Monday Photograph #52

As a child I had a fascination with wild places, and in particular forests. Probably a combination of being exposed to them as magical places where adventure took place (I am of the Smurf and Asterix generation after all!) and their relative rarity in Athens where I grew up! One of the very few memories…

Things I’m learning as I run long for longer…

Things I’m learning from my 11 month-long marathon training in 2019: Let’s start from the obvious one that everyone knows but which took me 9 yrs of running to learn:

Monday Photograph #51

It was a terrible LR, but on a lovely route! From Glen Parva to the south of Leicester, northwards along the canal and following the river Soar through the city centre and onwards to Watermead Country Park before looping my way back again. It was the fifth time I was running it, but I wasn’t…

Three Fires

What is the connection between a half-forgotten Disney comic book story and a 43-year old marathon runner’s annual racing plan?

Ashby 20 mile 2019 Review

I sang the praises of the Ashby 20 Mile race in my 2017 review, thinking it could get no better, but after 2018’s cancelation due to snow, this year saw it return stronger and add: Greater involvement of the local community and businesses: It’s almost as if more local businesses recognised that the arrival of…

Monday Photographs #46 to #50

I’m afraid I’ve neglected the blog over the past few weeks, but I’m back with a selection of photos since the last update. Highlights include Demi’s first 10k race for 5 years, my breaking my 4 year old 20mile PB (thank you Ashby 20!) and many happy miles… I’m currently working on my review of…

Happy Ashby!

Good luck to everyone running, supporting, volunteering and of course organising Ashby 20 today! Let’s go earn ourselves some cobs!

Κυριακίδεια (Kyriakideia) 2019

“By the way, the Filothei run is 95% flat, we just learnt!” my sister wrote excitedly, referring to the 10k race she had roped me into on the occasion of my visit to Greece in January. I was hesitant to enter at first, as we would only be there for the week, with loads of…

Monday Photographs #44 & #45

The week that was, was sandwiched between two Long Runs: A 19 mi one (31 km) in the dusk then dark on Monday (owed from the Sunday of the week before) and a 20 mi one (32.2 km) in the mist then sun on the Sunday: They were both hard and absolutely fascinating, each in…

Monday Photographs #42 & #43

Having missed the second due to holidays, I was back for Chris’ third coaching session, and the last one before his coaching qualification. It was a lovely winter’s day, so we decided to attend as a family. I had visions of Philip running with Demi outside of the makeshift track Chris had set out on…