Category Archives: chirunning

Guildford parkrun

This morning, I dragged my disintegrating carcase to Stoke Park for the relatively new Guildford parkrun #4. I have a theory that the only people who turn up for parkruns at half-eight are the (ever-wonderful) volunteers, parkrun first-timers and tourists.  Anyone … Continue reading

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Thank goodness for parkrun

Have I mentioned that my marathon is nine weeks tomorrow.  Take off the taper, and that leaves six weeks to train.  So what training have I done sine the Janathon meet-up last Saturday? Nothing.  Zip.  Diddly. But Saturday is parkrun … Continue reading

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Joining up

At the risk of sounding like a real runner, I have joined a running club.  Granted, I’ve joined the virtual Fetch Everyone Running Club (membership benefits include a membership card with my name written on it in pen) rather than a … Continue reading

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Social networking

I spent most of today at a Practical Action supporters’ day with my mother.  In one of the workshops, Practical Action staff described how they were trying to reach out to a new generation of supporters via social networking sites … Continue reading

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Close encounters of the #%$*@#! kind

This morning, I came within a gnat’s crotchet of putting an abradypus sized dent in the back of someone’s car as they reversed out of their driveway willy nilly gay abandon without looking for oncoming cyclists. Not the best start … Continue reading

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Noooo shoooooos

Yesterday, I became the proud owner of a pair of vivobarefoot shoes. Today, I ran in them for the first time. Playing it safe, I ran a slow nearly-mile to gauge whether this was a ridiculous impulse-buy or the beginning … Continue reading

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Wet Wet Wet

One way or another, it has been a very wet day.  I’d been vaguely contemplating going to the lake this morning to do some open water swimming, but I didn’t wake up until mid-morning, which rather put the kibosh on … Continue reading

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Playing with gears

One of the odd things about chirunning is that you aim to keep your footfall steady irrespective of speed.  So whether you’re running at an easy warm up pace or an all out run, you aim to run at (in … Continue reading

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After having the best part of two weeks off from running, I was beginning to panic about my 10km in 4 weeks time.  I’ve noticed over the last month or so that I haven’t been timing my parkruns very well.  … Continue reading

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Shake, rattle and roll

My training plan, such as it is, called for a forty minute form run today.  I actually did a slightly shorter run, caught the bus and then tacked a final five minutes on at the end.  The whole run was … Continue reading

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