An Ode to Parkrun – Why it’s so good!

Gdansk parkrun

My parkrun 50 t-shirt arrived recently.

I opened it in the office at work and intrigued colleagues asked: “What’s that?”

“It’s my parkrun t-shirt to show I’ve completed 50 parkruns” I said.

To which I got the reply – “What’s parkrun?” Continue reading “An Ode to Parkrun – Why it’s so good!”

On Running Mens Hybrid Shorts Review

On Running Hybrid Short – modelled by me!

Price – £80

AvailableOn Running

One of my most popular posts is my On Running Cloudventure Shoe Review. This is either my writing, the interest in On Running, a demand for waterproof shoes or people just like kit and kit reviews. Continue reading “On Running Mens Hybrid Shorts Review”

22 things to do for race day (possibly 20!)

I’ve done a fair few races in my time, but regularly in my own “I only need 5 minutes to get everything ready” way, I end up wandering around my flat looking for stuff and generally getting stressed. I then think “Why did I leave this until 11:45 pm to do this?”

I’ve racked my brains to think of things to do pre-race to make your race experience go as smoothly as possible. Continue reading “22 things to do for race day (possibly 20!)”

10,000 steps – Is it really a good target?

yoda 10000 steps

A couple of months ago, as part of a company health promotion, I started to track my daily steps. The aim was that teams of 4 would record their steps (and therefore distance) over 4 weeks with the aim to promote walking and moving more.

I was sceptical. Continue reading “10,000 steps – Is it really a good target?”

7 ways to avoid chafing when running

batman chafing

Chafing occurs where your skin meets some kind of friction, this can be most commonly between your legs, but also under the arms, around bra straps/wire and nipples. The outer layer of the skin is rubbed and becomes red and irritated. It can be skin on skin or skin against a fabric.

The repetitive movement of running and the exercise-induced sweat, make chafing a common occurrence whilst running. Continue reading “7 ways to avoid chafing when running”

Checking in – August 2018

Gdansk beach

This was going to be a post about motivation and races. This was brought on by missing another run following one to many beers on Saturday night. It was a good night, well-spent outside in a courtyard with family and friends in Poland. A good time was had by all. The late finish, sleeping in and headache put pay to the Sunday morning run. Continue reading “Checking in – August 2018”

Ride London 46 Recap – 29th July 2018

Ride London 2018 Start

What a difference a day or two makes! On Thursday it was 34 degrees C, Friday 31 degrees C, Saturday was the perfect temperature, if you remove the wind the conditions were great. For Sunday, my weather app said 95% chance of rain at 8am. It was 100% correct. Continue reading “Ride London 46 Recap – 29th July 2018”

Virgin Sport British 10km Pace Recap – July 2018

Virgin 10km Pacers

Back in May, I got an email from the Virgin Sport team that I have been chosen to be a pacer at the Virgin Sport British 10K presented by ASICS on 15th July 2018. I was very happy to accept this opportunity, see an event from a different perspective and help others meet their goals. Continue reading “Virgin Sport British 10km Pace Recap – July 2018”

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!”