting down, preferably on a sofa.  This … Continue reading

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The Ranelagh Harriers’ Richmond 10k

Is there a better way to follow up a hot and hilly half marathon than with a fast and flat 10k? Yes.  With a leisurely bike ride into Ham to watch other people run a fast and flat 10k. The route is … Continue reading

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Northala Fields parkrun and the Midsummer Munro

Today has been so fabulous that I’m not quite sure where to start.  I am sure that I won’t be able to do it justice. It started, as all good Saturdays should, with a parkrun, the brand new Northala Fields.  … Continue reading

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