Not Running

It is Sunday afternoon and I am lying in the new hammock, next to our quiet canal. I can feel the warm sunlight on my skin; there is still a whiff of charcoal and grilled meat in the air. The only sensation close to discomfort is from Philip’s long lockdown hair rubbing on my bare…

What is your measure of success?

What do runners talk about when running? Occasionally about how much better they could be “if only…” but are such thoughts helpful? Are they even valid?

Or are they missing something?

Του αυτοκινήτου μου

Είχα κάποτε ένα Saxo… Και τι δεν είχα κάνει με αυτό το αυτοκίνητο! Και μην φανταστείτε, ένα χιλιοτετρακοσάρι ήταν, ούτε καν το 1.6 VTS… Αλλά είχε το έλεγε η ψυχή του! Πολιτεία – Πυρηναία – Πρέστον ήταν γι’ αυτό μια μπουκιά δρόμος! Και μάγκικα, έβγαινε από τον αυτοκινητόδρομο (αχ αυτή η διαδρομή Μιλάνο – Bologna,…

Monday Photographs 2020 #8 to #10

I went for my first long run in far too long on Saturday… The canal towpath was muddy, very much so in the countryside, and my absence of training showed. But on the way back I was treated to the most beautiful sunset, which almost looked like the dawn of a new running era (more…

Monday Photograph 2020 #6 & #7

Neither running nor blogging have really taken off for me this year, but perhaps my body (and soul) need this period of hybernation… In the mean time I give in to the things I enjoy… cooking with Philip; re-aquanting myself with Parkruns and going out for a cheeky run between storms. I will – I…

Monday Photograph 2020 #3 – #5

Muddy weekends and a bath! Despite a bit of a dip in my running, I made sure we took full advantage of the mud over the spent the last few weekends! This included a birthday run for me (of which you will hear more) and a few bike rides with Philip! We are now all…

Monday Photograph 2020 #02

Snowdonia Marathon is unique (amongst other things) in not handing out a finisher medal, but a finisher slate coaster instead. A lovely touch I find, particularly as it is sourced locally so you end up with a small piece of the mountain that took so much out of you, but it doesn’t make it easy…

Monday Photograph 2020 #01

Monday Photographs are back with a menace, and the first one of the New Year is of a book Philip and I have been devouring over the Christmas period! It is a fascinating book, beautifully written and disarmingly honest! I still have one chapter to go, but I would wholeheartedly recommend it as an extremely…

Με την “σχεδία” στον Αυθεντικό Μαραθώνιο του 2019

Γράφτηκα στον Μαραθώνιο της Αθήνας του 2019 γιατι θα ήταν ο πρώτος που θα έτρεχε η (μεγάλη πια) μικρή μου αδερφή Αλεξία, και ήθελα να είμαι εκεί όταν θα τον τερμάτιζε. Αλλά επέλεξα να τον τρέξω (όπως τον έτρεξα τέλος πάντων) με την ομάδα της “σχεδίας”, γιατι με συγκινούνε οι προσπάθειες της να βοηθήσει τους…

Snowdonia Marathon Eryri review

I love the colour and noise of a large city marathon, but could I do it on a cold, rainy morning in Llanberis? My experience of Snowdonia Marathon!