Monthly Archives: July 2014
Race to the Stones – reflections
I didn’t have the best race day. The race itself, though a touch on the expensive side, was well organised enough, and the route was so well marked that even I couldn’t get lost. There were aid stations about every … Continue reading
Stop chaffing me about my chafing!
Chaffing: the use of light, frivolous language by way of fun or ridicule. Chafing: soreness or irritation of the skin caused by friction. And from the ever wonderful xkcd.com:
Spend over fourteen long, wet hours hobbling to some underwhelming stones only to loop around them before trudging a further 2km to the end.
“I’m slowly getting the hang of this running thing! It doesn’t matter what you do if you don’t blog about it quick enough.” (@ultra_paulo 2014) My goal for 2014 is to collect a set of distances. So far, I have … Continue reading
Pre race nerves
“Are you all packed and ready for the weekend?” “Of course not.” In just under 36 hours, I will be toeing the line in… um… er… Oxfordshire somewhere, ready to run 100km along the Ridgeway to Avebury. Training has gone … Continue reading
Eat, drink and be merry.
The instruction to “Eat, drink and be merry” was made for weekends like this. Coffee in Sloane Square with a parkrun uber-tourist. Cream tea in Chippenham with a rather lovely tweeter. Supper in Cardiff with one of the most hospitable … Continue reading
Don’t mind him, he’s only playing
I meet a lot of dogs when I’m out running, mostly because I run on public footpaths and national trails that are perfect for dog walking. Most of the dogs are innocuous. I slow down slightly to work out which … Continue reading
It’s taper time!
“What are your plans for your long run?” “Well, I have to run 30 miles, so I thought I could do a 15 mile out and back from Avebury to recce the last section of the Race to the Stones … Continue reading
Lon-done (again) at Peckham Rye parkrun
Three concrete laps of a park. I confess, I was not expecting to be impressed. I opted for Peckham Rye because I knew some other tourists would be going, because I could run there to clock up my extra miles for the day … Continue reading