Keep exploring!

One of the things I love about running is how it keeps teaching you stuff about yourself: the latest lesson, finally learned a month or so ago, is that I am much happier after runs that take me through new – or at least rarely visited – territory. I have since made a conscious effort…

Marathon training as a dad – part two of very many!

Looking back to my first post on what marathon training with a first baby was like, the main themes were sleeplessness, confusion and making do! I am pleased to report that within a month or so, we have moved on significantly: Philip is much more settled and beginning to sleep through (most of) the nights,…

Mind Games

We all know that our mental state and the various voices in our head can have a huge impact on our running: How we perform in a race, whether we complete that challenging tempo / long run or not, or how much we enjoy a shorter comfortable run: all to a great extent depend on…

The return of a Nemesis

I had the day off on Friday, in anticipation of a celebratory weekend away for my wife’s birthday. How better to enjoy a day off at the end of a hard week then, but to go for a nice 36k (~22.5m) run around the Leicestershire countryside! The day had started out quite foggy, to the…