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…

Alone in the Sun

I am finding it surprisingly difficult to come up with something to write about the London Marathon: I thought that a few days would let my impressions and thoughts settle and help me express them in a coherent way, but all that has happened is that I seem to have digested them, let the moment…

Post London Post!

And all of a sudden… it’s done! It will probably take me a while to process all the emotions, sights and sounds of the London Marathon weekend and even longer to write coherently about them. But I did not want to delay thanking every one of you for your amazing support over the past few…

2017 Ashby 20 Race Review

The whole affair manages to combine the friendliness of a club run with the atmosphere of a village fête and the smooth organisation you would expect from an IAAF Diamond League event!

Shoe review: Altra One 2.5

As well as the much-advertised baby, I also got a brand new pair of Altra’s One 2.5 for Christmas: Altra’s intention with this shoe is for it to be the one road shoe we need, for all runs. An ambitious goal, which I initially dismissed as one of the more extravagant claims to have come…

Gite La Fleurieu

Demi and I were recently given an opportunity to spend a running holiday at the lovely Gite La Fleurieu, in the Lot Valley in SW France, on the occasion of a Channel 4 programme which is due to be filmed there. I have never been on a running / cycling holiday before, but ever since…

Joy Cann 5

It was the Joy Cann 5 (miles) last week, and I have to admit I felt a bit nervous as it approached. It would be my first race under half marathon distance since May 2014 (so very different pace to what I’m used to recently), and a first indicator on how my new training approach…

Penny Marathon 2016

Summer holidays started on Saturday, and what better way to start two weeks of rest and relaxation, but to wake up at 6am and run a half marathon in support of Greek stray dogs and cats? Unfortunately there is a serious problem with homeless dogs and cats on the Greek streets, a situation which has…

New approach to training (Pt 2): A review of “80 20 Running”

In my previous post on this subject I explained that my quest for an enjoyable and effective training approach led me to read “80 / 20 Running” by Matt Fitzgerald; that its main proposition (namely that best improvements in running performance are brought about by a training regime that is made up of 80% low…

My new approach to running and training (Pt 1)

I have mentioned in a few posts now how my whole running approach has changed after the Manchester Marathon in April and a few of you have asked to hear more about it. I’m not sure I have anything earth-shatteringly new to reveal that will change the sport of running forever, it’s more a case…

Asics FuzeX review

Right, so I recently promised to give you my impressions of the new Asics FuzeX, which the good people at Asics Europe were kind enough to send me to review. It only takes opening the box to appreciate that they are a lovely looking shoe, but what are they like to run in? My official…

Asics FuzeX review on its way

Look at what the lovely people at Asics UK sent me to review: a brand new pair of fuzeX running shoes! I’ve clocked 22km in them, and have started scribbling my thoughts old school, pen to paper. I’m out again tonight and hope to have a review for you by end of next week. Watch…