Running to work

(Turns out running is the easy bit!) In my previous post about getting back into training after a period of absence, I advocated taking every opportunity to add some runs and miles to your schedule, and said that I would look at running the last leg of my commute (from Euston station to the office,…

Monday Photograph #1

Inspired by the various photography challenges that we come across in Facebook and otherwise, I decided to introduce a “Monday Photograph” feature in my blog: Every Monday, I will post a photo that summarises the week that ended. Today I give you the fluorescent runner-commuter! A fuller post about my experience will be with you…

Getting back into running after a time off

I am – once again – building up to a regular training regime after over three months of almost complete lack of training. Only this time I have learnt from the many times I’ve had to get back into training, and I am avoiding the traps of frustration, self-recrimination and unrealistic expectations. Instead I’m taking a more-long term, conscious approach, which – I hope – will lead me to building a more sustainable training programme.

As this is an area which does not get as much attention as “how to run your first marathon” or “how to run your fastest 5k ever!”, which have millions of articles and blogs written about them, I thought I would offer my thoughts for your amusement and profit.!

Running through a maelstrom

My previous post was about the ups and downs that I finally accepted were inherent in training, but was written when I was on a crest: I had recently set a 10k PB after years of start-stop efforts, and I was faced with new exciting challenges in my working life, so I could be philosophical…

Sisyphus and the myth of linear progression

I named this blog “Sisyphus AC” as an expression of my frustration at the up-and-down nature of my training and running performance. You see, the way I see it, we train to get better, faster, leaner, until we reach some optimum state (based on each person’s inherent ability and genetic make-up) and then try to…

Between the fields and a spreadsheet

Not a brilliant couple of weeks’ running I am afraid… Bad nights’ sleep (Philip is transitioning seamlessly from a cold to teething!) and a cold of my own conspired to keep me under my weekly mileage and away from Parkruns so far this month. Still, I’ve managed three runs per week regardless, even if there…

Hiems ante portas!

I took my hoodie off to warm up for Saturday’s Parkrun, and 200m later rushed back to the car to put it back on – where it stayed till just before the start! On Sunday I got caught out by the changing clocks and the much earlier evening, and had to tweak my long run…

A bad run

It was always going to be a bad run last night. I was home a bit later from work, so by the time we had gone for our family walk and I was setting off for my run, Philip was close to his bedtime: I would be back after he was asleep. I didn’t like…

The spice of life

I am always happier after a run, but there were two (otherwise unremarkable) occasions this month that left me particularly euphoric. One was a cheeky run by the Seine when I had popped to my parents to collect Dash and the other a run to the opposite direction of the Grand Union Canal to which…

Nerdy runner!

You left me dear readers, basking in the onset of summer, and already there were indications that after my marathon training in the winter / early spring and the focus on speedwork in the late spring, summer was going to be much lazier… And indeed, in typical Sisyphean fashion I let my fitness roll down…

Summer Solstice

The weather of late has been more conductive to sipping wine or (in my case) gulping beer by the bbq than sweating it out on the trails, and that has begun to show not only on the suspicion of a tan, but unfortunately also on my scales and the Strava fitness metric I’m beginning to…

Jasmine and Spreadsheets

I was a bit remiss with my running last week, managing only one run and one bike ride, but I am not beating myself too much about it. The weather was hot and sunny and I ended up spending a lot of time in the garden, clearing away half a tree that had fallen (narrowly…