My First Race – Musings and Learnings

First Race

This post is inspired by Tom at The Allrounder. He recently wrote a piece about Global Running Day and told the story of his first organised running experience.

This made me think about my first race that pushed me towards running. I not sure which year it was, but it must have been over 10 years ago, as it was before I ran my first London Marathon in 2008. Continue reading “My First Race – Musings and Learnings”

Feeling Better – Its not always about the running!

Good Mood

A couple of weeks ago, I was reminded by a friend that we’d entered a race and it was in two weeks time.

Whilst I wasn’t in bad shape, I’m wasn’t in race shape. (I’m wondering, what is my race shape?)

With only two weeks to go, I did a handwritten plan on how to get  there in the best shape possible. Continue reading “Feeling Better – Its not always about the running!”

The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 8

Track 8 – Nalin & Kane – Beachball (1997)

Another tune that was on the long list and got bumped up today as a friend of mine sent me a What’s App with a link to the tune with the message “This one goes out to the Boy Lard”

My fondness for this tune goes beyond it being a stunning example of 90s Balearic house music. Continue reading “The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 8”

Velo South – When you’ve created a beast!

Velo South G

As Ride London has become equivalently difficulty to get into as the London Marathon, I have had to look for other riding events.

At the start of March, a friend and I were well organised and entered Velo South, a 100-mile closed road ride with 15,000 riders West Sussex countryside including the South Downs National Park. We thought it would just be the two of us. Continue reading “Velo South – When you’ve created a beast!”

To Strava or not to Strava!

Strava - Hills

The other day I was getting ready for training and put on my heart rate monitor strap but then found I had forgotten my Garmin Forerunner (the watch bit). A thought quickly crossed my mind –

“I can’t track my workout and upload it. I might not bother going to training”

I was shocked that I even thought that. It seems the adage about Strava may very well be correct –

“If it’s not on Strava, it didn’t happen”

Continue reading “To Strava or not to Strava!”

So I finally ran to work! Run Commute.

Run commute

Over the last year, I’ve made a habit of cycling to work as my commute. I no longer think about it. It’s just how I get to work. I get up, pull my bib shorts and top on, grab my bag, helmet and cleats and I’m off (after a cup of tea, obviously).

I’ve been contemplating running to work for a year or so, Continue reading “So I finally ran to work! Run Commute.”

Thames Towpath 10 Race Recap – 8th April 2018

Thames Towpath 10 2018
A foggy grey morning!

I previously ran the Thames Towpath Ten 7 years ago when I was flirting with running and thinking about being fitter. Back then it was a beautiful Spring day and we went for beers and burgers afterwards down by the Thames.

This year Spring brought grey cloud, drizzle and temperatures edging towards 10 degrees C. Continue reading “Thames Towpath 10 Race Recap – 8th April 2018”