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

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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:

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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