Joy Cann 5, 2016

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…

My role as a Laboratory Mouse (part 2)

(For the first part of my experience as a laboratory mouse, see this post, which ends at the point where I had received my fitness report from the Anglia Ruskin University Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Group and I was digesting it) The report contained all the promised information, and enough in terms context for me to understand…

My role as a Laboratory Mouse (part 1)

The overhaul of my training regime that is taking place over the winter was given extra impetus this week with some help from the clever people at Anglia Ruskin University Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Group in Cambridge, led by Dr Dan Gordon. They are conducting research in the physiology of marathon running (and specifically…